How to get started with freelancing in 2021?
6 things to know before starting out as a freelancer
The great thing about freelancing is that it doesn’t have any requirements. You don’t need a fancy college degree or years of experience on a job to get started as a freelancer. All you need is a marketable skill and dedication to work harder and better than everyone else.
Thinking about getting started in freelancing but don’t know where to start?
Then this guide is for you.
Have a clear mindset
Freelancing requires discipline.
A routine defines your most productive and unproductive hours. You are your boss, and you get to make the rules. Wake up, get dressed, make a coffee, and crack on.
Define your skills
Start by identifying your interests and skills. Understand how these factors influence your decisions. Once you find a marketable skill, you should make sure you can offer it as a service.
Read books, subscribe to YouTube channels, and blogs related to your skill and industry.
Developing a skill from scratch takes time. Be patient and keep learning and practising.
It could take weeks, months, or years. Just keep at it.
Create a portfolio
When you’re a complete newbie in your particular freelancing specialism, without examples to show, then prospects are sceptical regarding your abilities and expertise. This means it’s a lot harder to persuade people to hire you. You don’t have a portfolio of previous work. What do you do when you have no portfolio to show potential clients?
Reach out to your family, friends or local businesses. By offering your services to them, you can quickly get a few project examples under your belt. Upload these samples in a Google Drive. Hurray! Your portfolio is ready.
Build an online presence
Anyone with access to the internet and social media can build an audience, position themselves as an expert and start attracting clients for their business. And that’s exactly what a lot of people are doing.
So, what are you waiting for?
- Choose a platform (LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Quora).
- Observe fellow freelancers and engage with their content.
- You need a well-optimised profile (Storytell - Explain who you are, what you do and how you can help professionals?)
- Create content to stand out of the crowd.
Freelance Formula - Network + Engage + Create Content + Collaborate + Community + Celebrate
Don’t forget - Build a tribe, not just connections.
Don’t forget budgeting
Keep a tab on your expenses and make an estimated monthly budget for yourself. It’s time to get smarter and manage your income with a plan.
Keep your tools handy
As a freelancer, you need a few tools to work effectively -
- A freelance contract (Include contact details of both the parties, project scope, deliverables, pricing and rates, payment gateways, legal compliances and deadlines)
- Make a pricing strategy for yourself (Per word, Hourly or Project basis)
- Trello, Daily Planner and Notes for managing tasks
- Google Drive for samples/ portfolio
- Google Calendar and Calendly.com for client and networking calls
You are now ready to tackle the world of freelancing. With a lot of dedication and hard work, you’ll be able to create a profitable and prosperous career as a freelancer. Good luck!
I'm a Freelance Content Writer and Storyteller. I write relatable content and help brands to target the right audience leading to more conversions. "From hobby to passion now profession, writing is my love"