A lot of people, especially in the past couple of years asked this question ‘How to become a freelancer?‘. Today we’ll try to find out what is the secret key for success for a successful freelancing business, and whether or not should you become a freelancer.
First, you need to know a couple of things before you even consider becoming a freelancer. Is freelancing actually for you? You have to know that freelancing is a hard thing to do, and probably the hardest of them all is the lack of clients and money at the beginning of this journey.
So you should probably consider investing in your knowledge so you could be different than your competitors, or maybe even to make partnerships with other freelancers. If you choose to be a lonely rider on this path, then definitely it’s going to be hard.
It is going to be hard for you to land your first project because no one wants to collab with someone new in this business. I know it sounds awful but it is true.
So before even you start, my honest advice is that you should not even think about joining marketplaces such as Fiverr or Upwork, because they are going to eat you alive. Try your website, it looks more professional, and no one will ask you about your experience. You just need to be good at what you plan to do.
And another piece of advice… Always invest in your knowledge! When you don’t have any clients or projects, try to learn something new, or try to upgrade your current knowledge. It’s better than just sitting around and crying about your lack of work.
How to start freelancing with no experience
A lot of people are afraid of freelancing because they think they don’t have enough experience. Well, guys, you’ll never have enough experience, if you just don’t jump to work. Be brave and, as long as you have good knowledge, experience is not that important.
Find your niche where it’s easier to compete among those freelancing sharks. Also, don’t just wait to get a client, try to find them on your own. Pay for Google or Facebook, create amazing content, run a blog, and that’s how people will find you.
If you just create a couple of gigs on Fiverr and wait for someone to buy, then you’ll never be able to succeed.
How to start a freelance business
Freelance business or online entrepreneurship is the new way of doing business online, and a lot of people are turning to it. The main reason is freedom. You can live wherever you want, and work whenever you want. Also, you can choose how much you want to work. But…
Let’s get back to a question and see how to start a successful freelance business. From my own experience, I think there are two most important factors.
First, you should not work alone. You should always find other freelancers to work with and share projects and clients. Except if you want to learn how to do everything by yourself, which is pretty hard I know from my own experience. My lack of communicating with other people, took me there, to become a lone rider, and to the things that I like, and others that I honestly don’t like.
What do I mean by that? So here’s how it goes… One day you find a client, or a client finds you, it doesn’t matter… And that client needs a website, SEO, Graphic Design service, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and other things… And let’s take for example that a client got a recommendation for you, so what are you going to do?
If you don’t know how to do all of these things, you’ll have to turn him down, but that’s not good right? If you know how to do all these it’s great, you can do it, but your mind is going to explode (I know that from my personal experience). The third thing, which I think it’s the best solution is to accept that client and try to find partners. You’ll have to share with them your incomes, but then you can land more clients.
My other advice and I think it’s the most important one, is that you should create your own website and social media profiles, buy ads, make business cards, and spread the word among friends, family, and neighbors. It’s better than waiting to land your first project for 10 bucks on some large marketplace…
Hope you guys enjoyed this article, and that my advice we’ll help you in the future… See ya sooon.