How to start preparing for your freelancing career as early as High School

Just a short time ago, telling someone that you plan to make freelancing your career would result in head shaking and mocking. People didn’t have the same grasp on the gig economy and what freelancing would become in today’s society. There are still those that are stuck in the past with an out-dated view of freelancers, but most are familiar with how up-and-coming the gig economy is becoming.

In fact, about 53 million Americans noted they were freelancers back in 2016 which was about 34 percent of the entire American workforce. That number is estimated to rise to about 43 percent by 2020. That’s almost half! So, you may be asking how do you prepare for a career as a freelancer? The good news is that no matter what stage of your life, there are things that you can do to jump-start your freelance career.

High School

It may seem too early to be thinking about becoming a freelancer, but high school can be the perfect time to start learning and implementing freelancing skills. If you babysit your neighbor’s children or do dog walking, you’re already a part of the gig economy. Not every high school is created the same when it comes to their offerings, but there are plenty of opportunities to hone your freelance skills.

High School Vocational Programs

Vocational courses are great for freelancers that want to work with their hands without being employed by someone. Get involved in the wood shop, automotive class, child care, landscape program or other offerings that will get you experience before you branch out into the world. Many young people are skipping being hired by a company and jumping into owning their own business during their high school education and beyond graduation.

Computer Courses

Many high schools are offering more varied computer courses with some even starting high school students on coding. Take advantage of classes that teach about software, coding, typing, and more. Knowing how to build a website using HTML and CSS can come in handy even if you’re not planning on being a web designer or developer. It can make it so that you can create your first website hawking your service to your local community without having to pay someone else to make it. Being willing to add to your arsenal of skills is in a freelancer’s best interest.

Business Courses

Check out if your school offers any business classes as being a freelancer means that you’ll not only need a marketable skill, but you’ll also have to be able to handle all of the of the office tasks that come along with being a freelancer. There are some schools that are going so far to have entrepreneurial classes where the students run a business for the school. Classes that are adjacent to business can also be helpful in getting you started on your freelance career. Things like public speaking, communication, accounting, and more can be beneficial.

High School and College Combined

For some high school students, they can get the best of both worlds. More high school programs are realizing that their brightest and focused students are better served by being able to take college courses at the same time they earn their high school diploma. Some of these programs even result in the graduate not only having a shiny new diploma but a certificate or associate degree from the college they attended.

What Comes Next?

After graduation, it’s either time for the real world or to enter college. Your choice is really going to depend upon what your goals are in being a freelancer. Some may need a four-year degree to help them get their freelance career jumpstarted while others may be good with their diploma or community college certificate program. Not all freelance opportunities require you to have a degree.

Always do your research on what other freelancers have under their belt when it comes to experience and what clients are looking for in their freelancers. There is a big debate going on in the country when it comes to higher education with things like debt, and it’s important to try to make the right decision for your future based on the research that you do now.


College is an excellent time to consider your future as a freelancer. Actually, plenty of freelance enterprises were started in college dorm rooms to help pay tuition. If you tutor other students, write articles for websites, design websites for your friends, work as a housesitter, or other gig jobs, you’re already a freelancer. That being said, there’s plenty that can be accomplished to help you advance your potential freelancer career while earning a college degree.

Picking Your Degree Program

You’ll be hard pressed to find a Bachelor of Science in Freelance. That doesn’t mean that there are degree programs out there that are highly suitable for people that want a future in freelancing. Journalism, business, technology, and similar certificate and degree programs are excellent choices for those that are planning on a future in freelancing. It’s important to find a degree program that supports the type of work that you’ll be doing.

Taking Advantage of Electives

You probably selected your elective based on what you want to do after you graduate. For instance, those that want a career in writing will probably select a degree program in journalism, English, or creative writing. The courses that you take that are mandated by your degree program will help to prepare you for your career in freelancing.

However, one of the pieces of advice that just about any experienced freelancer will give to someone just getting started is that you have to remember that you wear all the hats in a successful freelance business. There is no separation of tasks, especially at the beginning of your career when you can’t afford to pay for a service to handle tasks.

