From freelancer to business owner

The world of freelancing offers flexibility and independence like no other job, so how can you build a freelancing career so that it really takes off and becomes your full-time source of income?

Don’t do everything

Ever heard of the phrase: “Jack of all trades, master of none”? When it comes to building a successful freelancing career, the secret is to find a niche. Focus on what you do best and work on standing out from the freelancer crowd, and wowing your prospective clients. 

Promote yourself

Everyone will find different ways to advertise their business and put their skills in the shop window. Fortunately, these days you can start a freelancing career without having to spend a penny, by offering your services on sites like fivesquid, and touting your talents on social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Be proactive when it comes to looking for work and you’ll be surprised at where the bulk of your leads come from.

Focus on the customer

You never know if your next customer will be your best customer, so always do everything you can to go above and beyond. It doesn't matter if you’re working on a simple £5 order that will only take you 15 minutes; you may well find out that this is a trial piece for a much larger body of work and repeat orders.

Be consistent

Building a successful freelancing career won’t happen overnight, you’ll need to work at it. As with anything in life there are few quick fixes, and you’re far better off being diligent and consistent in your efforts. Approach each day as a new opportunity to build your business and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Believe in yourself

If your mind can conceive it, you can achieve it. By believing in yourself, you’re already halfway there because no matter how talented you are, if you don't have that core self-belief then your dream of a successful freelancing career will be over before it has even started.


No matter what stage your dreams of running your own business are at, opening your eyes to new opportunities is vital to your success. Sites like fivesquid offer a great way to connect with customers across the world, as well as learning from other aspiring freelancers — plus your invoicing gets taken care of, which makes freelancing life a whole lot easier!

Now over to you, time to get busy!