Editor’s Note: Freelance Spotlight is a monthly Q&A designed to celebrate the successes and acknowledge the challenges of freelance entrepreneurship. Each freelancer offers unique skills and abilities and has their own personal story to share.
What’s Your Name?
Hello! My name is Goran. I’m 22 y.o. from Croatia.
What’s Your Freelance Skill?
I build highly converting HTML and WordPress websites that help people get more clients. I’m also currently studying copywriting, so I could also help clients with their website copy.
How Many Years Have You Freelanced?
Actually, I started this year.
Tell Us About Your Freelance Business
Currently, I’m focusing mainly on creating travel websites. My first local client was a travel agency and I like the industry. There are many travel agencies and other businesses in that space that could really benefit from improving their websites. I want to make websites that don’t just look good but also bring great results for my clients.
When Did You Know You Wanted to Become a Freelancer?
I knew I wanted to be my own boss since high school. I hated school and I hated the thought of working for someone else for the rest of my life. That led me to various self-improvement blogs and books, and eventually to The Fastlane Forum. There I was introduced to freelancing. I liked the idea that I could work wherever and whenever I wanted. I knew I had to try it.
What Motivated You To Become a Freelancer?
The possibility to have as much freedom as I wanted. Now, my biggest motivation is to enable my mom to quit her job and retire early.
What is the Best Part of Being a Freelancer?
There’s many advantages of being a freelancer. What the best part is depends on the person. For me, it’s the autonomy. I don’t have a boss, I can work at any time of the day or night… Basically, I set my own rules.
What Are The Biggest Freelance Challenges You Face?
At this point, my biggest challenge is gaining traction. I’m at an early stage of building my freelance business. I’m working hard to gain momentum and build credibility.
How Do You Blend Working From Home and Family Life?
I like that I can spend a lot of time with my family. That’s one of the biggest advantages of working from home. It can be distracting, though. I try to set a schedule and stick to it. I found that you need to set aside a block of time just for working and that you need to communicate that to your family. When I work with full focus I get a lot done in a relatively short time. That leaves a lot of time for family.
Biggest Lesson Learned So Far?
Focus on what the client needs, not on what you want. When you try to help people and see things from their perspective, everything else falls in place. That stands for anything in life not just for freelancing.
Best Piece of Advice for New Freelancers?
The most important thing is to just get started and gain that initial traction. Find someone you can help with their business and then help them.