Think of it this way. When you work for a company as a writer, you just get to write. There are a few other tasks you may have to do in conjunction with your writing, but you do not have to run the entire company. The sales department brings in new clients to keep you busy writing. There’s a department to handle the human resource tasks like payroll and insurance. The accounting department is there to invoice clients to make them pay for the work you provide, pay the bills, balance the books, and prepare tax forms. Don’t forget the IT department that keeps your computer equipment working smoothly or tech staff that gets the website up and running to bring in clients. As a freelancer, you are the company. That means all of those tasks are your tasks.

That’s where electives can come into play. Being able to take electives that support you in learning other tasks can go a long way towards helping you to be able to do these things for yourself in-house. That basic accounting class or web design class may not fit in completely with your courses in writing, but they will come in handy at a later date.

Networking and Communication Skills

The adage of it’s not what you know, it’s who you know can often come into play greatly as a freelancer. Of course, it’s important that you understand the core of your freelance niche as poor quality work will cause you to shutter your freelance business just as quickly as not having enough clients, but knowing the right people can help your career greatly.

As mentioned in a previous section, there is no sales department that will bring in new clients to your freelance business. That’s completely up to you. One area where college can be so beneficial for you is in expanding your social circle and getting practice in speaking with others. Networking and communication are the skills that will help you in building your business. You can take courses on these topics and look for networking opportunities, such as student mixers.

Some people skip these events. To them, these types of activities may not seem like actual networking events as other students are probably not going to become your clients that day, but these events can still serve a purpose. Your fellow students are going to graduate eventually and may already be working while going to school. There’s a chance you may make a connection with someone now that helps your freelancing efforts. However, even more likely is that student mixers and other networking events at school are helping you with your networking skills.

It can be hard to market yourself in a conversation and create these types of connections. It can be even harder when your business is on the line trying to get someone to sign on the dotted line. Practicing while you’re in school can help you in doing this for yourself. It can help you to make this a more natural step.

Outside School

Don’t think that it’s impossible to jump into the freelancing game later in life, but in fact, many are doing so to change their lives. Whether you’ve already been in the workforce for a while and love the benefits of being a freelancer or are in school, but don’t have as many options for classes that will help your goals, there are sources outside school that can be beneficial.

Online Courses

Not only has the internet created the perfect environment for freelancing opportunities, but it’s also created the perfect classroom for freelancers. There are so many schools online that can teach you the skills you need to be an effective freelance worker taking advantage of the gig economy. These online courses are available on one topic, or you can take a whole course that leads to a certificate.

You can take advantage of free courses offered through actual colleges and universities and other sources. There are paid courses available, as well. You can find people that teach just about every niche of freelancing. They share their knowledge and experience in exchange for a course fee or membership. Not all of these opportunities are created equal, so it’s important to do some research before spending any money. Look for reviews and information outside of what they’re giving you on their website or in their marketing emails. This effort can help you to find courses that offer value versus those that just rehash information you could’ve found for free online.

Freelancer Gatherings

It can often feel like there’s a great amount of competition among freelancers. That can make it seem as though there isn’t a community feel to freelancing and that you’re going at it alone. That’s not the case. There are plenty of opportunities for freelancers to connect with others. One of the best places you can connect with other freelancers is the Freelance Union. It’s free to join and offers a chance to get to know others in the community. They share articles on being successful, help get you in touch with great deals from partners and keep you informed about your rights as a freelancer. Other places to look for connections with other freelancers is social media, such as Facebook. Not only is this a good place to connect, but to find potential gigs in the future.

Local Library

Your library is an excellent source that often gets overlooked. There are some great books being published on being a freelancer and taking advantage of the gig economy. Check out what your local library has to offer. Often, all you need to sign up for a library card is a driver’s license with your current address and maybe a utility bill. If you can’t find any books about freelancing or your niche at your branch, speak to a librarian. Most libraries have agreements with other libraries to share books. This opportunity can allow you to have access to a larger collection of books. They can show you how to set up a request for books located at other branches or locations.

Physical books aren’t the limit of what your library offers when it comes to books. Many libraries are now offering eBooks as part of their collection. This ebook option is an excellent one for busy people. You can have eBooks delivered right to your phone, computer, tablet, or Kindle. It helps to keep your place, and you can highlight passages. Plus, once your loan is up, the book is automatically returned. That means no overdue fees or having to make an extra trip to the library to return a physical book.

