The concept seems tempting when one gets the chance to start straight as a freelancer. But that is not so easy and need some effort on the freelancer end too. We are sharing some helpful tips which will support a budding freelancer in establishing a strong freelancing foundation on a buyer-seller platform besides navigating through the freelance life in a successful manner.
Each and every one is eligible to become a freelancer, and even people having a regular job can also do so. Before we share the tips you need to remember that the responsibility of freelance is exactly the same of that of an employee with an organization. So, to ensure success you need to follow the below tips:
Pen down the goals you have
What are your expectations from freelancing? Maximum people say that it offers freedom and behave like own boss. It’s true that these expectations are admirable but things will not fall in place for you won’t make any effort. Think about your target and pen down your goal. Think, think and think what you are good at and how you can use your talent in freelance world.
Explain your skills
Define it clearly as what makes you perfect for hiring by employers. Take example of web designer. They are specialist who can handle work starting from graphic designing to programming till project management. A good explanation about your areas of specialization will help the employers to know as for exactly which work they will hire you as freelancer and why.
Do have clear niche
Let us take the same example again as mentioned above. The fact is that there are too many web designers in the freelance market and it’s not possible to compete with each of them. Identify your specialty… You can be a specialist in WordPress platform or can be good in template designing using Photoshop and can also be expert in designing website which is mobile responsive. Identify your niche and compete in that particular field only.
Why will employer hire you?
When you are sure about your goals, skills and specialty to be in the freelance world the next point in which you need to work as what qualities will make you stand apart in the crowd and get you identified by employers. You focus on work details, coordinating power and a quality of perfectionist will surely make you noted. Know your key features.
Friend and family consultation
In case you are facing difficulty in understanding as where you should hit the stone to start as a freelancer then ask for friends and family advice. Consult with them as they are the one who know you closely and understanding your strengths and weaknesses.
Study the industry compensation rates
There is hardly any freelancer in this world that entered the industry just knowing all about compensation. Freelancer need to count the competition keeping finger on the pulse. Many a times you will come across such bids, which will go out of hand just because, another candidate with same qualities like you picked it at a cheap rate than you. Monitor the opportunities well before placing your bid.
Find the trait which can differentiate you from your competition
Both you and your competition might have same qualities but detect the one which can place you a step forward in the competition than him or her. Highlight that quality and who know the bid may turn in your favour.
Know your client needs and problems
Always remember the fact that you are existing in the industry only because of the fact that your customer base is having too many unattended demands and problems. You need to be the one who has solution for such problems for which your clients will love to hire you.
What can you offer to client?
The job of a freelancer is just not to offer the service but also to ensure that you are best in offering the same. Be professional in your approach with the tendency to understand the requirement of the client closely. This will impress the clients and will ensure that you have a long-lasting career in the industry.
Consider you and your freelance work as a business
One of the most common known mistakes which are made by new freelancers is that they forget that are in a business and their attitude and work quality should reflect the same. Make sure that there is no interruption in work, professional reverts and behavior which can dishearten the client and affect the business and its growth.
Be it any business one thing that can ensure success for you is being disciplined. Work on the weak points you have which can distract you from doing the work with perfection. Fix these problems yourself with self disciplinary approach and rest things will automatically fall in place and will provide you the taste of success.
Know your story and the way to share the same
Every freelancer has a story to share and it should talk about your work and the way it differentiates you from your competitors. You need to establish the fact with your story as why you are worth paying attention. What are the benefits which you can offer to your clients to help them achieve their respective goals?
Be alert and stay updated about the ongoing trends in market
Check out magazines and online sites to know about the ongoing trends in the freelance market. The more you know the more you are aware of the market and the way you need to behave and bid to crack the deals.
Regular training on your field of specialization is a must. So never be overconfident about your capabilities and keep them sharpening with regular industry-based training to be in the race. More you get trained more you are proving you to be the ideal choice of the industry.