Freelancing is one such thing across the world which provides fun as well as profits at the same time. I have been freelancing for last five years and let me tell you one thing, freelancing makes you “own” your skills and talents. If you are new to freelancing or you want to change the way you freelance, then you are at the right place. If you want to freelance successfully, then you need to take your “freelance business” in your hands. Build the guts to do it and freelance like a Pro!
Here are some of the most effective ways which will help you to Freelance like a PRO.
Have you ever thought how PRO and RICH Freelancers are different from you? There are some ground rules which most of the pros follow in their daily lives. Just read on and step ahead towards becoming a PRO freelancer soon.
1. Value your time:
Time is equal to money. Yes if you think in this way, then you will soon be a more successful freelance business owner. When starting out or if you want to renew your freelance business, make sure you decide how much time to “invest” in your business. Then accordingly create a schedule.
Let your clients know the way you work. Do you work in batches? Or work a bit for every client on a daily basis? Make sure you inform your clients regarding your work pattern. I assure you will do great benefits to your 24*7 soon.
Value your time and work accordingly. You will see an appreciable rise in your profits without any wastage of time.
2. Network with other freelancers:
Initially, there will be an enormous amount of hesitation to communicate with your fellow freelancers and say that you are a newbie freelancer or a freelancer trying actively to get more regular work.
But try it. Yes, unless and until you do it you won’t know whether it works for you or not. There is something similar in the case of networking too. Network with other freelancers on professional sites like LinkedIn. Then search for groups of freelancers in your niche on Facebook and Google+. Participate in the discussions and genuinely comment on the posts. Soon you will have a consistent increase in your network. You never know when your network can be a boon to your career as well as freelancing business.
3. Create a “work” area:
Most of the freelancers have a habit of working from anywhere around the home. But Pro freelancers build up a specific area to work on their business. This helps to possess a work accountability. Also, you will know how much time you are devoting to your freelance work.
Clean your room and create a small work area. Keep your laptop, stationaries and required materials in the work area. Once you start to work, make sure you do not run here and there eventually not working on your projects. So build discipline and respect your work area. You will be tuned in to work in a systematic manner.
4. Try new things:
Freelancing doesn’t mean boredom. You are responsible for making your freelance work enjoyable and active. Enroll into a new course. Create a community of freelancers in your niche. Collaborate in new and unseen ways. You will enjoy as well as make huge profits.
Always remember if you do not enjoy something you will never stick to it in the long term. So, enjoy your freelance career and make it worthy enough to become successful. You can see around and get new ideas from others. Then create your new idea and work on it. See, you have made your freelancing work so much exciting.
Now the time after your job or study you think of your freelance work, you will find it surprising and jump quickly to work on your freelance projects.
5. Create a marketing plan:
Promoting yourself is crucial. If you do not promote yourself then how will your potential clients come to know about your services? Write down your target clients. Try to choose a less competitive niche. Then enter into the niche.
I will suggest you ‘market yourself’ on a daily basis. Yes, daily! Use different types of ways to promote your services. You can use warm emails or cold emails. Engage in communities where your potential clients usually hang out.
You can even blog and promote your services. Get your name out there in your target markets. You can even guest post on top blogs in your niche. Create surveys and send to your potential clients. You will know their real requirements and thereby improve your services to serve them in a professional way.
6. Outsource smartly:
If you are a freelancer, that does not mean that you have to do all your work on your own. Do you find some tasks repeated on a daily basis? Are you spending time on one same thing again and again and therefore tired of it? Then must think for outsourcing your work. Outsourcing some repeated tasks does not harm your business. In fact, you will save a lot of time and energy in your freelancing business.
You can hire virtual accounting assistants on an hourly basis. If you are an excellent freelance business owner, then you can hire virtual assistants on a monthly basis and pay them a salary. Choose whichever suits you and find the difference in your business.
7. Automate as much as possible:
Automation. Yes! It should be one of the dearest assets of a freelancer at every stage of the career. Automating several marketing tasks helps to save ample of time. In this way, you can utilize various similar functions.
In the case of finances, sign up for automated bank accounts and make sure that you automate your payments as well as bills every month. This will help you to ensure that you pay bills on time. Also, you need not worry regarding saving your received payments. You can also create personal and business accounts separately. So, no worries regarding and investing further. Choose a smarter way of dealing with automation. If you choose the right ways at the right time, automation will help you to a great extent.
8. Think less, do more:
Yes, you have to think less. Stop thinking that “what if I don’t have clients,” “what if my present clients stop providing work?”. STOP THIS TYPE OF THINKING.
What if you land a thousand dollar client for your business? Wonderful! Congrats! Thinking positive will help you to achieve your dreams. Never believe that you can’t do it. Just do it. Do you want to explore a less explored yet highly profitable niche? Just do it.
Thinking a lot just kills time. Don’t think “what if’s ?” There’s a simple logic behind it. The more you think, the more you will hesitate to start it or finish it if you have already begun. Ultimately, you will end up getting confused.
So, aim, plan and achieve. Learn to freelance like a Pro freelancer. Do this and see leading a stress-free freelancing business.
9. Work ON your business:
Do you find yourself working a lot working “in” your business? It’s time to work “on” your business. Get proactive. Build an excellent plan and launch it. Make your business recession-proof. Keep marketing! Yes, market your business a lot. A lot!
You will then always have a lot of clients and work for uplifting your business.
Do you have a blog or website for your business? Update it. Get a revamp of your site. Get it newly designed. Make your site STAND OUT.
Don’t say. Prove it with your actions!
Preaching and doing nothing does not lead you anywhere.
Therefore, if you want to become a PRO Freelancer, make sure that you change your mindset. AND DO IT FROM RIGHT NOW!
Apply all the above ways and see marvelous changes in your freelance business.
Feel free to share your experiences and what you did to become a PRO Freelancer.