With around 20% of recent graduates being unable to find employment in their preferred professions perhaps now is the time to consider going freelance as a viable alternative. Although this can be a very competitive and difficult market, by using the information we have provided in our infographic, together with a free DIY website builder such as Moonfruit, it is possible to create an online portfolio to impress potential clients.
Begin by creating a business plan, which will help you recognise your strengths and weaknesses, as well as putting together ideas for your marketing strategies. As the majority of freelancers are self-taught it may be difficult in the beginning to put a price on your services so check out websites and books that cover this subject.
Once all of these things are in place it is time to start contacting prospective customers. Research has shown that 79% of leads never turn into clients because the freelancer did not bother to follow up. It is important to schedule emails and courtesy calls to avoid this, so consider adding a customer relationship management software package to your website. Then sit back and enjoy being your own boss working from the comfort of your own armchair!