What Does it Take to Be a Freelancer?

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Becoming a freelancer is one of the most interesting opportunities these days. It allows you to earn money from the comfort of your own home. For example, average Python freelancers regularly earn between $50 and $61 per hour on freelancer platforms such as Upwork.

Surprisingly, many people fear to take the first steps. They are hesitant because they believe that they don’t have enough knowledge, skill, or expertise.

But this is far from the truth. If anything else, it’s a limiting belief that harms their ability to make progress towards their dream life.

The only thing it takes for sure to become a freelancer is to be human (and this may not even be a requirement in the decades to come). Everything else you already have in more — or less — rudimentary form:

  • Communication skills. You need to ask and respond to questions, figure out what your clients really want, be responsive, positive, enthusiastic, and helpful.
  • Technical skills. There’s always an underlying set of technical skills for which clients hire you. They may want you to develop their next website, write their copy and ads, create valuable content, or solve any other problem. Before being able to deliver the solution, you first need to have the technical skills required to create this solution.
  • The ability and ambition to learn. You won’t know everything you need to know to solve the client’s problems. So you need to learn. There’s no way around. If you are willing to learn, you can solve any problem — it’s just a matter of time. And each time you learn more in your area of expertise, the next freelancer gig will become a little bit easier.
  • Time. All of us have the same number of hours every day. You already have enough time to become a freelancer. You just need to focus your effort—and maybe even skip the Netflix episode this evening.

You see, there’s nothing special about what you need to have to become a freelancer. You already have everything you need to get started. Now, it’s just a matter of your persistence.

Are you up to the challenge? Become a Python freelance developer now earning (on average) $50 per hour!

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