HOW TO BECOME A FREELANCER
First of all, why does one want to become a freelancer…? Becoming a freelancer is a fast and affordable way to start earning an income. Especially if you freelance a skill you already posses, you can get offering for your services And now what is freelancing?…. A freelancer is the one who offers their services for a fee and generally with no expectations of a single permanent client, although the working relationship can be ongoing. It is a form of self-employment, just like household business. Freelancer work as a part-time contractor.
So if you are reading this it means you have less or at all no experience in freelancing.
So first let me tell you some of the benefits of freelancing.
- If done as part-time with your main job, it’s a way to earn some extra bucks and save some for harsh times.
- If you are skilled enough then affordable to start.
- Independence is one of the main features of freelancing.
- As soon as you get a client you can start getting paid.
And now some of the demerits
- Pay for new freelancers is low in the early stages.
- No permanent client, therefore, income and work can be irregular
- Takes time and lot more skill to build a fulltime income.
- Managing may become hazardous in case of multiple clients.
Now, what kind of services does a freelancer provides or offers?…..a freelancer offers nearly any kind of service some of them are like a freelance writer, freelance bookkeeper, social media manager freelance web designer etc.
And now the main point of you to come here.
What do you need to get started?
First of all, freelancing depends totally on your skills so it is important to know what you are good at. This might be the hardest part of what is yet to come when you are just starting if you don’t know what to do, what
you like to do, what type of clients you would attract you will never be successful.
Give yourself some time and explore the talent in you and develop your skills according to it. Be specific, like, if you like writing, what type of writing? It may be about products, or gadgets, branding or something else so make sure about what you like to write about.
Making a portfolio, and now I’m going to show you how to create a portfolio from scratch!
Experience can be a tricky word, like, for work you need experience and for an experience you need to work! And that is what the equation of freelancing is. You can make a portfolio from scratch even if you never had a job experience before.
But let me tell you a secret, clients searching for people with potential to work for them, they actually don’t much care about how much they have worked or how much experience they have, their only business is with what you can do for them and how it will help them to achieve what they want.
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Now let’s talk about how can you be a successful freelancer
- Write as much as you can- to be a successful freelancer, you need to enjoy writing, write as much as you can. Be open with your thoughts and accept feedbacks and do some editing and write about anything you feel to write about.
- Create your web presence- if you want to be treated as a serious freelancer you need a website that highlights your portfolio. Create blogs with samples of your work. Grow your portfolio, find places to guest post. Develop your social following.
- Reach out to your network- grow your network the more people you know the better it will be for you. Let your network know that you are doing freelancing services. Ask them for any leads
- Set your rates- set your rates and stick to them. You know the value of your efforts and time.
Some more tips for freelancing buddies-
Set your goals.
Without a perfect set aim, it is going to be a really difficult ride in your journey of freelancing.
Set you aim as if freelancing is just to earn some extra bucks on side of your main job. Or do you want to become a full-time freelancer and want to be your BOSS or if you are stepping in freelancing to achieve an entirely different goal.
Regardless of what your ultimate goal is, you need to make it totally clear. this what all of the worlds top entrepreneurs agree to when it comes to successfully starting a business.
Only after you have the clarity around where you want freelancing to take you, you can set your short-term goals and benchmarks that’ll help your freelancing be successful.
2. Get a profitable Niche.
You are going to face a huge competition that will be willing to charge much lower rates than you, no matter what you do. There will be people with lower costs of living and will always accept to be less paid.
It’s not worth racing to the bottom for work from home jobs on a freelance basis, especially when sites like Upwork, Fiverr or other freelance jobs sites already have countless options for low-priced lancers.
Once you have built your skills to a level that you can confidently charge a premium for, then you’re ready to start your freelance business and look for ideal clients.
Once you have made yourself invaluable within your niche, you’ll have a platform by which you can expand your freelance business in any direction you would like
3. Identify your target clients.
Attracting the right types of clients for your freelance business is as important as finding a profitable niche.
If you are just starting your freelancing, it’s fine to take a bit more of a shotgun approach to landing a few clients. make some essential assumptions about who you want to work with, target them first, and after working with a few of them, you’ll develop a very clear idea about if you want to continue with the same client.
And now comes the most important part
how much does a freelancer gets paid?
As I mentioned earlier at the initial stages it can be really challenging to break into freelancing. Most freelancers at initial start earning out enough to cover a date night or pay their extras. Many never make freelancing as a full-time career. But see this is the actual beauty of this job niche. You are your own boss here you can write on whatever you want or do as your mind tells you.
If you find a way to dedicate a few hours to your freelancing while working full-time, you’ll have no hazard running your own business and keeping up with deadlines in the future. Whether you get up early or stay up late to work. You are training your self to be a disciplined person. And if you are planning to quit your full-time job or grow your side hustle, it will take time as all good things take time, but if you are passionate and disciplined enough you will be able to turn freelancing into a vibrant career which may allow you to bring you creative potential out.
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