How to be a good Freelancer ?

New Freelance Marketplace. Good for starting your career,Minimum service charge of 10% from freelancer and 0% from employee.
Indian Company with some good reputation.

The only con is that their support team is too strict if you don’t work properly or share your contact details with the client they directly block you and will not unblock you again.

Guru:

A Canadian Company with Indian name and India CEO. They are having some good amount of projects and but their service charges is 20% which is huge.

Toogit:

I am personally not a fan of Toogit but its another popular freelance marketplace. You can check this out. my personal experience was not good as I was unable to find a single project of digital marketing in one week. You might get some work with your skill set as the marketplace is quit new and competition is negligible. I wont suggest to waste much time on this but it worth to check out.

PeoplePerhour:

An old but not so Popular Freelance Marketplace where you can find your freelance Marketplace. The biggest advantage is the competition is low but the biggest con is the service charge is way too high for both freelancer and employer.

ContentMart:

For writers content mart is really popular. People can easily get work over there. But the con is their client are miser. Writers over there are willing to work for INR 100 for 1000 words. To gain some reputation you have to clear many exams which is not so cool.

To become successful in the freelancer market takes a lot of things, here’s a list:

1. Patience – You are not going to start freelancing and then become an instant success overnight. (Well, you COULD become an instant success overnight, but in my experience it generally takes about 3-4 months of hard work and putting yourself out there to land and start to get established)

2. People Skills – You can be the best person at X skill ever, but if you are not customer/client oriented, or lack in communication skills, it will be harder for you to be successful in the freelance market. Remember COMMUNICATION is key. It doesn’t matter if you are writing content, designing a website, designing a banner, or running a radio show, you NEED to communicate regularly with your customers/clients and keep them in the loop on everything. Develop a rapport with them, make sure they are up to speed on the project, and know of any setbacks that could affect the outcome as well as how you plan to overcome them.

3. Perseverance – This goes hand in hand with patience. When you are first starting out, you may need to send out 5, 10, or even 20 applications to get your first interview. The important thing is to not give up, and ensure that you give it your all every time you put yourself out there.

4. Develop your online presence – Make sure that you not only have a complete profile on the freelancer platform you are using (if you are using one) but that you also have the following:

a) Your Own Website – This doesn’t need to be fancy, could be just a singe page with your resume, but the more work you can showcase here the better.

b) Social Profiles filled out – This means Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora, etc. When you are applying for projects the first thing most potential clients will do is Google you. If they can easily find you are a real person with credentials (where linkedin comes in handy) then they are more likely to give you the contract than if they can’t find anything about you at all.

c) Ask for Recommendations and Feedback – The worst a client can say is no, and these will be crucial for future bids.

5. Don’t bite off more than you can chew – Some people make the mistake of taking on projects they are not qualified for, or that they do not have time for. This only sullies your reputation if you happen to drop the ball on one or more of your projects.

6. Be YOURSELF! This is the most important one. Always be true to yourself, and if that means saying “no” to a client on something, say no. It’s the hardest thing to do, but the sooner you learn it, the sooner you will be able to keep everything in check and running smoothly on all of your contracts.

To be a successful freelancer, there are several things that you should keep in mind. First, always be willing to learn something new that relates to your skills and will improve your opportunities. Change is a good thing. In fact, change is your best friend. Second, take on only the amount of work that you can reasonably accommodate. I’ve made this mistake several times and it can be quite stressful and overwhelming when you have several things going at once and they all come due about the same time.

Next, always give each assignment/project your very best, regardless of how much you are being paid to do it. Remember, you are the one who agreed to whatever the pay is and whatever the assignment is. So, as a professional, give everything your very best effort.

Don’t be late submitting work, unless there’s a very good reason for it, and if there is, communicate that as far in advance as possible to your clients. They will appreciate that and besides, no client likes to have to ‘hunt down’ the freelance contractor for the work that they are paying for.

Finally, promote yourself like a pro. If you don’t have a website, get one. If you can’t afford one right now, start a free blog and share them to your social media pages. Start a free, public Facebook business page as well…and maintain it weekly with interesting posts, memes, and tips in the area of your expertise. Any blog or post you manage for you business needs to be value-added. People will not read it for long if all you do is sell, sell, sell. Give them something that will keep them coming back to check your page and blog out.

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