The living expenses in Sweden can be quite overwhelming especially for a foreigner or a student who’s trying to settle in the country.
Job opportunities are limited and are often demanding and not necessarily suitable for juggling between studies and other commitments.
Freelancing is one of the most flexible ways to earn money and in this article, I shall give you a guide on starting freelancing in Sweden. let’s have a look;
- Choose and perfect a skill
The first step in starting freelancing is to choose a skill that you can trade to earn money. Your area of specialization should be in alignment with your current skills and experience.
If you are a student studying computer science perhaps perfect to the skills of web development or web design and choose it as your freelancing sector.
Avoid going for skills that are too common or overcrowded because it will lower your chances of getting a job.
- Find a freelance site
The second step is to find a freelancing website. When choosing a freelancing website some of the things to consider include;
- Reviews about them – To identify the best freelancing site, consider gathering freelancers’ feedback from independent review sites. An example of a review site you may have a look at in Sweden is Omdomesstalle.se.
- The digital costs – Look at their subscriptions rates and the cost for bidding on projects.
- Payments and tax – Freelancing websites get their income from charging freelancers. Collect a freelancing website that has minimal chargers or for the least, the cost of tax corresponds with the value you get.
- Opportunities given freelancers – Some freelancing websites have enhanced their services to provide an opportunity for freelancers to create work and sell them and not necessarily having been hired for pay.
- The level of networking it offers – Some freelancing websites offer international networking and you can be hired for a remote job with a company in a different country.
Having no idea where to start? Read some reviews about Fiverr. Take into consideration all these factors mentioned above to determine whether or not their services suit you.
- Apply for jobs
Having picked a talent and a freelancing website the next step is to apply for jobs.
This may be the hardest part about freelancing because there are tons of people who are after the same jobs as you.
You may have to come up with a strategy that will make your applications unique and stand out so that you get considered for jobs.
Start with how your profile appears for clients and the listed experience including the services you’re offering and the price will be charging them for.
Know how to charge adequately for your work. Look at the input you are giving before settling for any pay.
- Connect with other freelancers
Do not turn a blind eye to the fact that you may never get considered for a job. As much as we don’t want that to happen, we certainly cannot ignore the chances of not getting a job freelancing websites.
There are other ways of doing freelancing without necessarily having to work on a freelancing website.
Connect with other freelancers who have been successful in your area of specialization. Perhaps they may get you started on similar projects or refer you to clients in need of similar services.
- Create your website
One underrated fact about being a freelancer is having your own established websites.
Having an independent website where you outline your services and skills not only establishes the credibility of your services but also introduces you to other opportunities for finding and talking to clients directly.
Finding jobs through freelancing websites often involves a lot of processes not just for the freelancer but also for clients and some clients have opted out and decided to find freelancers from doing online searches.
You can up your game by increasing traffic to your website by posting related blog articles which will, in turn, improve your search ranking to better your chances of finding a job opportunity.
The best part about operating a freelancing business is that you get accruing profits without having to pay for transaction charges and other accruing digital costs.
When operating an independent freelancing service through our website always remember that you are expected to pay Sweden freelance tax.
Failure to do so results in serious consequences including heavy fines.