So you have finally decided to take up freelancing. It can be quite difficult to navigate through the vast world of freelancing.
With a plethora of options to choose from, to getting customers, making you successful enough to live off of freelancing only, we are here to break down the world of freelancing.
Here is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful freelancer. All of the tricks and tips are tried and tested by various experts.
- Understanding ‘Freelancing’:
Freelancing is self-employment. It is when individuals who are experts in a particular field offer their services to various clients. They are a one-man-show, meaning that they do not work with an organization
If you understand that completely, then you should understand the tasks will not come to you. It will be a struggle that you have to do to get where you want to go. You will have to hustle to get to where you want to be.
- Find your Niche:
What are your skills? What are you passionate about? That is up to you to decide. The world of freelancing offers a variety of niches that are in demand for freelancing. Some of them include writing, graphic designing, web designer, interior designer, social media experts, etc.
You should pick something that you are good at and are passionate about it. Don’t pick something that you do not like, as it can make you repulsed to freelancing.
- Show And Tell – Portfolio Edition:
Making a portfolio is very crucial. When you go to get a job, you go there with a CV, right? Making a portfolio will benefit you when you have to present your skills to your clients. What good is someone who has nothing to show to the clients?
If you have no prior experience in the field, then you can create your samples. It can’t be that hard to create samples. You need to have samples that you can showcase on your portfolios to show your thinking and capabilities.
Clients look at these portfolios and decide whether they want to hire you or not. This is a crucial step for all freelancers. You can make a website, social media page, or LinkedIn profile.
- Get Connected:
Connections I every field are essential. Get connected to freelancers like you and clients. To do that you can reach out to freelancers near and above your expertise and experience. Join Facebook groups that are related to your niche and reach people there.
Getting connected means that people remember you when they have an opportunity. Connections also help you find resources that can help you advance in your career.
- Flaunt what you got:
Don’t be shy, go promote yourself! Promotion is essential for you to get clients and tasks. Remember those groups that you joined? Well, why don’t you go introduce yourself there?
The social media profiles you made for your portfolio can also come in handy now. You can run ads on those sites. Running ads will help you gain the attention of people that otherwise would have not been in the know about you or your services.
- Use Freelancing Websites:
Freelancing websites can help you save a lot of hard work to get customers. These freelancing sites help freelancers get clients easily.
What these sites do is get verified clients to meet with verified freelancers and provide them a platform to connect and work.
There are many famous freelancing sites, most being broad and inclusive of all freelancing facilities and some are focused on one or a few niches. Most know freelancing sites include Fiverr, Upwork, PeoplePerHour and so many more.
- Be True and Honest:
When you start to get clients, you need to remember to be as honest as possible. Being true in your dealing, honest about your expertise and knowing when to say no can be very helpful.
- Build Good Client Relationships:
Clients give you ratings, so you best please them. Be attentive, give your best, follow all instructions and check upon them. Having a good relationship with clients will get you good ratings, referrals, and opportunities.
Freelancing is an amazing opportunity to get out there and be your boss. Know what to do is challenging, but fruitful to achieve.