How do I start as a freelancing Project Manager

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I am currently employed in a weak matrix sort of organization where the Project Manager just coordinates and follows up/updates the project status. I want to truly experience and enjoy a Project Manager's role and therefore I have decided that I would slowly build myself as a freelancing Project Manager. I have recently obtained the PMP certification.

I would really appreciate if you guys could give me some tips; I want to start this thing properly with small projects and want to build myself as a competitive and reliable Project Manager one day who can manage different type of projects.

Thank you for reading out and I would really appreciate your guidance!
Jul 23, 2020 in PMP by Sam
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You can the freelancing sites like freelancer.com, upwork, fiverr, etc. Here you can get the freelancing job as per your personal needs. Good luck!
answered Jul 23, 2020 by GurwinderKaur
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Thanks @GurwinderKaur!
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Having worked as a contract Project Manager earlier in my career, here are some tips from my side.

You might be quite aware that contract rates will usually be higher than full-time salary rates.

Other non-financial benefits of contract work include: 

  • The freedom to decide what type of projects you will accept 
  • The ability to take longer time off or to spend more time on your personal development 
  • The opportunity to get much greater depth and breadth of experience than might be possible in full-time roles
  • The chance to build relationships across many companies 

But before you quit your full-time role and jump into the contract market, here are a few questions to ask yourself. 

Are You A Generalist? 

Recruiters have the luxury to not only demand project management competence but also to expect that candidates possess specific domain expertise relevant to the needs of a given project.

How Effective Are You At Networking? 

Relationship building is critical for Project Managers regardless of whether they are working full-time or on contract. However, if you are not effective at cultivating your network, especially at times when you DON’T need something from your connections, it can become very challenging to find new gigs, especially when the supply of talent significantly exceeds demand. 

How Resilient Are You? 

NO job is a sure thing. Even long-tenured employees are just a few days’ notice from having to find alternate employment. Having said that, contract Project Managers need to possess the intestinal fortitude to stomach a greater volume of vicissitudes than their full-time peers. 

Hope this helps!

answered Jul 23, 2020 by Karan
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