When you’re considering freelance work as a career, you’ll need a financial cushion to fall back on. A half-year’s worth of expenses will do nicely. Then, instead of worrying about how to make ends meet, you’ll be able to focus on networking to develop relationships that can help you get freelance work.
But if ends fail to meet after a few months of trying the freelance job market, register with temporary employment agencies that specialize in your field.
Some temporary employment agencies, also known as “staffing agencies,” handle every kind of freelance work you might imagine—freelance writers, programmers, even lawyers are examples.
You’ll find temp agencies in your area by consulting “The Directory of Executive Recruiters,” the bible of the recruiting industry. You can research it online or in the business section of your local library. Temporary work through agencies helps freelancers stay out of debt when the economy tanks. Then when things improve, you can continue getting freelancing jobs on your own.
It’s unwise to start freelance work on the back end of your job search. The best time to test the freelance job market is on the front end when your severance package and unemployment benefits serve as the financial cushion mentioned earlier.
Nobody has to tell you that freelancing can be a risky business. But hey, there’s no reward without some risk.
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