Data from Statista revealed that in 2019, there were 57 million freelancers in the U.S. The number has increased rapidly since then, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many people to freelance after losing their jobs. As a freelancer, I understand why anyone would make that decision.
Freelancing has enabled me to enjoy perks such as a reliable income, flexibility, and convenience. It took me some time and a lot of effort to become a top-rated freelancer. I’d like to help others like me to achieve their dream of being successful freelancers.
I believe the tips below can be incredibly useful today because they helped me in my journey.
I desired to be a freelancer but didn’t know when to quit my job. It was a bit challenging because I had no idea if I was even going to make it. So I kept postponing my decision to become a full-time freelancer. When I think about it now, I wish I had started sooner.
The best way to begin is to stop second-guessing oneself and come up with a plan. Aspiring freelancers need to save some cash so that if they don’t land gigs immediately after leaving their jobs, they’ll survive. Then, I recommend that they pitch to as many clients as possible. While they wait for their responses, honing one’s skills is convenient, depending on the services they offer.
When I started out, I didn’t know how to set the best rates for my services. I ended up getting exploited a lot. When some of my clients realized that I wasn’t sure about the amount of money I wanted to be paid, they would suggest low rates. I was afraid of losing them, and so I played along even though I wanted more.
Later on, I discovered that many more clients were ready to pay me the high rates I wanted as long as I delivered quality work. As a freelancer, one ought to set a price for their services and stick to it. The right clients will have no problem paying. I would have made more money back then if I were decisive about my pay.
My first few months of freelancing were hard because I didn’t have a schedule to follow. Meeting deadlines was impossible, and I ended up disappointing some of my valuable clients. The thing about freelancing is that one has to manage their own time. It can be tricky, especially when working from home, where there is a plethora of distractions.
Creating a schedule allows a freelancer to plan ahead, depending on upcoming deadlines. It also helps an individual keep distractions at bay and balance work and personal life. Once I started creating daily schedules, I finish all my work on time, and my clients are always happy.
Networking has allowed me to grow tremendously as a freelancer. Through it, I have learned many things happening in the freelancing industry. It has also helped me land some pretty rewarding gigs. It is why I recommend it to all freelancers who want to make it big.
There are many ways that one can network within the freelancing industry. Some include leveraging social media, building blogs, attending conferences, and mingling with the locals.
I can’t argue that there is one particular pathway that leads freelancers to prosper. Countless strategies exist. While one plan can work for a person, it might turn out to be terrible for another. Even so, the tips mentioned above can be useful no matter the industry one is in. With them, making it as a freelancer is easier.