Back in April 2020, when COVID-19 started claiming jobs, I received notice that my job would be eliminated in 30 days.
After looking for a new job and attending six rounds of interviews, it finally dawned on me: Full-time SEO freelancing was a real option for me.
The reason I say ‘full-time’ is because I’ve been freelancing part-time since 2010. From the graph below, you can see that this helped supplement my income, but only when I started freelancing full-time did my income skyrocket. While I’d rather not show exact numbers, the amount is in the five figures per month range. During my eight months freelancing full-time, I made 150% more than my old annual salary.
So whether you want to go out on your own full-time or pick up extra experience (and cash), this article is for you.
Why consider freelancing?
I started freelancing back in 2010 to supplement my income from my regular 9-5, but there are many other reasons you might want to go out on your own. Here are the most obvious ones:
Better work/life balance
Experience in industries and or platforms you may not have worked in before
I’ve personally experienced all of those benefits, but the improved work/life balance is perhaps the most significant positive for me. You’ll notice below that my total hours since moving to full-time freelance have actually decreased. That’s because all my freelance hours are billable and not wasted in back to back meetings like in my old “9-5.”
Beyond the obvious reasons above, there are a few other reasons to go freelance that rarely get talked about.
Low barrier to entry
No more 9-5
Infinite career growth
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1. Low barrier to entry
Unlike many other entrepreneurial adventures, freelancing in SEO doesn’t have to be insanely expensive. Sweat equity goes a long way in the SEO industry. In fact, the list below accounts for 90% of the tools I use in my freelancing services.
Keyword research & link analysis tool – $99/m
Web crawling/diagnostics tool – I use ScreamingFrog ($193/annually)—but you could use Ahrefs’ Site Audit to save on this cost.
Accounting software to track income, expenses, invoicing, etc. – I use QuickBooks for $50/m.
Proposal software – I use Prospero for $8/m.
Time tracking software - I use Harvest for $12/m.
Google Analytics & Google Search Console - Free
For under $200 per month, you can set yourself up with the tools it takes to crush the search results. The best part is that you don’t even need to invest this money until you already have revenue coming in the door.