Do you aspire to become a successful freelancer?
Okay, so in this blog, we are going to talk about ”freelancing”, interesting isn’t it?
And also we will give you some really helpful tips that will help you to become a successful freelancer:
If you are reading this guide, then it’s certain that you desire to become a successful freelancer.
You no longer desire to be dependent on your 9 to 5 job or it can be whatever reason.
You know what freelancing is fun for some and scary for some at the same time.
Fun as there are numerous benefits that there will be no boss, you can work from your comfort zone, you will decide your working schedule for yourself, you will get time to spend with your family, etc.
Yes! Undoubtedly these are the benefits one does enjoy as a freelancer.
But this is only one side of the story…
If you are not aware of the other part, then freelancing can be scary because in freelancing you won’t get regular paychecks like your office, (if you reach a sound position as a freelancer, then it’s fine, but till the point, you will have uncertainty, if you are not aware of the strategies to use), you will have to learn time management, as there will be no-one to help you initially, you will have to manage everything from your own, initially, you will have to work hard to meet deadlines, you will have to be in regular communication with your clients.
In simple words, just like any other job, freelancing also requires hard work, time, and consistency.
Otherwise, you will never get the desired pay and reputation.
Still, want to become a successful freelancer?
Well, Congratulations, this blog is going to be certainly useful for you.
Pro Tips To Follow In Order To Become A Successful Freelancer
STEP 1 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – GET ORGANIZED
This may sound obvious but this is way more important than you realize. As a freelancer, getting organized is very important. What we mean is, you literally need to make a time-table and stick with it. No! we are not joking.
You will struggle to get successful in freelancing with a poor schedule. There is no office where you need to reach on time, there is no boss who will remind you of your pending tasks. Here, you need to become organized and get everything going for you. So, those things can work in your favor.
When I started off as a freelancer, trust me, initially my time management things were really poor. It took a really long time to get organized.
Start making a list of everything, know the things that need your immediate attention, and the things that can wait for some time. This is really important and useful. This will help you to meet your project deadlines. You will be able to complete tasks on time and set some hours for yourself.
STEP 2 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS
In today’s time, we all know there are a number of distractions surrounding us. And there are people who really struggle to get rid of the distractions. As a freelancer, this is another thing important.
While working, you need to get rid of distractions, choose a silent place, off your social media notifications, etc.
Otherwise, you will really find it hard to complete the tasks at hand. If you after each moment keep checking if you got new messages or not.
Then, really the journey will be difficult for you.
You need to develop this habit from the very beginning itself.
STEP 3 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – KNOW YOUR REASON
Knowing your reason why you choose freelancing is something all must know.
Most people choose to freelance because they are really interested in this field.
If you choose to freelance for money or by looking at all the positive things then you can have a hard time.
Freelancing is not always as easy as pie. Everyone has their share of hardships where things can be demotivating.
In this scenario, knowing your reason will really help you to stay motivated and it will keep pushing you. Thus, you will not have the thoughts to quit.
The bottom line here is to keep yourself motivated and make sure that you never stop learning new things. Keep working and improving yourself.
STEP 4 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – BUILD YOUR PRESENCE ONLINE
When you are working as a freelancer, YOU ARE YOUR BRAND. There is no-one promoting yourself, it’s only you.
When you are working as a freelancer, you are selling your skills. You are making money with the help of your skills.
So, your personality, how you show up, really matters in your overall success.
Being a freelancer for some time now, I can say that I am able to make good cash with freelancing that can keep me going. And when I am telling you to build your online presence. I mean, okay wait, I will give you a few options:
Build your website, let people know who you are, and how you can help them. Publish a few blogs on the website, share insights about you. Let people know your working niche. Got happy clients? Publish their remarks over there, put some your past work samples there if you have, etc.
Get started with LinkedIn. It is a professional networking site. And never underestimate this site. It is very powerful. I know a number of people who grabbed excellent freelance projects and full-time jobs through LinkedIn. The point is to enhance your visibility on the platform.
What about Quora? The largest question/answer. community. Choose your niche and answer people’s questions. Be genuine and soon you will stand out as an industry expert.
What else… You can build your twitter account. Join relevant Facebook Groups and participate actively over there. Build your Instagram page and educate people about you and let them know how you can help them. (If you are struggling to build your Instagram page engagement, then check-out this graphic)
Building your online presence in the way discussed above is undoubtedly useful. Also, it will help you on your journey to becoming a successful freelancer.
STEP 5 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – COMMUNICATE WITH EVERYONE
Yes! I mean it. Everyone!
