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Top 10 Effective Tips On How To Succeed As A Freelancer


Finding success as a freelancer, no matter what the skill or expertise, can become a reality much easier when you follow some really effective tips. Here’s a list of our top 10:

  1. Build a Professional Profile
  2. The first order of business is to create an online profile which lets your potential clients know what service you have to offer. Your name won’t rank high on search lists at first, but a well-thought out profile with keywords and SEO will gradually lead to more business.

  3. Create a Portfolio
  4. Most freelancing websites allow you to create a portfolio of your best work. Be sure to keep this section updated with current pieces that are eye-catching and appeal to the kinds of clients you would like to work with.

  5. Describe Your Services/Rates
  6. It’s a good idea to describe your complete services and rates. Most clients will feel more comfortable initiating conversation with freelancers who are upfront about what they have to offer and how much they charge. Review this every few months to ensure you are current.

  7. Market Your Brand
  8. Once you have built a great profile you have to take it to the next level and get it out there to as many people as possible. Find ways to promote your brand on social media sites, online resumes and more. The bigger your brand the more clients you’re bound to have.

  9. Communicate Often
  10. When you do start working on projects, it’s important you keep an open line of communication with your clients. Respond to any emails or phone calls promptly, and always communicate the information your clients are seeking.

  11. Finish Your Assignments on Time
  12. A great way of generating more business is to make sure you complete your assignments on time and keep your clients happy. If you think you will be late in completing a task, then let your client know so they can make other arrangements if the work they require is urgent.

  13. Ask For Reviews/Recommendations
  14. Potential clients are more inclined to hire freelancer with a strong work history as demonstrated through customer reviews and recommendations. If you experience a particularly good work contract, then be sure to kindly ask a satisfied customer for a brief review.

  15. Respond to Reviews/Recommendations
  16. If a client leaves a positive review or gives you a recommendation, then you might benefit from sending a kind note showing your gratitude. If you work through freelancing sites then write a brief note about your experience.

  17. Keep In Contact with Good Clients
  18. Sometimes satisfied clients will want to keep coming back for more. In these cases, you should be sure to extend your hand and stay in touch.

  19. Keep Bidding on Projects
  20. The last piece of advice to increase your chances for success is that you keep bidding in projects no matter how many times you lose out. Don’t be discouraged when your bids aren’t chosen. Keep at it and the right jobs will come.

Pitch your services

You should be able to learn if clients have worked with freelancers in the past and what skills they look for in a good freelance writer. This will help you know how to pitch your services and develop a winning proposal.

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