Freelancing In A Foreign Country
One of the great things about freelancing is the freedom that it can give you to work anywhere. If you keep your records in good order, have return clients, and a decent income, then there aren’t many countries that are off-limits for you.
Here are some tips to make it easier for you to freelance across the globe.
If you have only been freelancing for a short period, then you might still be in the golden glow of freedom. Which while great, means that you might not yet have hit a difficult income patch or know if this is right for you in the long term. There is a lot of responsibility and the hustle mentality that comes with freelancing. If you have the dedication and the passion for the lifestyle, then it might just be for you – for life.
This is very important. Moving to another country comes with a lot of expenses. Many countries will require proof of your savings or the very least, some bank statements that show how much you have been earning. Research what your country of choice needs from you financially in order to make a move. You should find out more about a migration agent, they are clued up on what it takes to make your dream a reality. Get good at budgeting, and better at your reporting system.
No one will expect you to learn the language overnight, and perhaps not even in the first year. But if you intend to stay there for a while, and you need to go through any citizen testing, then you’re going to have to learn the local lingo asap.
As a freelancer, most of your work will likely be in your mother-tongue, but if you want to flourish in your new country, then language will be the key.
Not only that, but this will be the way you meet friends in your new country too.
There are more freelancers than ever, and with that comes much more competitive pricing. One of the ways that you can increase what you can charge and be more selective over your work is when you work on your skillset – all the time. Freelancing comes down to being able to thrive and grow without the limits of a regular job while having the discipline and dedication of a regular job – and then some.
Multitasking in the right way will mean you can increase your productivity but still make time to explore your new city, learn the language, meet some new people, and get some sleep in there too.
Online courses are usually one of the best places to start when it comes to learning more skills, and each time you do – make sure that you update your LinkedIn profile, your portfolio website, and any other online profiles that you have that are related to work.
People know people who know more people. And sometimes, the right conversation at the right time can lead to interesting projects that you might not ordinarily have found. Work your network.