With the gig economy in full swing, lots of people are switching from being an employee to becoming a freelancer. They ask himself how to become a successful freelance professional? The promise of more free time, better pay, work from home and set your own hours is luring more people into freelancing each year. However, not everyone is cut out to be a freelancer which you may find out as soon as you start this lifestyle.
Here are some main things you must make it through that kind of living if you want to become a successful freelance professional.
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If you just quit your day job and started out as a freelancer, it will take some time to build enough income to match your full-time job, let alone live comfortably. The images of digital nomads who sit on a beach with their laptop are all fine and dandy, but it takes years to get to that point, while some never make it. If you don’t achieve success in the first few months, keep your head up and keep hustling.
I’ve worked as a freelancer and had to hire freelancers. One of the most important traits of a good freelancer is responsibility. As I find out, most freelancers just can’t adhere to deadlines. If you can do your work in time, you’re probably not cut out to be a freelancer.
Next to sticking to deadlines, one of the most desirable traits of a good freelancer is being communicative and responsive. Nobody likes to wait four days for a response to their business needs. A good freelancer replies promptly and politely and is generally available around the clock for their clients.
The right set of tools
As a freelancer, you’re in charge of buying your own tools for work. This means doing proper research to find what works for you and brings the best return on investment. For example, I use Trello for project management, Toggl for tracking my time, Better Proposals for sending out and tracking invoices and Calendly for scheduling my appointments.
A strong portfolio
As soon as you start freelancing, collect every little project you work on and neatly tuck it away in a portfolio. Your portfolio is your calling card and besides a website, one of the most important assets to have as a freelance. Make sure to put your best work in your portfolio and have it ready at all times to send with your pitches and proposals.
Those are just some basics – the art of becoming a freelancer (especially a successful one) could take an entire book to write about.
If you decided to become a successful freelance professional make sure you persevere and remember why you started this journey and good luck!