Have you taken the leap and gone freelance? More and more people are considering freelancing.
Here are a few tips to help you on your freelancing journey!
1. Document Everything
When you’re freelancing you need to keep meticulous records of everything. Keep track of all your client conversations via email, etc., so that you can be clear on the ramifications of your collaboration and agreements on your work.
2. Communicate Effectively
Be clear, efficient, honest, and prompt in your communication with your clients. Effective communication is one of the most important parts of being a freelancer. Your clients are directly relying on you, no one else, since you are your company now.
3. Learn How to Plan Ahead
Planning is key! Make sure you have your long-term goals and projects charted out. As a freelancer you can’t afford to wait until you finish your current project to start wondering about the next one. You need to be able to move seamlessly from project to project, so make sure to plan ahead.
4. Be Organized
Organization is another crucial component to freelancing. You must make sure that you stay organized in your communication, accounting, expense tracking, communications, marketing, etc. Stay organized to avoid confusion and to do your work efficiently. Taking an extra few seconds to organize things as you do them will pay off rather than leaving organization to the end of the year or at the end of a deadline. Don’t let things pile up, rather deal with them right away.
5. Build Structure Into Your Day
It’s important to create structure in your day. Without office meetings, lunch breaks with colleagues, etc., it may be difficult to adjust to your new freelancer schedule. Early on, establish a consistent workflow for your day, week, and month.
6. Market Yourself
When you’re a freelancer, your job is wrapped up in your personality and life in a different way than when you’re working for someone else. Your personality starts to become your brand. You have to learn how to market yourself and your work to clients and your network, no one else is going to do it for you. Without a marketing team, it falls on you to promote yourself.
7. Keep up on trends
As a freelancer you’re isolated and self-directed. It’s important to remain up to date on the latest trends so you can keep your work fresh and brainstorm how best to move your business forward.
8. Build your portfolio
Keep track of all the work you do so that you can demonstrate it to new clients. You’re in charge of marketing yourself now, so keep a meticulous record of your projects and compile them in presentation form, or on a website that is easy to share.
Congrats and good luck with your freelance work! Take some time to let others know what your type of job is really like on UltiCareer.
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