How to become a freelancer: Complete Guide

How to become a freelancer
How to become a freelancer
How to become a freelancer: Complete Guide

Are you a graphic designer, web developer, UI designer or having any other skill and want to start your own freelance career, So you come in the right place because, in this post, I will give you some Important tips, which will help you a lot in starting your own freelancing career.

First of all before starting a freelance career, you must know that you have to work full time or part time, If you want to work full time that its good because then you can directly meet client, you can do maximum projects in short time but if you want to do freelancing in part-time than you have to be very careful about your time management, so then it will not effect on your full-time work.
If you want to start freelancing as a full-time job but due to a reason you can't get success and then you want to do a job then there's become a big difference in your job experience and you might face some difficulties to get a job.

If you want to start freelancing as a full-time job or part job time job than you can,t get success so quickly, because there are so many developers and designers already doing freelancing. So you have to give yourself almost 2 to 3 years timeframe to see how much good your freelance job doing. In the start, you might get good results and then you face breakdown or may be in starting you can't do very well and then you will get good work and results. So for staying in freelancing market you first have to give your 2 to 3 years to freelancing career.

So, If you finally decide to start freelancing than you first have to answer these questions.

First Questions is how much you need to earn each month? So, If you can't work full time then still you and your family get no financial problems. 

The second question is what time of freelancing work you want to start? like logo design, T-shirt design, Brochures, Photo editing, web page design, UI/UX design, 3d animation etc.

The third question is what kind of client you want to work with? A local business, An IT Company, Startup, Organization, Lawyers, builders etc. 

The fourth and most Important question is, Can you take criticism? Criticism means if your work gets rejected or your proposal gets rejected then you can't give up. You know that today in almost every field there is so much competition so, if the client doesn't like your work and reject your work then you can't give up and leave freelancing due to that.

The fifth question is, Can you work under pressure/stress? Sometimes your client need work done within one day or two days and already you have so many works to do. So how you deal this matter, can you properly work under pressure, So you have to plan these things and then come in freelancing.

The sixth question is, Do you have a backup plan? If a client can,t pay in time or any other problem happen than can you have enough amount to survive, do you have any backup plan. It's also very important to create a backup plan.

The seventh and last question is, Do you have good communications skills, Can you convey your message properly to your client, can you understand client requirement, It might happen that when you can't understand client requirement you have to do same work again and again. So you have answers to these questions, If you want to start freelancing business or freelancing.

So, If you have answers of all questions and you decide that you have to start freelancing than the first point is how you brand your yourself, because already in the IT field there is so competition, So can you different from these all, so for this you have to brand yourself, You can do branding with your portfolio, you have to make a website where you show your portfolio, portfolio means what kind of work you can do, either its logo design, photo editing or whatever. So, its necessary that you have a portfolio website, which client will see and give you work according to your portfolio, Along with your portfolio website its also important to make your portfolio on other websites, if you are a web designer then you can also make your portfolio on websites like behance.net or dribble.com and you can also take reference from these websites. It's also an important step when you starting your freelance career. Also, it's important that you carry your visiting card everytime you go somewhere in which all details are written which you can give to your clients and in visiting card make sure all important details are mention. Through visiting card you can also get work. So its also important before you starting freelancing.

Now when the brand was made, portfolios were uploaded now how to start, so your first client is maybe is someone in your family, your uncle, your relative etc. Whenever you worked for someone it will add to your portfolio, and you can also show that work to your client. You can also work something for your friends for free and they will refer you to others so you will get work. So it's important to see around yourself that is there someone who can help you in growing your business.

Next will be behance.net or some other website as I earlier mention that you can also upload your portfolio on behance.net. so, from behane.net you can also get some clients, also you have you to make your account on linkedin.com because from linkedin.com you can also get many clients you are interested to give you a freelance job. Upwork.com and fivver.com are also very important websites for freelancing.

So Important is that you have to register and make portfolio as many websites as you can, you can also directly approach small NGOs to get some work from them. This will also help you in making your portfolio. Every source is very Important for starting a freelance career so give importance to every source.
Next thing is networking, means in IT industry how many peoples you know and how many peoples knows you, so if any meetup will occur, try to go for it, network peoples, give them your visiting card, talk to them, make new friends, tell peoples about your work and tell him if they have any work related to your field than they tell you. In this way, if you make a network than surely you get good results and there are many chances that you get a lot of work.
So, they are some important things that you have to keep in mind, when you do freelancing, through this way you can start your freelancing career.

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