Freelancing or Freelancer has become one of the most discussed subjects on the internet. Yet, there are many unclarified things that 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 patient.
And the freelance market is way bigger than you know. We are talking about a gold mine, that needs precise digging in order to yield the best out of it. Here is a nice 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 the things 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 growth of monthly income in the coming months, then I’d be more than happy to help.
I know everyone would love to become a successful freelancer but, many were having second thoughts before starting a freelance career. C’mon 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 take notes that, these things I learned over the last few years. Maybe some people find these guidelines not working for themselves. And some may find a little difficult 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, every time.
1. Do a self-evaluation
First, if you want to be a freelancer, you should trust your gut feeling. 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 is 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 was 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 are having so much potential of getting hired in the first place.
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 a trustworthy VA’s to keep their busy schedule lined up. Don’t give up. Just look around you. There’s always a way around.
3. Find a place to sell your skills as a freelancer
Even 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 and one of the most trusted marketplace 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.
4. Go social
I know almost everyone has a Facebook account. Aren’t you? But, is that enough? Well, I don’t think so. When someone is going to hire you, they will first look on the internet.
I personally know, almost every client I ever worked with has checked my social accounts before they offer. 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 be maintaining 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 (necessary tools)
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 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,
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 lots of 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 hope they’ll for you as well.
What do you think then? If you already a successful freelancer, then 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.
Featured photo by Andrey Zvyagintsev