While it might seem overwhelming to start your freelancing business, remember that you can do it in steps. You can start making money right away by setting up a profile on Upwork or a similar platform. Then build and grow from there.
In this section, you'll find a to-do list and a Google Sheets spreadsheet template to track keywords, competitors, finances, and more.
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to create a bookmark, label it freelancing, and save your resources to reference as you grow your business.
Create a freelancing spreadsheet
Now it's time to get into creating Google Sheets to keep track of all your self-employment information. We're going to keep it simple, but if you need additional practice, Check out our Google Sheets tutorial.
First, gather all of the information on your to-do list.
Write out a pros and cons list.
Write a list of skills to market .
Do competitor research.
Highlight in-demand skills .
Make a list of expenses.
Calculate pricing at a flat rate vs. hourly.
Set up a time management and tracking system.
Determine your first set of rates and services.
Create a Brand Kit: Logo variations, colors, type fonts, and more.
Join at least one freelancingplatform.
Fill out all social profiles.
Make long-term goals.
Add a content calendar.
Develop customer personas.
Certifications and continuing education.
Now, create a Google Sheets document and fill in the information that you need to keep track of your business.
Sheet 1: Brand Information
Your Freelance Name
Link to Brand Kit
Sheet 2: Competitor Research
Sheet 3: Services and Rates
Type ( Fast turnaround/ project)
Sheet 4: Incoming
Sheet 5: Outgoing
Sheet 6: Content
Type (blog post, web page, how-to article, video, infographic, image, etc)