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Freelancing

 

If you want to break free from the chains of employment and be your own boss, then freelancing is a great option for working independently in a way that suits you best.

There are many success stories about freelancers; people who have started from nothing and gone on to make a name for themselves.

 

 

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POTENTIAL EARNINGS OF OVER £1000 PER MONTH

Once you become an established freelancer with a strong portfolio of work and good reviews on your freelancing profiles, the opportunity to earn well becomes a reality. You are not likely to become a millionaire from freelancing, but you can earn decent money whilst benefiting from all the attractions that freelancing offers.

FLEXIBILITY

The main benefit of freelancing is that you get to work the hours you want, when you want, from where you want! This could be from the comfort of your home, whilst travelling across the world or in a variety of coffee shops across your town. Gone is the 9-5 model, as instead, you choose the hours that you work.

DO WORK THAT YOU CHOOSE

Freelancing also allows you to choose the type of work that you want to do. This means that you can focus on doing jobs and tasks that you enjoy and get fulfilment from rather than having to do what your boss gives you.

    • Many freelancers make the mistake of trying to be an expert across too many areas and end up being an expert in none.
    • Really it is better to focus on a particular niche area that you have expertise in to allow you to deliver high quality services to clients.
    • Try to identify work that you would enjoy doing – work that you have skill and expertise in and get a ‘buzz’ from.
    • Try a few assignments in these areas and find out what you like and what you don’t like.
    • Consider whether there is a more specialised niche, related to your original idea, that could be an even better link to your interests, passions and skills. Adjust the work you take on accordingly.

Sign up to one or more of the following freelance sites to start creating your profile and bidding for work

Elance.com

PeoplePerHour.com

Freelance.com

  • If you are not sure which site is best for you, request our free eBook (at the top of the page) for more information and advice on each of these freelancing sites.
  • Clients want to have faith in the freelancer they hire – you therefore need to create a strong online profile that demonstrates your skills, experience and expertise in your particular niche.
  • Upload any relevant work or documentation that provides evidence of the type of work and services that you are able to perform.

In most cases, you will need to start bidding for jobs in your specific niche market. On your chosen freelance site(s), search through the jobs and find work that you would be capable of completing to a high standard.

  • Be realistic about the jobs you bid for – choose jobs that you have real skill and knowledge in. Jobs that are going to add credibility to the area of expertise that you are wanting to become successful in.
  • Bid strategically – if you are building your profile from scratch, you will need to bid low to win your first few jobs but think carefully before doing anything for free.
  • Craft tailored bid proposals that demonstrate your passion for wanting to do the job. Clients will be able to spot ‘template’ responses and are unlikely to hire you. Take time to specifically address the points outlined in the client’s job posting to demonstrate how you could complete the job for them.
  • Once you have been awarded a job, make sure you clarify the requirements of the job and the timescales. If you cannot meet the timescales, then do not accept the job as a bad customer review will be damaging to your online reputation and make hinder your chances of landing further work.

The best way to become a successful freelancer is by delighting your customers with the quality of work you produce and the level of customer service that you provide.

  • Always aim to exceed customer expectations and deliver work of the highest quality.
  • Maintain good communication throughout the course of a job with the client so they know how the work is progressing and are confident that the outputs will be delivered on time.
  • Carefully check through your work to avoid delivering work with errors, typos, grammatical errors or design issues.
  • Be prepared to provide a client with an initial ‘draft’ outcome and then agree to make multiple changes, as required, to get it right so that they are 100% satisfied with the work.
  • Ask clients for feedback at the conclusion of the job as you need excellent ratings on your profile to build your reputation and demonstrate the type of services you can successfully provide.

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