Freelancing is a great way to make remote Work your way of life. Even if entrepreneurship calls your name, I highly recommend making freelancing an in between stage.
Because you can start now, even while you’re working your 9-5. It provides a great transition for leaving your job to doing freelancing and opening up more free time during the day, then to starting your own business ( if you choose to do so )
It provides a great transition for leaving your job to doing freelancing and opening up more free time during the day, then to starting your own business
All about that free time baby!
So how to get started with freelancing?
I highly recommend signing up for a site like Upwork.com or a similar freelancing website. They already have tons of traffic and job postings looking for work and a need that you can fulfill, so you don’t have to waste time trying to find clients yourself.
Don’t waste time trying to find clients yourself
Also, especially for Upwork, they offer services to make sure you get paid for your work. Trust me, nothing is worse then not getting paid for you work. It sucks!
Upwork does take a small percentage, but in my opinion, it’s definitely worth it.
Ok what’s next? This is what I did.
In the beginning, offer your services for extremely cheap! Why?
Because people mostly look for highly recommended freelancers, and you just started. So you can’t win that way.
In the beginning, offer your services for extremely cheap!
The way you get customers in the beginning, is to charge so low that people are willing to give you a try. And when they do... over deliver!
Earn that glowing review, because essentially that’s what you’re working for right now.
Once you’ve done that a few times, your rating on the platform will be high enough to earn business from those higher paying clients who want the higher rated and reviewed freelancers.
Raise your prices, delight your clients, and repeat.
Warning: This method takes time and hard work. You have to be ok with getting paid less than your worth now, so you can get paid more later. But it’s worth it.
Chris Allan Li
Creator of Smarthash
Smarthash isn't just an Instagram Tool, it's the product of what I Love doing every single day.