Process of starting a freelancing career:
As many people are becoming smarter as the world is being filled with great opportunities. In another way, the 21st century is a century of competition.
No doubt people are being smarter but becoming lazy as well. That’s the reason without understanding exactly what is freelance, a folk of lazy people is entering in the freelance industry unexpectedly. They think it’s a part-time full enjoyable job, although it is, but not for everyone. They are just wasting their own time and confusing the clients as well, and unexpectedly increasing the competition of this freelance industry.
In this article, I will discuss exactly what is freelance and the step by step process of how to start a freelancing career and the key points to overcome the crowds.
What is Freelance:
The meaning of freelance is self-employment, not easy employment. First, you should understand in depth of difference between self-employment and easy employment.
When you do any job in any XYZ company, you probably follow one or two boss’ instructions but when you do freelancing, you have to follow a boss for each project and it’s not as easy as you think. It takes more skills than you have. The funny side of freelance is, some people even don’t have any single skill, but they jump into this industry. As a result, they only get frustration.
I don’t discourage you and I really don’t mean that people without having any skills can’t do freelancing. You can start a freelancing career by distributing flyers only but when it comes to grabbing the clients, you will need to have other skills. In the sense of other skills, you must have communication skill with strong convincing power, little bit technological knowledge, marketing skills, and finally writing skills to succeed in freelancing career.
When you do an easy job like a watchman, you don’t require such a skill set. I hope you understood this section about what is freelance with the example of self-employment and easy employment.
Required Skill Sets:
When you clear your mind, it’s time to gain primary skills that will serve your clients to make money. The skill should not be once in a blue moon. Skills that knows everyone, you should adopt but the way you will provide your service should be exceptional. You might have pre-gained skills such as writing, speaking, coding, designing, editing, consulting, etc. Just make sure, the skills you have are good enough to serve your clients. But if you don’t have any skills or the skills you have are not good enough to serve, then simply research what skills are in trend and how easy for you to adopt.
The question is, how you can determine that the skills you have are good enough, and if not, how you can research.
Well, there is a lot of ways to research, you may search on social platforms such as Facebook, twitter, youtube, Reddit about what are the trending freelancing skills to learn. Communicate with different freelancers by joining different communities to learn what skills will work best for you.
According to my past experiences, the best platform is fiverr.com for beginners as well as experts. Fiverr offer a simple policy for freelancers and clients as well. There are plenty of great features such as purchasing gigs options, extras, Fiverr pro, etc. It’s a great platform for the initial start. Otherwise, you can join upwork.com or freelancers.com. Although there is a huge competition, it also has great clients. You can find almost 30 popular freelancing platforms on the internet but in my point of view, those 3 are the best. Just go there and set up your profile.
Time Management for Freelancing
In freelancing, time is a big issue for beginners. Here I mean for the beginner is, the freelancer who have not established themselves yet. If you are trying to enter in the freelance industry, you will have to focus on that as a full-time business. Although you are an expert on certain skills and your focus is part-time freelancing but you will have to give time as much as possible in order to establish your profile.
Key points to overcome the crowds:
Be consistent: Download the freelancing app of the platform you have chosen from the app store to be responsive. Login daily and forsake the habit of french leaving.
Don’t be in a Hurry: Take your time to be calm while sending a proposal to your client. Having writing skill is compulsory for every freelancer. Convincing a client is an art, and you may know that the first impression is the last impression. In the beginning, you don’t have any client’s review that may convince your other clients, so you will have to completely focus on your proposals.
Be organized: Most of the freelancers do freelancing by fits and starts. It’s not compulsory to be organized, but definitely will help you to grow. When you will get an order, there is a feature on Fiverr that you can note down on the order page about your client’s requirement, how your clients can be happy with your services and overall you can create a road map from getting the order to deliver.
Never & Ever: Never turn-down your orders, until your client orders you mistakenly. Whether the reason for canceling the order is your overloading of the work or not, they consider you are not able to work. There is a big difference in psychology between “not available” and “not able”. If the order placed, your target should be completed the order by you or hire someone else to do.