Momentum and versatility are two of the most important aspects of freelancing, both in terms of productivity and income. This is something that, understandably can be a struggle; burnout is a common thread in the tapestry of freelancing. Keeping balanced is all in the pacing and the perseverance.
If you hope to earn an income solely through freelancing endeavors, then you’ll learn quickly that focusing on just one gig at a time isn’t usually enough. Sure, there can be high-paying opportunities as you become more established, but you should have multiple sources of side income at the ready to fill in those “gig gaps.”
Organize, and you won’t be overwhelmed.
Even if you’re completely happy in your current freelancing situation, planning for eventualities is part of the game. Companies merge or dissolve. In-house hiring processes might overshadow remote contractors. Individual clients only have projects for just so long before moving in other directions.
The more prepared (and positive!) you are, the better. Get thee to your list of browser bookmarks and keep a section just for potential job leads. Then, create another section for other side earners, like surveys. Backups are good to have, so you might want to create a spreadsheet or word document and keep it on a USB flash drive or cloud-based application.
Keep things in such a way that whenever you need to add or drop something from your usual rotation of freelance income sources, it’s only a click or two away. Of course, there’s also the matter of finding opportunities of worth – trustworthy, and worth your time…
And now, for some researched and recommended resources.
There are indeed (no pun intended) a lot of websites offering freelance job opportunities. Some are niche-specific, while others are more generalized. It’s good to have a mixture of both, as you’ll find in this list:
- Real Ways to Earn Money Online
- Work at Home Mom Revolution
- The Work at Home Wife
- Rat Race Rebellion
As for the “strictly side earners, there are ones for microtasks:
And ones for surveys:
Put a plan in place, and proceed to prosper.
Although it might seem tempting to sign up for as many opportunities as possible, it’s best to keep no more than 5 side earning opportunities going while you’re on a well-paying freelancing project. If you have no main source of income, then diligently keeping up with 10 side earners can probably equate to at least a part-time income. Yes, it takes work, but you’ll find yourself forming a system of sorts, particularly in regard to how and when you’d receive payment (which is usually through PayPal).
In the spirit of realism, there has to be a line drawn depending on your personal life situation. If you have dependents and/or contractual financial obligations, you’ll have to adjust your income sources accordingly. Freelancing is more than just a cornucopia of gigs and side earners; opportunities are starting to surface in which there’s actually a possibility for benefits and the equivalent of full-time wages. Keep looking, keep learning, and day by day you’ll be (literally or figuratively, depending on your niche!) writing your own success story.
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