Being an independent contractor comes with many benefits, from flexible hours and work schedules to the freedom to do what you love as your career. One of the not-so-great things about working as a freelancer is the lack of support to help protect you. With over five years of freelance experience under my belt, I have dealt with scammers, abusive clients, boundary pushers, and just downright bullies. So to spare you from some of the headaches I went through, here are my top 5 ways to protect yourself as a freelancer:
Regardless of profession, it’s a safe bet to assume that almost all of us will go through an interview or two in our lifetimes. As a virtual assistant, interviewing is often a regular part of the job as you rotate through projects and clients. This article shares some of my top tips and tricks for mastering interviews and landing the jobs you want.
1. Appear Professional
Now I know this might sound pretty obvious, but the importance of looking professional cannot be overstated. This doesn’t just refer to physical appearance and clothing also refers to your surroundings and the environment you present yourself in. So avoid the temptation to get too comfortable as a work-from-home employee: put on a professional outfit that makes you feel confident, set up your work space with a nice backdrop or pre-set your background filter, and make sure everything looks clean and tidy.
2. Show Up Early
We all know how important being on time is, right? I always recommend showing up to any interview or meeting with a client at least 5 minutes early. Plan this extra time out beforehand to make sure you have a good internet connection, your links are working properly, and eliminate the possibility you will be rushing or appear unprepared.
Have you ever thought about picking up a side hustle? Honestly, who isn’t? With remote work becoming more readily available, the world is at your fingertips many people are turning to side hustles to make a little extra cash these days. With what feels like a million options to choose from, everyone from college students to retirees can see the appeal of a side hustle, but how do you decide which side hustle is right for them? Below you’ll find our thoughts on how to decide on and get started with the best side-hustle option for you!
What Makes a Good Side Hustle: Though Tik Tok stars and Instagram influencers alike will convince you that just about anything could make you a millionaire, in reality, most side hustles will remain a way to make small amounts of extra money to either subsidize your income or have a little bit of extra savings and that’s perfectly okay! That being said, a good side hustle should be something that you enjoy doing. The side hustle you choose should challenge you, and it likely will, but it’s not your job and it doesn’t have to feel like work.
How to Figure Out the Right Side Hustle for You:
Before getting started, consider checking out a few resources to get a well-rounded sense of all of the side hustles out there. Try this easy e-book that goes into details on the top 30 side hustles for beginners. Once you’ve narrowed down your areas of interest, here are the top things you should keep in mind:
Author: Camryn Pickworth
As the head VA and owner of The First Pick VA Group I have found such great joy in sharing my experiences and top tips with other freelancers and aspiring VA's. I hope that our blog can service as a great reference for VA's and Clients alike!