If you are struggling to meet up with your mandatory monthly financial responsibilities, or you only feel like you could do with more income, freelance work is an obvious solution. The number of freelancers in the economy is growing exponentially by the day. Freelance brings with it a lot of benefits; none more so than the capacity to work mainly on your terms and on your turf (which is easily a bed on many occasions).
There is a report that suggests very strongly that freelancers are happier than there 9 to 5 counterparts. It isn’t so difficult to believe actually. Quite frankly, between the avoidance of street driving, the morning rush, short lunch breaks and traffic jam in the immediate after work hours; freelancers working in the least are apparently poised to have fewer stress hormones circulating in any 24-hour window.
How can you go about becoming a freelancer? Take these few steps:
Pick a skill
Everyone needs something done. Freelancing is more than just writing blog posts, answering phone calls and responding to emails. There are a lot of areas of expertise offered on freelance platforms. It is your responsibility to look inwards and come up with something that you can provide a potential client. Your resume on its own already contains a lot than being leveraged by clients all over the world.
Also, learn to be creative. To break through and sustain a healthy, progressive freelance career, you need to get out of the orthodox way of thinking. Get creative with what you can do, and you can offer a better version of an already existing service. You can even learn a new skill. You have to keep improving your skills to remain relevant in the industry (this is a must).
The easiest way to be noticed by potential customers is to set you apart from the competition. Look at what your competitors are doing, identify a drawback and then do everything to solve this challenge. Now, offer your services without the speed bump identified; clients will flock to your service. Remember that your brand is your identity. Give yourself an image that speaks to a capacity unrivaled in your chosen niche.
Put Together a Reputable Portfolio
The best way to advertise your craft is to have a portfolio accessible to potential clients. Before hiring you, clients (rightly so) want to see what you have done in the past. It gives clients a sense of security in their will to invest in your services. It also makes them confident that you can deliver.
It goes without saying that, freelancing is all about delivering the goods when it counts. It is the only way to keep the orders coming.
Make a Pitch
At some point, after you have successfully invested in improving (or updating) your skills, and building a portfolio, it is time to start pitching to clients. Use your proposal bids wisely; don’t bid on projects that you cannot handle as this can hamper your credibility. The more jobs you apply to, the more likely you are to land your first post.