Freelancing is a self employed business model where a person is hired by someone for some time period for a particular project or task. Freelancing could be a full time job or you can work as freelancer to generate extra income.
Sounds interesting right? So if you want to know how you can start your own freelancing business or work as freelancer and don’t know how to start then this article will tell you everything you need to know.
What do you need to start?
To start your freelancing work the most important thing you need is good knowledge and experience about the service you will provide (if you a beginner the make some projects and get some feedback if you can and add it to you portfolio) and the equipment’s e.g. Computer and internet connection if you want to work as web developer.
The next thing you will need is a proposal now take this thing seriously as the employer will give you the work based on your proposal so make it count.
Now the tough part is the price or you service charge it could be tough to decide about how much you should charge for your work especially if you are a beginner at freelancing so what you can do is check some freelancers profile and see what they are charging now don’t charge what they are exactly charging as they have good experience so you could decide a price somewhere in middle so that it would sound cheap either.
How to start?
Today, Freelancing has become a lot easier cause of freelancing websites where you can search for the work that you like and have skills for. Websites like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr etc provide a wide range of work of different categories for freelancers. All you need to do is create an account and look for the work and send proposal (Bid) to the employer if they find it good they contact you.
Employers wont give you the work unless they see that you have some experience so it would better to make some projects that they can see, create a nice profile and write all about your work and experience (previous company you have worked with, your job role and all) so don’t forget to write about it.
Where to start?
You can start from any freelancing website like Upwork, freelancer, Fiverr etc. these are all the websites that i have used and is also very popular among freelancers.
What kind of service or work you do?
You can select any niche you like and have skills for for example: Web development, Painting, Photography, Editing and so on but its better to always looks for what is in demand so that you can earn properly what I meant is if you offer service that people demands it will be easy to get clients.
Some Important Tips For Freelancers :
- Continously develop your skills: Freelancers are hired based on their knowledge and work so its important to keep learning new skills, Adapt to new changes and keep expanding your knowledge so that you can provide high level service to your clients. You can learn new skills online through websites like UpGrad, Udemy, YouTube and more.
- Build a working relationship with your clients: Building a relationship with a client is the most important part of any business and if you are working as a freelancer this will be the most important part of your work. So instead of thinking them as a one time work build a professional relationship with them this will lead to repeated work and they will also refer you to others and brings more work.
Few ways to do that is : By providing excellent service, Communicating with your clients this creates a rapport with the clients, Building trust by finishing their work within their time, giving them more value.
Freelancing is an amazing way to work but it can also be tough sometime so if you are someone who have just finished studies it would be better if you get some experience in your field so that employers trust you with their work.
If you have any questions feel free to ask it on the comment section .