Don’t stop there. Your local library is more than just physical or eBooks you can check out. They offer so much more that can help to jump-start your career as a freelancer. Many libraries offer computer classes, speakers, networking events and more to their patrons. Some libraries have online resources, such as membership to paid courses offered for free. Pop into your local library and check out what they may have to offer. It may even just be a bulletin board that you can post your business’ information to get some new clients.

Community College

Community colleges and similar learning institutions can be another great place for someone that’s not in school to brush up on the skills they need to be a freelancer. If you have already gotten a degree in your niche, you may think that community college isn’t right for you, but that’s not necessarily true. For instance, taking an accounting class through the adult education program at your local community college can be a good option. It’s often very affordable and works well for people that are already busy working since they are intended for working adults. These types of courses can help you to round out the skills you need to run your own freelancing business. Check out their website to see what they have to offer or ask for their flyer or course catalog.

Jumping into the freelance environment isn’t easy, but there are some things that you can do to help yourself accelerate your learning curve. The thing about freelancing is that you’re always learning what it takes to be successful in a gig economy. No matter how long you’ve been freelancing there’s always something new on the horizon that can change your business for the better. Keep your mind open to these changes, especially when you’re starting out.

10 Tax Deductions Every Freelancer Should Know About

These are Ten Tax Deductions Every Freelancer Should Know About

From a tax perspective, working as a freelancer is akin to owning a business in which you are the only employee. On one hand, this can be a negative thing, as your income will likely be taxed more than if you were receiving the same amount as an employee for another company, and filing your taxes will likely be more complicated as well. However, it also comes with a big benefit – deductions.

Like any other business, freelancers are able to deduct expenses that are related to their business, and the more deductions that you can find to take, the more of your hard-earned money that you get to keep.

With that in mind, here are ten tax deductions that every freelancer should know about. While these may not apply to every situation, they are certainly common deductions for freelancers and are things you should be on the lookout for in order to save money when tax season rolls around.

Home Office

The majority of freelancers work out of their home, especially when they are first starting out. For individuals working out of their home, the IRS allows them to take a deduction known as the home office deduction, in which they can deduct a portion of their mortgage or rent.

To qualify for this deduction, you must have a space in your home that is solely dedicated to your work, and you can’t use it for any other purposes. Moving a desk into your bedroom won’t qualify you for the home office deduction, but having a room that is used solely as your office will.

If you do qualify for this deduction, you can take $5 per square foot of your home office or you can calculate your rent, utilities, and other expenditures and multiply them by the fraction of your home that your office takes up.


Working as a freelancer will require you to continuously market yourself to new clients, and sometimes this marketing will come with an expense. If you take out ads on social media or Google AdWords, print business cards, or engage in any other form of paid marketing, you can deduct these expenses from your income. Just make sure to keep good records of the marketing expenses that you have.

Training and Development

Successful freelancers are constantly honing their craft. Sometimes, you may even wish to pay for professional development by attending online classes, purchasing resources, and more.

Any expenses that you have in regards to training yourself or furthering your education in your field can be deducted from your income.

Unpaid Invoices

Having a client who refuses to pay an invoice is one of the banes of a freelancer’s career. While it thankfully doesn’t happen very often, it can be a real blow to your morale when it does.

The good news is that the IRS is willing to help take a little of the sting out of an unpaid invoice by allowing you to take the amount that was unpaid as a tax write-off for your business. To qualify for this deduction, you will want to make sure that you keep a detailed list of each unpaid invoice that includes the invoice number.

While it’s a good idea to set up a system that discourages unpaid invoices as much as possible (such as having a client put money in escrow or only doing large amounts of work upfront for clients that you already trust) it’s good to know that there is a way to get some form of compensation for invoices that are not paid.

Incorporation Costs

If you succeed as a freelancer, you may wish to incorporate your business into an S-Corp. Doing this allows you to take a portion of your income as dividends from the corporation and a portion of your income as a salary. On the portion of your income that you take as dividends, you will not be required to pay the 15.3% social security and Medicare tax. If you’re doing well, this structure can save you a lot of money.

However, the fees and costs associated with incorporating a business can be several hundred dollars or more. You will have to pay a fee to the state, and you will likely have to pay a CPA to help you through the process. All of these expenses, though, can be deducted.


