Freelancing or Freelancer has become one of the most discussed subjects on the internet. Yet, many unclarified things remain.
Simply, the freelancer profile is not something you could do, or you would do in a flash of a second. It needs time and a whole lot of patience.
And the freelance market is way bigger than you know. We are talking about a gold mine that needs precise digging to yield the best out of it. Here is an excellent article that shows key statistics about the freelance work economy.
I have been working as a freelancer for more than 6 years now, and still, there are things that are mysteries to me.
I know there are many beginners, and they may have millions of questions in their minds. This is why I decided to share what I learned over the last few years as a freelancer.
In this post, I focus on, first and foremost, things that you should take seriously if you were to jump into the freelance workforce.
If you are looking to earn 10k for a month in your very first month as a freelancer, I’m sorry, guys, I don’t know how to. Please read no further. This article is not for you.
But, if you are looking for something reliable, sustainable, and possible monthly income growth in the coming months, I’d be more than happy to help.
I know everyone would love to become a successful freelancer, but many had second thoughts before starting a freelance career.
Come on, guys, don’t be afraid to try. That won’t kill you. Just try.
Let me help you with a step-by-step guide to getting started.
But please note the things I learned over the last few years. Maybe some people find these guidelines not working for them. And some may find it a little challenging to follow.
And even some may find that I’m bluffing. You’ll be the judge. I’m not going to intervene. But, trust me, I survived in the long run, and I followed these steps every day.
1. Do a self-evaluation
First, you should trust your gut feeling if you want to be a freelancer. Otherwise, there’s no point in preparing yourself for something that you don’t deserve. Something you don’t want to practice.
So, first ask yourself, “Am I ready to take the heat on?”
If the answer is yes, then you are about to start your journey. If you are still not sure, please take a step back, take a deep breath, and think again.
2. List your skills
If you are going to start the journey, then you should have something to offer.
Nothing comes easy nor without a price. So, get your best shot and outline your skills. At first, you find it really difficult to understand your real potential.
If that is the case, then start with something you would love to spend time with. In my case, I love to spend time with my computer and never get bored.
So, at first, I thought of becoming a freelancer as a data entry operator.
Here are a few skills that have so much potential for getting hired in the first place.
- Web designing and development
- Graphic Designing
- Content writing
- Social media marketing
If you closely look at the mentioned categories, they are more or less based on your creativity. If you are not that creative, don’t give up. There’s always a place to start.
If you are good at administrative tasks, then try becoming a virtual assistant. Many people are looking for trustworthy VAs to keep their busy schedules lined up.
Don’t give up. Just look around you. There’s always a way around it.
3. Find a place to sell your skills as a freelancer
Even if you know what you are capable of, you may still be wondering to find the right place to market yourself.
I’m hoping to write up a separate post regarding the Freelance marketplace and its pros and cons. But in the meantime, I would love to recommend Upwork.
Because it is free to sign up for and is one of the most trusted marketplaces for a freelancer to date. If you are totally new or if you are a pro, Upwork is the best place to work.
Do your homework, freelancer! Try to find yourself a better marketplace to sell your skills.
I know almost everyone has a Facebook account. Aren’t you? But is that enough? Well, I don’t think so. When someone hires you, they will first look on the internet.
I personally know almost every client I ever worked with had checked my social accounts before they offered. Because everyone needs to feel safe, no one would hire a total stranger to help him/her with their duties.
So, you better be as social as possible. Always keep an updated profile. No matter what social platform you are in, you should maintain them well.
At least once a month, check and update the profile info.
And all these social platforms are pretty much better ways to reach out to your next job offering.
We will discuss how you should do social promotion in a different post. For now, this is enough to start as a freelancer.
5. No communication, no success as a freelancer
If you were to become a freelancer, you should have to have a way to communicate with your clients and some tools that are essential to get the day-to-day jobs done.
The first thing you need is an email account. Yes, an email account is a MUST-have. I’d prefer to have a Gmail account, Google’s legendary mail service.
With a single Gmail account, you’ll have access to almost all of Google’s services, such as Google Drive, Google Keep, Google Earth, Google Maps, etc. This is why I recommend Gmail.
When you signed up for a Gmail account, you will have access to Google Hangouts, which is one of the most requested ways of communication, apart from Skype.
And Gmail will give you access to Google Docs as well. One Gmail account will unlock a whole bunch of utilities that are super essential to get yourself to a profound freelancer.
And don’t stop there. Check the internet and learn new things every day.
The bottom line is,
I personally love to read Mashable and Jeff Bullas Blog.
Go there and check for yourself. You’ll see.
Well, we are not done yet. You should keep following and practicing the things you learned.
Don’t just rely on the 5 points I highlighted above. There are many things to consider if you want to be a successful freelancer.
I just told you how I marched into this massive virtual world. They worked for me, and I hope they’ll also work for you.
What do you think, then? If you are already a successful freelancer, please don’t forget to share your story with us. We would love to hear what you have to share.
Just tell us, and we’ll improvise.
This is a guest post by Nimesh Madushanka from IWannaBeAFreelancer.com. You can follow him on Twitter. Please contact us if you would like to write a guest post for Daglega.
Great piece of work my friend. Can’t wait to see your next article that you’ve mentioned in this.
Glad you liked it.
Just working around the clock to finish a couple of articles.
Great article, thanks a lot for that at first.
Once I was a young professional I was indulged with my PC. It was almost 6/7 years ago, I came to know about freelancing. Then I found out oDesk (Now Upwork). I created a profile without understanding much of the things. I was never reguler in there. I sent out few proposals now and then but never got a response. Through the passage of time I got involved more in my professional career and had to otherwise take part from the virtual world. Coming at this stage I find that I developed much of skills from my profession which are in sell in the marketplaces. So I thought why not to revive my earlier account of oDesk. So here is the beginning of “second chapter.”
I updated my profile, sent out few proposals, I think I could make myself clear in cover letters that I wrote. I gave no exception of effort while preparing the cover letters. And to my confidence I have written number of resumes and cover letter for my friends who got selected in different interviews. I was that confident. Why I am saying all these things are because I have sent out few proposals recently and no response like earlier.
I tried to look through the eyes of clients. If you don’t have the freelancing credentials in your profile someone is not going to hire you up with an insecurity. But before you get a job how you can build up that reputation and trust. Where am I making the mistake?
First thank you very much for stopping by and tell us your story. That would help so many other freelancers like you out there.
According to my experience in Upwork (Formerly oDesk), you have to do a few things to get a client through Upwork as a beginner.
1. Upwork is a gold mine.
2. You have to send at least a single proposal every day (stick to the network), and it is easier to find a project than before.
3. Understand that even if you could send a rocket to the moon, you definitely have to prove it. Otherwise, clients will consider someone else.
I have written an article about my story and how to become a successful freelancer at Upwork. So, all your questions will be solved when you’ve read it.
Here it is,
Be The Best Freelancer, Not The Cheapest (https://www.daglega.com/be-the-best-freelancer-not-the-cheapest/)
If you any other question, don’t hesitate to ask.