Do you live between a forest and a stream? You need to be freelancing.
When you look out your window, do you see vast fields of corn and a distant highway? You need to be freelancing.
Is the closest place you could call a city a 45-minute drive away? You need to be freelancing.
Freelancing is great for rural creative types for a number of reasons. All freelancing requires is putting yourself out there to potential clients, which means creating a website. Hopefully you have access to a decent Internet connection. If not, see below for options.
You can do this from anywhere. From those corn fields or from that forest.
There is no requirement to live in a certain city to do the work. You don’t have to move. You can find work to be done remotely.
The Work Can Be Done from Anywhere
As long as you have access to a decent Internet connection, you can be a freelancer. Don’t have that option at home? No problem. I get it—the phone company still hasn’t lain cables close enough for my mom to get high-speed WiFi.
She uses a HotSpot. Check out these options for mobile HotSpots here.
If that’s not an option, try one of these:
- Local library: Even the tiny ones should offer public WiFi. They also have computers you can use if you don’t have access to one of your own.
- McDonald’s: Every time I have traveled to another country, I have usurped the free WiFi and air conditioning that McDonald’s offers. This is a great option because they’re usually one of the cleaner fast food joints and they are all over the place. Plus they probably wouldn’t care if you stayed a while.
- Coffee shops: Sometimes small coffee shops that are located more centrally to town offer WiFi. You may have to drive a bit to find one, but plan on camping out there for the day. As long as you order something every hour or two, they shouldn’t mind. If there’s a Starbucks, great, since they offer WiFi. Your local spot doesn’t offer WiFi? Ask the owner if they can make it happen. Never hurts to ask.
You Can Build Your Freelancer Brand for (Almost) Free
Freelancing is a super cheap business to launch. It requires a website with a domain name and a portfolio. And at least one social media account that you commit to updating.
All of this sounds complicated, but I promise it’s not.
Use WordPress. Don’t worry about the other options, just use WordPress. If you sign up for the $5/month Personal plan, you get rid of the ads and a free domain name for the first year. You do have to pay up front, so it costs $60. Save up for it if you need to.
For social media, writers like Twitter, photographers or visual artists do well on Instagram, and all of the above can use Facebook. Believe it or not, LinkedIn is a great way to get clients (for writers and graphic designers, anyway).
The best thing? These are all free to sign up for.
Commit to posting once a day to start, and then work your way up from there.
Not sure what to post? Start a blog on your website writing about your craft or whatever you fancy. Just something so you can get your name out there.
The Work is Flexible
Need to work a day job in order to pay the bills? No problem. You can work on your freelancing stuff in your off-hours, whenever you get a chance.
You don’t need to commit to freelancing full time.
I’m only working on freelancing around 20 hours per week, since I have a part-time job that I have to show up to 3 days a week. And I already have 3 paid clients after one month.
Plus, you’ll be doing what you love.