There’s been a lot of talk going on on this area. People are getting interested in freelancing day by day, probably because the commute to work is horrible (in Cebu City, for sure!) Also, there are a lot of moms out there who want to earn money while taking care of their kids (I know this one for sure, as well!)
On this post, we are going to talk about how YOU too can get started on freelancing.
1: You get what you give
You know what they say: what you put out there is what you attract. It’s the same thing in the freelance business. In this day and age, a resume and cover letter just won’t cut it – especially in the world of freelancing. You’ve got to have something to show for!
In order for you to make it clear to everyone reading or watching you what exactly it is you’re capable of doing, all you have to do is TELL THEM. Create content around what you do best – write blog posts, create YouTube videos, create visuals. Get that content mill running with the sole purpose of making sure people know WHAT YOU DO. More than that, offer solutions to the problems your audience are having. Don’t be too self-absorbed and talk about yourself too much though; add value to the world by creating content that actually helps others.
Allow your audience to digest your content in such a way that after they do, they become motivated to contact you and ask for MORE HELP. This is your end goal, your call-to-action: HIRE ME BECAUSE I’M AWESOME AT WHAT I DO.
Why do you think I sit here in front of my laptop when I should be sleeping in? Because I want to write and create content for my audience who might hire me in the future. Everyone is a potential client, remember that.
2: Find relevant spaces to share your content in
What is the use of your performance on stage if no one is watching from the seats? Find your audience by joining relevant communities. Reach out to the people who care about your content.
3: Secure a few clients
This is probably the toughest because there’s a lot of competition out there, especially now that people have seen how beneficial it is to do freelance work. There are a lot of places where you can clients: Upwork, Fiverr, Virtual Staff Finder. You can also attend networking events or workshops where you can get the chance to meet up with clients who may be looking for the kind of services you offer. Don’t be shy to sell your skills – just don’t overdo it.
4: Have a financial plan in place
Unlike being part of a stable company, freelance work will require you to do all those financial matters yourself. Government contributions will have to be done and paid for by you, so you need to be organized and have a solid plan.
5: Learn time management
It sounds great at the beginning: you own your time, you don’t have to go through the rush-hour commute. But it’s a greater responsibility than you think. You own your time, which means you are liable for the hours you lose. Remember, you are on your own. Make sure you have structured breaks and play times so you can be more efficient during work hours.
Whether you decide to go freelance full-time or as a side hustle, you’ll need to keep in mind that you are running a business. Show up and be professional; at the same time, do not let yourself be used and abused. Your most precious investments in this type of business are your time and talent. Make the most out of them.