How do I start freelancing?
The Third Lesson
In the first lesson we covered the concept of freelancing, its advantages, and challenges, and in the second lesson we covered the most important, most demanding, and profitable fields of freelancing.
Today we will talk systematically about the steps to start freelancing, and what are the things that you need to do in order to actually enter the field of freelancing on the Internet.
How do you start your way to freelancing properly?
1- Ask yourself, “Is freelancing appropriate for me?”
In fact, freelancing is not suitable for everyone, and this is normal because we are human beings and we deal with pressures and opportunities completely differently, and each of us has a specific goal and direction in this life.
In any case, to know whether freelancing is suitable for you personally or not, you should ask yourself these questions.
Do you have the ability to deal with instability and think properly?
Fleeing is a weak reason, improving income is an average cause, and passion is a strong cause.
however, you have to understand your own cause.
Do you have the courage and patience to enter into freelance?
(According to the nature of our societies, the job is safe, so freelancing requires courage, and it takes some patience to succeed).
2- Be prepared with the basic requirements
Of course, any business needs some basic requirements according to its nature, and this also applies to freelance, but fortunately, freelance is characterized by the fact that it needs the minimum requirements, unlike other types of work.
Here is a list of the most important basic requirements that you need to start in the field of freelancing:
(Here we talk about basic requirements in general, but for every field of freelancing there are special requirements).
PC: Unfortunately, being a freelancer, you cannot count on your work on your mobile phone, but you need a computer or laptop to carry out the tasks specific to your business, here your mobile phone also has a role in following up your work and communicating with your customers …etc.
Good internet service:
You need good internet service, at a level that helps you and does not hinder you from carrying out and delivering your tasks.
Time: Of course, you need time dedicated to your work as an infidel.
In fact, you can take advantage of any extra time you have and invest it in freelance work, but freelance work means another level of opportunities and possibilities.
3- Determine precisely what field you would like to work in
As interested in freelancing, you are one of two … As for you already have experience in one of the fields of freelancing, and you want to start your way directly to enter the labor market to offer what you already know, then you can go beyond this point. Or, you want to work as a free Lancer, but you have not decided on your field or specialty yet.
In the second case, here are the points that will help you determine the field of freelancing that suits you:
Go back to the previous lesson and learn about the most important and famous areas of freelancing at the moment. Do a brainstorming session, trying to make a list of your most important skills, experience, and knowledge in the field of work.
Ask your friends and family about the most important things that you distinguish them and find you know them well.
Do research on the most important areas and special requirements for each field, and then find what is most appropriate to your circumstances.
Continue reading this tutorial’s lessons for the end, to take a full picture, and enter into the field of freelancing.
4- Know who your customers are?
This point is very important for you as a beginner free Lancer, and if you can handle it intelligently it will save you a lot in the path of your success in freelancing.
If you know who your potential customers are, this will enable you to search and collect information about them, thus making it easier for you to reach them.
Some might think that this point is self-evident and this is true, but because it is self-evident, there are many who work in the field of freelancing and do not deal with it consciously and intelligently.
The awareness and focus here are to understand the nature of the customer and the importance of work for him, and the way he thinks, and trying to reach the place where he is.
The conclusion here is that you are forming good ideas and information about the nature of your customers, and this is set in your mind, this will enable you first to reach them, and secondly you will be able to deal with them in a professional and more efficient manner.
5- Discover the most important skills you need and work to develop them
There is a set of general skills that every FreeLancer must possess, which you must try to learn and constantly develop.
There is an independent lesson in which we will address the most important freelancing skills.
6- Discover the most important tools you need and own them
Tools are a very important element in freelancing, and they play a big role in the success of your business, such as free Lancer.
Independent freelancing tools are often applications and programs that make working with time easier.
7- Build your portfolio or gallery
A portfolio represents your interface, through which your customers can get to know your business and evaluate you accordingly.
For you as a beginner freelancer, you may not have previous works to display, in this case you also have to create models for your work specifically for display in Portfolio.
8 – Create a professional account on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a social media website that specializes in the practical and professional field, so for you as a freelancer is one of the most important channels of communication and finding opportunities at all. Being on LinkedIn is a very important step.
9- Create accounts on freelance platforms
freelancing platforms are specialized websites that act as an intermediary between service providers and their requesters, by being a freeLancer you can register as a service provider, and will allow you to build an account with many details about the work provided.
There are a lot of freelancing platforms, including those specialized in specific fields, including the public, fortunately, there are platforms for freelancing.
We will be eating everything about freelance platforms in an upcoming lesson.