Freelancing is turning out to be a serious business. According to Freelancing Hacks, Freelancers in U.S contribute $1.4 trillion to the economy every year. It is estimated that working from home improves your work performance by 13% and Freelancers coders and developers can earn as much as US$1000 per hour.
It is also forecasted that 43% of U.S workforce will be freelancers by 2020. Also, 36% of the US workers (57.3 million) are freelancers who work from home says a lot about the future of freelancing model.
According to Slash workers, 77% of freelancers state that they are now financially stable since quitting their day jobs to work as a freelancer
My name is Hisham Sarwar and as a renowned freelancer from Pakistan who has been doing freelancing for over 2 decades, I have found freelancing a great way of living a dream life. To begin with, I agree, it’s not easy but if done correctly, the results are extremely satisfying.
I would like to present you with 5 takeaways of Freelancing and if followed closely, one can start their career as a freelancer ir-respective of the city, state or a country you belong to.
Here are my 5 ‘C’s of Freelancing.
The first and preliminary step to take-up freelancing as a career is that it requires a lot of courage. Being self employed has its own set of challenges. Taking risk is not easy, it requires a lot of courage to go for a career where there is no stable weekly or a monthly income which is guaranteed in a 9 to 5 job.
If you have courage to withstand the financial and social pressure that you may experience, go for freelancing. I started my career with single P3 computer and a reasonable internet connection but I had the courage to work as a graphic designer online. I believe, your first earning from freelance marketplace settles the scores.
As a freelancer the most solid weapon you have in your armoury is the confidence. You have to be confident enough of your decision as well as your skills and should be able to take this confidence to the freelance marketplaces such as Upwork, Guru, Freelancer or Fiverr.
I believe, If someone is not confident enough of their skill set, they can not assert the full authority into their work that typically begins with sending out proposals to client’s project placements.
Be confident of your skills and believe you are the ‘best’ in the business.
You can not survive for a longer period of time if you are not honouring your commitments. Freelancing is a word of mouth agreement, specially with digital space and distances. If you can’t meet deadlines, if you can’t deliver milestones as committed, sooner of later, you will fade away.
You will lose business not because you were bad, you will lose business because your competitor was smart enough to honour their commitments.
English is an international business language. Many freelancers, despite of the fact that they are very talented can not make a break through as a freelancer because of lack of their communication skills. Tony Robbins says, 80% Of Success is Psychology – Tony Robbins.
Here is how you can improve your communication skills if you want to stand a better of chance of being a successful freelancer.
As a freelancer, some days are good and some days are awful. You have to believe that it’s just a bad day, not a bad life and good days will come. Be consistent in your daily activities, search for work daily, bid daily. If you stop, you are out of the game because your competitor is consistent and actively pursuing the projects daily. Remember, hard work always pays off.
By applying these 5 ‘C’s of freelancing, I have discovered a cookie cutter formula about What Are The Top Secrets Of Becoming a Successful Freelancer on UpWork & Guru?