How can I be a successful freelancer?

15 October, 2021 Gaylene Coby 6

Answers (6):

    18 October, 2021

    - Arrive on time. - Agree to the deliverables upfront. - Treat your client with respect and honesty. - Always have back up material ready in case the job is cancelled, or a vendor cancels on you at the last minute. - Have a list of references that can give an overview of your successes and accomplishments--and be prepared to work hard for any client! Freelancing is not for everyone, but it does have its benefits--more flexibility, more independence from office culture if you need it, etcetera!

    18 October, 2021

    The long answer is that success largely depends on what you're freelancing in. Consult somebody who specializes in the types of freelancing that interest you. Building up a portfolio, finding contracts (some might not be posted publicly), and delivering solid work are essential elements of any freelance gig. Get to know your specific industry by reading blog posts or looking at case studies - there's always something to get better at. Stick with it; even if freelancing doesn't work out for you currently, it could be just what you need in the future when your passion changes careers too often, job markets cool down, or opportunities dwindle.

    18 October, 2021

    - Establish a network of connections and make sure they like you enough to trust you with their business. - Figure out what the hiring company wants and how you can offer those services. - Show off your previous work on social media; highlight the unique things you bring to the table rather than catering to what everyone else is doing. - If they like what they see, send them an email that's as personal as possible (i.e., centered around who they are). Present yourself accordingly while still remaining humble. Don't be afraid to show some personality here! People want someone who cares enough about them, so don't turn into a talking head in your correspondence.

    18 October, 2021

    Dedication, work ethic. The advice I give most freelancers is that they must be proactive in contacting the customers they need to. Albeit this seems a little daunting over my free time, setting up a schedule will help control expectations and help serve as a reminder. The other thing one might find useful is making sure they have a diverse network so not all of their connections are coming from one perspective or niche. Focus on expanding your reach by getting out there and meeting new people. Be friendly, helpful, and support one another!

    18 October, 2021

    One of the keys to success is fixing hourly rates for client-paid work and freelancer-managed time (on a per project basis), as this allows for more transparency which translates into lower ambiguity. Hourly Pricing: If you set out your prices with an hourly rate, then there won't be any question of what your fees are and how long things will take. This has the added benefit that at the end of the job you can propose a total budget to your client, for review.

    18 October, 2021

    Having a good portfolio, being adept at your area of expertise, and being able to succinctly pitch the value you would bring to a company are all good ways to increase your chances of finding clients. However, just because someone has an established freelancing career doesn't mean they have more luck finding work. In fact it may be the opposite. To grow one's business many try expanding their market - going beyond just freelancing for former colleagues between contracts between jobs - or honing in on a specific niche segment or industry within which there is an ongoing surplus of work.