If you’ve been reading the articles on this website and many others related to working from home, then you’ll know just how many options really exist for people considering work from home.  There are businesses you can start and there are employers looking to hire home-based employees.

And then there’s freelancing.  In a way it’s the perfect balance between the two – except you’ll need to have an ABN (easily organised online through the ATO website if you’re in Australia) and take care of your own tax affairs.  No biggie really at all!

So freelancing…what’s it all about?

Freelancing in effect involves you setting yourself up to do certain tasks for individuals and businesses who need assistance – either on an ongoing or one-off basis, depending on their requirements.  As a freelancer, there are a million and one things you can do – and here’s some of them:

  • Web design;
  • Graphic design;
  • Administration;
  • IT;
  • Legal;
  • Customer service;
  •  Telemarketing;
  • Writing;
  • Photography;
  • Bookkeeping;
  • Editing; and
  • Loads more!

The really great thing is, with the abundance of websites out there connecting you with freelance opportunities (think Elance.com, Guru.com and Serviceseeking.com.au) marketing needn’t be all that expensive!  You can start from the comfort of your own home, anytime and work whatever hours you like.

It doesn’t even matter what level of experience you have!

In fact, many people get their professional start by cutting their teeth as freelancers.  You can increase your chances of picking up freelance projects by creating a portfolio for yourself of work that you have done.  It may be simple mock up work that you do yourself, purely for your portfolio OR you can even do work for friends or non-profit organisations to get some great experience behind you.

Freelancing is one of the many things you can do from home and earn a great income with, so check out the opportunities today.  Google is a great place to start, along with the websites suggested above.  You can also check out the opportunities on www.returntoworkmums.com.au