How to Earn Money from Freelancing in 10 Easy Steps
Not satisfied with the salary you get? Looking for part time jobs? Here is what you can do. Today, when prices are rising day by day, the salary of a hard-working individual remains the same. After hours of working so hard, what does he get? The answer is nothing. Do you know that you can earn handsome money in your free time? Yes, you can, by selling your service online and you can earn money from freelancing. Don’t worry it doesn’t mean that you are providing your service for free. You will be paid for this.
Many people don’t really know that they can sell their services online. People out there are looking for those who are best in their job and can help them. For example, there is a huge demand of people who are good in digital marketing, social media marketing, SEO, SEM, graphics & designing, writing & translation, video & animation, music, dancing, acting, computer programming, etc. There are endless numbers of people looking for people good at these jobs.
A freelancer is a person who is self-employed and not dependent on his employer. Nobody likes to be ordered by someone and normal corporate jobs pressurize you, sometimes they make you depressed.
Be a freelancer, be a master of your world. It’s not important that you have to quit your job to be a freelancer, you can also take it as a part-time profession to earn a few extra bucks. The job for a freelancer can fetch him about $1-$100 USD per hour. Isn’t it amazing? Slowly and steadily you will become experienced and you can charge even more than $100 USD, depending on your demand. A freelancer charges per hour, per day or per project. A freelancer lives a life of a desk free earner.
Here are the steps to become a freelancer:
1. Decide your job or skill
The foremost thing that you have to do is decide on your job. Don’t go for two or three jobs at the same time, thinking that you will earn well. You might earn nothing with this thought. Decide what you are good at, what are your secondary skills, they may include web designing, writing, graphic designing and so on. Make sure you are best at what you do. Everybody has some skills they are good at. I’m sure you also have some inner talent with which you are not yet acquainted. You don’t even need to be experienced; freelancing is a platform for beginners too. Believe in yourself. Once you’ve decided your job, you can proceed further with making your profile.
2. Choose a niche
Now the question arises, how to choose a niche? Niche is a kind of theme that describes a field or industry. It’s like giving the plot of your work. Your niche should directly make the people understand that your work is different from others and making a deal with you is profitable for them. People run towards brands. You will have to create a brand of your own. Keep enhancing the quality of your work. Learn from your mistakes, experience them. Experience is the best way to increase branding. You might get confused or maybe you feel as if there is a shortage of data for deciding a niche.
Here are some simple steps that will help you to find a perfect niche:
- Ask yourself about your area of interest, your hobbies, your passion, take hints from them.
- Have complete information about your competition, search for their niche, and then create a niche that is better and different from them.
- Think like a customer, think of how you will search for an employee.
- Evaluate from the list of niche that you have decided.
- If you are satisfied that your niche is matched with the product, go for it without any second thought.
3. Build an attractive profile
First of all, chose any of the freelancer platforms. The most famous site for freelancing that I would suggest is Fiverr. Create an account on it; the steps for creating an account on Fiverr are given at the end of the article. Your profile should include your skills, past experience if any, portfolio, and qualifications. Do upload proofs of your work, such as photos, videos, documents, etc. If you are taking this as a part-time job or you have decided to quit your job, then, of course, you are skilled enough. Add all your important details that are necessary for the person to know about your service. For example, if you are going to work as a content writer, upload some of your eye-catchy writings.
4. Learn how to do business
Business is something that needs experience, and without trying you will never get experience. If you are not confident enough, check other’s profile on freelancer, read the comments, and visit at least 10 profiles. Check how they are selling their service and at what price? Learn from it. In the beginning don’t set your rate too high, nor too low, because too low will give an impression that no one is hiring you so you have decreased your rates.
5. Concentrate on your work
To take any business to height, the first requirement is that you need to work really hard. This might look difficult, but without working you can’t move further. The first impression is the last impression, so make sure you are polite with your employer. Don’t get frustrated with the number of questions asked by the employer. If he is paying you, he will have hundreds of queries and it’s your job to clear them. While working, keep in mind the terms of project, deadline, and quality of work (Signed deal). Don’t lose your mind as soon as you get your first job. Think calmly, and discuss the timeline and budget. Make all the things clear in the beginning.
6. Decide your service charges
Before posting about your service decide your service charges. You can take help of your friends, relatives, well-wishers or those who have some knowledge about your work. You can also search for those freelancers who are offering the same job just as you do. Look at their profile and the comments on their page; check the requirement of people for that work. On this basis decide your wages. Do think about your needs also. You can keep increasing your price in the future depending upon your demand.
7. Setup a billing or invoicing system
Setup a billing system through which people can pay you. Various online payment sites have made the task of accounting and invoicing quite easier. Payments terms are transferred in the form of an invoice. So that it remains as a proof in case the employer or the employee has any issue regarding the payment. The employer also specifies the deadline of the project and the amount to be paid through invoice. The freelancer confirms his commitment by sending an invoice in return; he also confirms whether he is charging per hour or per day. An Invoice includes cost, mode of payment, the address of the payer and payee, etc.
You can use PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill, Payza, and so on for payment purpose. The best of these is PayPal. PayPal is a trusted international payment site and app that offers to send and receiving money quickly and insecure way. Also, your old transactions can help you keep track of your profits and losses.
8. Make a good network
As soon as you establish a profile on any freelancing platform, socialize yourself. Make a large network of people, tell them about the job you offer, ask them to spread the same. Share the link of your freelancing site via social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+, Emails, Whatsapp, and text messages.
9. Look for projects and start bidding
You might not get any work or project in the beginning. But don’t sit idle, look for projects that are posted, the opportunity will not knock on your door, you will have to make an effort for it. Read the comments on the posted project, start bidding. If someone is offering the job for $50 per day, offer it for $40. Don’t lower your price too much as it might give an impression to the employer, that you are a newbie and you hardly know something about the work offered. It will lower your profile ratings and will also create a bad influence on your work. Comment on projects that are not yet picked up by anyone. Start with them, they can prove as a good start-up. Comment on profiles of other people also. Feature yourself on different blogs and websites.
10. How to attract clients
Socialize yourself, ask your friends, family, old co-workers, or others for recommending your work to the people they know. Maybe you can get some work. In many cases, it’s a good way for a start-up. Submit your work before the deadline; it shouldn’t look like as if it was done in a hurry, maintain its quality. It helps in creating goodwill and trust among clients. You can also give them special discounts if they approach you for the second time. Your good work will help you with earning good reviews and feedback. People always go for the employees after reading the reviews and feedbacks.
Today, many people are suffering from high blood pressure (hypertension), gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s disease, accelerated aging and the reason behind these diseases is tension, that one gets daily while working under someone. Sometimes a person becomes so irritated that he hardly talks with someone and when he does, he’s always angry.
Nothing is impossible. Believe in yourself and work hard, rest will happen easily. Hey readers, hope this article helped you and you found the answer to your questions.