Freelancing Easter Egg Hunt
Collect the secrets of successful freelancing
We hope everyone that celebrates has had a wonderful Easter weekend. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve got a few freelancing Easter eggs for you to collect. Gather these secrets, hold them with you, and successful freelancing will surely follow.
Egg 1. Experience trumps all
Whether you’re just starting on your freelancing journey, or you’ve been working independently your entire career – one truth remains fundamental. The greater your experience, the more likely you are to land clients.
Don’t let this deter you if you’re new to the industry, however. Experience takes shape in all forms. That includes volunteering, building your own portfolio of personal projects, and helping out friends or family with work related to your field. ‘Greater’ experience isn’t always the quantity of one’s work, but the quality, diversity, and impact of it.
Egg 2. Standing firm won’t hurt you
At some point in your career as a freelancer, you’re likely to have a less favourable interaction with a client or colleague. This isn’t necessarily a poor reflection on anybody involved. It’s simply an unavoidable byproduct of the friction that exists in the working world. How you deal with this can define your journey to success.
Occasionally, you’ll need to stand firm on your position, even if the client is placing pressure for you to pivot. Be it a disagreement about pricing, an unreasonable timescale, or an attempt to move the goalposts of the work you’re producing, protecting yourself is an important aspect of freelancing. Make sure you’re logging all your work, keeping a paper trail, and archiving any important messages about your work.
Egg 3. Clients won’t come to you
This may impact you to varying degrees, depending on your prominence as a freelancer, the scope of your client base, and the reach of your marketing efforts. The underlying point remains sound. You need to sell yourself before you can sell your services. Whilst registering a profile and creating a website is a good start, it’s merely the beginning of the work required to deliver results.
Freelancers that open their services for customers but do little else to advertise their availability often become frustrated and disillusioned. The truth is, it’s a competitive and global market out there. To stand out, earn clients, and vitally – keep them, you need to make yourself seen. Don’t be afraid to send a direct message to an industry leader that might need your services. Connect with a client on platforms like Revolancer. Show off your portfolio on social media, and make some noise whilst you’re at it.
Egg 4. Choice of platform matters
Related to your efforts to market your services is a choice about which freelance marketplace you join and work through. Working through a platform like Revolancer is a great way to tap into a large, active audience of clients, all of whom are seeking freelance talent. So what makes Revolancer the new natural choice for freelancers seeking to earn their living online?
Well, it’s really quite simple. On Revolancer, you’ll pay zero commission fees. That means you’ll keep 100% of all the sales you make on the platform. No commission fees, no service charges, and no hidden cost. Additionally, Revolancer is the industry leading quality-assured marketplace, meaning there’s no race to the bottom competition, unlike other prominent platforms.
Egg 5. Feedback is the key
The final egg in our basket relates to the importance of feedback, testimonials, and reviews. When you’re attempting to stand out in a somewhat saturated market, being backed by positive feedback is absolutely essential. Starting to build a trustworthy reputation can elevate your freelance work from side hustle to career, so it’s best to start collecting early.
Make sure that any work, even favours delivered for free, are followed by a testimonial from your client. Even if this takes a bit of gentle persuasion and chasing, it’s worth it for your career. If you’re confident that you’ve produced good quality work, seek out your positive review directly. If you know yourself that you might have done a bit better, take constructive feedback on board. Use it to improve your skill and nail your next project.
Your basket is full
Now that you’ve gathered all of the eggs ‘hidden’ in this article, you’re well positioned to continue on with your freelancing journey – thriving and growing. Once again, the Revolancer team would like to wish you a very happy Easter weekend, and hope the season finds you well.
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