Freelance Tips for Beginners

ogugua

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Hey Guys,

If you were to give an advice to a newbie, who is just starting out as a freelancer, what would it be?
 

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You will have to be patient. That is the first thing. Whichever freelance site you choose to open account with, set up your profile professionally and make sure to read their TOS so as not to get banned.
Be nice to your buyers so that they can come back to patronize you
 

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Patience is a virtue! Great things don't come over night and make sure that you are doing your homework and marketing yourself in the right way. I would say cast the largest net that you can to catch the most fish and don't be isolated to just one platform. It's good to know where your "home base" is, but you will get additional work through multiple avenues.
 

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Don't make freelance marketplaces a part of your business model – it makes you very vulnerable! Instead, build your own marketing and sales capability. I've covered this extensively on my blog as I believe strongly in giving freelancers the tools and knowledge to be truly independent. If you aren't independent, what's the point of freelancing?

Start with the easy wins: friends, family, former colleagues, and business contacts. I wrote a piece on this a while ago: https://blog.bondsai.io/freelancing/10-proven-ways-find-clients-cheap/

Then find sources of recurring income such as selling courses online and creating retainers. This is the stuff that keeps coming even when it rains: https://blog.bondsai.io/freelancing/how-worry-less-with-5-predictable-incomes/

I didn't intend to plug my stuff. I just don't see any use in copying-pasting. Feel free to ask here if you have any questions.
 

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You have to know what you can do professionally because building up your reputation is the most important factor to success more and more😀😀
 

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Forget about being a "worker". You're a business now. Plan accordingly: create a business plan, make sure you have at least 6-months to a year's savings to cover your expenses. I'll repeat what jakobpersson said, too: DON'T make freelance sites a part of your business model. Network, online and offline. Go to events, meet people, create and foster relationships and think long-term.
 

jakobpersson

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The 6-month savings advice is gold. I wish more people were that diligent.

Freelancing has lots of ups and downs and your #1 assets are your time and discipline.
 
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