10 Tips For New Freelancers
You’re probably reading this article and thinking that nothing will make life better than you bringing in money, but that’s not true. Anyone who goes into the freelance world and sees nothing in their daily life seem to be prepared. They show you their art, their location, their writing tips and more. So you’re thinking, “Is it worth it?” Sure, but is it worth it if you’re already wealthy and everyone is doing it?
There are more than a million freelancers out there, but they’re looking for people. You should be doing the same. I recently got out of my full-time career and I’m freelancing full-time. I can tell you now, it isn’t tough. I couldn’t believe it.
Here are 10 tips for new freelancers.
1. Do it!
I once told myself I wasn’t gonna be a freelance writer. The most important part about freelancing is it’s done, it doesn’t have to be expensive or prep, and you have all the time in the world to work on yourself. Freelancing is not like a full-time career where you have too much pressure and have to play by some rules. You don’t have to be vegan or have a weekend offer or whatnot, no.
Lets start with that, have fun. Download some apps and do things that appeal to you and not to the other side. Everybody out there has a different niche, where they wanna take things and, if they’re lucky, become successful. If you like something and you can sell it, why can’t you have it?
2. Check your Facebook feed.
You don’t need to make money, but you do need to build an audience. I myself have more than 100,000 followers. I know, millions, maybe a couple million, but people still don’t trust you. I know, why. It’s because you have no authority yet, or you can’t prove yourself. All you have to do is prove yourself by telling good stories, good articles and storytelling.
So don’t just write something, deliver something else with stories from real life. If you have a good story, tell it, if you have a good idea, let them know. Write a good article, publish it, and create value for your readers, providing a new perspective on an event or an industry. Start somewhere and keep doing it. Keep studying what your target audience likes and what type of stories people tell that story.
3. Be a good role model.
From that point on, writing as a freelancer will be like any other job you have. It will take you longer than writing as a full-time freelancer, but you should plan on writing a lot. Really write and set a schedule of what to write. This is why it’s important to take pictures of your writing, especially for your profile, for keeping in contact with your readers and friends.
4. Know what your business is about.
Knowing what your business is will determine what the key areas you need to focus on to grow your business. Whether you’re an author or graphic designer, teach somebody, offer to be a character in a documentary or host a happy hour, as long as you’re doing the exact things you always want to do, then you’ll be fine.
5. Ask questions.
Before you can know what type of work is going to help you the most, you have to ask. Your peers and other freelancers are your best advise. They will be the best person to ask if you have any questions.
6. Focus on the customer.
Working as a freelancer requires you to have good knowledge of the reader, how they consume content. They determine where you’re going, but your experience will dictate your success or failure as a freelance writer. You have to keep an eye on your readers. They’re the important thing about your business. Make sure you’re on their screen as much as possible.
7. Take care of yourself.
If you’re not taking care of yourself, it’s going to be hard to take care of your customers. If you’re taken care of by your customers, then they take care of you. Don’t think that it’s the other way around. Whatever, whatever, whenever you’re out and about, make sure you’re looking like you’re getting rich. Your customers don’t care, they just want to talk with you.
8. Network with people.
Networking and keeping your business afloat are two different things. You need to be learning from other freelancers and developing your talent as you go. Start with what you can: things like what your readers like, your craft, the way you write, if they’ve worked with you, and what they’re actually buying. If your customers like your writing, they’ll continue to buy your products.
9. Don’t take your business too seriously.