The idea of freelancing is fantastic! You have the opportunity to work on the projects you choose, set your own hours, and run your very own business.

Making that idea a reality is a lot easier said than done. While it is definitely possible to start your own freelance business, it will take hard work, dedication, and a strong desire to move forward.

Getting started often seems to be the hardest part for many freelancers. You know you want to freelance, but aren’t quite sure how to take action.

One of the best actions you can take that will move you in the right direction is to build your portfolio and get client testimonials.

“The world of freelancing lacks the red tape of the corporate world. Many prospective clients are not concerned with qualifications; they simply want to see what you have done in the past and judge whether it is the right fit for them.

Therefore, if you are good at what you do and can demonstrate your skill through a quality portfolio and positive client testimonials, you have every chance of success. The conundrum, however, is in building a portfolio without experience.

Many freelancers will react to this by picking up the smallest and least lucrative jobs around, but that puts them into a vicious cycle of bargain-basement work. To work for high-paying clients, you need to demonstrate that you are worth big money by doing good work.”

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