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Blog Home Life at Appen   •   May 17, 2019

10 Things Everyone Should Know Before Starting to Freelance

Jay is a guest writer for the Life At Appen blog. Tired of leaving his family for 3 weeks a month, in 2015 he started his first blog unsure of where it would take him. With help from the work-at-home community, he was able to turn his excitement into reality. As a proud father of two amazing daughters, Jay now shares his passion for the work-at-home lifestyle at

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Do you dream of being your own boss and living life on your own schedule? Do you appreciate the security of a job, but crave independence? Is escaping the rat race something you both want and need? Earning an income as a freelancer is an easy way to make these dreams come true. You might not know how or when but sooner or later, to be truly happy, you must step out on your own and earn money doing your own thing.

But before you do, here are 10 things everyone should know before starting to freelance:

1. You Are Not Alone

Freelancing can be lonely, but you are not alone. Just because you don’t have a dedicated office and coworkers doesn’t mean you can’t build your own community. There are countless freelancers going through the same thing as you, and they’re looking for a sense of community, too.

You can search online for groups where freelancers come together to support one another and answer questions. You can also attend conferences and, depending on where you live, you may find local groups of freelancers who are doing what you do. And of course, a little friendly chit-chat with your clients is a good thing too.

2. Freelancing Feels Amazing!

If you’ve depended on an employer for a regular paycheck most of your life, the feeling of earning money on your own feels amazing. It’s empowering and for some people, a rush. It opens new worlds of possibilities.

There are barriers to making more money outside of a traditional office job that don’t exist for freelancers. You don’t have to wait for a raise or a promotion, and you can always find additional clients or upgrade your skills. You are in control. Unlike a traditional 9-to-5 job, the harder you work, the more you are rewarded — whether that means d