To be a successful freelancer it’s very important to know about the basics of freelancing business. The first step towards success starts when you know what is freelancing business or freelancer.
The second thing freelancer need to do to become successful in freelancing that he/she have clear goals, plans, process of implementation are written in excel sheet or in mind. These are those works freelancer will do each day for a 1 year (e. g. 2 year, 6 months) to become successful. Because they can’t be successful by reading and visualising success, they need plan and courage after.
The third most important method to follow for freelancers that they work on creating multiple income sources or looking for more clients or multiple freelancing platforms or practising & learning more than one skill. It’s really important that they do not depend on single stream of income, promotion, freelancing platforms etc.
And the fourth important method is that they are learning every details, updates and new versions of their skills.
The fifth thing is that freelancer has saving and investment habit.
Sixth thing is a habit to get up Early and planning for the day.
Seventh method is spiritual power and confidence.
These 7 methods can help to become a successful freelancer within 1 or 2 years.
The meaning of success here when freelancer have multiple income streams, when freelancer is not depend on 1 or 2 client, when he/she is not depend for works/projects and clients for one freelancing platforms. In other words a successful freelancer mean when he/she is not too much dependable on one source of incoming. Whether incoming is income, clients, promotions, skills etc.
These are my personal views and experiences. Your views and motion path can be different but the goal is one that we all want to become successful freelancer. I shared on this website my various experiences related to freelancing and I am thankful to new and experienced freelancers that they want to learn more from me and they want a true guide.
Friends I am not rich like Bill Gates, not that much creative as Steve Jobs was or any other business leader. But I am living my life and doing business on my way whether it’s not on the business books or schools. I am working on more than 5 income streams currently (I will share later), and love to keep doing this. So, I just want to help Freelancer, I want them to be successful. And if you follow me or if you implement 20% part of my experiences in your career (also by using your own brain) I will guarantee you will be successful. And I am proud, happy and thankful to say that many freelancers implemented and they are successful. Not by what I told them to do but what their mind told them to do after me. I am just playing my role here to explore the creativity in your brain.
So, now let’s’ understand and I will explain above 7 methods that will help you to become a successful freelancer one by one with examples.
7 methods that will help you to become a successful freelancer
1. Know about Freelancing? What it is? & what you want?
You can’t be successful in any field until you don’t know the basics. You must know about the freelancing industry. You must know what and how you’re going to get benefits of working as freelancer. It’s pure white business but need very smart thinkers and honest people. It required seriousness and commitment. It’s all about business and in right way. When will you understand what is this? How can I do it? How can I help others to get benefits from me? How you’re going to get money by helping others by the use of your skills. When you understand these all questions sooner or later then you will definitely become a successful freelancer.
So, what is freelancing? The first thing you should understand today. I will try and share with you on the basis of my understanding and experiences.
Freelancing: An independent entrepreneur working not for one company or clients as permanent worker or on fixed monthly salary or 9 to 5 but provide services for multiple companies and clients anytime from anywhere. He/she is not permanent employee for the company. He/she is just working for a particular time in any time of the day or when client need their time. The duration of work can be project based (one hour, one day, one year and till the client is in the business) and it depend on the nature of work and quality provided by the freelancer. Payments can be hourly, weekly, monthly and project based.
So, all this process and functioning is called freelancing. In which the worker is known as freelancer. A freelancer is opposite of government or private company employee. A freelancer is also a contractor for a project. If client want a website then the freelancer provide it in set time and with prior discussed demands.
Conclusion: Where you’ll find freelance works and clients? – On freelancing sites, personal website, offline and social media. Clients are posting projects and jobs on freelancing sites such as upwork.com, freelancer.in, guru.com etc. If clients are visits your personal website from Google after searching keyword such as “website designer in Shimla”. You can visit the link to learn more about this: Why freelancers need a personal professional website. Offline when you’re talking to people about your services. On social media when you’re promoting your services from personal website or when you’re engaging people on you pages or boards then there are chances that you will get client from one of them in your network.
- Freelancing is not a fraud work and black method. It is real work and client pay real money to real freelancer by direct bank transfer, payoneer and by bitcoins etc. money transfer services. But if you’re working on Upwork there is facilities that you can transfer your earned money to your bank directly from Upwork website.
