If I Started All Over as a Freelancer, Here’s How I Would Do It

One of the questions I get most often is: if you were starting all over how would you create a work-from-home job opportunity for yourself?

And honestly, this one is a no-brainer for me.

  1. I would compile a list of all the things I’m great at doing for business owners – from VA work to writing – and go put that into an Upwork profile (note that there are tons of Upwork tutorials on YouTube and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND checking them out to maximize your profile right from the start)
  2. I would check out what others in my area/niche were charging so that I could price myself accordingly. Then I would start pitching myself to at least 10 job opportunities per day.
  3. In the meantime, I would optimize my LinkedIn profile (grab our free LinkedIn checklist if you want to do this now).
  4. Then, I would start maxing out my LinkedIn connections (you get 80/week with a free account, I recommend splitting that into several days per week so that you don’t get flagged as a bot). I would start by connecting with people I know and others in my industry until I hit 500 connections, which is like the golden number on LinkedIn. Once you hit this number, your profile just says 500+ connections. It makes you look more legit.
  5. THEN, I would start finding the people that were buyers for the type of work I was offering on Upwork. It could be female small business owners, HR directors, marketing companies, etc.
  6. Once they connected with me, I would pitch them on my services. I talk about how to do this well in our LinkedIn 201 tutorial. You can access this for free.

With consistency, this would very likely be enough for me to replicate how I originally left my 9-5 in under 6 months. Try it for 30 days, and let me know how it goes for you!