8 Simple Steps to Becoming a Successful Freelancer

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Freelancing, working from home, or working online (whatever you want to call it) is the most demanding profession for today's generations, since the pandemic has shown us that we don't need a workplace to work. We can manage national and international clients from the comfort of our living room!

A freelancer has the ability to regulate his or her work time and there is no commanding figure to tell him or her what to do or not do, plus they receive a significant amount of money after each assignment. That's why the number of freelancers is steadily increasing worldwide.

So, if you have a strong desire to do big things or if you want to work from home without having to commute, freelancing is an excellent career path for you.

But you have no idea where to begin?

Don't be bothered then. This article is written just for aspiring freelancers who want to build a solid career in freelancing. We'll go through 8 simple yet powerful ways to assist you.

Choose a Competitive Niche

A freelancer's specialized selection is necessary. It would be foolish to go to freelancing websites like Upwork, Fiver, and without first defining what talent you want to provide. So, before deciding on a niche, consider carefully and conduct a study.

Choose demanding specialties such as web design, content writing, copywriting, data analysis, and graphic design. Whatever you choose to work with, be sure it is in high demand in the marketplace.

Increase Your Efficiency in the Chosen Niche

Next, improve your freelance talents in that specific field. Freelancing is all about selling your abilities, and you will not flourish in this competitive work market until you acquire the necessary skills. If you want to offer graphic design services on Upwork, you must first master it. You will lose employment to them since there are hundreds of experts in this competitive job market that have exceptional expertise and strong work history in graphic design.

So, if not them, why should clients choose you for their projects?

A complicated question, but the answer is straightforward. Gather excellent knowledge like them and provide services at a lower cost.

For individuals who are new to this field but are passionate about it, there are a variety of paid and free courses available to prepare them to handle a customer. To master the foundations, we recommend taking free courses and watching YouTube tutorials. Once you've mastered your specialization and tools, you may enroll in some paid courses to demonstrate to clients that you're a professional with a sufficient understanding of your field.

Build an Online Portfolio as a Priority

An online portfolio is similar to a CV in that it displays your best work to clients. A well-established portfolio is valued by everybody. Clients not only form an opinion of you and your previous work, but they also determine whether or not to hire you. 

Making an online portfolio is stressful for new freelancers since their future depends on it. To create an eye-catching portfolio of work history, we recommend joining groups on various social media platforms to see what your rivals are publishing and sharing. Participate in those communities and leave useful and sensible comments on every post. Make ideas for the members of the group. Inform them politely that you are a newbie and would like to complete a couple of their tasks for free to gain experience. And, after completing, don't be afraid to ask for feedback, as they will gladly offer a testimonial for you.

Choose a Marketplace

It's high time to discover clients now that you've decided on a specialty, accumulated enough information and efficiency about it, and created an exceptional online portfolio to market your service. There are several freelancing websites, such as Upwork, Fiverr, and PeoplePerHour, where a buyer advertises a task, and if the job post matches a freelancer's specialty, he/she sends his/her CV along with a cover letter stating why the buyer should hire him/her.

These sites are available in both free and paid editions. Though premium versions provide more options than free ones, it is best for a newbie to register a free account to see how everything works. And, as time passes, upgrade to a premium account.

Create a Remarkable Profile

After determining which freelancing marketplace is ideal for you and creating an account, you need to create a profile to attract clients' attention. Building a strong portfolio is a must for every freelancer because when customers get your applications, they will certainly look at your profile to ensure that you are trustworthy enough to manage their tasks. If they like the profile and sample work, they will contact you and set up an interview.

Fill out all of the relevant questions on the website, such as hourly rate, work hours, and so on; add your name and a formal photo of yourself; attach past/recent work, samples; and testimonials (if you have any); and you will gain the confidence of the possible employer.

Look for Work

Some tips should be considered when looking for employment on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and

As a beginner, you should always strive to keep the client delighted with your job. Worrying exclusively about money will be the greatest impediment to your freelance career's progress. Always provide your best effort. Choose jobs that are comparable to your specialization and be confident in your ability to execute them on schedule. Do not apply for tasks that you are unsure how to complete. Remember that only providing qualified work on time can help you thrive in this competitive marketplace.

And, every time you apply for a job, include a compelling cover letter explaining why they should hire you. To make yourself a good applicant, provide samples (if required) and showcase your expertise and talents.

Prepare to Get Rejections

If you assume you'll have a lot of projects on the first day, you're probably fantasizing! However, you must brace yourself for many "no" responses, especially if you are new to the workplace. Clients typically require and rely on skilled freelancers to complete projects as promptly as feasible. That's why inexperienced freelancers require more time to establish their competence.

We understand how irritating it is not to get employed, but you would be foolish to run away from the setback. Continue doing what you're doing: learning new things every day to improve, giving time, and doing your best job to become a better version of yourself.

Build a Healthy Relationship with Your Clients

As previously said, if you want to be stable in this industry, focus on developing great client relationships. A satisfied customer will give you assignments on a regular basis or will remember your name after completing a project since he or she has developed some level of confidence in you.

To summarize, there is hardly little guidance on this issue. Sometimes you do your best and your clients are impressed with your work, but they never knock or message you for further assignments. Well, it entirely depends on them. So don't be discouraged if they refuse to work with you anymore. Give your best effort, and the right client will offer you the best deal.