This freelancer guide is based on my 3 + years of experiences. In which I saw many failure and success online and offline while working for clients. I am sharing all my freelancing formulas, success tips, and lesson from failures and various important things that are important to become successful as a freelancer. You can bookmark (CtrL+D) this article, and learn and execute these tips one by one.
This is not like a common 300+ words article on freelancing. This is a complete book in one article about freelancing a You will get various ideas and tips that will help you to work online from home. I hope it will be helpful for you to start working online and on freelancing websites such as Upwork, Freelance, Guru and Freeup etc.
1. What is freelancing?
You want to earn money online working as a freelancer. But do you know what is freelancing? I started freelancing at the end of 2014 and still today, I am working for a couple of clients. And in the same time, I am running my IT training business in Shimla. So, according to my experience what I think what is freelancing, you can learn here: What is freelancing? Definitions and meaning with examples and if you want to know about the advantages learn here: Top 4 advantages you can get by working as a freelancer and for advantages and disadvantages working as a freelancer then go here: Advantages and disadvantages when working as a freelancer.
2. Can you work as a freelancer online and offline?
Normally anyone can work as a freelancer. But it’s very important to understand the current situation of your career before you begin to work as a freelancer. It’s because do you want to do it part time, full time or just testing the water. Or just for earning quick money any way possible. I think you should understand in this article about who can work as a freelancer? and if want to understand the quick money making methods, you can learn here start earning money within 30 days and it’s my own experiences when I started on Upwork.
3. Select the right online platform to work as freelancer from home
There are various new and old websites on the internet that you can use to start freelancing. Upwork, Freeup, freelance.in, guru etc. I think the right platform is where plenty of clients posting jobs and projects. The right platform can be where you get clients in less cost. Freelancing platforms are earning a commission based on your works and project prices. You have to pay them because they are connecting you and securing your payments from clients. But when I started, I started with Upwork. I still use it today. But after years, I think if you have your own website and you can get clients directly on your website from Google then its great way to get clients. But it can be hard to rank for your services on Google in the very beginning. But you can do that part time. You can work on your website part time to attract new clients.
Learn these two articles that will provide you a clear path and idea how to choose the right freelancing platform to work remotely:
This article is written by me after 7-8 months of freelancing experience: Upwork is best freelance website know the advantages.
This article is written by me after 2 years of experience: The Greatest Source to Get Freelancing Work
4. Create Freelancing profile that inspires clients to hire you.
Your profile play big role in your freelancing business success. In which you included your Name, photo, expertise and description and all career experiences. The better you’re Upwork, freelance profile the higher are the chances that you will get work and clients. Learn in following articles about How to create a great profile to get more clients: –
In this article get explanations of how to create high quality and professional profile on freelancing websites that will help you to get more clients and work. How to create a professional freelancing profile to get more clients
As you learned the above article, the one question that make it tough for all freelance beginners is that how to get experience, how to add and create portfolio that inspire clients to hire you for your services. But for that I have written another article, only dedicated about how to get work experience, how to create portfolio, you can get tips on following guides:
5. Tips for freelancer working on Upwork: – Guide for freelancers
Now if you want to start freelancing with Upwork, if you want to get more clients on Upwork then following are the article that will be very helpful for you. I have very good experience on Upwork and so I am sharing with in following articles. You can say this is Step wise guide to work as freelancer on Upwork: –
Cover letter is most important part of freelancing business. That’s why it’s important that you practice more on cover letter. Cover letter is like you’re marketing your skills to potential clients. The better you in marketing the higher you create chances to get a project. You can read my Upwork cover letter writing tips with examples .
After this it’s important to find a good client, good client means payment on time, available to communicate, have a clear vision or goals etc. but it’s tough to scroll and get an idea about which one client or project is right for me or not. So, you can get ideas here about: How to find good clients on Upwork?
Now for more clients and regular work, it’s important to keep applying for projects. But sometimes 60 connections are not enough. And it takes months to get next client. For that, I think if all freelancers promote their profile or market their skills on the all possible networks on the Internet then it’s possible they will get more work and exposure for their skills. So, here you can go: Why you need to promote your upwork profile and how to do it
Here is one by one 14 tips that will help you to get the first client. 14 Tips to get your first client on Upwork
If you’re a serious freelancer then you can’t depend on one source of income. Yes, it’s great that currently, you have 4 clients or 10 clients. But even after that, you can’t guarantee that they will be there forever and keep paying yours for your skills. You’re freelancer; it means you’re doing business by using your skills. Backup Plan for Upwork FreelancersH
Now learn following articles, it’s a complete overview about Upwork and my experiences. I think following things can be helpful for you or especially for beginners and intermediate freelancers. If you’re working on Upwork, if you’re thinking to start freelancing on Upwork then following articles will be helpful for you:
Learn in this article about the importance of skills test on Upwork, why it’s important for freelancer Upwork Skills Test: Why it is so much essential?
Now, Learn in the following article about why clients decline job proposal. The simple answer is they hired another freelancer that best fit for their jobs. But why you’re not? Is this answer that simple, I don’t think? I got my first job after 60+ failures, but today, I get next project after 7-8 failures. Why? It’s about what you learn from your failures and what to do after failure. So, I combined my experiences in following articles.
As you know we have same skills. Such as Graphics designer is equal to another graphics designer based on skills. Web site designer or web developer is equal to another website designer or web developer based on skills and experiences. So, we have similar skills and experiences. But few freelancers are getting more jobs and some us are not? Why. I think it’s about how someone is selecting the best project and how they are applying for that job matter. So, here you can learn about this, How to apply for jobs in Upwork websites. This article is based on my earlier experiences and it’s very helpful for beginners: How to apply for job in Upwork
Now following are some bonus article for you on freelancing and tips to get more clients on Upwork, and another guide for beginners bidding on Upwork with Photoshop skills.
6. Improve your Freelancing Business Skills – Technical and Marketing Skills
I hope that above tips and articles are helpful for you. But now it’s about how can you grow as a freelancer. What is the clear path that anyone can follow to work online from home?
So, if you want to start freelancing as a web developer, or want to work online with you’re a web development or website designing skills then, learn this guide and you will get many ideas and practical tips: How to start freelancing as a web developer?
Now following are basics of freelancing and any business. Each guide is focused on particular skills. As you know you have technical skills. But is technical skills are enough to become successful in freelancing or to work from home? Today, I think business skills, people skills, and marketing skills are important than technical skills. It’s because if you have 1 skill but you have great marketing or selling skills, you will get enough work and money using that one skill. But I learned this lesson in a very hard way. I have various skills and experiences, but not able to market those all skills according to the market demand. That’s why it takes me lots of time to build consistent cash flow in my business or online freelancing career. So, following are my guides and tips that I think you can follow and execute.
That’s it, friend. What I learned so far about freelancing. I am not saying that freelancing is easy. But I know that nothing is easy and simple in this world. Especially for a person who has a dream to be a rich and to work online from home. But it’s all about us, how we approach a situation. If you are a positive, hardworking and honest individual then with great technical or any type of skills you will become successful as a freelancer.
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Vijay Kumar is Entrepreneur, IT Career/Leadership Skills Trainer and likes to help students, freelancers, and job seekers with his personal and professional experiences and ideas. The goal of writing is to help students to grow IT related Career and Leadership Skills.
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