Freelance Isn’t All Romance – Prerequisites For Success!

So what are the prerequisites for freelancer success? First, you need to realize that you will be working with multiple clients at once, some of which are more difficult than others. Therefore, the life of a freelancer is very demanding and you need effective skills such as leadership, mediator and negotiation skills to manage multiple clients. In addition, you must also perform well within tight deadlines and have a “can do” attitude towards the project. Please do not confuse the “can do” attitude with the attitude of accepting any job. Sometimes you have to turn down or give up certain jobs because the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. So make a list and write down the pros and cons of each job to determine if it’s worth it.

Speaking of pros and cons, let’s take a look at why anyone would want to go through the hassle of becoming a freelancer. While there are many benefits to being a freelancer, perhaps the greatest benefit is being your own boss. Stop assigning items you don’t want; work for a boss you don’t like; must work with teammates you do not trust or respect; worry about people looking over your shoulder. In addition, you can also enjoy the flexibility and freedom of freelancing because you can work from home. No more travel time and costs for commuting, work clothes, shared cubicles and boring conversations during work breaks. In addition, you continue to improve your skills, because as a self-employed person you have several jobs, just like any entrepreneur.

As with everything in life, there are good and bad. That is why it is essential that people also understand the shortcomings of freelancing. For example, because you can work from home, becoming a freelancer is a very isolated job and it’s easy to be home alone for hours or even days working on projects. While most of your communication will be via email, phone, and fax, make sure you leave home regularly to meet other people.

As we know, for those who lack entrepreneurial spirit and talents, becoming their own boss can also be a nightmare like following up on projects, completing projects before deadlines, managing invoices and collecting payments, etc. Freelance is for many people also very inconvenient because it is not only difficult to predict profits but also difficult to predict when payment will actually come in so it is a very unstable profession especially if you are just starting out Limited working hours.

With this in mind, freelancers are not for the faint of heart. Therefore, if you are organized and can work well under pressure while enjoying various tasks and projects, then a freelancer might be for you. Remember that unless you have the resources to hire others, you must assume all responsibilities related to your freelance work yourself.

So how do you increase the chances of success? As a successful freelance writer, I recommend the following:

See your freelancer as a business.
Read books related to your freelance work and learn lessons.
Start part-time before deciding whether full-time is worth it based on your data and results.
Accept projects that can help you build a customer base.
Find a freelancer who is successful in your field to be your mentor.
Identify your target audience and use the following methods to market your services: website; online portfolio; ebooks; gifts; partnerships, business cards, internet and social media such as LinkedIn, Fiverr and Elance.
Constant efforts to find new customers: advertising and marketing work; recommendations and recommendations from contacts (such as customers, family, friends, etc.).
After all, freelancing is serious business. Not only do you need to invest time and money, but you also need to develop high-quality marketing materials that can reach your target audience. Before you decide to take the plunge, I highly recommend starting part-time so you can learn as much as you can while testing your marketing strategy. Once you have some stable clients and a steady income, you can determine if it’s time to take a risk and start working as a freelancer full-time.

Finding a Freelancer

Many people want to find a freelancer to outsource some trivial tasks that they do. In thefreedictionory.com, a freelancer is someone who sells services to employers without making any long-term commitments to an employer. Therefore, when we talk about finding freelancers, we are not limited to those looking for online jobs, such as freelance graphic artists, freelance bloggers, free online marketers, etc.

Depending on the tasks you want to outsource or the tasks you need to perform, you can find freelancers who can help you in different ways. The most obvious way is to advertise on local classifieds. While this may be useful to a few people, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of responses and not sure where to start.

To find the right freelancer, you need to know what you want to achieve as it will help you narrow down your search. Here are a few ways to help you find the right person:

Online Freelance Market

The internet is a great tool to find the right freelancer, be it a virtual assistant or a professional. If location isn’t the deciding factor, I recommend checking out the following websites:

Elance and oDesk-These two sites are both very popular sites where you can find freelancers online, from data entry to online managers. While these sites are great they also have their limitations such as allowing freelancers to bid for jobs while bidding online can undermine the quality of work.

Getacoder similar to the above website, but if you are looking for a freelance programmer or website coding job, I suggest you visit this website first.

Taskarmy easy to use website because the concept is like going to the supermarket to buy what you need. Pre-approved freelancers only need to publish their expertise and services, all you need to do is choose the services you need and pay for them.

Fiverr-This is an interesting website with crazy ideas. While you won’t do much for $5, it’s still good to grab a few minutes of attention. One of the new services I saw recently is to tattoo your information on the provider’s body.

Taskrabbit-This is a great website to find someone who can do things for you. The groceries can vary from shopping to collecting and assembling furniture at IKEA. This is still limited to some parts of the United States.
Approach someone personally

For some freelance jobs where you know what you’re looking for, you can contact someone in person or ask a friend for advice. For example, if you need a photographer to participate in an event, visit multiple websites and meet these people in person. Or if you like a website and want to do something similar, you can contact the owner of the website and ask them for the contact details of the artist who designed the website.

University or college student

Let’s say you want someone to do market research or research some statistics for you. You can go to your local university, talk to the guidance/career counseling agency and ask for permission to promote your project. This could be a perfect project for marketing or business students who appreciate the idea of ​​getting some experience.

Finding freelancers sometimes takes practice and there are different methods for different tasks. Most importantly, when you want to find a freelancer, you need to be clear about what needs to be done, how you want it done, how long you want it done and how much you are willing to pay.

 

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