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Can One Be A Freelance System Administrator?

Scott BedgoodScott Bedgood
Scott Bedgood
Scott Bedgood

Freelance system administrators are in demand, and success requires that you know a little bit about everything.

Depending on the system, some of the top skills requested may include (in no particular order):

  • Problem solving
  • Cloud architecture
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Account access
  • Mobile device management
  • Hardware management
  • Automation
  • Scripting languages
  • SQL

If you have experience in all or most of those areas, then you may consider exploring freelance opportunities.

Setting Expectations

First, determine whether you want to continue working full-time while freelancing on the side, or if you’d like to try your hand at self-employment. You can always start a system administrator side hustle while maintaining a full-time job, which gives yourself some time to build up your business.

Key questions to ask yourself before you begin:

  • What is the hourly or project pay rate for charging clients?
  • How many hours can you dedicate to freelance work weekly? And monthly?
  • If a client has a system crisis, will you be available in a timely manner?

If You’ve Never Freelanced Before…

Don't worry if you’re a beginner - there are many tools available for getting your freelance career off the ground. For example, Tispr provides a myriad of tips and information that will help you learn how to find clients, build a network, and more. The tool even includes invoices, chat, contracts, and proposals.

Want to know how to become a successful freelancer? Learn about financial planning, discover how to manage your time wisely, better understand how to sell yourself, and ultimately, get your freelancing career off the ground.

How to Get Started

One great way to kickstart your career and get started with freelancing is by communicating with your existing professional network (especially on LinkedIn) both by public posting and private messaging. Use keywords and include industry-specific hashtags in your posts, as well as add the #OpenToWork frame to your profile picture so that employers can easily see you’re available to take on work.

Next, you may want to consider creating your own website or portfolio where you can direct potential clients and showcase your experience.

Top Freelance Websites

There are dozens of websites that specialize in showcasing freelance work opportunities across all industries. When it comes to system administration work, consider the following freelance sites:

The Road to Success

Starting your business or freelancing career is like planting a seed – it takes time and money, and the road can be tough until gigs begin rolling in. This type of work certainly isn’t for everyone, but today, the landscape has become more of a gig economy.

The benefits of being a freelancer are obviously having more flexibility and potentially working fewer hours depending on the workload, but remember that job security and income is not always guaranteed.

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you’ll have to settle for the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker

Scott Bedgood
Scott Bedgood is a journalist and author based in Dallas, TX. He's written for Success Magazine, Texas Monthly, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Texas Highways, bodybuilding.com, and more. In his career, he's interviewed Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Hall of Famers, and professional jogglers (that's juggling + marathon running). He's the author of Lessons from Legends: 12 Hall of Fame Coaches on Leadership, Life, and Leaving a Legacy which features interviews with legendary college football coaches like Steve Spurrier, Barry Switzer, Tom Osborne, Barry Alvarez, and more. In addition to writing, he is a podcaster and video editor. A short film documentary he made about his indoor soccer team premiered at the Texas Theatre, the same theater where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. He and his wife Sami met at the University of Oklahoma and now live in Texas with their one-year-old son and two rescue dogs

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