After getting your gigs and services online, knowing how to rank them, promote and get your first client, in this article, I want to share with you eight golden tips everyone working as a freelancer must know. whether you’re a beginner or a professional freelancer, these golden tips for freelancers will help you scale your freelancing business.
8 Golden Tips For Freelancers
1. Knowing How To Get Paid
As easy as it might seem, this has been something most beginners think about, and sometimes it even stops them from working online. Most people think that the internet is somehow virtual and they can’t get paid, some complain about PayPal not being available in their country and are asking how they can get paid. They oftentimes worry about these issues and sometimes they stop working, because of these thoughts.
Personally, I think that this is not an issue to worry about. If you get an order and make some money, you’ll find a way to get paid. Don’t worry about it, just start working hard, improve your skills, provide your services, and you’ll find a way to get paid your money. For example, you can sign up to Payoneer, create a virtual bank account, connect it with Fiver or any other services and get your money. Just don’t let the thought of how to get paid stop you from working online.
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2. Have A Portfolio Website
A portfolio website is simply a small website where you show your work. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, developer, programmer, or whatever you do. It’s important that you share your work online so that people can see what you can do. Anyone who wants to order something from you can see your work before ordering. This will give you a positive impact on your account especially if you’re a beginner who doesn’t have any reviews yet.
You need something that proves to people that you can do the job, and the best way to do that is to have a portfolio. A portfolio website Improves your credibility. People will have high trust and feel confident and secure when working with you.
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3. Create Tutorials
If you can publish YouTube videos, believe me, you’ll be getting a lot of clients just by sharing tutorials and your works on YouTube. For example, if you work in the DIY niche, you can capture some images and videos, and publish them on YouTube, Instagram, or any platform. Share tutorials about what you’re doing online on social platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and so on.
If you don’t want to create videos, you can create articles sharing tutorials on your blog. Any kind of content that shows your work will help you promote your freelancing services. You can also create courses, free or paid courses on Udemy, Skillshare, or any platform. This will help you to promote your work and tell people your skills.
4. Improve Your Communication Skill
This is very important. What I am trying to say is simply improving your English communication skills. When you provide service online, you’ll talk to people globally and the top spoken language today is English. You need to know how to communicate with people in English. For example, if a client asks you to have a zoom call with them explaining the project, you have to be able to communicate with them or you can probably lose the job all because of communication issues.
You need some time to improve your English, am not talking about becoming a professional speaker, but knowing how to express your points and ideas will be of great value. Knowing how to read and write in English helps you communicate effectively with others around the globe.
5. Don’t Provide Free Service
Your time, work, and knowledge is valuable. Even if you can do some services in five or ten minutes, it’s because you spent a lot of time testing, learning, and experiencing things. Fast forward to today, you can do it in five to ten minutes. Don’t ever provide a service for free. Here’s a proven fact, people in their subconscious mind don’t value a lot of free stuff. Always charge for a service.
What you can do is to provide maybe an add-on for free, or maybe you can provide a discount for free to some of your clients, to build a relationship with them. You can provide content for free like creating YouTube videos, or blog articles for free. In this way, you can use free content to promote your paid services. Never provide your premium service for free.
6. Chose The Perfect Setup
What I mean by this is, selecting the perfect chairs and table for your work, back, neck, body, and health in general. This is very important. Remember that your health is much more important than money. At all times make sure your health is checked and your body is comfortable before working. Have a routine like, standing up every 30 minutes for a short walk, exercising regularly to keep your body in good health, and never letting yourself suffer from backaches and neck problems. You need to take of your body and health in order to make more money in the long run.
7. Go Outside Freelancing Sites
Promote your gigs and services outside freelancing websites, don’t just publish your gigs on Fiver or Upwork, and just sit down and wait for a client. 90% of the time, you’ll fail. There’s a big competition today on freelancing sites, always try your best to promote your gigs and services outside freelancing sites. This tip is related to the third tip which is creating content, a blog, YouTube channel, social media profiles, and portfolios. All these will help you grow outside freelancing websites, and in the long term, you’ll have private clients who’ll contact you always for your service.
Don’t ever rely on freelancing websites to promote your services for you, it doesn’t work that way. Get yourself out there and start promoting yourself.
In general, whenever you start a job or work online, you need to have some patience. Patience is one of the most important keys to success in your business. You have to post your jobs, skills, portfolios, website, content for maybe one year before you can start seeing results for the long term. If you’re patient enough, you’ll build a strong online business that will never go down, and you can rely on it. You’ll have your own business and be comfortable. Happy Hustling!