Hi, I'm Mike and my office is the world. Let me start with a preface: I did not always live international, I did not always have a freelancing income, and I never imagined how limitless traveling the world can be.
If you're just starting out as a freelancer or jealous of someone that has "work from home" as a perk, read on.
It took me 5 years to achieve the status of a freelancer. Here's some highlights and don't be discouraged by my failures.
- Started a Startup - Didn't work out with partner
- Joined a Startup - Company ran out of money
- Tried Consulting - Made a little money and gave up
There's many roads that bring you to the life of a freelancer. The most promising is by 2020, 40% of the US workforce will be some form of freelancer. That's great news for freedom and great news for microbusiness owners.
All Roads Lead To Gig Economy
If you're going to walk away with 1 big idea, it's that you're the product. This occurred to me in 2016 when I continued to brand myself and expand my business. Let me rewind a bit.
- 2011 - Join fiverr and gave up pretty soon after.
- 2014 - Quite my job and joined fiverr again.
- 2015 - Used fiverr to test ideas while working at a traditional job.
- 2016 - Moved abroad because of relationships started on fiverr.
- 2017 - Became Top Rated Seller on fiverr and now work full-time on this platform.
This was the turning point, because I put effort into building myself up as a freelancer. It wasn't easy, but I'm going to show you how to do it yourself and which tools you should invest your time in. I'm usually more biased to fiverr, but upwork doesn't cater well to my skill-sets.
The point is to make sure you're keeping in mind that you're the product and you're ready to invests into yourself.