- Every freelancing site has their own policies and function system. If you don’t like you can quit but you can’t fight.
- Your own website or personal website is most important source to get clients directly from Google.
- Freelancing does not mean that you’re working on Upwork or freelancer or any other freelancing site. Freelancing can be anywhere offline and online or any platform even you can get clients from Linked in or Facebook. It depends on freelancer where he/she is promoting their services and profile.
To know more you can also read other freelancers blog on freelancing.
So, this kind of basics knowledge will be helpful for freelancer to predict online career in future. To become successful freelancer, you should know about the freelancing, its updates, trend, future etc. You can grow in the market if you have knowledge about your services, products and also about trends in the market. That’s the way I think the first step to become a successful freelancer. I am not suggesting here that you can learn this all in one day. Just daily little. You can use Google news for this and search for “Freelancing”. You will get something. And also you can search for documentaries on YouTube or also read other blogs related to freelancing business and freelancers. It’s all about learning and implementations. And follow those people who are real and their suggestion is working and helping you.
2. Do Goal Setting, Planning and Execution
Our aim in life is to achieve all small goals, dreams and desires. Nowadays people do things intentionally there is something going in backend and we can only see front end. It’s similar in our society. No one is doing anything without thinking or without the expectation. You’re learning this article and your goal is to get the tips to become successful freelancer.
Related: Importance of setting goals in life
I think you understand this now you need to set goals and then plans to achieve those goals. After that to achieve goals you have to execute plan with courage, determination and with the power of hard work.
I will try to teach you this in an example below about how to get goals, plans and execution to become successful freelancers:
- Set goals: How much you want to earn in next few months or how many clients you need etc.
Income Goal – 100,000 in bank account within 6 months.
Required Clients – 5-10
So, like this you can set goals and also set goals according to your capacity and desires. You can learn more about this here: 10 Benefits of setting goals in life & 10 Personal Development Goals That Will Make You Successful
- Plans now create plans to achieve goals like this:
Services I will provide – Website Designing & Development and related.
Marketing or Freelancing websites I will use: Upwork, freelance, guru, personal website, offline.
Price/Cost of Time –$5 per hour.
- Execution processes now create the process to execute this plan because without exaction of plans it’s not easy to achieve your goals. E.g.
4 am to 5 am – Apply for projects on upwork.com, freelance.in etc.
5 am to 7 am – Working on project or creating samples or practicing on skills.
7 am to 8 am – Yoga & Meditation, exercise.
Offline: Networking with people and marketing.
Website: Writing articles or creating personal website or doing SEO of own personal website.
7 am to 9 pm – Working for clients or learning about freelancing or improving skills (technical, communication (English), personal development)
The day to day implementation process can be different for every freelancer. But you should include following things in your execution process such as:
- Keep applying on projects & offline marketing of your services (mouth to mouth)
- Improving and working on your technical and communication skills.
- Working on samples to show. (Personal website, graphic designing samples, website themes or template psd etc.)
So, like above when you set goals based on desire and demand. When you work on your plans and execute with confidence, courage and hard work. When you’re honest to yourself and committed to achieve whatever the goals then no one on this earth can stop you to achieve your financial, social, personal goals. Only you need a desire to become great designer or writer or coder and rich. And for that you have to dreams big and think differently.
3. Create Multiple Income Streams
Multiple income stream idea is well known in the market.
Warren Buffett said that never depend on single income. Make investment to create a second source.
It’s really important for freelancer to become successful financially that they create new sources of income when they have no work from clients or they are free.
For example if you have 4-5 hours free after working for 2 clients then invest those hours to create another income source. Such as apply for new work on freelancing sites, create blogging website, start YouTube channel, offline coaching, marketing etc. This is just simple that invest your free time to get more from your talent financially.
To become successful in freelancing following are the great ways you can think about:
- Multiple clients
- Multiple income source (online clients, offline clients, offline home based business, blog (AdSense + affiliate marketing) etc.
- Multiple platforms to promote skills and profile. Such as upwork.com, freelance.in, guru.com, personal website, social media, mouth to mouth offline marketing.