In your journey to becoming a successful freelancer.
You must not miss this step.
Let me share my part of the story here, I remember when I decided to work as a freelancer. I let everyone knew my decision. Even my dad’s colleagues knew that I am working as a freelancer and I was willing to grab projects. And this is how I grabbed my first two projects.
That’s the power. With the right contacts, you never know… you can get good projects as well.
I remember I got my first project of content writing and website building through references only. My dad once told his friend who was based in Mumbai, that I started as freelancing and in what niche I was dealing with.
The person (my dad’s friend) wanted to build his architectural website. And he also wanted a writer who can handle his other lifestyle blog.
So, that’s how I got my project, I build their website also wrote content for his lifestyle blog.
If you haven’t started interacting within your contacts, and letting people know who you are. It’s time to start now.
STEP 6 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – KNOW YOUR COMPETITION
Okay, this will be short and that’s why points, 4 and 5 are important. We are aware of the fact that tough competition is everywhere. It is not limited to the competitive exams only. No matter what industry you belong to, you will have to face competition.
The same goes for freelancing, there is competition among freelancers as well. That why I said in the previous knowledge, you need to keep learning and polishing your skills. As freelancers or in order to become a successful freelancer you must know what is the need of the hour. Looking at the competition, look at what others are doing, and try to provide better services than them.
Initially, I researched the competition and it helped me a few ways. The best part for me was I knew online marketing, I had the proper knowledge of how to make things works digitally, be it through content writing, email marketing, or through other digital platforms.
And it was what freelancers were lacking at that time. There were freelancers but there were not able to market themselves in a way that could profit them. So, I was out of the rat-race and it really helped.
The bottom line? Know your competition and provide your clients with what the other people are lacking. Keep improving and polishing your skills. That’s the secret sauce of becoming a successful freelancer. Add on, keep building positive relations with everyone throughout the freelance journey. Building a positive reputation in the market is always helpful.
STEP 7 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – KNOW YOUR NICHE
I would say that if you are a beginner, beginning with freelancing. Don’t go with multi-tasking. Pick one or two things in which you are really an expert and provide the best service possible. Maybe you are good at content writing or maybe with social media marketing.
Knowing your niche will help you to gran projects that you can complete easily. And after you are experienced as a freelancer, then you can pick more niche according to yourself. For instance, as a beginner, you can kick-start your freelancing journey as a content writer, and after you have settled on this, you can expose yourself to social media marketing, website designing, etc. Got my point?
STEP 8 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SAY NO
I am aware of the fact that this can be troublesome, a beginner, always hesitates to say No, as they feel it will lower their impression on the client. But you know what you need to say No sometimes in order to protect yourself from the future heartbreaks.
How? Allow me to explain this… The thing here is you cannot impress everyone with your work. They will always be people who will be disappointed with your work. Don’t try to grab every project you have in hand. If you think you won’t be able to complete the work assigned to you at a time, politely say No. Never exhaust yourself with over workload. Spare time for yourself to breathe. Otherwise, it will affect your mental health and your quality of work will also deteriorate.
STEP 9 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – BE PREPARED FOR THE RAINY DAY
Everyone has their own hardships.
Even freelancing also comes with ups and downs.
There can be a time where you won’t have projects on hand. So, you need to keep savings so that you can pass the time.
Freelancing does not guarantees that you will get steady income throughout the year.
But at that time also you need to pitch the clients, apply here, and there to get more projects without losing hope. But remember to keep up savings so that you can manage your expenses at that time.
STEP 10 TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL FREELANCER – UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION
I’ll ask a simple question… can a relationship survive without regular communication?
The answer is No, isn’t it?
The same goes for freelancing as well.
Regular communication is always important between a client and the freelancer. It is crucial during the project and after the project completion as well.
During the ongoing project when you regularly communicate with your client in each stage of your project. It will help you to earn your client’s trust. Hence, you will be able to build long-lasting relationship with your clients.
For you to be a successful freelancer, you will have to improve your communication skills regularly. Remember, as a freelancer you are representing yourself in front of your clients.
Want to make a long-lasting impression? Impove your communication skills.
My piece of advice?
These were some of the things I would surely recommend you to follow when you want to become a successful freelancer in a world full of competition.
You see, tough competition is everywhere.
Apart from you as a freelancer, there must be other talented freelancers out there.
You will have to work on yourself in every aspect so that you can stand out from the crowd, that is what matters!
Freelancing is never boring. It allows you to improve yourself from within, it also has many benefits. But never forget it needs your time and efforts as well. In order to survive you need to work hard.
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