Tips To Have Freelance Success
Before I provide you with some tips to have freelance success, we need to deal with a common misconception about freelancers.
Many people think that a freelancer is a writer. Yes, writers make up a large percentage of the freelancing workforce, but freelancing is not just a writing avenue.
The term freelancer came to be many years ago during the period of knights. As many know, one of the main weapons of a knight was his lance. When a knight would sell his warrior talents to the kingdom who would pay the highest, he became known as a freelancer.
Freelancers are essentially contractors who offer their talents and services to the highest bidder. A freelancer could be a:
- Website designer
- Interior designer
- Customer service representative
- Graphic designer
- Or anything else that could be outsourced by a business or individual
Some freelancers are successful, and others are not. The people who have not achieved success usually don't because of 1 of these 2 issues.
- Their work is far below par
- They are not advertising and marketing their services properly
We will look at both of these issues within the tips I am about to provide, but first, I am going to also lead you to a location that will help you even more.
No matter what your talent is, there is probably a freelance market for you. I recently created a website for freelancers and for those who outsource to freelancers. I highly recommend that you subscribe to keep abreast of new articles and any freebies I decide to offer.
I also have one offer right now that can help you find some success. I am offering both a free and a premium way to advertise your freelancing business on the website. The site has been operational for approximately 3 weeks and has gained a strong reputation already. You can find that post for your free ad:
The link to the website/blog is below.
- Lancer Life
A website and blog that helps freelancers and those who outsource to freelancers.
You’ve got to seize the opportunity if it is presented to you.— Clive Davis
Freelance Success Tips
1: Better than your best
I have watched many freelancers perform "shoddy" work. You must always remember that when you do something great, the client will tell 1-3 people. When you do terrible work, the client will tell the world.
I recommend going above and beyond. If the job pays $20, give $40 worth. If the job pays $1,000 provide $2,000 worth of your best.
Your reviews will sell your freelancing business.
The fact is: successful businesses advertise. Use every means possible to advertise your freelancing business. Use business cards, fliers, a website, Facebook and other social media, and of course, I am providing you a free way to advertise up above.
Use every means possible to advertise, and business will come.
3: Time Management
If you are playing poker in Facebook, you are not earning money in your freelancing business. It is quite easy to get lazy as a freelancer.
It is your business, but do realize that people such as Sam Walton, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, and many more worked hours upon hours to build their businesses. Your freelance business will not grow if you are playing Angry Birds or taking naps.
4: Network with like freelancers
Some would say this is befriending the enemy; I disagree. You can learn and help each other. There is plenty of freelance work to go around.
The business world has found that it is actually wiser if they outsource to freelancers than to use their employees.
Network and learn.
5: Give some freebies
No one likes working for free, but by providing a freebie from time to time, your reputation will grow.
The Good Book (the Bible) says that those who give will be given to. Is their a non-profit or others in your area that could use your help in the talents you have? Give it for free, and you may be surprised how much business you end up receiving.
You can have success in the freelance business you are in.
Come on over to my website I linked up above and get a free or premium ad.
Start following these tips and watch your business grow.
So who am I to give these tips?
Well, my complete income is from freelancing and the books I have authored. I must be doing something right, because I am not hungry.
Check out these recent articles and the website I created content for. Yes, I believe I am successful.
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