Elance.com, upwork.com, fiverr.com and freelancing: Guide on how to succeed at freelancing
Do you know that freelancing opportunities are endless?
The good news is you do not need to have an office space and still work and earn cash.
If you’re a beginner or have tried freelancing, you have the opportunity to build a strong freelancing carrier.
So this post was created to answer some of the questions or challenges many freelancers faced using the freelancing sites.
The idea here is to help people make the money with their skills. So how does one succeed using Elance, upwork, Fiverr etc? Here are some of the guides that’ll help you.
Create a profile
When you’ve decided to become a freelancer, and have already joined the desired freelance website, then you’ll need a profile. Not just a profile, but a profile that sells you.
This is pretty important because it’s the first thing a client will look for before making a decision.
Create a catchy, well focus profile that’ll give the client an idea of who he’s hiring and who fits the job.
Here the focus is key. Don’t try and create a profile that shows you do any job. Just specialize in one or two fields.
For instance, if you want to become a freelance writer, you can include proofreading as a second freelance job because they’re related to writing.
I hope you get the idea.
Bid for job
Every freelance website you visit; you’ll notice that spamming is a serious crime.
Your focus should be what work can I do effectively?
This is very important if you can answer that this is because you’re trying to build your reputation and expertise in other to gain more clients.
But before bidding for any job, you’ll need to read the job post because sometimes the client does include the word (s) you must include in your bid proposal.
Placing your bid without reading this job post might make you miss the bid. Because the client will say you’ve not read the job post.
So don’t be in a rush, just take your time and read the job post before making a bid.
Take freelancing as a career. The ball does not stop at the bidding alone.
You’ll need to stay online especially if you’re just starting.
Another reason is most client tend to give jobs to the bidder that are online at the time they have placed the job and at the time they have place job and the freelancer meets their requirement.
Some clients give you the job and want to invite you to a quick negotiation.
Ask for reviews
Don’t shy away from this. A review gives prospective clients what they think about your services.
To get a review should be what you ought to be doing regularly.
When you negotiate a price for your clients, ask them to return the favor by leaving a positive review.
So ask them to give you a five-star rating and an excellent review.
Reducing your price by 5% or 10% in exchange for a review is really a bargain that’ll give you an edge, especially if you’re just starting.
The more positive reviews you have the more jobs you’ll get because clients will begin to see you as an authority in the niche.
Deliver your work within promise date
One thing that clients hate is when you cannot deliver your work within the stipulated time frame.
This can affect your business and even make your existing clients stop working with you.
In other not to face such damaging reputation, you should ensure you work according to the agreed time frame.
But in case you’re facing some hitches and that will delay the delivery time, just notify the client in time and give a concrete reason to convince the client.
A word of caution, don’t give flimsy excuses to that effect. For instance, when you’re having a problem with your pc, don’t tell the client because that’s not their problem. But if you fell sick in the process, that’s a valid one.