How to get projects on freelancer.com is one of the hottest topics and you must be one of those aspiring freelancers that is struggling to get noticed. No worries, we all have been there at some point and got through the initial hurdles.
When I created my account, it took me a week to get a response from client. That was a great feeling even though I was not hired. Before we jump into this topic of How to get projects on freelancer.com, let us understand its not going to be a walk in the garden, but nothing impossible too. I am sharing some of my secret mantra’s so you can implement and see how it goes.
Create your profile
There is no place for lazy folks anywhere, let alone on freelancer.com or any other freelancing marketplace. If you created a profile, its time you make sure its complete and verified so you can win trust of potential clients. Upload your picture/logo and make sure its crisp and clear.
Improve your profile
Next step you need to do is to verify your email address, phone number and get yourself verified. To know how to become a verified freelancer, you can visit freelancer.com and check with their knowledge base. After your profile has been verified, you need to create a short, but impressive bio about yourself, your skills, your expertise and why the client must consider hiring you over your competitors.
Optimize your profile
If English is not one of your strengths, you can take help of someone in your circle and get it done. If you need help on creating your bio, leave a comment and I will be glad to help you.
After bio is taken care of, you need to upload some portfolio items because they will make the ultimate difference in a client evaluating what your skill is and the kind of works you did in the past.
Create proof of work
You might be cursing your luck and wondering how can I show my portfolio when I haven’t done a project to date? No worries, you can still demonstrate what you are capable of doing by doing a demo.
If you are a content writer, pick an interesting topic and write about it, if you happen to be a logo designer, design some unique, yet simple logos and upload them to your freelancer portfolio. What I am trying to explain is that you cannot assume or imagine clients will show sympathy just because you quoted a low price. There are a lot of freelancers that don’t work on these points and that should become your selling point.
If you can make a video intro and figure out a way of publishing it on the web, it would be a plus because you can cite that link on your profile. If you have done a certification or 2, put them on your profile and pass a couple of freelancer exams to score some brownie points.
Defining Your Skills
After all these steps have been taken care of, you need to define your skills and choose projects with my skills option which will show relevant projects from the barrage of projects that are posted. While applying, you need to take some time, read the entire project scope and analyze if its something you can take up.
Make sure you submit a customized proposal (I explained in one of my articles why to avoid copy/paste proposals and wait for the client to respond. Assuming you start using a free account that has no membership, you will get limited bids and they are very critical because if you consume them without being careful, you need to either upgrade your membership or wait until the next billing cycle to be able to bid on projects.
I would recommend you to sign up for individual membership because that will give you more bids to place and also some other nice features that will be handy.
Use your network
One idea that might work in your favor is to float around the idea within your circle of friends, colleagues, relatives and see if one of them can post a small project in case there is a requirement and that will help you land a deal without much fuss.
But for you to be able to convince them, you need to have a blog or a website with an active portfolio and a good bio that will give them the impetus to gain confidence in your abilities.
How to get 1st project without your network
If you don’t have anyone to help you, you can consider sponsoring your bid by making a small payment and freelancer.com will slot your bid on the top which implies you will get more visibility and the chances of client responding to you becomes higher.
How to manage your membership
Because you have limited bids to consume, I recommend you to target projects that demand a low quote and don’t involve a lot of work, Some clients that operate on a tight budget entertain low bids and assure you future work if you are able to do a good job for them.
Having said that, you shouldn’t compromise beyond what you can afford which means don’t offer a low quote if there is a lot of work to be done because it will create a bad impression to future leads/clients that will visit your freelancer profile.
Offer a demo
You can offer a small demo as part of your customized proposal so a client can experience a test drive and determine if you are the right fit. A combination of all these factors put together will help you know How to get projects on freelancer.com and other marketplaces.
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