It took a while to come up with the post title but I’ve recently came across aspiring freelancers on facebook who literally had no idea what to do. They wanted to make money from home to help pay for various things such as their tuition in school, bills, and other expenses. Freelancing gives you the power to work anywhere you want without worrying bout distance and travel expenses.
Seeing their problems inspired me to write this post.
1. Know what you are good at.
“I’m good at computers”
If you are going to be successful as a freelancer, you will have to realize one thing: there is a lot of competition. This means there are a lot of people who are “good at computers”. You need to be specific about what you are good at. Are you good at editing videos, editing photos, creating graphics, editing data in a spreadsheet? What is one thing you are very good at that you can do for 4-8 hours (or more) a day? Focus on one skill that you are great at.
2. Create a resume
If you don’t have one, there are a lot of resume builders online. You will need to remember your past work experiences. I would recommend figuring out what past experiences you have had that relates to the job you are going to apply for. For example, if you are applying for a graphics design job, a recent experience working at a grocery store as a clerk won’t really help you much unless you helped co-workers at the grocery store with designs they needed. Figure out what aspect of your previous jobs, whether you got paid or not, will help you with the job you are applying for.
Make a list of every job you have ever had that has made an impact on you, schools you studied in (even if you did not finish), and any projects you have ever been involved in. A resume is basically a detailed list of things that describes what you have done in the past and present that makes you qualified for the job you are applying for.
3. Create a CV
Also known as a “Curriculum vitae”, but most people just say “CV” is a brief condensed summary of your resume. A CV ranges from 1-3 paragraphs long. Don’t worry too much on the length. Focus more on what you want to say to your potential client. How will you stand out? A CV is a great way to express excitement, optimism, and interest in the job you are applying for and highlight any special accomplishments in your work. You can find samples of cover letters online.
4. Create an online profile
Make sure you have a good profile picture. Don’t be too paranoid about it. Make sure it looks at least semi-formal. Your headline should describe what you do. example: Data Entry Expert. Then fill in your profile with the required information. Be creative. You can look at other people’s profiles to get an idea on what your profile may want to look like. Try not to copy off of anyone. You won’t stand out if your profile looks like someone else’s. Be as original as you can. Sites you can create profiles on include LinkedIn, Upwork, and Onlinejobs.ph.
5. Apply for a job
Go on Upwork, Onlinejobs.ph, and Facebook groups and find any jobs that you are qualified for.
Freelancing is a lifestyle that requires confidence. It is easy to look at someone doing work on their laptop in their condo and wish you could do the same but not many people know the amount of mental discipline and skill it takes to live as a freelancer. There’s a reason why office workers find freelancing to be difficult. It’s not for everyone, but for those who embrace it, freelancing is a blessing.
An extra tip: If you are lucky enough to get an interview with a potential client, try to avoid being nervous. Clients want to see confidence. Even if you are not the best, confidence makes up for it. Express your excitement in helping your client grow their business. Focus on their business. Clients love hiring people that will make their business succeed and make money. What can you do and what have you done before that will take their business to the next level can make you stand out and persuade the client to hire you.
Be prepared to have a PayPal account to receive payment. Some clients may require time tracking (but not all). You will have to learn quickly how to find more clients. If you want to earn a big income from freelancing, knowing where to get clients is important.