Tips for new freelancers in 2019
Tips for new freelancers in 2019 – Freelancing is a profession that allows you to connect and work with multiple clients and agencies using your skillset and be on your own. To succeed in freelancing, you need to have some qualities that are important to help you land some work. Without understanding or having these qualities, it will be an uphill task for you to make a name for yourself in the long.
These qualities are not limited to communication skills, discipline, focus, perseverance, dedication and an appetite to succeed.
With more and more full time employees trying their hands at part time freelancing to earn some additional income, competition is yet another factor you need to take into consideration and plan your freelancing career to stay ahead of competitors.
# 1 – Knowing your strengths and weaknesses
Before you get into freelancing, pause for a while and make a note of what your strengths and weakness are. This will help you to define your skills and not include too many in an anticipation of getting work. A lot of freelancers that lack experience make this mistake and end up projecting themselves as a jack of all and master of none.
If you think you have no skills, its most probably because you have allowed yourself to deviate from one skill to other and never focused on one particular skill. If this is the case, you have to pick one, or at the most 2 complimentary skills that will help you to define your role as a freelancer.
As an example, if you have decent Photoshop skills, you can consider working as a logo designer and a photo editor because both these requirements go hand in hand.
If you have decent writing skills, it becomes easier to project yourself as a content and article writer, with rewriting services offered at a competitive cost, ensuring quality is not compromised.
# 2 – Having a portfolio is a must
Even though you might be new to freelancing, having a portfolio with some of your past works is a must because that will help you to get noticed by clients and webmasters.
I understand you might be wondering how its possible to have a portfolio without being hired. The answer is simple. You need to use whatever skills you have and do some test projects that meet standards of a live project a client would hire you for.
As an example, if you consider yourself as a great logo designer in the making, use your creative imagination and design a logo that can make even experienced designers jealous and insecure.
Similarly, if you are good at writing content, pick a topic and flex your hands to write top notch content and it may very well get noticed by someone who will be itching to hire you and help you get your foot in the door.