Choosing Freelancing as your major career and making money online is one of the most profitable business in the online market, where all you need to do is, cash your talent and attract clients to buy your talent and time, as a package. Before you put your hands onto any project you need to be tactful, smart and a good planner, for sure you guys are! But you just need bullets to keep you remind what not to forget and how to proceed.
1) What is most important in Freelancing
Having work and getting paid, yeah right! But who knows how many nuts you cracked before you can actually get over the nightmares of never ending project. Follow the scheme below, save it with you and revise it often and enjoy freelancing with your cup of coffee.
2) What could be most difficult to start a project?
Surprisingly everyone would say Find it, place a bid, if luckily you got it then there you go but it’s not the case with the majority. Many of you either keep on wasting the bids or if luckily they got a project, 50% are those who could never make it on time and the reasons could be uncountable. Here are the things that need to be remembered before you start a project.
3) Read the Terms Carefully before bidding
Get 100% verifications before you start, some freelancers simply place a bid without reading the specifications and ending up with cardiac arrest when they figure it out that they need to write 25,000 words in a day and they have placed a bid of $30 only to get the job. Some of you might not understand the details and after spending sleepless night will not get paid because it does not meet the client demands.
4) Ask About Deposit beforehand
Before you start, always ask for deposit beforehand either 25% or 50% to insure that you get paid; often you done with the entire project and the client doesn’t pay you. Follow the rule don’t trust anyone.
5) Correct Estimation of Your Services
How much to quote for an hour or on project bases? If you have a good speed and working on a small project quote on bases of project but if the project needs your hours and you wish to get it perfect, need to explore more ideas then decide an hourly rate for that because time is precious and it is money so make money when you give your time to someone.
6) Decide date of Delivery
Set a fix date of your project submission; don’t try to be over efficient. Think statically before you start to work, do not do promises which you cannot accomplish and if you need to submit a project in an hour learn to say no to other deals in life to show professionalism. If you think you can complete a project in 24 hours at least set a deadline for 28 hours because you never know what misery could happen in between and client’s only concerns is his work if you complete it in before 28 hours he will find you efficient.
7) Creating Goodwill With Clients
Once details are cleared, keep in touch, know clients by their names, this will give them feeling of being important to you.
8)Win Client’s Confidence
Keep them notified with your progress in their project that will make them think about your reliability and your professional attitude.
9) Keep Professional Terms-Professionally
If your boss is your friend, keep business and friendship separate
10) Keep Yourself Motivated
The feeling of getting paid after spending coffee fueled chunky nights and project being 100% approved is far more than feeling miserable while working on it, but hold on! You do not want to over your freelancing career so here what you need to do to stay in the competition.
11) Use Social Media to get More Clients
Use LinkedIn, Face book, twitter or any other social networking site to remain in touch with your clients and promote them so that they remember you when they come up with any project, this will ensure your future dealings with them.
12) Ask For Referrals
Do not hesitate to ask for referrals. Few freelancer believe if they ask for referrals they may appear desperate for work but if you do not ask then it radiates energy that you are not looking for further engagements with the client, so always feel free to ask them to refer you to their friends.
13) Offer Incentives- come up with new offers
If someone is working for you regularly and you pay an extra dollar that will enhance the bond between the client and heir, and if you simply write a post for a clients website do not hesitate to simply ask him to post there without an extra bug this will make enhance the satisfaction that you can go an extra mile for them, so learn to offer incentives.
14) Follow Some Strategy
Do not try to be Mr. Nice guy if they are looking back on you for follow up work; keep them notified that there will be an extra charge if you look at their websites, emergency writing and other back up works.
15) Be Ready For Failures
Freelancing is an unique domain to choose, especially when the contiguous flow of revenue is concerned. You need to realize this fact that the business ma give you some jobless period too, all you need to do is, follow some planning to meet up your livings in your off times. keep working hard.
Everything on this article may help you overcome your draw back but all will go in vain if you can’t keep yourself calm, patient, flexible and honest. Most of the times the clients are totally wrong but you have to believe they are always right. Do not let your temper flare, keep a slot to reschedule your meetings and give your top notch services.
Wish you luck for your freelancing career.