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Freelance Idea Roundup Monday - Local Freelancing Opportunities

Date March 3, 2008


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When I write about freelancing, I primarily focus on ideas that can be “worked” from any location. But, every once in a while, I come across ideas that are great but may not fall neatly into the “will work from anywhere” mantra.

Three of those ideas caught my eye this week.

Community and Corporate Event Planning

Despite our high tech, instant messaging world, people still have the desire to meet face-to-face. If anything, modern communications has actually created a sense of urgency for us humans to come togther more often.

Corporations hire event planners to coordinate meetings, parties, trade shows, and sales conferences among other venues.

A city or small town might hire a community planner to put together a downtown arts and crafts show, music festival, or farmers’ market.

Either way, you must have excellent communications skills. You also need to have a good “black book” with reliable sub-contractors to help you bring events together as quickly and efficiently as possible.

This would be a great transition for someone who has worked in public relations, marketing, or another communications field.

One way to stand out among every other event planner is to further niche yourself. You could specialize in the audio/visual portion of trade shows and large gatherings. Or, you might focus on planning outdoor corporate events—where high level managers learn how to work with each other in a non-office environment.

Home Staging

Based on my own experience, I can vouch for the fact that a home which looks good sells much faster. Unfortunately, many home owners don’t understand the concept that selling a home is “all in the presentation”.

The way your home looks when you live in it and the way it needs to look when you sell it can be two very different things.

Staging involves an inital consultation where you go through a sellers home and make recommendations on what needs to be done before the house is put on the market. A house will need painting, a different furniture arrangement, a deep cleaning, lighting, landscaping, as well as numerous other fixes.

You can charge a fee for your consultation which will include a complete report with pictures, recommendations, and advice on which supplies and contractors to use—if appropriate. This initial fee can range from $250 to $500. You can also make the necessary changes yourself for an additional fee of $2,000 to $5,000.

A great way to show prospective clients that you’re serious is to get certified as an Accredited Staging Professional.

Professional Organizer

Professional organizers were unheard of five years ago. But, this career field has exploded, ironically, as technology has increased in our lives. Sadly, many of us have accumulated so much that 1) we can’t find anything and 2) we’re overwhelmed to the point we don’t want to get rid of anything even though we should.

As usual, specializing is the key to grabbing more market share. You can specialize by industry (banking, medical, legal) or by focusing on a particular problem like time management, computer data, filing, finances, and even bill paying.

As an organizer, you’ll be in the role of coach as you work with clients to help them get their lives back.

Pricing your services will depend in large part on how unorganized a client may be. You will have to conduct and initial investigation to determine how long it will take to get someone re-organized.

To position yourself for long term success, you might also consider setting up retainers with clients to do monthly, or quarterly, checkups. Or, if a client feels uneasy about a situation, they can call you on a predetermined, prepaid plan.

Conclusion

If you’re currently freelancing in any of these fields, I’d be glad to hear from you. As a matter of fact, if you’re currently freelancing (or are planning to be a full-time freelancer) in any field, I’d love to hear from you.

In the coming months, I will profile a different freelancer each week. So, let me know if you’re interested in getting a free business post at FreelanceSprout!

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