Learning the basics of a freelance career is not that difficult if you have a professional skill to offer. The challenge comes in learning how to increase your client base and continuously win more jobs.
These three tips can help you on your way to a truly successful freelance career. They will help you rise above the other providers and win more contracts.
1. Update your profile frequently. The first contact any potential client has with you is your profile page. It must convey your ability, personality and professionalism succinctly. Always fill out profiles 100% and be sure they are free of grammatical errors and typos. The last thing you want to do is describe yourself with text full of mistakes.
2. Stay connected to clients. One of the most common concerns of clients is quick response and turnaround time. Of course they want the job done quickly, but more importantly, they need answers to their questions and acknowledgment that you received any information from them. Strive to always respond to any queries the same day, and the faster the better. You might consider syncing your mobile device to your email account so you can check jobs on the run.
3. Make your proposals stand out. In the freelance careers, proposals are often the first contact between you and a potential client, so you should do everything in your power to present a professional and skilled response. A one line note, such as "I could get that done in three days," is much less effective than a professional letter stating your proposed timeframe and asking pertinent questions about the job. Inviting them to contact you to discuss the project or make requests indicates your willingness to not only begin work immediately.
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