- Multiple skills – Website designing, coding, SEO, marketing etc.
I think to become a successful freelancer we all have to invest our free time to create multiple income sources, skills etc. that help us to handle tough situation in freelancing business. When we have 2-3 clients paying regularly then we are financial secure. And if after working for 2-3 clients you have time then invest that time to learn more advanced skills in your field. It’s all about multiplication of skills.
4. Get Market Knowledge and collect every small detail about your Freelancing Business
To become successful in any field it’s important to know what is happening in the market. Freelancer need to keep getting knowledge about their skills, about freelancing market, new freelancing platform , new source of income for freelancer, current trend, services prices, network building with clients, creating new source for promotion and marketing etc.
For example if you’re a website designer then you need to keep getting new knowledge about website designing business. Inventing and creating new solutions to help clients and projects, skills promotion and marketing platforms etc.
If you’re investing your time in learning daily about freelancing, working skills, marketing skills then it will help you to boost your confidence and confidence drive you to the necessary hard work. And the combination of hard work and confidence will make you successful freelancer.
5. Saving & Investment habit
It’s really important for freelancer to save 20-30% part of their income. Saving habits help to become successful freelancer. To succeed you’ll have to do to be stingy, don’t worry what other say if you don’t do what they do normally. Never copy other people especially when investing your hard earned money. Invest wisely and invest on products that will give your money in return or something else. If you’re working on Computer and you need laptop then invest on laptop not on buying mobile phone because laptop is more beneficial than mobile especially for freelancers.
My simple suggestion is that save 20-30% of your freelance income and invests after balanced amount on your personal development and on family.
Related: How to save more money ?
6. Get up Early and plan your day
Getting up early is one of top most valuable and profitable habit not for freelancer but every living human. I repeat this suggestion often on my personal development & freelancing articles. If you want to become successful freelancer then you have to get up early in morning around 4 am. No matter its hot or cold days but you have to and I think you’re agreeing on this. The time is most valuable for freelancers. There are many benefits to get up early for freelancers such as:
- Great ideas come to mind in the morning because of peace of mind in the environment that will help both clients and freelancer.
- Freelancer can create to do list for the day and it will help to plan the day and complete the entire important tasks successfully and happily.
- More time than any other average human being and it can be invested on learning new skills, practicing on existed skills, investing time on another income stream, applying for new jobs in the early in the morning because of less competitions on freelancing sites etc.
- Freelancer can do exercise, yoga & meditation and it will help freelancers to maintain healthy body and mind. That leads to prosperity and success in life.
- Getting up early also impact others such as neighbours and family members. And when the society or India is healthy then we can be a great nation.
7. Learn to believe on yourself, take the blessing of parents and thanks god for everything.
If you involve above 6 things in your life and career then it will create your luck. It will create confidence in you. Increased confidence and desire to become successful helps you to accomplish your goals.
And take the blessing of parents. Parents are our real god and gurus. Don’t ignore their advice. Do not do anything that hurt them arrived. Always involve parents while you take big or small decision. Never never never ignore parents for the sake of fake people or in the hope of social reputation.
Worship God. Pray to God to give good mind and body. And thanks god for giving such opportunity to live on this earth. Before starting to work remember god and close your eyes for 1 – 2 minutes. Keep doing this and see the results. Give all the credits of past and current successes to god, then parents, after both then you.
Whatever you’re today, you’re because of God, parents and because of this environment. Please take care all these.
Related: Importance of parents in life
That’s all what I think can be helpful to become successful in freelancing. I am also trying and following all above 7 things in my career and life so far. I am not perfect in all above things but I am doing these all and I know what I am getting and I know what I will.
So, friends to become successful in life we all have to do small things. The professional goal of our life is to achieve small goals. So try to accomplish small goals one by one and just believe in yourself, believe in clients, believe in freelancing platforms and follow good suggestions. I will give you guarantee that if you follow above guidelines you can be a great freelancer within 6 months. So, get up and take your first success step right now.
I think it’s enough! If you have any confusion please ask! I will answer my best.
Jai Mata Di! Jai Maa Jalpa!