Getting Freelance job

In this post we’ll discuss about getting freelance job.

After chosing your desired field or area, your first task is to create your profile. Here you showcase your previous works. Previous works may include the works that you have done for your client or sample project.

Prepare your profile in a Word document or any other word processing software.

For each project add one attractive title, short description and a beautiful image. One thing you must remember when you prepare your profile or write a project proposal make sure that your text do not contain any grammatical or spelling error.
Maybe there is no relation between your work and your spelling errors. However employers are always aware about them. So be very careful about you spelling mistakes.

It’s time to open accounts in different freelance sites. For example upwork.com, freelancer.com and Guru.com.

Three secrets of getting freelance job 

Now I’ll tell you 3 secrets of getting freelance job from my experience.

1. Bid on small or low budget project – for first few projects. First 3 projects should be for  advertisement only. Don’t expect money. But, don’t do it for free.

2. Bid on projects as early as possible

3. If any client or employer contacts you, reply instantly.

Let me tell you one thing before I finish.  It may take many days or even months to get your first job. But don’t give up. Keep trying. Once you get your first project and complete it with good feedback from client, you don’t have to look back. 🙂

Happy freelancing.

Freelance : How will you start

When I started freelance job back in 2006, number of Freelancers were very few. So it was easy to find freelance jobs. However now it has become very hard. Because there are many freelancers out there to compete.

But don’t worry. I have some secrets for you. There  are some clients who want their job to be done at cheaper price. They know only new Freelancers will do this without asking any question. They are your potential customers.  So target them.

I like to finish my works step by step.  Let’s do the same here.

1. Decide what will you do

There are variety of works you can find in freelance sites. They range from accounting to online advertisement, data entry to server api development,  administration support, legal advice etc. So first choose what will you do.

2. Prepare yourself with skills

After selecting your area of freelancing, think yourself whether you have enough skills to perform tasks related to your area of concern. If not then take online courses to improve your skills.

Read my other article Freelance : Chose your area and prepare yourself

3. Prepare your portfolio

If you are new to freelance, you will not have any previous working record, feedback or rating in your freelance account. In such situation only thing that you can show is your profile. So createll your profile wisely with sample works or prejects.

4. Write sample project proposal

Write some sample proposals or create some basic structures. But when you submit your project proposal,  don’t use same template text. Write some more detail related to the project. For example overview of how will you finish the job, ask questions related to project.

5. Open accounts on different freelance sites.

There are many websites that offer freelance jobs. Open accounts on some of them. Currently, good platforms include guru.com, upwork.com,  freelancer.com etc

6. Bid on small projects which requirement you understand and have confidence that you can finish.

You may follow this rule for first few projects only

7. Response to client carefully

If any client contacts you, response with attention,  try to understand what he or she asked, answer precisely.

8. Be patient

It may take 1 week to 1 month to even 1 year to get first freelance job. So be patient. As soon as you receive one probject and finish it successfully, you do not have to look back.

9. Finish awarded project in time
Details

Once you receive a project, try to finish it with full effort. Finish it in time and maintain quality.

Give good feedback to client and request for feedback.

Freelance : How did I start

From 2006 to 2014, I worked as freelancer. I think, 8 years is enough time to gather experience to advise others about freelance. Moreover, many people around me are very eager to know how to start freelancing. Where to go, how to start, how to get jobs etc.

I’m here to tell you everything about my experience. If one person is able to get a freelance job and success by reading my blog, I’d be very happy. I don’t do freelanceverything job now. So I’ve nothing to hide.

If you don’t want to read my own history, jump to next article – Freelance : How will you start.

Start of my  freelance career

In 2006, I got admission to pursue my Undergraduate degree. One of the senior students of my university told me about guru.com; He said I can get  freelance works from there. For the first time, I heard about it. I visited the site and signed up. At that moment, I didn’t know what is freelancing, what to do and how to get paid. In fact, I was doubtful and curious. Started to look for job and bid on the jobs that I could accomplish. Fortunately, within few days, one client knocked me and awarded a simple project. I first project was to find out articles online about time management. I was very excited and completed the job with care. She was very happy with my job and paid me full amount. She gave a very good positive review with 5 start rating.

Then she offered me another task which required php skills. However, I didn’t have any experience to do the job.

After getting the payment, I bought paid membership from guru.com; I was still doubtful about getting the payment in my country. I opened a bank account and added my account information to guru.com. Then requested for wire transfer.

After about one month, money was not deposited to my account. I contacted guru.com. They suggested me to contact my bank. I went to Bank and told my issue to a Bank Manager. After investigating for a while he told me that, the money arrived. However, he needs document to prove that this money didn’t come illegally.

Again I contacted guru.com. Someone from guru.com responded me stating the reason of the payment. I printed out the body of the email and went to Bank right away. After a few days, I received money to my account.

That’s how my freelance journey bagan.

What about your story?