After you’ve been working as a freelancer for a while, you may wish to create a website for your services. While the cost of creating a great-looking website has gone down in recent years, there are still a few expenses associated with owning your own website. These expenses include buying a domain name, paying a hosting fee, and potentially hiring a web developer to help you build the site. If you do decide to create your own website, keep track of these expenses as they are all deductible.

Mileage and Gas

Depending on what field of freelancing you are in, you may have to drive to meet clients, suppliers, or others. Of course, driving comes with expenses, both in the form of gasoline and wear and tear on your vehicle.

The IRS allows you to deduct these expenses either by taking a standard deduction based on how many miles you drive for business purposes or calculating the cost of maintaining your vehicle and the cost of gasoline that you buy for business related travel.


Mileage and gasoline are not the only expenses associated with travel. If you are traveling to a conference or other business event, you can also deduct your hotel accommodations and even a portion of your meals.

The IRS allows you to deduct the cost of your lodging and 50% of the cost of your meals. It’s important, though, not to try and deduct any expenses associated with site-seeing or entertainment while you are on a business trip. Doing this is one of the most surefire ways to trigger an audit, which is something everyone – especially freelancers – should avoid at all costs.


The vast majority of freelancing work is done from a computer. In order to do your job, therefore, you may be required to purchase certain software such as Microsoft Office, video editing software, web development software, and more. All of these expenses can be deducted from your income.

Contract Labor

Most of the time, working as a freelancer is a one-man or one-woman operation. Sometimes, though, you may need to contract out certain portions of a project to a third party. For example, if you are designing a website for a client and need help with a more complex software application, you may wish to hire a software developer to help you build it. While it would be good to factor in these kinds of expenses into your initial bid for the project, you can still deduct them from your income as well.

Hiring contract labor is quite a bit different from hiring an actual employee, and the process of paying them and deducting the expense is much simpler. Just keep a record of how much you paid them and what you paid them for and your accountant will be able to help you take the appropriate deduction for these expenses.

What Everyone Needs to Know About DACA and Dreamers

At FreelanceMyWay, we are proud to work with freelancing professionals from all over the world. These freelancers draw from their unique cultures and background to deliver out-of-the-box solutions you won’t find anywhere else, and the value that they offer to the businesses who work with them cannot be overstated.

With this said, we wanted to take the time to discuss an important issue that affects many in our freelancing community: DACA.

If you’re aware of all the controversy and concerns surrounding DACA and the Dreamers it protects but aren’t sure about the specifics of the issue, consider this a guide to what everyone needs to know about this vitally important matter.

What is DACA?

DACA is a program that was introduced by President Obama in 2012 as a way to shield immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children from deportation. Participating in the DACA program has not only allowed these individuals -known as Dreamers – to avoid worrying about deportation, it has also allowed them to obtain work permits, receive health insurance through their employers, and, in some states, obtain a driver’s license.

Since its introduction, DACA is a program that many young immigrants have taken full advantage of. It has allowed them to pursue higher education in the United States, start their careers, and have access to loans that they can use to buy housing or even start a business. In fact, 5% of the 690,000 young adults protected by DACA have gone on to start their own business in the United States.

To qualify for DACA, participants must have been under the age of 16 when they were brought into the United States, and they must have not been older than 30 at the time that DACA was enacted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2012. DACA applicants must either be attending school, have a high school diploma, or be a military veteran, and they must also have a mostly clean criminal record.

Why is DACA Important?

For most DACA recipients, life in the United States is the only life they have ever known. Many of them left their home country at such a young age that they may not even have any memories of the place they came from.

Without DACA, these young adults are at risk of being sent back to a country that is just as foreign to them as it would be to someone who has never even visited it before. Even if they are not deported, without DACA, young adults who were brought into the country under no choice of their own would be unable to find legal employment, unable to go to school, unable to acquire health insurance, unable to access loans to buy houses and start businesses, and more.

The 690,000 individuals who are protected under DACA are Americans in every sense except the location that they were born. Like all Americans, they strive for the dreams and rights that have made this country so great, and DACA has allowed them to pursue those things in a way that is legal and beneficial to our country.

Unfortunately, DACA is now at risk. Rather than using executive power to renew DACA, the Trump administration has left it to Congress to come up with a permanent legislative solution for the Dreamers. As the end of the DACA program looms closer, though, with no permanent solution on the horizon, many DACA participants are left to worry that they might not be able to legally remain in the nation that they have called home all their life.

