Freelancing, the world of working at your own pace, the freedom of being your boss. That is one comfort that every individual who calls himself/herself a freelancer loves to enjoy.
But like all things, freelancing also has its “not so good” part and that is where most freelancers fall into nowadays. But worry not, I’m here to guide you to that “Freelancing Heaven” you so much desire.
Almost everyone can do freelancing but only a number of people can actually do it right. And if done right, it can be the source of a substantial amount of income to you. The most important aspect of freelancing is getting selected for jobs and I’m going to tell you how get the gigs you want.
How To Get Selected For Jobs
1. Be Unique– Millions of freelancers might be offering the services you render but you should have something that sets you apart. It could be attention to detail, a particular skill set that not everyone possesses etc. Always try to let your clients know this when bidding / applying for gigs.
2. Don’t Appear Cheap: A lot of freelancers do this and eventually rack up so many cheap gigs that they can’t complete at times. This can result in some of them getting negative reviews because of clients dissatisfaction and delay in project delivery time. It is better to do one $300 job very well than take on 10 gigs worth $30 each and fail to deliver.
3. Set realistic timeframes: Some freelancers agree to just about any set of terms just to get the job including an unrealistic timeframe which causes client dissatisfaction later. As a freelancer, clients should be able to hold you to your word and if the timing of a project does not suit you. Then it is better to notify the client of a more suitable time or not start the project. Your reputation is at stake. One bad review can do quite the damage to your profile.
4. Under-promise and Over-deliver: The point here is that you should only promise what you can deliver. Don’t over-exaggerate your skills to a client. It always backfires in the long run.
5. Upload samples of your works to your profile. And if you’re just new to freelancing, make your profile look as professional as possible.
6. Always try to improve on your skills. And show a willingness to produce quality work.
7. Understand your client’s wants and then advice them based on how best your skills can help them achieve their aims. Clients feel good when the freelancer actually cares about how successful the end-product of their business relationship would be and not just about how much he/she is going to be paid after the job has been completed.
There are thousands of freelancers who make a regular and stable income online. I believe that if you follow the above set of rules, you might just exceed your own expectations.