Friday, July 27, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
A freelancer, or contract service provider, is someone who works on a contract or freelance basis. As a freelancer you are acting as a specialist, or expert, in your field. This is not to say you need dozens of awards hanging on your wall, you just need to be proficient and knowledgeable in the duties you perform.
Freelancers are in high demand by employers for many reasons -when a project deadline must be met, when the company lacks adequate expertise or experiences sudden and explosive growth, and so on.
* Office supplies - pens, paper, tape, staplers
* Business cards, fliers, brochures
* Web access fees
* Computers, printers, answering machines
* Second phone line for business purposes
* Clubs and memberships to promote business interests
* Books on the topic of your business
Can you paint or draw? Sew or embroider? Create soaps, candles, lotions? Turn wood or create pottery? I know many, many people who have built home businesses out of each of these tasks. In each case, the more they practiced, the better they got, the more that their reputation spread and the higher price they could charge for their items.
Can you shingle a house, or do plumbing? Can you fix a car or plow a driveway? Some of these tasks require special licensing while others do not. Make a list of the skills you have and identify which you would be willing to focus on.