3 No Cost Business Ideas You Can Start Today as a Freelancer

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When you think of starting a business we often get lost thinking we have to be the next Facebook or Twitter.

There are other ways to earn income outside of your 9-to-5 job on the side or you can take the leap and start full-time.

Freelancers now make up 35% of U.S. workers and collectively earned $1 trillion in the past year, according to the "Freelancing in America.

Having the ability to work when you want, where you want, and with who you want has become more attractive.

Loyalty in the workforce is low for both employees and employers. 

You're likely constantly looking over your shoulder in case there is a mass layoff to sustain constant income.

Becoming a freelancer and finding work is easy...

50% of freelancers are able to find paid work within three days of networking and social media.

Personal and student loan debt is at an all-time high and causing people to turn to freelancing with the goal of paying off debt quicker.

People are turning to freelancing more and more to tile the scale in their favor to make additional income.

One in five Americans now make money independently from their 9-to-5 paycheck.

If you don't have a million dollar idea like Uber or Airbnb..... no worries.

Freelancing is a great way to get started. 

Keep reading.... you're going to learn how to use the super powers you already have to launch your freelance business today!

Below you're going to learn 3 different freelance business that I'm currently running and you can too!

Web Development Consultant

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The average salary of a web developer is $65,000 working at a full-time or 9-to-5 job.

For more senior developers you could reach up to the upper $100,000 salary range.

Just like with any corporate job, it comes with limitations.

Here are some cons working a full-time job as a developer:

  • Stuck to a schedule
  • Forced to work on projects you may not like
  • Paid what others feel you're worth.
  • A raise is based on company performance or persona reviews

The benefits of working as a freelancer are:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Work on what you want and with who you want.
  • Charge what you're truly worth
  • Increase your rates whenever you feel.

Working as a freelancer also comes with quite a bit of downside as well.

You don't get to enjoy the same benefits as working with your 9-to-5 job.

Some cons of working as a freelancer:

  • Have to market your own brand.
  • Continuously find your own customers.
  • Sustain strict organization and discipline.

Starting a freelance business on the side a great way to get start and earn some additional income.

You can always make the decision later if you prefer to continue part-time or quick your 9-to-5 job to go 100% independent.

There are a few places you can immediately get start;

Here is a sample ad that I post in various local and national sites:

If you're a general developer or know WordPress really well, this is a great ad you can use to start making some side income.

The email address is my real email address, but the phone number is a Google Voice number that I set up.

I would highly recommend that instead of using your personal number.

I've been setting up WordPress sites now for well over 2 years and earning upwards of $3000 per month.

Graphic Designer

With the boom of startups all around the world, graphic design work is a highly desired skill.

Startups founders and small business owners are always in need of graphic design work but not looking to pay thousands of dollars.

Becoming a freelance graphic designer is a great way to fulfill this need and earn income as a side hustler.

A Graphic Designer earns an average of $41,764 per year.

Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

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As I mentioned above for Web Developers, you can post your skills and get paid on various sites. 

Below is an example of what freelancers are using today sell their graphic design services.

This is a great way to jumpstart your graphic design business without having to create your own side.

Just simply post your services and start earning income.

Social Media Consultant

Social Media Marketing is still fairly new and a highly desired skillset that many business owners need.

In recent years, smart businesses large and small have enthusiastically embraced social media marketing.

Business owners are in need to freelancers in the field to keep up with the trend of marketing their business on social media.

If you possess strong social marketing skills then launching your freelance business is to your advantage.

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Many freelancers have learned that social media marketing is not as simple as traditional marketing.

Instead of hiring full-time employees, in many cases it's more advantageous to outsource freelancers like you.

The median annual salary for advertising and promotions managers was $100,810 in May 2016, according to the BLS.

You could market your services and build a list of clients and earn some good monthly income.

Contract with 10 businesses and earn $10,000 per month.

10 businesses x $1000 (monthly) = $10,000 per month

As you can see this can build up pretty nicely if you treat it like a real business.

Conclusion

What do you do when you feel trapped at your current 9-to-5 job?

How do you supplement your income when you're flooded with mountains of debt?

What if you want to get on track with your savings acount?

Or you want to ensure you're on pace to retire as you have planned?

Starting a freelance business is a great way for you to answer all the questions you have.

If you're an excellent web developer, graphic designer or social media manager...

Businesses are looking to outsource and use your service for their benefit. 

Companies are starting to utilize freelancers increasingly because its cost effective and relieves them of the time looking for talent to hire. 

Use this post as a guide to get your foot in the door and start earning some supplemental income using your super powers.

What other freelance services are you using today to earn income?

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