25 Tips for Freelancers

25 Tips for Freelancers

A freelancer only works for himself or herself. If you work before, after, or during your main job, you do any side activities to earn extra money, it's not freelancing, it's moonlighting. It's better to realize this now than to be surprised later.

Let's get to the important tips

1. The term "freelancer" in general is applicable only to those professionals who in this freelance has already succeeded. Till this moment it is all only attempts. An intern driving a bus is not a driver. It's an intern. That's what it says.

2. The most effective strategy for making money on freelance is the ability to sell what you've done well. It is only possible to make $1,500 or more per month in freelancing. Any other strategy is either ineffective or a priori doomed.

3. Of the two qualities - the ability to flawlessly perform their work and the ability to sell it, the latter is much more valuable. If you do not know how, or are not able to make profitable deals, then the rest does not make much sense. But if you can sell any nonsense, then you will be successful.

4. You are unlikely to succeed in freelancing if you are constantly looking for work, wasting time or finances on this process. A freelancer only begins to earn a decent income when he or she has a constant stream of "incoming" orders. The only way to find the orders is not the only, and probably, the most inefficient tool, since the demotion auction "rules" there, and the performers are not seen by their faces, therefore, any trust in them is out of the question.

5. If aggressive dumping and advertising is your only competitive advantage over others, you are unlikely to achieve anything significant in the freelance market by spending and receiving less.

6. All of your movements on the freelance market should be planned long before you come there, otherwise you won't be able to immediately act correctly and effectively in the new circumstances, and accordingly, you won't earn anything there.

7. There is no "universal strategy for promotion" in freelancing, it's different for everyone. There is no need to try to copy the promotion mechanisms of the most successful freelancers, it is possible that they do not suit you at all. You will understand this later, but for now I will tell you this.

8. If you want to understand how to develop as a freelancer, then start by reading the sad stories of failed freelancers who didn't succeed. That way you'll at least realize the list of problems that led to the collapse of their enterprise, and prepare yourself to deal with such problems.

9. If you have no idea how to develop in freelancing, then just forget about freelancing, because it will not lead to anything good. You'll be back when you start to imagine.

10. Freelancing has all the same criteria as working for hire. If in real life you are completely incompetent in some things, then on freelance everything will be exactly the same, because here the format of work is not able to affect significantly the result. The opinion that it is easier for a dilettante to find work on freelance than in the city, stems from the fact that it is much easier to deceive the customer online than in real life.

12. Freelancing is not a job. Employers usually do not write negative feedback on employees, but the opposite is true in freelancing. Therefore, having framed a customer, be prepared for a barrage of negative reviews on the Internet, which will remain there for a long time, or maybe forever. Therefore, if you are not competent in something, it is better that no one finds out about it.

13. The only liquid asset of the freelancer is not his experience and not his portfolio. It is his reputation. If a freelancer's reputation is between zero and plinth, then his experience, seniority or portfolio do not matter at all.

14. In most cases, a freelancer can cause serious damage to the client by improper fulfillment or non-fulfillment of his obligations, even if not paid, so the lot of newcomers is the simplest work. The newcomers are not allowed to work on serious and important projects, this is the prerogative of professionals.

15. If you are not able in any way to guarantee the outcome of the work, the choice of customers in the vast majority of cases will fall on those who can do so. Think about what guarantees you can give the customer, except for words and assurances.

16. In the beginning, you should not take on large or complex projects, although it is understandable. However, many people do not understand that at the start you should not take up even the most minuscule and simple projects, if they are a fragment of something more complicated. This can be fraught with all sorts of negative consequences.

17. Investments at the start are not welcome. If you do not yet have enough competence, any monetary investment aimed at attracting orders will not bring any tangible results. And besides, how will you learn the entrepreneurial approach if you plug up all your gaps in knowledge with money?

The most effective way to attract orders is called "word of mouth. It is a format of working on "inbound orders," in which the customers are usually adequate, there are no competitors, and there is no downgrade auction. This format will bring you much more income than working on exchanges, so you need to make every effort to get into it.

18. Based on extensive personal experience, I can say that the auction format, in which the candidate of the executor is selected based on the consideration of proposals from all of its participants, more often than not the executor, to whose proposal the customer paid attention in the first place, wins. Didn't get it, didn't look at it, but paid attention. Let's draw some conclusions.

19. If for a long period of time you are not able to earn decent money on the freelance market, then it is obvious that you are doing something wrong. There's no point in persisting, you're not going to change anything anyway. You need to reconsider your strategy and start to act differently than you did before.

20. "Price, timing, quality" - pick two out of three. Does that phrase sound familiar? If you take away the quality, it will be fast and cheap. Take away the price - it will be fast and suck. Timing - it sucks and it's cheap. Except that on freelance, "price" doesn't appear anywhere in that phrase. There's just "deadlines, quality." And you can't choose. If the quality and deadlines don't match what is stated, then the price doesn't matter anymore. 

21. Deadlines are the main indicator of a freelancer's effectiveness. A specialist who is constantly late very quickly ceases to seem like a specialist. It is the destiny of dilettantes. Professionals are late only by force majeure. The surest way to cheapen your reputation is to be late on a project.

22. In your profiles, give full and truthful data. You shouldn't deceive anyone here, because it will be bad for you in any case. The less the customer knows about you, the less he trusts you. Do not take it to extremes, but it is still necessary to provide some data, otherwise it seems that you are afraid of something.

23. When searching for jobs online it is not a good idea to respond to applications that do not initially meet your requirements. It is not only an absolutely hopeless task in itself, but on top of that you give the impression of not wanting to say who, but you have understood.

24. 43. Begin your response to the application with the word "Hello". You'd be surprised, but half of the freelancers do not think about it. It's easy to see this by going to any exchange with open bids. It's a basic lack of education. Not to mention the fact that such responses to bids are unlikely to find a warm response.

25. Communication in freelancing is an important factor. At the start you can communicate with customers as you like, it will not affect your reputation in any way. But the higher will be your level, the more effort will have to be made to write answers in a businesslike manner. You won't make a lot of money if you don't learn how to communicate "like grown-ups.