The Ultimate Freelancing Guide

The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide

Freelancing

So, are you looking to make a quick buck online for a new pair of shoes you liked or maybe you want to start making a complete living online. If that’s the case then freelancing is the way to go. There are a lot of ways to make money online. You can participate in Surveys, you can start your own Blog/Vlog or you may even try your hand at affiliate marketing yet out of all these, the most reliable way to make money online is via freelancing.

The truth about making money online

Well, this is something that no one will tell you. Although, there are a number of ways to make money online, only a few work and freelancing is one of them. People will tell you that you can take part in Surveys that pay you. The truth is that only 2-3 websites actually pay you and even those websites have a pay cap of $50, ie, you won’t receive a single dime unless you’ve made $50 from that very website. You can sell goods online, the truth again is that you’ll be “making money online”. But that’s just you selling your stuff and it should not be considered as making money online.

Alternatives to Freelancing

Apart from Freelancing, you can make some good amount of cash by tutoring online. For that, you’ll have to be good at something. One positive thing here is that most of the tutoring websites have a varied range of topics. It does not matter whether you’re good at mathematics or medieval history or if you are a finance major, there’ll be something for you to teach.


Freelancing as a career

Let’s get back to freelancing as a primary means of income. In case the internet has not been able to convince you, have it from someone who has made a part-time living and has worked as a freelancer for 1.5+ years. Freelancing pays you for your skills. Your exact skill set does not matter as long as you’re adept at something or the other. The most common Freelancing gigs are usually Web Development and Writing Gigs. That does not mean that there are no gigs for a data scientist or a telemarketer. All you need to do is find the right Freelancing platform.

The problem people face is to start earning as a freelancer. Let’s have a look at your average Joe.

Learns about Freelancing Opportunity >> Signs Up on a Freelancing Platform >> Applies on multiple projects based on his/her skills >> Waiting for a reply… A little more of waiting… Waits for a few more days… >> Gives Up

This is the vicious cycle that the average Joe follows. What did they do wrong? Well, that’s exactly what I’ll discuss in my 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to become a successful Freelancer.

Why become a freelancer?

If you’ve come to this website with an aim to become a successful freelancer, you must already know all the perks of being a freelancer. But let me just tell you what you have been missing.

  • Be your own boss: There’s no one to hover over you or boss you around.
  • Set your own time: Don’t like to wake up early, can’t go to sleep at time? In that case, you have found your paradise.
  • Make personal connections: You get to know the person that you are working for.
  • Have the freedom to do what you love: You are the one who decides what kinds of projects you want to do.

The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

Building Your Profile : Part 1 of 6-part ultimate freelancing guide

Building Portfolio

Building your profile is the first step that you’ll have to take in order to start your freelancing career. The first question that’ll jump into your head would be “What does building a profile mean exactly?”. Well, it’ll depend on what your skills are and what kind of gigs and projects are you aiming for. Let’s have a look at the things that are common for everyone.

Building Your profile 101

Here are a few detailed steps that everyone will have to take in order to become a successful freelancer.

  • Create an online presence

Now that you’ve finally decided to become a freelancer by profession, don’t be afraid to admit it. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and wherever else you’re active, tell people that you are now welcoming projects. Believe it or not, it’s from your known contacts from where you’ll get your first few projects. Just make sure not to be vague. Instead of “Works as Freelancer” updating your profile to read “Works as Freelance Writer” or “Works as Freelance Web Developer” or “Works as Freelance copywriter” will definitely do the trick. Now that you have started building your profile, we can move on to the next step.

  • LinkedIn is the key

At the end of the day, your aim is not to just be stuck on a freelancing platform for your whole life. Your aim should be to make a name for yourself or better yet your “Brand”. You would of course start your freelancing career on a freelancing platform but as you grow as a freelancer, you would not want to share 10-15% of your hard earned money with these platforms. Building your profile on LinkedIn can be the key. If you don’t already have a profile on LinkedIn, it’s time you create one and update your “Experience” by adding your current working status as “Freelance Data Scientist” or “Freelance Accountant”. Next, ask all your family and friends to endorse you for relevant skills. Take your time, this can also be done throughout the period of your Freelancing career.

  • Create a Resume

Now that you’re all set with that LinkedIn account and you’ve probably already updated your Facebook, Twitter and other profiles to state your current job description, it’s time that you create your first resume as a freelancer. You may already have a number of different resumes for different purposes and why not use those, you may think. A resume is the second thing that most employers will see, the first being your cover letter, or you project bid.

So, you have to create a fresh Resume from scratch. What to include in a resume? This is where the complete internet goes vague. When I started my Freelancing career and I was looking for what to include in my resume, there was no definitive answer. Sucks, right? Well, not anymore because here you’ll get exactly what you need in that sample resume.

