Freelancing as a Source of Income

Who couldn’t use some extra money these days? I’m guessing you have a skill that people would pay you for, and freelancing can be a great way to earn some extra cash.

What work can you do as a freelancer? Take into account what you like to do in your spare time. Do you love yard work and wouldn’t mind offering your services to people in your neighborhood? Do you sew well? You could market that skill and take on projects when you have extra time.

One of my relatives has a sideline where she pairs people’s pictures with music using a movie-making computer program. She scans the pictures provided by the client, adds songs, and finally burns the completed project to DVD.

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5 Responses to Freelancing as a Source of Income

  1. SaveBuyLive says:

    Freelancing is something I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m considering freelancing in an area that I have all the skills to do, but no official experience. My thought is that doing this will give me direct work experience and make me a more competitive candidate in the job market.

  2. Another solution for marketing is to find another freelancer in the line of business you are in and trade a stack of business cards. If one of you can’t take a project you can recommend someone that you trust and is recommending you. Also find small businesses that do similar work and work with them to become a recommended company when they can’t or won’t take a job. It also helps if you can specialize and be the best in that one thing.

    My mom does both of these. She does sewing and alterations. She traded business cards with another freelancer and with all the alteration shops around town. She mainly does wedding and formal gowns. Most of the alteration shops in town stopped working on wedding gowns and send everyone to her. My sister started picking up extra work from my mom and share resources and equipment.

  3. Neil says:

    Adding a small amount to your income by freelancing in addition to your normal job can make a massive difference to your disposable income.

    When my wife freelanced in the evenings/weekends it was true that we saved on childcare costs. The downside was that we didn’t see each other very much!

  4. miclason says:

    I started freelancing as a way to supplement my salary. Last year, my freelancing brought in 66% of my total annual income…. it’s looking even better this year!… Now, my dream is to quit my job and live off the freelancing (translations, which I LOVE!)

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