What You Can Do

The issues surrounding DACA and the Dreamers are ones that affect all Americans, not just immigrants. This is a chance for us to define what kind of nation we want to be: one that protects the youth of our country and offers them a shot at the American dream or one that rips them from their homes and forces them to relocate to a country they’ve never known.

If you would like to do your part to ensure that these Dreamers can continue having access to the rights and protections that have allowed them to start businesses, earn diplomas and degrees, and contribute to what makes our nation great, we urge you to contact your representatives in Congress and tell them that you want DACA reinstated for good. The fate of 690,000 young adults is resting on what we the people demand out of our government.

Coffee Shops All Over Are Cutting Off Wi-Fi Because Of Freelancers

Free Wi-Fi has long been one of the main marketing ploys that coffee shops everywhere use to attract visitors. Now that freelancing has grown to such a high degree of popularity, though, some coffee shops are starting to declare their businesses a “laptop-free zone”, stating that there are too many freelancers spending all day in their shop working.

Why Coffee Shops are Cutting the Free Wi-Fi

So why do coffee shops care about freelancers using their Wi-Fi? The key to success for any coffee shop is customer turnover. They need new customers coming and going from their shop all day long, not customers staying all day taking up a table.

That’s not to say that cutting off the Wi-Fi is necessarily a prudent move. For some coffee shops, though – especially the smaller ones – it’s the only way they can ensure they keep enough tables open for new customers.

In addition to the economic impact of people bringing their work into the coffee shop, some coffee shop owners have complained that it stifles social interaction.

One coffee shop owner named Ronke Arogundade said she was cutting off the Wi-Fi in her shop as a way of “reviving the art of hospitality.” She went on to say that, “’Without laptops, people have a natural time cycle – they drink their coffee, have some food, chat and leave. But when you open a computer you move beyond that natural cycle and lose touch with the environment around you.”

Whatever their reasoning, banning laptops and/or shutting off the free Wi-Fi is becoming something of a growing trend for coffee shops everywhere.

Are Freelancers Really Taking Over Coffee Shops?

Aside from freelancers, there are plenty of other people who bring a laptop to coffee shops. From students completing homework assignments to business professionals touching up a last-minute project before they head into the office, coffee shops have become a common workplace for many individuals. However, no group takes advantage of them quite like freelancers.

There are a few different reasons why freelancers tend to enjoy working at coffee shops and also tend to stick around longer than the average customer. For one, freelancing is often a very solitary career. Working in a social environment such as a coffee shop allows freelancers to get outside the house and work within a peaceful, almost office-like environment.

As for why they tend to stay longer, freelancers are able to perform their entire day’s work without every having to leave. Students will have classes they eventually have to go to, and business professionals must eventually show up at the office. This isn’t the case with freelancers, who can check into a coffee shop and work an entire eight-hour day at the table.

When you consider the fact that freelancers now make up 35% of the workforce in the United States, you could see where this might be a problem for coffee shop owners.

Should You Keep Working at Coffee Shops if You are a Freelancer?

The short answer to this question is yes, if you enjoy completing your work in a coffee shop you should continue to do so. However, you should also be respectful of the business you are visiting and the rules they choose to enforce.

Keep in mind that only a handful of coffee shops are cutting off the Wi-Fi. Many others still welcome people bringing their work into the coffee shop because they know they’ll likely buy something while they are there.

Even still, you may want to think twice before you camp out all day at a coffee shop, especially if it seems busy or there aren’t enough tables available for everyone to be seated.

In the end, a little common courtesy and awareness is all you need to ensure that you are able to still enjoy working at your favorite coffee shop while at the same time staying respectful of the people who own it.

How to Get Started as a Freelancer Even if You Have No Experience

Working from the comfort of your home, setting your own working hours, drinking your coffee slowly, not dealing with an angry boss, commuting or the office life. All this is possible thanks to freelancing. But how do you reclaim your time, earn that freedom and reap all the benefits if you have no experience?

It’s still possible for anyone. We live in the best times to start an online business and work remotely. If you’re determined and put in the effort, you can achieve that while at your regular job. Once you earn enough as a freelancer, you can quit and dedicate your whole workdays and focus to that so you can build a name for yourself, charge more, and turn it into a business.

