Freelancers often find it difficult to manage a consistent earning as their income totally depends on the contract they get and one declared fact is that getting clients and the contracts in the freelancing world is as difficult as getting a job in actual world. If you are lucky enough to get a client and make some money with the contract, there is no guarantee that you will get the same valued offer again immediately after the current contract. A strong personal management in this field is extremely important where a freelancer should learn the tactics to grab profitable opportunities for him as well as increase his own credibility by promoting his work to keep the business going.
We will focus on some useful tips which will definitely help the freelancers to get contracts as well as how they can promote themselves to attract clients.
Your potential clients are busy people who want their work to be done as soon as they place the job on freelancing sites. A good practice is to always keep yourself aligned in order to avail all the possible opportunities. Sites like Freelancer and Elance keeps you updated by notifying you whenever someone posts a job in your selected domain. This means that always try to stay signed in to your accounts and the moment you get the notifications, place your proposal the very same moment. I will give guidelines how to create a proposal in my next post that I will be dedicating to freelancers so that they can get fruitful results for their freelancing career.
Approach the Client anyway Possible
You need to know the fact that the jobs that appears on freelancing websites are actually posted sometime before. Think about approaching your client before others get the job notification, this will increase the probability of your selection. Try to post your jobs directly to the client’s website.
Do what you are asked to
Over efficiency in freelancing, leads to nowhere. Many freelancers post irrelevant material, self praising their skills and not following the instructions that are given by the client. Meeting the client’s requirements is the most significant part. For example if the client ask the applicants to place a call, then make sure you call on the given contact number.
Get References for yourself
Your value increases when your work is presented with a reference attached to it. Always ask your clients for whom you are working to refer you to someone they know, who is in search of some similar work being done. At the same time, ask your friends and family for referrals before your existing contracts end so that you can enjoy a continuous flow of income coming your way.
Show Your Existence
The power of social media is great, everyone is familiar with the popularity of it and so are your potential clients. These clients do not search for employees’ on freelancing sites, but are also looking for potential workers on sites like facebook and twitter. You need to understand that you work on contracts and to maintain the earnings consistently, it’s extremely important to stay active on social media. you must join different groups where you can contact your clients directly, often exchanging ideas, giving proposals and then getting the contract.
Make yourself Reliable
Most of the time the clients you get from freelancing sites, are foreigners. This means that direct in person meetings are impossible, making the business difficult and unreliable for the both parties, so all what you can do to increase your credibility is to publicize your good work along with your existence as a freelancer. the best source to do so is to create a personal website where you can promote yourself as a freelancer, highlighting your skills as attractively as possible.
Accept Advertisements on Your Blog/Site
I have been saying this plenty of times that one should think out of scope. Why to limit yourself on freelancing sites only, even if you are a freelancer? In the above mentioned point, where we discussed the importance of owning a website/blog of your own, you can still make some money by accepting advertisements on your websites. although that demands a considerable traffic, enough to attract Google. But once you are able to generate some traffic, you can then enjoy money inflows by giving spaces to advertisements on your site/ blog.
Sell your E-book
I believe God has Created us with so much of love , giving all of us at least one specialty. lucky are those who recognize that and make a good use of it. Writing a book on something you actually know about a little too much and selling it online on online bidding forums as well as on freelancing sites, can help you earn money . Moreover you can use your personal website or blog for its promotion and always get valuable offers for your e-book on Social Media sites.
Earn With Affiliated Links
If you are a freelancer who haven’t gotten any contract since a long time, then you can earn your livings with affiliated links. you can add the external links after getting affiliated to your blog or website so that each time a visitor on your website clicks on the link, you get paid by the owners, follow the pay per click strategy and earn in multi-ways.
Earn for Consultancy
Have your life given you enough of experiences to guide others? if yes, then why not to adopt it as a business too? Think about the area of your experience where you have the maximum expertise. your experiences and advices , based on them can be very beneficial for those who are suffering through the same circumstances from which you have gone through. People look for consultants so that they might reduce the possible losses in a particular domain. Become a master of your expertise and start making money by giving advices and helping others to the best of your knowledge.
That brings us to the end of the topic for now, although the topic itself has a story in it,which I will soon be disclosing in my next post. Life is too short to think what and when to plan all the time. A better approach is to maintain consistent earning is to follow all the above mentioned tips to ensure a happy present and a secured future.
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