The Beginner’s Guide to Freelancing (Perfect for Stay at Home Moms) with Little to No Experience

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Despite this day and age, legitimate stay at home jobs are often hard to find.

It’s the sad truth because we often hear about the various kinds of scams there are online, and most people tend to stick to what they know (which is offline types of jobs).

Or it’s the fact that many people don’t even know where to start!

Well keep on reading, because I want to help guide you in this wonderful world of freelancing.

What is freelancing?

Freelancing is most commonly known where you make money online ranging anywhere from blogging, being a social media influencer, accountant, email manager, customer service, marketer, virtual assistant, affiliate marketer, and so much more!

The most common misconceptions about freelancing is that it’s a “get rich quick” type of business, that freelancing is unstable pay, and that it is unprofessional! Granted freelancing is still a novelty to most people, but the fact is that there are thousands who have stuck with it and are able to live their life to the fullest.

However, most companies are realizing (finally) the benefits of hiring remote workers. Check out this article from Fundera on 11 Surprising Working From Home Statistics. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see new numbers and statistics for people who work from home!

How to get started with Freelancing?

All right let’s get down to business!

First things first is financing. I know it’s a touchy subject, but lets be honest, most of us are attracted to freelancing because we love the idea of the potential to make more money than what we are getting. However, freelancing is a marathon not a sprint. It is very possible to make money, but you need to be smart about it, and that starts with your budgeting.

Now I know everyone are in different aspects of their lives, so we are just going to keep things simple.

If you currently work and don’t have money in your savings of 3-6 months of bills, emergency, groceries, etc …. then you should not quit your current job right away and immediately start freelancing. Instead spend an hour or two every day on the job you want to work towards when you have some time. (Keep on reading to find out the best job for you)

If you need some money saving tips, click the button below to download my pdf printable file (its free!) top 5 tips that I used to save money and put it towards my business!

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What Job is Right for You?

My best tip is to pick something you are ultimately passionate for! For example, I am passionate about Pinterest! I love this visual search engine and I decided to make it my job to help others grow their business with it (which is why I am a virtual assistant!).

My second tip is to relate your current skills to the online world. Are you a good writer? Then blogging or being a freelance writer would be a great area to focus on! Are you very organized, good at sorting folders, answering questions, and want to help businesses that inspire you? You could be a virtual assistant who specializes in email management! There are SO many ways you can use your current talents and translate that to the online world.

Common Questions/FAQ About Freelancing

What are the best jobs with no experience?

In my personal opinion, I believe being a Virtual Assistant is probably one of the best options. You can set your own hours and rates, relate your current skills (check out this list of 150 skills you can be a VA with from Horkey Handbook) to literally any position imaginable that is needed online, and you can choose WHO you want to work with. As long as you pitch to business’s daily and follow up consistently, you will have a job very soon.

Websites that can help you find a job online:

  • Hire My Mom – The site is literally intended for mom business owners who want to outsource other moms to help expand their business! I personally used this site and found 2 leads that I was so excited to work with!
  • Linkedin – This site is all about making connections with other business owners and can be a goldmine if used properly!
  • Upwork – I’ve read that many VA’s have found jobs here, but I don’t suggest it because it seems to be very competitive about who can offer services for the lowest price. Not the best option, but if you’re new and struggling to make a portfolio than it could help find a temp job.
  • Facebook – Yup, you read that right. Join all the Virtual Assistant Groups you can find and other groups that your targeted clients hang around. Then find your groove of what information you can help others with, make connections, and I promise that you will find a client there.
  • Pinterest – Hello Yes! This is so true, especially if you’re looking to work with bloggers! I cannot praise Pinterest enough!
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Affiliate Marketing is an option too, but this is definitely only for those who are thinking long term and accept that you probably won’t replace your income in 3 months. You can read more about it in my other article highlighted earlier.

Are there any creative jobs for stay at home moms?

If you are passionate and have the time to create items yourself then I would suggest putting up an etsy shop! It’s well known for handmade goods and I can’t even tell you the number of items I bought for my husband’s birthday because I love the creativity of the shop owners! If you are a good designer you could do anything from designing t-shirts, becoming a web designer, become a brand designer for business’s, etc….

How to become a freelance writer?

There are many different routes that you can take to make this career. Yet if you are short on cash then my suggestion would be through networking. I’m assuming since you’re here you are very familiar that there are blogs EVERYWHERE about EVERYTHING you could think of. What blogs inspire you and make you feel that they are very helpful? (Pinterest can be very helpful!)

If you can think of a couple then my suggestion would be to contact them through their website and send them a professional email. Tell them why you love their blog and how some of their articles helped you!

Then go in and tell them you would love to help them if they need it through: guest posting, ghost writing, topic finding, etc. Trust me, bloggers need a break every now and then…. (PRO TIP: Send a video intro into your email to stand out and catch their attention!)

How can I avoid unreliable pay as a freelancer?

Honestly this depends on what job you’re setting out to do. If you are a social media influencer, then your pay heavily relies on your followers and your affiliate links. If you have enough followers then you will be making a steady income, but just starting out … It’s going to fluctuate, there’s no way around that.

That’s why I believe being a virtual assistant is one of the best options (at least from the beginning) because there are so many ways you can get paid that is beneficial for you and your client.

For example, you could set up a weekly retainer of an agreed amount, host packages, or go by hours if that’s your preferred way!

How can I make fast money online?

If you’re serious about starting an online business, you understand that you probably won’t make $500 right from the beginning. It takes years to grow a business that gives you an income that you desire. There is a huge learning curve when it comes to starting your online business, which is why courses on these subjects are so popular (and something you can create a couple years down the road).

But here’s the thing, no course is the perfect answer and even the most thorough course won’t have ALL the answers. So in essence, fast depends on your time frame. If you want money by the end of the week, you could do stuff like site testing (generally pay you around $10 per site tested) and you could save up those small amounts and gear it towards your business. (However, I would suggest spending most of your time towards your ACTUAL goal)

How do I find the best online courses for freelancing?

We all want to beat the learning curve when it comes to freelancing, that’s why online courses are so popular! If you click the link above it will lead you to my article on courses that have helped me as a virtual assistant, affiliate marketer, blogger, and how to budget.

I still strongly suggest to take your time and do your own research. Remember, you don’t need to have all the information right now. Pick a goal, find one course that helps you achieve it, and then take action.

  • Ask yourself these questions before you buy:
    • What kind of Job do I want?
    • What do I need help in?
    • How credible is this online teacher?
    • Can I afford this price?
      • In other words: Do you have to use your credit card?
      • Do you have to pull from your savings?
        • Is it a smart time to invest?
    • How successful are the students from the reviews?
    • What are the competitors courses reviews like?
    • Do I personally follow and trust this person?

Just like I answered above here, there are no perfect courses with all the answers. However, if you take the time to research the course and teacher then investing in yourself will be worth it! You’ll be able to take that knowledge and put it into action towards your business! Then all you need to do, is to watch it grow!

The Last Thing You Need to Know about Freelancing.

All in all, freelancing is an amazing opportunity to start your business at your own pace and follow your passions! Do your research, take action, stay consistent, and follow your passions then you will make it through!

I hope you guys enjoyed this article! Let me know in the comments below if it helped you! If you already used these tips before then share how it benefited your business!

Wishing you all the best, xoxo

Leeza Harrington

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