Freelancing is the new way of work. People are already choosing freelancing over a full-time job because of the empowerment it gives in the short and long term. Freelancing gives freedom and you can choose your own work hours.
As a freelancer, there are some things that attribute largely to success. Those who wish to do freelancing, without paying heed to important guidelines, often end up reverting back to full-time jobs when they fail.
Like any profession, a freelancer needs to work regularly to find new work, and get the projects done. The freedom of work hours does not mean you can relax every single day. Instead, the burden of responsibility for self-empowerment has its own drawbacks. It demands your time, energy, and continuous efforts to upscale your work and go up the ladder.
For acing at freelancing, factor in these 3 things.
1- Learn how to communicate:
The first and foremost element of freelancing. If you want to win, equip yourself with tools that can aid you in the competition.
Without good communication skills, you are a wanderer in a no man’s land who is clueless about the next step. English is an international business language. Freelancing demands proper English writing skills. A freelancer’s profile and proposals are written in English.
If you do not know how to communicate when a client initiates communication through the message board, you will be dropped immediately and the client will move to the next available freelancer.
Learn how to write and most importantly learn how to communicate effectively as you’ve to impress a client on a freelance marketplace who you would probably never meet in person.
2- Learn a skill:
You are passionate about swimming and love it to the core but if you do not learn how to swim, you can’t swim. It is the same for freelancing. Freelancer offers a skill as a service on different projects. If you do not know some good technical skills, your chance of success is solely dependent on your luck which often doesn’t last long.
Websites like YouTube are full of tutorials. Pick a trending skill, learn it hard, start practicing it and then offer that skill on freelance websites.
3- Learn how to sell yourself:
Learning good communication skills is one thing and equipping yourself with technical skills is another but, if you do not know the art of persuasion, you can’t sell your service to the client. This is where learning the art of pitching weighs in heavily.
Your bidding and sales pitch need to address the problem the client is facing. It should also provide a solution to the problem concisely without going to length with a big response.
As a freelancer, a response on projects often known as a bid needs to be to the point and provide a solution to the provider while highlighting; why the client should move forward with you.
To summarize the question what is the best way to get clients as a new freelancer? The answer lies in the above three elements. Each compliments one other.
Start learning, start training, and learn how to sell if you want to become a successful freelancer.