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How to Become a Successful Freelancer: 10 Steps to Follow

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If you want to become a successful freelancer, there are 10 steps you need to follow. Start by learning how to make your services attractive to clients, and then follow these steps in order to succeed as a freelancer.

You don’t need to have an official office or business address to be a successful freelancer, but you do need to set up some kind of work space where you can get things done, even if it’s just in the corner of your bedroom. Freelancing isn’t easy and it takes time and effort to build up your client list and actually make money at it, so here are ten steps you can follow that will help you get started and keep you on track toward becoming a successful freelancer.


#1 Get Qualified

The first step in becoming a successful freelancer is to get qualified. This means researching what type of freelance work you want to do, and then finding out which skills you need for that work. For example, if you want to be an online writer, you'll need good grammar and writing skills. If you want to be a graphic designer, then you'll need the ability use software like Photoshop or Illustrator. You should also find out about any certifications or training programs that are available for your profession. And finally, make sure that there's enough demand for what it is that you're wanting to do before starting your business (or at least have a plan). A few ideas might include looking on sites like Upwork, Toptal, and Fiverr to see how many people are doing similar jobs. Then you can gauge how much competition there will be for your chosen field. Remember that just because someone else does something doesn't mean that it can't be profitable- but if everyone is already doing what you want to do, then maybe it's not a great idea.

Market Yourself: Once you know who you are and what services you offer, the next thing is marketing yourself as a freelancer so people will hire you! First off all- make sure your website has a professional look and feel. If people visit your site and think Oh I could have done this myself, they're likely not going to hire you!

#2 Build a Network

Building a network should be one of the first things you do when starting out in your freelance career. When you first start freelancing, it can feel like you're in an ocean with no boat, but this step will give you the tools and resources that will make all the difference. In other words, it's not what you know, it's who you know. You might think your portfolio is enough to get clients on board with your services, but even if they love what they see on your website or Instagram feed, they still need someone who can provide consistent quality work on a regular basis--and that's where your network comes in. Connecting with people who have been in your shoes before you as well as current freelancers in your field can help break down any barriers of success and also introduce new opportunities for collaboration. Don't be afraid to reach out to people via social media networks, LinkedIn, email, or phone calls; just remember that when reaching out, make sure the message is personal (not copy/paste) and respectful. If you've never met the person face-to-face before sending them an email, call them for 5 minutes just so they know why you're reaching out--and don't worry about being too persistent; persistence pays off!

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You Can Check My Fiverr Profile

#3 Meet Other Like-Minded People


Networking is crucial for freelancers. You can find your first clients by asking friends, family and other freelancers who they work with or have worked with in the past. You should also attend conferences and events related to your industry and meet people there. If you are looking for clients, search online for freelance job boards that might be able to connect you with potential employers.

#4 Work Hard But Also Work Smart


If you want to become successful at freelancing, you need to work hard and be smart about it. You should work hard because the more time you spend working on your craft, the better you will get. But don't overwork yourself or else your productivity will suffer. You also need to be smart about how you schedule your workload because if you are not careful, then burnout can happen. When this happens, your productivity slows down and is likely that it will stop all together. If you have too much work in your queue and have been working non-stop for days without any breaks, then there is a good chance that your freelance business will crash. Therefore, make sure to take frequent breaks as well as plan ahead so you know what projects need doing when so that they do not pile up on top of each other.


#5 Have Patience!


Freelancing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Remember that this is your own business, and you need to be patient with the process. It may take months or years before you are able to work exclusively as a freelancer, and even then there will be times when work is slow or non-existent.

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Don't let this discourage you from pursuing freelancing though! You might have some lean months, but freelancers know these can also lead to amazing opportunities if we are willing and able to seize them when they arise.

#6 Learn from Failure

Failure is an inevitable part of the process, but it shouldn't stop you from trying. If something doesn't work out, there are two ways to approach it: let the failure define you or let it define your next move. It's up to you how you choose. Either way, never give up on your goals and always try new things that might seem scary at first.

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” ― Gena Showalter

#7 Believe in Yourself and Your Skills

At the end of the day, if you don't believe in your skills and abilities, no one else will either. You have to know what you're worth before you can accurately price yourself. To find out what you're worth, it's important that you know what your skills are as well as any specialties or qualifications that make you uniquely qualified for a certain job. If possible, ask your past clients for feedback about what they liked about working with you and how they would rate your work on a scale from 1-10.

Positive Feedback boosts our Happiness at Work

Positive Feedback boosts our Happiness at Work

#8 Set Realistic Goals for Yourself, Not Unrealistic Ones.

As a freelancer, you are your own boss. You set your own hours, you decide what projects to take on, and how much time you want to invest in them. But as the sole decision maker for everything that happens with your business, it's important that you set realistic goals for yourself. The last thing you want is for your business to fail because of unrealistic expectations or poor planning. So before you set out on this journey of becoming a successful freelancer, here are some things you need to be aware of -Set clear goals and deadlines for each project. Research all the necessary equipment you'll need.

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Respective Buyer Review

#9 Enjoy What You Do & Take Pride in your Craft.

Freelancing is an exciting way of life, with no one looking over your shoulder and telling you what to do. It's also a difficult one, which requires self-discipline and dedication. Remember that freelancing is not for everyone. You will have some days when you don't want to get out of bed; the only thing that will motivate you is knowing that other people are counting on you, or because there's money waiting for you at the end of the day. You need to be passionate about what you do in order to be successful as a freelancer.

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#10 Commit to Long-Term Improvement, Constantly Innovate and Stay Up to Date

The best way to become successful at freelancing is to be an expert. And the best way to do that is by never becoming complacent. Constantly work on your skills and try out new things that push you outside of your comfort zone. Not only will this help you improve your skills, but it will also make you more valuable in the marketplace which means more clients will come your way! Don't think about today; think about tomorrow. What are the steps you need to take to ensure that you'll still be an up-to-date, sought after freelancer 5 years from now? Start developing now so that when those future opportunities arise, they'll knock on your door with open arms!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Jebaul Nokib

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