I started my career as a Freelancer more than 5 years ago. Since then I have learned a lot throughout my journey. Back then it was much easier to present yourself to the clients and win the projects as there were very little resources and very few people knew about Freelancing. As the competition increases it makes it difficult to stand out in the crowd.
Here are my 5 tips that should help you as a newbie in the Freelancer world.
Be yourself – One should always present their real self while working as a Freelancer. Unlike normal 9 to 5 jobs where people are hired to work while being their physically, here you are your own boss and your first virtual impression is your last impression. The client has never seen you nor has he personally interviewed you so it’s not easy on his part too to understand what you are capable of. Present yourself in a way that your skills and abilities are highlighted well, and the other person instinct tells them, this is the right Freelancer for me. Do not take up projects which are out of your skill set and cannot be completed with 100% work satisfaction and confidence.
Communicate – Communication is a vital part for every freelancer. Whether you are still standing in the crowd to be selected or you have been selected, the most important thing to do is communicate. It helps you and the client build rapport as well as good work relationship. Asking questions when required, giving suggestions at the time, appreciating the client’s website or presence on social media, etc. Every small piece of communication helps the client understand you and the work you will be doing. But make sure you stand up to the level that you have been pitching yourself for.
Be patient – Working with someone virtually is difficult for both the employers and the freelancers. It may happen that the employer/client has not had a good experience earlier and hence he is a bit strict with his way of conversation, it may happen that someone has told him to be firm to get the work done on time from Freelancers. There are many different types of clients you will have to face while working as a Freelancer. Hence, keeping your calm and patience is very substantial.
While I worked as a Freelancer I had clients who hired me for a project, explained me everything and did not show up for next two days, on the other hand, there were these curious clients who checked with me and my work every 3 hours of the day. I made sure I was patient with everyone who came up to me for any projects.
Be Visible – Make yourself visible with your abilities and skills. Make sure you raise your voice and opinions for what makes you stand out of the crowd. Being a Freelancer does not mean you only take up projects, complete them on time, get a nice feedback and you are done. You will have to step out of your comfort zone and be proud to share with others on social media what your clients have to say about you and your skills. This can be done by blogging, creating a Facebook page and asking your clients to leave a review for you, connecting with clients on LinkedIn and asking for recommendations.
When I realized I need to spread the word of my achievements I went ahead and had a Facebook Page created, an identity which made me recognize as a Data Processing Expert.
I always believed what Ray Goforth said, “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.”
Work Hard – A freelancer’s journey is not easy as an apple pie after so much of exposure to this industry and so many people wanting to leave their 9 to 5 job and working from home. So, to keep yourself going and at the same level, you will have to work hard. Work hard on your abilities and skills, don’t just settle for what you have been doing for years but learn new things, new trends of working. Explore yourself in a way that you never fall behind this digital world. Eventually, you will see results. If you find yourself in a place where there is a dead end then take a break, read some nice articles, motivate yourself, read the good testimonials from your clients and start working harder and harder each day to keep your Freelancing career successful.
Finally, the truth is being a Freelancer is a slow process considering the industry requirements and the available number of freelancers now. But there is still a lot of scopes to make yourself stand out of the crowd by simply choosing the right path to your success.
If not in a few months, you will see results sooner or later. DO NOT GIVE UP.
So, what are you doing to boost your Freelancing Career?
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