How to prepare yourself for a freelancing career?

If you are reading this article, it means you are interested in starting a freelancing career. Well, are you prepared for this? Do you have enough skills to take a project from a client and finish that with efficiency? Do you have the skills to manage your time and create a professional working environment inside your home? Ask yourself these questions. If the answer is no, then you must prepare yourself to improve your skills and this article will help you to solve some of these issues. 

Well, there is no easy money out there. You must give your 100% to satisfy your client and produce a work that you and your client can feel proud of. 

Now is the time that you take a piece of paper and note down some tips from here and use them as your starting point. 

Find out your interests


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You are looking for a freelance career over a full-time office job means you are not satisfied with your previous job or you are dreaming of a career where you can convert your interests, creativity, and skills into reality. Find out what you are good at. Find out what do you like the most and what motivates you to work for an extended period without getting tired. If you like to write contents, then you can try for a freelance content writing career. 

Improve your skills


Once you have decided what kind of services you are going to provide to your clients, try to improve your knowledge on that. There are always scopes for more knowledge, and you must not be over confident about your capabilities. Remember, millions of other freelancers are providing services similar to yours, and thus you need to be one of the best to stand tall in the crowd. 
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Now, you are must be wondering how to improve your skills? Well, there are many ways to do that. The internet is filled with learning materials. You can go for free coaching on sites like YouTube, Slide Share, LinkedIn, etc. If you want to showcase your skills on your profile, you can go for online certification courses. Coursera, Udemy, edx are few of the bests among many online certification course providers. 

Learn new tools


Freelancers must be equipped with adequate knowledge on many tools to complete any project with lesser effort and maximum output. For instance, project management tools can help you to organize and manage your projects. Find out what tools are like by the industries and try to learn as much as you can. This will not only improve your skills but also will help you to attract more clients. 

Test your skills


While learning and developing your skills, you can always test your skills which will give you confidence. For instance, if you are learning web designing courses, you can design your own free blog and see how well it goes. Ask for feedbacks and keep updating your site. Similarly, if you are learning content writing skills, you can write contents for your own blog and see how people react to your content. 

Create a stunning profile


Once you are ready with your skills and you start believing that you can provide helpful services, you can either start your own website with your services and offers or else you can join freelancing portals. I recommend the later as in the beginning; you need some contacts and a good portfolio. Freelancing portals like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Guru, etc. are widely used, and every day you will find hundreds of contracts posted by real clients. So, you do not have to go to several places to find potential clients. 

Create a stunning profile with all the details and your offerings on any one of these platforms or all of these platforms. Give authentic and real information about you. Find projects related your skills and keep applying them with a professional cover letter and your details. 

Nothing comes easy. As you are a newbie in this field, you may have to apply to hundreds of projects to get your first contract. So, do not lose hope after few rejected application and keep applying. 

Must! Must! Must! Never stop learning and upgrading yourself. Freelancing is not easy, and the client is looking for a well-equipped, dynamic and responsive freelancer who can take a responsibility and can finish the project with efficiency. Be one of them!


SOURAV PAUL

Sourav Paul is a professional freelance content writer and he loves to create content that shows value. Working as a SEO content writer, Sourav has helped many organizations and websites to improve their presence online.