The first thing to do is ask yourself: Do you have self-control?; because freelancing and working from home requires a lot of self-discipline. If you can control your feelings and overcome your weaknesses. Then you can definitely become a freelancer.
Do you need any experience?
👉 Before you become an independent professional, you should work as an employee in a company and gain some insights into your work industry. That experience will definitely give you the skills and 🎓 knowledge you need. It can also help you manage and deliver work to your clients in the best way possible.
Before I started freelancing, I worked as a front-end developer in a company; after some time, I also began communicating directly with clients other than the team lead, which helped me understand the difficulties in client communication. 💬 Communication is a crucial part of being an independent freelancer; because it helps you learn things like:
- 🤔 How to choose your client,
- 🙅 When you should turn down offers,
- 👌 Analyzing whether the project will look good in your portfolio,
- 💲 How to price your projects,
You don’t need to work many years in a company to learn these; I would suggest 6–12 months would be fine. Or you could just Google it 🤪, just kidding. Having a real experience is not the same as watching a video on YouTube; A real experience helps you understand things more clearly.
After you have some traditional work experience; You can start applying for freelance jobs by joining platforms like Upwork, freelancer.com, and Fiverr. When you apply for jobs on these platforms, it won’t be easy to win a contract; Because most jobs are offered to experienced freelancers with a good portfolio. Create a portfolio with at least two to three projects from your previous work experience to compete among other freelancers; because many clients are always willing to give a chance for new talents.
Communication is Everything!
Communicate everything you need upfront with your client; Make sure there is a clear understanding on both sides. After you complete the first job, ask your client for a ⭐ full-star rating; yes, you won’t get that until you ask. You can make sure to get excellent ratings and reviews by doing your best for a less budget. You can always say your pricing is cheap because you want to gain some traction on the platform; there is nothing wrong or unprofessional about that. Repeat that for the first few clients until your rating goes up. When time seems right, you can increase your pricing, but don’t forget to present a reasonable rate.
That’s all you have to do to become a freelancer. Of the three popular freelancing platforms on the Internet, Upwork is one of the most popular and maintains high standards in every aspect. ✌️ I hope you enjoyed this article.