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How To Turn Your Boss Into Your Freelance Client

Tips for going from full-time to freelance

By Janelle Harris - September 5, 2013
There's a suspended moment of time in every working adult's life, perhaps after a mentally exhausting meeting or a particularly treacherous morning commute, when you contemplate doing something better with the rest of your career. Some people chalk it up to being a bad day and shake it off. Some interpret it as a final straw, update their resume and start poring over job sites in hopes of finding a grand new position. And some, perhaps the most adventurous of us, take all of the field experience and knowledge we've earned at a 9-to-5 and become full-time freelancers.

According to a recent survey from the McKinsey Global Institute, 58 percent of employers are planning to bring on more temporary, part-time or contract workers during the next five years. That's a dark cloud gathering over the full-time workforce, who has to operate under the threat of being ousted in favor of benefit-free labor. But it's a potential goldmine for current freelancers and a promising forecast for traditional employees hoping to convert their existing duties into a regular freelance gig.

"In the last year, we're seeing a lot of people who really want full-time jobs because they want the stability," explained Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the Freelancers Union. "But they're realizing the opportunities are in freelancing. As work becomes more short-term, it's just realistic for people to be prepared and nimble. Their mindset is evolving."

Ideally, before a wannabe solopreneur makes the decision to take the freelance plunge, they would have built up an arsenal of outlets, contacts and clients to allow them to make the smoothest transition possible. And they wouldn't be so excited to leave the ol' cubicle behind that they miss the opportunity to turn their current job into a client. If you dream of the freedom freelancing affords, here's how to build your case for a working partnership before you sashay out of your company's doors:

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