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How to Become a Freelancer? Get Started with Quick Tips5 min read

December 9, 2019 4 min read
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How to Become a Freelancer? Get Started with Quick Tips5 min read

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If you’re no more inter­est­ed to do a full-time job or want to spend more time at home, then free­lanc­ing is the answer. Free­lanc­ing means work­ing inde­pen­dent­ly on a time-bound project of work. It does not require you to be an employ­ee of any orga­ni­za­tion. The next ques­tion that pops up is How to do free­lanc­ing or How to Become a Free­lancer.

Before we talk about how to be a Free­lancer, let’s high­light the pros and cons of work­ing as a Freelancer.

PROs of being a Freelancer

Flexibility

Being a free­lancer, you have all the flex­i­bil­i­ty when it comes to time sched­ules or places of work. You are free to work from home or from any oth­er place. More­over, you need not fol­low a spe­cif­ic time sched­ule as you have the lib­er­ty to work dur­ing any time of the day. The only require­ment is to meet the dead­lines of the deliverables.

Comfortable

The biggest advan­tage of being a free­lancer is com­fort. You enjoy all the com­forts of work­ing in your style and as per your avail­abil­i­ty. Also, you don’t need to trav­el to work which saves a lot of time.

Personal Aspirations

Work­ing as a free­lancer allows you to pur­sue your pas­sion and ful­fill per­son­al aspi­ra­tions which could be oth­er than what you’re engaged in as a freelancer.

Defined Deliverables

Unlike a full-time job, free­lanc­ing has the advan­tage of hav­ing defined deliv­er­ables. In a full-time job, there’s a range of respon­si­bil­i­ties that one needs to ful­fill. Being a free­lancer, you can focus on a spe­cif­ic task that is time-bound.

CONs of being a Freelancer

Lack of exposure

Work­ing as a free­lancer has its own lim­i­ta­tions. First to men­tion is being less exposed to the out­side world. If you work as a free­lancer work­ing from home, then you’re almost cut from the out­side world asso­ci­at­ed learnings.

Professionalism

An indi­vid­ual learns “what is pro­fes­sion­al­ism” when he or she joins an orga­ni­za­tion and works with a team. He or she learns how to respond to sit­u­a­tions, com­mu­ni­cate skill­ful­ly, and devel­op a broad­er vision that adds to the work ethics and over­all pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. How­ev­er, a free­lancer would not expe­ri­ence all that takes to build pro­fes­sion­al­ism as a trait.

No routine

There could be no rou­tine to your day when you work as a free­lancer as you need not be fol­low­ing a time shift for work. This could lead to being lazy and less productive.

Less money

This is a proven fact that you get to earn less when free­lanc­ing.  A full-time employ­ee earns sig­nif­i­cant­ly more than a free­lancer with the same skill set. This is because in a full-time job, time involve­ment, lev­el of com­mit­ment and assigned respon­si­bil­i­ties are higher.

After read­ing the pros and cons of being a Free­lancer, you can decide if it suits you.

If you are look­ing for free­lanc­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, find list of free­lance jobs from home here.

Now let’s elaborate on How to Become a Freelancer 

Master a skill

You can think about being a free­lancer only when you have exper­tise in a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject and have mas­tered the skills required to deliv­er suc­cess­ful projects. For exam­ple, in case you want to be a free­lance design­er, then you should be hav­ing exper­tise in this domain and know the nuances of deliv­er­ing high-qual­i­ty work.

Certifications

For expand­ing your knowl­edge and adding cred­i­bil­i­ty to your work pro­file you need to have a range of cer­ti­fi­ca­tions obtained on com­ple­tion of cours­es, be it offline or online. When peo­ple look for free­lancers, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions men­tioned on the free­lancers’ pro­files become an impor­tant cri­te­ri­on of selection.

Build Contacts 

For hav­ing your plate full, you need to build a lot of con­tacts. These con­tacts can be built by join­ing rel­e­vant forums, com­mu­ni­ties, and chains of dis­cus­sions on pop­u­lar online plat­forms. When you engage with and add val­ue to a spe­cif­ic group of peo­ple from your work domain then it proves help­ful in build­ing con­tacts that fetch your projects.

Published projects 

You need to be hav­ing a cer­tain num­ber of projects or pieces of work pub­lished online. When com­pa­nies or indi­vid­u­als reach out to you, they ask for a sam­ple of work done as the first thing before decid­ing to go with you or not.

Profiling

Your pro­file or resume should be strong in terms of show­cas­ing your areas of exper­tise, projects under­tak­en, if any, cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and aca­d­e­m­ic background.

Online presence

Build­ing con­tacts is the effort that you put to get work oppor­tu­ni­ties. Along with it, you should reg­is­ter your­self on best plat­forms for free­lancers, like Upwork and Free­lancer. This way you would be get­ting inbound requests, you just need to fil­ter them.

Tes­ti­mo­ni­als

In order to start your career as a free­lancer, you need to have some tes­ti­mo­ni­als from peo­ple whom you have worked with before. It could be tes­ti­mo­ni­als from peo­ple who worked with you in an intern­ship or full-time job.

Freelance opportunities are available in almost all fields. Most popular are:

Con­tent writing

Every busi­ness needs to pro­mote itself online and for that con­tent forms the back­bone. Busi­ness­es that do not have in house resources to ful­fill con­tent require­ments go for out­sourc­ing. There’s a huge demand for con­tent writ­ers on plat­forms that work as a bridge between free­lancers and companies/ individuals.

Design and editing 

Design­ing is anoth­er stream that is in great demand when it comes to free­lance oppor­tu­ni­ties. Design­ing graph­ics, web­site pages, video edit­ing are some of the skills that com­pa­nies are look­ing for in large numbers.

SEO

Search engine opti­miza­tion is the big thing that busi­ness­es want to adopt; who don’t want to build free traf­fic. Here key­word rank­ing, con­tent mar­ket­ing, link build­ings are the projects that the com­pa­ny looks to outsource.

Web devel­op­ment

If you are an expert in pro­gram­ming then there would be ample free­lance oppor­tu­ni­ties for you out there. Online busi­ness­es need to build new fea­tures and func­tion­al­i­ties to meet the cus­tomers’ require­ments and also to have an edge over the close competition.

Trans­la­tion

Com­pa­nies that cater to a larg­er geo­graph­i­cal audi­ence need to have the con­tent around their offer­ings in dif­fer­ent lan­guages. Oper­at­ing in one coun­try restricts them to have in house resources that can devel­op con­tent in dif­fer­ent lan­guages. There­fore, hir­ing trans­la­tors becomes essential.

Find a com­plete list of Free­lance jobs in India here 

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Isha is a post graduate in Economics and has a passion to curate great content for web users. She has a research and writing background in Higher Education, Jobs and Digital Marketing space.
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