Written by Remalyn Estuesta
Freelance jobs are a trend nowadays. According to a study conducted by Upwork, more Filipinos are attracted to the flexibility that freelancing offers. With the rise of freelancing today, here are some tips that can help aspiring freelancers.
5. Utilize social media
Social media now plays a major role in people’s lives. They would often browse their social media accounts, checking their news feed and such. But there are also other uses for social media. For freelancers, you could reach a lot of people with your posts. It’s a place where freelancers can spread the content of their works. Potential customers can check out previous works and can converse with you if they are interested! With various social media platforms, you can showcase your creativity, Instagram, for example, is one way where you can build up your portfolio.
4. Be professional and strategic in pricing your work
There are two ways where you can price your work. It can either be an hourly-based pricing or project-based pricing. It’s up to you on how you’re going to price your work. However, there are some factors that you have to weigh in when pricing your work. According to Creative Boom, you have to do some research. You have to check if what you have in mind is reasonable, too much or too little. You also have to consider how much work will be put into it. Freelancers also have to be flexible. Clients will ask for a lower price, so you have to know when to be firm and when to accept a price that a client may offer, especially when you’re just starting out. It might help if you have your clients sign a contract before sending them the output. Some freelancers also ask for a 50% downpayment before working on the project.
3. Attend events relevant to your field/industry.
Events are one of the ways that freelancers can make connections, and even find some new and potential clients. Meeting new people can help in building up relationships and learning from the influencers in the field you are working in. Since most of the people that attend such events are those who are experts that are knowledgeable in the field. It’s a good way to get some advice and may help you widen your knowledge. After all, working is never ending process of learning.
2. Have structure
As a freelancer, you have the freedom in your work. After all, you are your own boss. However, things may get hectic at some point, so it’s better to have some business structure. First, what are the objectives and goals that you have? What are the things that you need? You need to have a calling card. It’s more professional to have one, and you can carry it with anywhere.If you meet any potential clients you can hand it to them, making it easier for them to reach you. It’s also necessary to have your own website. With a website, people can see everything that they need to know. They can check out your previous works, know your rates, how to contact you, and read reviews and testimonies from your clients and customers.
1. Enroll in a coworking space
A coworking space is beneficial for freelancers. Other than the fact that coworking spaces provide a work office for you, you are able to socialize with other people in various work fields. You control your schedule. There’s no set office hours for you. It’s also a formal meeting place for clients. Instead of meeting them in restaurants or cafes, you can meet them here. It’s more formal and professional. You can also enjoy amenities that coworking spaces offer, for example, a reliable internet connection and other office tools and equipment.
Foxhole Business Center is a co-working space that you can try. We’ve personally tried our their services before. Here’s our review about them: http://www.wheninmanila.com/foxhole-business-center/
If you’re interested to know how Foxhole can assist you in your business or career, you can contact them in the details provided below.
Of course, it’s not going to be easy to build up a reputation at the start. After all, every industry is competitive. But hopefully, these tips will get you on the right track and help you flourish in their career.
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