Freelancing Tips for Moms and Dads
Pitfalls, Perils and Success Tips for Stay at Home Work
By: totanaliz on: Mon 04 of Jun, 2007 [12:50 UTC] (2094 reads)
Flexibility is key to freelancing and thriving, and the saying “don´t put all your eggs into one basket” turns out to be true. You will need several income streams to generate a living wage by freelancing, and the juggling skills of Coco the Clown to succeed! Here are some ideas to get moms and dads started on a stay at home freelance career.
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Stick to what you like and you are good at for freelancing
There is no point trying to work as a childminder if you can´t stand the sight of other people´s children! This is going to be your life every day, and if you enjoy what you do you will have more drive, energy and determination to succeed.
I have a strong interest in real estate, and since we moved to Spain, I have set up a relocation agency to help other UK buyers to do the same, acting as an intermediary between Spanish real estate agents and potential buyers.
Business will be slow this year, moving abroad is not really a spur of the moment decision, so I expect the lead times before I earn commission to be long. This leads me to the next point.
You will need multiple freelance income streams to survive
You may have a very viable business idea, but it still takes a lot of time to get a new freelance business off the ground. Sometimes you need to offer complementary “bread and butter” services just to stay afloat.
Whilst I'm waiting for the relocation business to kick in, I have diversified into a range of other “ex-pat” services such as home and motor insurance, telecom plans, translation services, Spanish lessons – you name it!
And while none of these will make me a millionaire overnight, it is a steady income, and is flexible enough to fit around my family commitments.
Don´t assume you have to work for money
Sometimes you may be able to offer services on a “like for like” basis. Do some writing for free advertising for example. And in the early days of the business, advertising is worth it´s weight in gold! Be flexible and creative with your ideas.
Consider starting your own Web site solely to earn an income
It doesn't have to cost a fortune or be fancy, You can then begin to generate an income from programs such as Google Adwords, affiliate linking, and linking to other sites.
Consider selling goods or services over the internet
This is called being an “introducer”. Many insurance companies and other service providers hire on this basis. The work is commission only, but all you need is a telephone and Internet connection.
I sell insurance policies in this way, earning 10% on every policy sold. I distribute leaflets, run a few classifieds and potential clients call for a quote. Keep an eye on the press to see if any companies are looking for more agents.
Be careful of work from home scams
There are many genuine work opportunities out there. There are also many “scams”. Never pay cash up front for information or work. Be skeptical about schemes promising huge returns for little effort. If it seems to good to be true then it probably is. Be guided by your gut feel, and retain a healthy skepticism and you won´t go far wrong.
Some suitable options for work at home jobs are
- Freelance writing
- Affiliate marketing. Basically you sign up to promote someone else's product or service, and for every client referred you get a small commission. This is ideal if you have your own website.
- Specialist skills that you can teach, be it needlepoint, painting, etc.
- If you have language skills, operate as a translator or teach private classes.
- Secretarial skills – many small businesses can't afford full time staff and outsource their administration and other work to freelancers. Can you offer a “Part Time Assistant” service?
- Bookeeping skills – keeping records for several small clients who can´t afford a full time bookeeper.
Place a few ads in the press, make some flyers and check for Internet sites offering work in your chosen area. It's not easy and you need to put a lot of effort in. Advertising is a necessary evil, there is a lot of competition out there for every product and service.
With perseverance, hard work and a bit of luck, you can succeed!
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