How To Be A Smart Freelancer
A freelance job is enjoyable and you can work from anywhere you like, make your own decisions, make your own rules and no one makes pressures to you. But freelancing is a challenging job and need insane skills to get a freelance project. There are so many different types of projects you can pursue on the internet such as blogging, SEO, creative writer, web traffic, web design, web developing and more. But as a freelancer, you will face the headache things like as project bidding fees and deadline. Most of the freelancers make the projects least amount of money. If you haven’t high profile in a freelancing job, your earning rate will be low. If you are professional in your subjects and have a high profile in a freelancing job, bidders will pay the deserve money. So, how you can make more earning as a smart freelancer?. If you want to be a smart freelancer, check the following tips.
1.Make Sure That You Are Running A Business
Don’t forget you are running a business! Most of the freelancers want to make money in short time and they only focus how to pursue projects. It will make a low profile to your freelancer life. Organize your finished projects and make a personal portfolio website. Write useful articles and share over the internet.This will make a good impression on your freelancer life. According to my experience, I see most of the freelancers haven’t a personal portfolio website. So, how the bidders can trust you? Freelance marketplaces are extremely competitive and you can be out of this freelance market if you fail every time you bid the projects. If you think you are building a real business, prepare the requirement things for your business not only skills and experience but also portfolio, marketing, business card and client support. You will see most of the freelancers have only skills and experience, but they have no marketing strategies, no hotline for client support, and no pre-made portfolio.
2.Build Your Own Brand
Potential clients will evaluate your skills and you need to identify your portfolio. If you think you are running a real business, you need to build your own brand. Building personal brand enables you to more charges and make you seem experienced. In portfolio website, your bios, speech, projects, articles and social media network profiles are important. Tell the customers how your services and products are unique for them. Building a brand isn’t so easy. You need not only speaking engagements but also making an online presence. Speaking engagement is very important for communication between clients and your brand. Some will disagree to your services and products. In this case, you need to clever and make feedback to them. Just say thanks for sharing their comments and reviews. So, be wise and never against your audiences.
3.Make yourself work even you haven’t a project
If you still haven’t a project, make your own project such as making websites, blogging, attending social media events, seeking clients and promoting your brand. Making yourself work will result in you to more skills and experience. Don’t think you have no project. Think about you are now making a project. Promote your self-making project to social networking and as a result, potential clients will join you. An important thing you need to know is making your own project. Some freelancers shout they have no project and never make their own projects, as a result, they fail in freelancer life and then, go back to employee life under companies.
4. Don’t Ignore Local Market
If you think you are a real freelancer, don’t ignore the local market. Some freelancers haven’t experience in the local market, and they want to bid jobs on freelance markets such as freelancer, upwork, truelancer, fiverr and more. If you are doing like them, stop this action now. A good freelancer should have a high profile in the local market and over internet market. Local market can earn more money than freelance marketplaces. If you are willing to step over internet market, make sure that you have enough profile in the local market. No one wants to pay the deserve money without knowing about your history. So, focus on local market and be smart. The local market is your potential clients.
5. Learn How to Negotiate and Explain Additional Service
As a smart freelancer, you need to negotiate with your clients about your project rates and earnings. Don’t make very low earning rates. It is also a failure negotiation fact. Everybody want their job as better quality than their competitive. They are not coming to pay lowest pay rates to you. But don’t make very high earning rates. Don’t cheat your clients and be honest. Just say actual earning rate and compare the qualities and services to your present clients. If you are good in negotiation and presentation, you will get the additional project from your clients. Client satisfaction is very important and you should provide value added service for your client. Value added services and additional services are not the same. So, you should clearly know the differences. Don’t talk too many words to your clients what you can do until you clearly know what your client’s need. Try to know your client’s need at first. And then, provide your client’s blank to be best.
An important thing to success as a freelancer is treating as a business. You are the founder and CEO of your brand. Make your own projects, make your own rules,and decisions. Attend to social events, and build your network grower. Promote your business on social media networks and meet your potential clients. Take 100% responsibility for your action and be smart. Never cheat your clients and be honest on your services. Your brand is your face. Be success as a smart freelancer.