However, the starting point is crucial and you should do it right. It will take time, you’ll make changes to your lifestyle, you’ll say ‘no’ to some things too. Here’s exactly what you need to do to get started as a freelancer from scratch:

Start building your portfolio today.

The most important thing to realize about making money online is that you will begin doing the work long before any money comes in. But that’s something you should enjoy, not complain about.

You’re just starting out and have no idea what works and what doesn’t, what clients are looking for, how payments work, what you should charge, etc. So you need to look around first. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be building your portfolio from day one.

How do you do that? Simple. By doing for free the exact things you will be changing for one day.

Define what you’re good at, know more about, or are already working at your regular job (doing that remotely and for yourself is also freelancing and can help you ditch the 9 to 5).

If you’re a writer, for example, you should start writing and publishing your content from day one. The best way to do that is to be a guest contributor on platforms in your niche and start your own blog. When it’s time to contact potential clients, you will simply provide links to your content, so they can know what quality to expect.

If you’re a web designer, you should make your website look professional. You can have a few if you enjoy that and have the time, each targeting the different clients you think you can help in the near future.

Then, you can ask some friends or simply contact businesses without online presence or that have a bad website. Offer them to create a nice one-page website, or fix specific elements of their existing platform. Most will gladly accept. When you do that, ask them for feedback and place these testimonials (together with details about each project) on your website.

Join the right platforms and start offering your services.

Don’t worry. No one expects you to go contact people personally and ask them to pay you for your services. There’s a more professional and easier way to do it. That’s by using the online platforms and marketplaces where employers meet freelancers. FreelanceMyWay is one such example.

You create a profile (more on this below), check out the posted jobs, reply to one or more that fit your skills and seem like a good fit for you, and await your first response.

Of course, that won’t happen right away. Or maybe it will. Depending on how you communicate with the client, what your fee is, and what samples you provide.

Be okay with charging less in the beginning, though. The point is to see these first dollars coming in. Then everything will change. You will be able to call yourself a freelancer. Once you’ve worked with one client, you will analyze the experience and see how you can replicate the process to find another client.

Create a great profile.

Take your time when creating your profile. First impression does matter in the digital world, so do your best.

That means having a quality head-shot. Writing a good description that shares a bit about you and what you do. Try to imagine what a client wants to hear. In your case, your ideal client. And simply add a personal touch to the text so they can get an idea of your personality too.

Then, fill all other information, such as your payment details, hourly rate, exact services that you’re offering, employment history, language skill level, etc. Don’t skip a field as the client will think you have something to hide. Share your knowledge and motivation by focusing on your strengths, though.

Improve your online presence to get found by clients.

Finding your first clients isn’t easy, but it’s just the beginning. From then on, you will be more comfortable with the whole process, will know how to approach people and set the right expectations, discuss deadlines, payment and more.

Getting to the next level, however, happens by growing outside of these platforms made for freelancers and employers and businesses. You can create your very own brand and become an expert in the niche. The more places you appear on, the higher the chance to get found by potential clients.

Do that by publishing content on your blog, create useful resources and email people mentioned in them that you think can link to them from their platforms or can share them with their audience on social media. Make videos talking about the life of a freelancer and the struggles you overcome, so you can get your name on YouTube too and reach more people.

Work on your site in your free time and get all the important brand elements in place – tell your story on the About page, be easily accessible by sharing all your contact details in the Contact page, keep your blog updated, create a great user experience, reply to all comments, have a stunning ‘Hire Me’ page, and more.

Be social.

Last but not least, start networking. Your next client can come from anywhere. And I mean anywhere.

If you keep in touch with old colleagues and let them know about your new business project, they can refer other people to you who need what you’re offering.

Having profiles on all important social media channels and being active on each means you get to connect to an influencer, be found by a journalist who wants to share your story, or bring new visitors to your website from anywhere.

Share your own articles there, but also other content you read. Reply to people’s posts and comments when it’s something about your field, and don’t be afraid to ask your followers questions and start a discussion.

Are you ready to start your journey to becoming a freelancer?

Now that you know what the first steps to becoming a freelancer are, you have no excuse not to begin building your portfolio today, learning things about your niche, and connecting with people online. All this can turn into something big just a year from now if you’re consistent and dedicated.

Most people don’t even give this a try as they think having no experience is an obstacle. But that’s not true. Overcome that mental barrier today and take action in the right direction.