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How do you become a freelancer?
Switching from working for a regular 9-5 job in a corporate company to full-time freelancer was one of the best things that happened to me. I just hit my 5th year last April and has never looked back.
Just like any full-time freelancer, it was not easy at first. It took me almost 6 months to finally get a full-time job working for an international company. Getting clients may be tough when you are starting, but don’t let that hinder your goals of working from home as a freelancer.
Imagine working and earning money just by working from home. All you need is a laptop or computer and a wifi connection. If you’re a working mom, this is something you’ll want. You get to take care of the kids, run the house, and still make time for work and earn money.
Apart from working from home, you can work anywhere just as long there are an internet connection and a power source. Those who like to travel can enjoy this.
Being a freelancer comes with a lot of responsibility as well, you don’t deliver, and you won’t earn. You have to work hard and do an excellent job so you can have a long and good working relationship with clients.
While some clients prefer for you to have a fixed schedule, some clients give you freedom and flexibility over your work schedule as long as you have to finish your weekly or monthly deadlines on time.
Having flexible time lets you have more freedom of how you go about your daily activities for work, errands, and other things. You get to manage and take control of your time.
You can get as more clients as you want and earn money without a cap on your income. And since you do not have expenses for gas or commuting allowance or lunch or dinner budgets, you get to save as well.
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There are so many ways to start; you do not have to be an expert but should be willing to learn new things and learn fast.
Before we dive on the how-to’s, it is best to concentrate on your credentials. Whatever you call it, resume, portfolio, CV; you got to have any of those or better at least two.
Remember, some clients will ask you for a portfolio and some both resume and portfolio along with your pricing (monthly quote or an hourly rate).
I highly recommend you to set up a LinkedIn account as well.
These days, you can find a lot of free and paid courses online, that can help you with the freelance job you are interested in trying. Freelance jobs that are very in-demand these days are Graphic design, Social Media Management, Content Creation, and Blog Management.
If I could go back in time, I would try to learn more about these things before I started looking for my clients. These kind of skills are the things you can add to your portfolio and your resume.
Some of the sites that you can check out are Udemy, Entrepreneur, Shaw Academy.
Dedicate a time to check out these apps or services like Hootsuite, Planoly, Later, Preview, Tailwind, etc. Most of these tools offer free sign up. Having at least basic knowledge and familiarity on how these apps work can help you get that dream client you want.
For graphic design, Photoshop and Canva are tools you’ll need. Some people look down on Canva, and I do not know why? Some people just get overwhelmed by how Photoshop works. If you are newbie, you would need something easy to learn and navigate, and Canva gives you that.
You can also create your portfolio and resume using these two. Just choose whichever is available to you.
Having your active blog has a lot of benefits. You can submit this as part of your portfolio when you send a proposal to a potential client. Having a blog means you at least know how to run a blog, manage it, moderate it, how to create content and graphics.
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If you’re on a budget, you can sign up on wordpress.com or blogspot.com, but if you have extra money, then I recommend using wordpress.org and get it self-hosted (insert siteground affiliate link here).
There are a lot of sites out there:
I found a lot of clients here and two of those I have the pleasure of working with for years. It used to be work under Odesk before transitioning to Upwork.
The problem with Upwork now is it’s becoming more and more difficult to sign up. One person I know tried to sign up and received an email that they can’t create an account or something like that. Every year Upwork makes it more difficult for a newbie to create an account and find clients.
Here are other alternatives for you if you are having difficulty with Upwork.
It’s more of an online/digital services marketplace. I haven’t tried it yet but I am interested in opening an account.
These days, freelancers get clients in Facebook groups. Joining Facebook groups gives potential jobs, and once you get a client, you get to build a network that opens more possibilities for you.
There are a lot of groups out there but I highly recommend
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Please be reminded that this group is not solely for freelance job hunting but also a place where you can connect with other online entrepreneurs or digital creatives and help each other.
How to start as a freelancer takes a lot of effort and investment but nothing comes easy, right? You have to work hard for it. I hope this post will help you be more confident in pursuing a career in freelancing. I wish you the best on your freelancing journey!
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