Every creative person wants to be their own boss. But it takes a lot of work, dedication, strong set of skills and willingness to learn and accept criticism. If you have a day job and want to go freelance, keep your day job while your freelance career progresses. Focus on what will drive employment for you. Build a high-quality portfolio and set strategic prices. Here is some advice from six-figure freelancers and how they took a leap of faith.

 

Ilise Benun – Marketing consultant, entrepreneur, and online educator at Marketing Mentor

"You can’t be everything to everyone. Focus is essential to success and builds your competence and self confidence."

 

Preston Lee – Entrepreneur, blogger, and freelance graphic designer at Millo

"My best clients always came from word-of-mouth marketing. It always required much less convincing up-front and had a level of trust built-in"

"Learning to value your work properly leads to huge amounts of success as a freelancer because it allows you to charge more, turn down jobs you’ll end up hating, and ultimately be more satisfied with the work you do."

 

Paul Jarvis – Entrepreneur, best-selling author, and freelance designer at PJRVS

"I’ve never cold-called, put my services on job boards or marketplaces. It’s been 100% word of mouth and referrals since I started…[my clients] became my sales force."

 

Michelle Schroeder – Personal finance blogger and freelance strategy consultant at Making Sense of Cents.

"Now that I’ve built a sizable audience, I earn a majority of my income through affiliate marketing, advertising space, and managing content for a few other websites"

 

Brandon Seymour – Content marketing, SEO, and conversion optimization consultant at Beymour.

" I’ve had the most luck through blogging for popular sites and getting featured in print publications. One article in particular led to connections that brought in about $40,000 in revenue over the course of one year"

 

Original Article – https://www.forbes.com/sites/ryanrobinson/2016/04/20/six-figure-freelancers-share-their-best-advice-for-finding-success-and-clients/#5d18e856119e