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What’s your freelance business paradise? | Freelance Sprout | Find, Start, and Grow Your Dream Freelance Business
Read the six part series on creating a freelance business plan
 

What’s your freelance business paradise?

Date May 12, 2008


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Are you getting bored and tired in your current job? Are you looking for a change? Are you starting to wonder if there’s more to life than rushing from home to job to home again?

Don’t worry. I’d be willing to bet there are millions more just like you. Dreaming of moving away from the city—or the burbs—living a simple life and doing something that helps kick the commuting habit.

But, one person’s paradise may be another’s nightmare. Finding the right business for your own tastes and lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. It just needs to be different.

That’s why I’m not a big fan of business opportunities or franchises. Because they force you into a system you may or may not be interested in pursuing for years to come. By the time this realization hits you, though, it might be too late.

What’s worse than being in a job you don’t like? Investing money and time into a business you don’t like. You’re tied down because of your investments.

So, what’s the one thing you should make sure of as you start your freelance business quest? Make darn sure the business fits you and you fit the business. Make sure you really are starting your “paradise” business.

I’ll be honest. Money covers many shortcomings. It can help you overlook a lot of nitpicky things that would otherwise drive you crazy. However, getting to that point can take a long time. If you can’t stand it long enough to make $500 per month, there’s no way you can stand it long enough to make $10,000 per month.

My wife is part of a direct selling company (MLM). It’s a great company. She’s been raising our three children at home the last six years while building this business.

You know what? It’s hard work. It’s a business. She’s absolutely dedicated to making it successful. And she is successful. Is she bringing in tens of thousands of dollars every month? No. But she pays a lot of bills, including our mortgage. It’s a great match for her. She’s willing to put in the time because she’s good at it.

The more your skill set matches the business you want to start and the more you are willing to learn about it, the more likely you’ll succeed.

Have you dreamed about designing Websites but your only experience is surfing Websites? It’s not impossible to start a Web design business but I can tell you the learning curve will be steep.

That’s why I recommend looking on the “inside” first. What are you good at now? What do you actually like to do? It can be something you currently do, even if you don’t like your job.

That’s how I got started with Web design. I purposely looked for opportunities to help with our office Intranet. Guess what? Nobody else wanted to do it. I gained immense design skills while on the job, guilt free.

Don’t be dismayed if it sounds impossible to find the “right” business. The right business is the one that you’ll be successful running. Not the one your mom or dad thinks is a good idea. Not the one your teacher, friend, or cat thinks you should start. Listening to your heart is the best medicine.

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One Response to “What’s your freelance business paradise?”

  1. David@VineSites said:

    I have recently done some of my first web design projects for someone else - all based on WordPress. The experience came from building sites for myself, now I am faced with the learning curve to be able to break free from my ‘advanced amateur’ status and learning other systems to design with. This will come of course from continued practical experience and using every resource (web/books/forums/cool websites like this etc) to keep moving forward. I guess realizing one thing I’m good at is teaching myself and enjoying it, so it’s a start.

    - nice post, glad I found your site (and I was already a fan of the idea behind the brand :-)

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