Nowadays freelancing is growing every day. Hundreds of millions are trying to do freelancing for a living. But when the struggle begins you realize that it’s not easy as it looks. The market is accepting new freelancers daily and when you are inexperienced it’s very hard to prove your skills. Let’s find out what are the best ways to start out in the freelancing world!
Write some blog posts for free
Yes, correct. You know that internship is widely used by young people to experience themselves. That’s the same. You seek for a blog with niche similar to yours and ask them politely to write some words. The chance for rejection is minimal. There are several advantages of doing this:
- You collect materials for portfolios
- You improve your writing skills
- You forge connections with bloggers
Writing with no charge can also meet you with potential long term partners which might pay you for your upcoming works! It’s a win-win situation. You can find some bloggers that are looking for volunteers especially in Craigslist. But first, make sure that your work will pay off. You don’t want to write for a blog with no potential to succeed. The more readers you reach the more authority you gain.
Create a good-looking portfolio
Now it’s time to ensure your place on the market. Most employers want a diploma from their candidates, right? Well, it’s the same in the freelancing industry. The only difference is that it’s a lot easier to create a portfolio. You just have to make it interesting, pleasant for the eyes and content-rich. Make sure that you have enough example articles. One example won’t be enough. It’ll be awesome if you mention that you already wrote for websites. Think about all the possible benefits. Money isn’t everything. Sometimes new connections end experience is more important. Money can change things a bit but a friend can contribute with huge changes.
Portfolios are like a small web page. You should keep in mind some details that can play a big role. Write in a plain and clear way without tangling the sentences. Speak in a serious and a friendly way at the same time. If you want to simplify the things just get a portfolio template. There are both free and paid ones.
I will do a special post about portfolio creation so stay tuned if you want to check it.
When your portfolio is done, it’s time to write!
Learn how to write good proposals
Showing your skills and experience won’t be enough for most of the cases. The proposals are the first thing employers see so the text over your portfolio should be attention-grabbing. Use bewitching words like “awesome” or “guarantee” but don’t overuse them. Talk as you are already working for this person and you are friends. Be honest and confident in your words, people see these things. Use simple words and include the most important details. You can trick the employers’ minds by showing them that you have something different than others. Include some of the books you’ve read, the courses you’ve taken, the connections you have. After reading the proposal they must want to answer you immediately like you are their boss. Learn how to use their emotions on your side. Don’t affect them too much. You are a freelancer, not a dictator. (To be continued)