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How to Become a Freelancer

Updated on January 25, 2013

A freelancer is a one of the ways to work at home and be independent without having to go through all the hassles of starting your very own business. Most people operate under their own name, so they do not need to register as a business. For that reason it is possible to become a freelancer overnight without having a lot of obstacles and expenses.

What is a Freelancer?

A freelancer is someone who offers their services for a price. Freelancing can be any field or service you may be good at; you may be contracting with an employer for either short term or a permanent position.

Why Would You Want to Freelance?

Freelancing is a good backup plan or egg as most people call it. Some individuals rely solely on their freelancing income others do not. However, if you get laid off from your sole income freelancing can be a good source of income when looking for an employee job. Not to mention, you dictate how much you make too.

What Kind of Work Do Freelancers Do?

Freelancers offer a variety of services and not all freelancers offer the same exact services either. However, some of the common services you will find in the freelancing world is writing, publishing, virtual assistants, and bookkeepers. These are not the only jobs one may find, but these are the common ones most people work.

What Do You Need to Freelance?

All you really need to be a freelancer is a marketable skill that you can offer to your potential clients. Most people use their employment experience to grab up some clients, others use their hobbies. However, knowing how to market yourself will be beneficial when starting out. Once your name is out there you will have an easier time getting clients than you had when you first started out.

How Do You Find Freelance Work?

There are many freelancing sites out there – some may charge a fee and others will be free. In most cases, free will work for you and fit your needs, so there should be no need to pay for work.

Here are some of the more popular freelancing sites:

Craigslist

Guru

ELance

VWorker

Odesk

How Do Freelancers Handle Taxes?

Like any other job or business you may have, freelancers will need to meet their federal, state and local tax obligations. All this means is filing any estimated tax returns, just as you would if you were working out side of the home. However, instead of filing it under your job name as you would in the B&M world; you will be filing it under your own name and social security number. Remember any client that pays you more than $600 in a calendar year is required to provide you with a 1099 form from the IRS that reports your earnings.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Good hub Amanda. Welcome to hubpages - I see that you joined a few weeks ago. you clearly know about freelance ing. I'm following you and look forward to your new hubs. Russ Moran

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