Freelancing is a great way to use your spare time to increase your income and use your skills to increase your income.
There are many different platforms available that match you with individuals that require items of work or projects completing and are willing to pay you for your time and skills to work on them. The best thing is that you can choose exactly the type of work that you want to do and also the size of the work you want to do.
Freelancing also gives you the freedom to work anywhere in the world all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.
So how do you get started?
1. Think about what skills you have to offer
The skills you have are what you are selling here so you need to think about what you can offer. Highly desired skills are currently in the tech space but there are opportunities in a wide range of areas from design through to translation. If you don’t have any skills in the desired areas but are interested in learning them you could also learn new skills. You may also be able to find some projects that are willing to let you learn on the job or you can offer to work for very little money or even free at first to build up your skills and portfolio of work.
2. Brush up on your skills
Once you have identified what skills you have to offer brush up on them. Its important to always keep your skills fresh and up to date so that you can offer the best service possible.
3. Put together a portfolio of work
Your portfolio is your CV in the freelancing world, people don’t have much information on you so you need to make yourself stand out from the crowds of other people who also want the freelance work. You do this by putting together lots of good pieces of work you have done in the past that demonstrate your skills.
4. Bid for work
Now you are ready to go and apply for work, you can do this by signing up on sites such as Upwork or Freelancer.com then start looking for opportunities that interest you and match your skills. Contact the people offering these opportunities and justify to them why they should choose you using your portfolio.
You can also find other freelancing providing platforms by searching online.
5. Complete the work
When you are successful in finding an opportunity that you are interested in and the person offering the opportunity gives it to you now you have to complete the work.
Ensure that you communicate clearly and set expectations early on with the person who has hired you, let them know how long the project will take you, when you expect to have each part completed and confirm the payment structure so everyone knows what to expect. Communication will be important throughout the work so ensure to check in with them regularly to ensure they are happy with the work you are doing and know how well you are progressing.
Ensuring that the person who hires you has a good experience is very important as you want to ensure that you build up a positive reputation with each piece of work you do. Once a project is finished always ensure that you ask for feedback and get the hirer to give you a review which you can use to share with other people when you are looking for your next project. Overtime you can build up a series of reviews and use the feedback to improve the service you offer which will mean you can charge more money and be offered more work when looking for opportunities.