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Wouldn’t you like to be happier and make some more cash?
Well, we’re sorry to break the news to you, but there’s no fast track to being rich and happy. But, here’s a secret: if you’re already working for yourself, you’re ahead of the curve!
We can think of one obstacle–it’s hard to find reliable clients and have a pipeline of work, especially when you’re just starting out as a freelancer. However, we’re here to help!
Before you dive into life as a freelancer, here are five tips for first-time freelancers that can help you avoid a future dry spell that lasts longer than you’d like.
Update Your Portfolio
You’ve done great work, now it’s time to show it off! When you start pitching yourself and your services, make sure your portfolio reflects the work that you want to be known for.
Haven’t done any copywriting work? Make a mock project for your dream company. Also, even if you’ve never designed anything before, another great way to boost your credibility is to make a logo for you new freelance business!
Above all, it’s important to remember that quality is greater than quantity. So, don’t be discouraged if you only have 1-2 projects under your belt. When it comes to your portfolio, having quality work that you’re proud of should be the focus rather than putting everything you’ve ever done on display.
Find Your Niche
What are you great at doing and what do you love doing? How can you position that to a very specific type of client so that you know exactly who to reach out to?
Do you help e-book writers promote their latest release on Amazon with stellar copy? Are you a designer who specializes in unique logos for female entrepreneurs? Are you a developer who makes apps for schools?
Find a way to position yourself that sets you apart from the crowd. Make it easy for a client to say ‘yes’ right off the bat, because no one is offering a service like you.
Research Your Rate
Don’t blindly set a rate for your services…it’ll come back to bite you later!
Instead, survey fellow freelancers, read the blogs of those with a similar skillset, and meet other freelancers in online communities and learn from their experiences.
The Bonsai Rate Explorer is a great place to start, so you can make sure you’re charging what you’re worth based on experience and location.
It’s so important to value yourself properly before you go out and pitch your services!
Make it Easy for People to Learn More About You
Make it easy for people to learn more about you by creating an about.me page and adding a personalized link, like yourname.me, to your page! With your new link, you’ll look professional whenever you communicate with clients and peers.
From there, you can include your page and link in your email signature and Twitter bio. This way, when someone comes across your social media sites or you send an email to a potential client, they can easily learn more about you and your work.
Let Everyone Know You’re Freelancing
Your best resource when it comes to finding your first freelance gig is your network!
When you decide to take the plunge into the world of freelancing, tell everyone! Tweet it out, send a mass email, post it to your Instagram – do it all so that everyone knows you’re looking for work.
To increase the chances of you finding new clients outside of your network, put yourself out there! Participate in Twitter chats based on your skillset, attend local networking events, or stop by a local coworking space’s networking happy hour.
Lastly, don’t forget to change your about.me Spotlight, AKA your personal call-to-action, to ‘Hire me’ so that anyone interested can reach out to you directly from your page!
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