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There has never been a better time to be a freelance contractor than NOW. Unlike having a salaried position, being an independent contractor not only pays different, but offers a new set of exciting challenges that you won’t find as often in the employee world. Not only do you have more control over your schedule, but you will be challenged with a new set of skills that you’ll need to become successful in your business.

Where Am I Now?

So chances are that if you’re thinking about a freelance career, you most likely have some sort of desire to leave the employee world, or you have already left your employer for one reason or another. If you currently have a job, I recommend staying there as you begin your part-time business. This is only my opinion, although it comes from experience. Over the past few years I have tried many business ideas, and I’ve found that most of them don’t end up as winners, and a number of them didn’t make much money. However, they were GREAT learning experiences and I might have learned them just as easily if I had stayed at my job.

If you are not currently working, you have an important choice to make – should I stay or should I go? And again, if you have the choice of working while you learn your new business, by all means do it. However, you may not want to return to another job. In that case, I would suggest kicking yourself into gear during these days and learning as much as possible about freelance work. That’s how I got started: I would spend all day on the computer looking for possible ways to make money, and also finding out how to get better at using HTML and PHP programming languages. You will need to do the same or you won’t make any money.

Anyway, it wasn’t long after that when I began creating my profile on websites like Odesk.com and Elance. Creating a profile is an extremely important factor in your success as a freelance contractor, although we can talk about that in another article.

Are You Willing to Commit Yourself?

For purposes of this article, I invite you to sit down and gather your thoughts about your freelance endeavor.

I’ve found that with many people who want to start a business, they:

  1. Are not willing to put forth the work that is truly required to start a business
  2. They don’t know what they are doing and don’t want to take the time to learn
  3. those who are willing to put forth the effort give up after a short time because they can’t figure out what they want.

Do you fit into one of these categories? If so, don’t let it get you down, just recognize that you may have some weaknesses to address when you begin freelancing. Just expect that you will be challenged by your weaknesses from time-to-time and address them 100% when the time comes. The idea is to address these issues effectively and painlessly so that you have the motivation to continue your venture.

Best of luck to you on your journey!

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