Best-Kept Freelancing Secrets
One of the benefits of living in the Digital Age is the possibility to choose when, where, and how much
you’ll work. The nine-to-five concept has been rendered obsolete, and many companies are now willing to hire a remote workforce thus significantly reducing the time and costs wasted on long commutes. According to research, adding additional 20 minutes of commuting every day is perceived by employees as receiving 19% pay cut in terms of job satisfaction. Freelancing as another desirable career option, as you have a complete control over your career. If you’re wondering how to find and keep long-term clients, here are a couple of tips that will help you find a steady source of income.
Produce high-quality work
Although it doesn’t seem like a secret, high-quality work, which is the first step towards establishing
yourself as a sought-after professional, is easily overlooked by many people. Improving your expertise in your field should be your top priority, so make sure to attend seminars and conferences on a regular basis. Apart from that, it’s extremely important to build a strong online presence as well as your digital portfolio. This means that all your profiles on all social media platforms should be impeccable as they can help you make a great first impression with your clients. Don’t forget that visually appealing websites are perceived as more credible and trustworthy, and this can be applied to any piece of work that you produce as well as to any segment of your online reputation.
Generate a passive income
Once you establish yourself as an expert in your field, you will be able to generate a passive income, meaning that you’ll work less and make more money. One of the best ways of doing this is by selling your products in digital marketplaces. This can be particularly lucrative if you specialize in various kinds of design. Also, hosting webinars, creating online courses, or any other methods of helping others learn new skills can be an excellent way of capitalizing on your expertise and experience. The best thing is that you don’t even have to do this in real time – simply record your courses and sell them.
Think about some extra cash
When you’re a freelancer, you’ll occasionally have to make ends meet during a dry spell. Fortunately, these days there are some comparatively easy and straightforward methods of making some extra money and giving your budget a boost. It’s a no-brainer that you can earn money online with surveys, and you can do this regardless of your current workload because it won’t take up too much of your time and energy. This method can come in handy when you want to put some money aside and save it for a rainy day.
Keep your promises
Keep your promises if you want to keep your customers. It’s as simple as that. You can damage your reputation by accepting a job with a deadline that you can’t meet. Not only is this unprofessional, but it will also put a significant pressure on you to make it on time, subsequently affecting the quality of your work. It’s better to be honest with your clients and tell them that it will take more time to finish your task than try to lure them into a business deal that they won’t be satisfied with. Sometimes you’ll have to say no and turn down a great offer, but it’s better than accepting something and failing to deliver.
Find a mentor
As an aspiring freelancer, you can highly benefit from finding a mentor that could show you the ropes, help you improve your work, and even give you advice on your pricing. This can be your colleague, a boss that you’re on good terms with, or a former professor. You can offer to help them with their work in exchange for their professional guidance and expertise. Sometimes even reaching out to an influencer from your niche can be a good idea, so start by following them on social media and try to interact with them on a regular basis. Once they notice you, get in touch with them personally, show them your work, and ask them to be your mentor. Although this may seem like a far-fetched suggestion, it’s not impossible to be accomplish this goal if you’re persistent and driven.
By following these 5 tips you can become a successful freelancer.
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