There are two reasons why people become a freelancer. The first reason is to earn some extra money, and it is more applicable for students or those who are doing low-paid jobs. The second reason is that you have nothing else to do which is, you have not got a job. There are only a very few people who could dare to give up their job and become a freelancer. Whatever the reason is, the ultimate goal of being a freelancer is to be successful. Here are the things you should follow if you are beginning your freelancing career.
Know Your Strength – You can be a freelancer on anything and become successful. But first, you have to decide on what subject you will become a freelancer. The best part of a freelancing career is that you do not require technical knowledge and hence, students get attracted to it. You need to see where your strength lies. It could be your typing speed, your drawing skill, your coding skill, your fluency in speaking and likewise. There are categories to get project based on your skill.
Creating Stunning Profile – The next step is to create profiles on every freelancing site especially the ones that are local. Local clients are going to trust you more than global ones. Since you are new to freelancing and have no ratings and reviews, it is your profile that will help you fetch the project.
What you write on your profile is important but make sure it is 100% complete and verified. Your bio must show that you have experience even though you may not have. Therefore, you must write like you had three years of experience and worked as a freelancer. You must check the profiles of the some of the best freelancers on the site and write accordingly.
Create Sample Projects – Clients always as for sample projects that you have done before so that he can judge your skill. Therefore, keep some samples ready and if possible upload them in websites. For example, if you are a web developer, you should upload some websites with stunning designs and great functionality. If you are an article writer, you should create a free blog and upload articles of different categories to showcase and send the link to the clients to judge you.
Proposal Writing Skills – Your proposal is the one that would make you stand apart from others. If your proposal is promising enough, a client will check your profile to see your bio, skills and other parameters and then will message you for samples. Therefore, you should learn from online tutorials how to write proposals to nail clients easily. Remember, to make low bids early on so that you get the maximum chances of winning a project.
Finally, when the client messages you, reply fast and convince him to award you the project by proving with your words and samples that you are the best candidate.