10 Things I Learned Freelancing on Gig Platforms

You may not find your ideal client, but you will learn plenty of other skills.

Jun Wu
Jun Wu
Apr 20, 2020 · 6 min read
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Know Your Marketplace

I write in a niche. Sometimes, my writing can seem almost too niche to pitch to clients. I didn’t pitch for a long time on Gig platforms because I simply did not see the type of work that fit my writing.

Know Your Rate

In the beginning, I despised the platform’s algorithms that were mostly based on reviews. If you have one bad client who didn’t communicate with you, you potentially can have a huge performance rating dip in the beginning. At one point, I thought the system was completely against me. I thought I would never be successful. Eventually, it turns out that it takes a couple of months of commitment and delivery for you to be successful on a platform.

Critique From Fussy Clients

If you are someone who only likes to hear that your writing is good, then working in the Gig economy may not be right for you. There’s a difference between the client intentionally giving you a hard time and your writing wasn’t up to par.

Create A Relevant Portfolio

In the beginning, when you are working for very low wages, you are essentially creating your portfolio and gaining reviews. Each job that’s delivered well will allow you to step into the next stage. You will also learn what kind of writer you are.

Understand Who Your Ideal Client Should Be

At the beginning of your freelancing career, it’s difficult to understand who your client should be. After working for a few clients and pitching to a few types of clients, you will understand who you should be working with and who you should not.

Learn To Communicate With Clients

If you are just starting out, it’s often difficult to gauge the client’s expectations. You can spend hours on something that is not useful for the client. Experienced writers get paid a lot per hour because they spend two hours on something that an inexperienced writer can spend a day on.

Learn About Your Competitors

One of the most useful pieces of information you can gain from a gig freelancing platform is that your competitor’s information is right alongside of you. You can see who is successful in the marketplace. You can understand why they are successful.

Gain Confidence About Your Performance

After a few successful clients and a few unsuccessful ones, you can quickly understand your own productivity and your own performance. It’s useful to have other people critique your work but it’s also useful to have your own internal critic.

Payment is Subjective

People will tell you that there’s a market rate for writing and other freelancing services. In truth, there’s such a huge range of that the market rate is, it’s virtually non-existent.

Persistence in the Marketplace

If you write in a niche, it can be a long time before you figure out where you fit in the marketplace. It really pays to stick to your niche and be persistent at delivering quality products.

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Jun Wu

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