Freelancing - Tips on how to get more jobs.
Increasing Your chances of Getting Hired
Here are some few tips on how to improve your skills as a freelancer and increase your chances of getting hired.
Read about job descriptions even the ones that you will not apply for .it's good to read about job descriptions on freelancer sites even if you will not bid for them. Select and read on job placements that are both related and unrelated to your own specialty. When you read about them, you will be able to update yourself on what is current on the job market. You can therefore get more business ideas to fuse into your own projects.
Seek advice from other freelancers.You can also improve your skills as a freelancer by seeking advice from other expert freelancers. Discuss and share ideas with them. Get in contact with top freelancers by joining groups related to your expertise on freelancer websites. Discuss with them about pricing, and learn the way to handle clients. Learn from them new ideas to do your work. Doing so consistently will help you to improve your skills and deliver quality finished projects to your clients. This will go a long way to increase your chances of getting more contracts.
Create a website or blog for your works or submit your works to directories.
If you specialize in blogging or web content, you could also publish some of your works on article directories. Or create a blog for some of your work samples. You would then put links to direct people or potential clients to your freelancer profile where they can contract you for your service or to see more samples and increase your chances of them hiring you. In your bidding application letter for contracts, you could paste links to these directories so the potential client can come to see more of your works (especially related to a particular job or contract you are seeking for). As a writer when you submit your works to popular directories or user generated platforms - such as hubpages , squidoo, triond etc, you will have a community of other interested users who would give favorable comments to your interesting articles or work samples hence increase your chances of getting hired . You will also get to learn new ideas from the comments and discussions your works generate.
Don't forget to also upload samples of your work to your profile on the freelancer website .You should also put on your profile or add to your sample works a url link to your own niche website or blog or even another directory (e.g. article directory if you are a freelance writer)where you have more of your sample works . When you are applying to for a particular contract, you could also paste in the application form, a url link for client to see more samples on your blog or niche website. They are more likely to hire you if they find you have already done more works related to what they are seeking for.
Use the periods that you are not handling any project to do more of your works. Doing so will not only help you to improve your skill but also you would have drafts that you can easily edit or revise or draw ideas from them when you get any related job. This will help you to save time and to deliver to your clients on time - thereby increasing your chances of getting more contracts. You could also save some of these as samples on your niche website or blog to build your credibility and increase your chances of getting more jobs.
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