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The Anatomy Of A Successful Freelancer

by Matej Njiri25. February, 2016

the anatomy of a successful freelancer

Did you ever asked yourself question, how some of the people are making money by working from home? Maybe you already tried to earn like that but failed every time. Or maybe you want to enter into freelancer world for the first time ever. The biggest benefit from this job is that you are your own boss. You need to have a good judging of doing all the things. Many people don’t take this job too seriously, but working as freelancer means really working just like every other job. Successful freelancer have technical skills and they keep their job for long a long time. People who are doing great in this job are working every day, and they love this job. Beginning is always hard so you sometimes have to do few small freelance jobs at once. This way you are practicing your skills, but also gain great ratings. To appear good to other clients you have to need to look professional.

How to be a successful freelance developer

Since you decided for freelance career you can do it in your pajamas or in whatever you feel comfortable, but you should focus on your work like you are in office. Each time clients are talking with you they must feel like they are dealing business with professional. Most people think that freelancer’s world is going out of bed, dressing up and working with a cup of coffee whenever they want, and money will just start rolling. Well this is actually not true for most of the people. Freelancers still need to discipline themselves no matter if they are working from home, they need to keep their eyes glued to the computer screen even when they don’t want it anymore. Remember that rejection is part of job. So you have to stay persistent because no matter how much talented you are, if you can’t handle client rejecting you, you will not succeed in this type of work.

Before you start working as freelancer try to find what you want to do, what are your skills and knowledge and focus on that when you are searching clients to work for. Think what kind of jobs you’ve worked before, if you were writer or worked in journalists environment you would have some knowledge on that so you can direct your works on that specific theme. If your job gets recognized you can think of making own website where you can display all your work.

freelancing success

In search of jobs and creation of contacts, most freelancers are using different platforms such as Freelance.com, Upwork, 99designs, and many others. The platforms function as a kind of stock exchange operations where authorities publish jobs and freelancers can choose job according to their expertise and knowledge. There are different business models on the platforms, and what is the biggest advantage of this type of job search is as freelancers at any time can choose what and to whom they want to work. Of course, there is a competitive factor among independent professionals as the motive for anyone to do the job better, and thus gain good references to help in getting new business. Owning a profile with relevant information, well done jobs, good preferences and continuous improvement through work are the features of a quality freelancers.

It’s almost impossible to work as successful freelancer if you don’t have effective presence online. When you are dealing with any clients they will probably first require to see your past work or link to your website. So you will try to make online portfolio of your work. One of most important tools you can have in this job is word of others mouth, or rating on some of the freelancer pages. Nothing will help your freelance career more than compliments by those clients you’ve already worked for. Use the power of social media websites, because every day new styles and techniques are made. Don’t aim to high for start, and take smaller jobs first. It can help you to get doors open for bigger clients.

There are no simple ways. It’s the same like in real life, there is no golden advice or some magic that will help you. Being freelancer and doing that work has to be really what you want, and get ready to work because in the end, it’s your lifestyle, and you also have a full freedom which you cant find in any other work in world.

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