Your resume should definitely consist of the following things :

  1. Name and contact details: So, once the employer has downloaded your resume to his desktop,
  2. Your Qualifications: This does not necessarily mean that you have to mention your schooling. I was a self taught Web Developer. All I had done were online courses and that is exactly what I mentioned in my resume
  3. Your previous experience: This is something that you can keep updating as you keep on going further through your career. If you have been previously employed somewhere, you can add that and if you’re starting completely fresh, you can add a list of personal projects or give links to samples.
  4. Anything else that you may want to add such as awards won, hobbies, personal details etc. can be done on your own as long as they are relevant but the above three points are a must.
  • Start thinking like a freelancer

There are a number of small changes that you can bring apart from creating your online presence. If you have a small budget, you could get yourself new business cards or you could wait for some more time if you’re not comfortable with that. You can change you email signature to make sure that any email correspondence that you do has your correct job status. Feel free to tell the world that you ARE a freelancer. When you meet someone new and they ask you what you do for a living, “A little bit of this, a little bit of that” is not the correct answer. Feel proud and tell them that you are a “Freelance Photographer” or whatever you do.

  • Creating a brand name

Creating a brand is not synonymous with creating a company. This is where a lot of people get it wrong. You do not have to promote “Sunshine Photography” or “XYZ Web Solutions”. When I say that you have to create a brand name, that brand is YOU. You are your own brand and that is what you have to promote. This is in fact one of the most important parts of building your profile

By now, you are probably bored with the same stuff being repeated but you’ll soon realize that for any business, building contacts is the most important part. You may probably get a call from a friend on a certain day who’ll tell you that one of his friends needs someone to help him figure out his companies finances and taxes. That one project will help you fill something in your resume which will lead to much better prospects when you further apply for gigs and projects.


The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

Freelance Websites: Part 2 of 6-part ultimate freelancing guide

If you’ve not read part 1 of this 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful freelancer, I highly suggest that you read that first. In this part, we’ll discuss about the different freelance websites, their pros and cons etc. So, now that you have built your online presence, it is time to set aim on the next goal. That is to find a Freelance website or multiple freelance websites that suit your needs and will help you reach the potential you deserve.

Freelance Websites 101

Firstly, you should know what is a freelance website or a freelance network. Freelance websites are basically websites where employers can post their problem statements and freelancers can apply to those projects. They are basically an online marketplace for freelancers. Do you need to be a part of these networks? The answer is a definitive yes. These websites are exactly where you’ll receive your first few projects, unless you’ve already got some from Part-1 itself. There are a number of freelance websites on the internet but I’ll just focus on the major 3 websites.

  • Freelancer.com

When you think of Freelancing, the very first website that comes to mind (or even google for that matter) is Freelancer.com. This is one of the biggest freelance marketplace and has projects ranging in all the different genres. Freelancer.com is probably the most diverse freelance website with projects ranging from your average Web Development tasks to things like telemarketing, social media marketing or even accounting. The possibilities are countless.

  1. Free to sign up.
  2. Get free 8 bids per month, ie, apply to 8 projects per month [In the free tier].
  3. A 10% fee or $5 whichever is greater is deducted from your account upon accepting the project.
  4. Another 5% fees upon completion will be cut from your paycheck.
  5. Membership starts from $4.95 a month, you will then get 50 bids per month that replenish upon use.

Now, a few things to note here are that the total commission that freelancer takes if 15% of the total worth of the project. Out of this 10% is taken at the beginning of the project. So, basically if you’re unable to complete the project or if the employer does not pay you for some reason, you may effectively lose money on this platform. This is the one upside of Freelancer.com

  • Upwork.com

Unlike Freelancer.com which is one of the biggest freelance websites, Upwork is actually the BIGGEST freelance marketplace in the world. Upwork again, just like freelancer has wide ranging projects. From voice actors to 3d animators, there is no category not included in Upwork. Then why did I introduce you to freelancer.com first? The reason is their pricing plans, which is good for most senior freelancers whose projects start from $300+ itself. But for a beginner, this freelancing network probably isn’t the best choice.

  1. Free to sign up.
  2. 60 connects on a free membership. You’ll need 1-5 connects per project you apply for.
  3. A 20% fees is taken for the first $500 transaction with a client, 10% for $500-$10000 and 5% above that.
  4. Membership starts at $10

Now, the thing to note here is that in a long run this would be most beneficial a once you cross $500 with a certain client, you’ll only have to pay a 10% commission but as a newbie it’ll probably take you a couple of months/a year or so to get to that position. You’ll probably start with $50-$250 projects slowly increasing that as you create a reputation on these Freelance websites.

  • Fiverr.com

Fiverr is another one of these great freelance websites. The name Fiverr has been derived from Five, which is the minimum amount of money this freelance marketplace allows. Fiverr has it’s smallest “gigs” starting from $5. Fiverr is a bit different from the other freelancing networks. I personally could not get many “big” projects out of it. The highest I could go was $180 for creating someone’s website. This marketplace is perfect for Graphic Designers, those offering consultancy etc. The good thing about Fiverr is that once you have created a good profile and have gathered 10-15 good reviews, the work starts coming to you. Instead of you applying for these gigs, you are more likely to be discovered by an employer and offered the gig.’

  1. Free to sign up.
  2. You can apply for gigs and can be discovered by the employers as well
  3. A strict 20% commission is taken from the paycheck.

The good thing about Fiverr is that you need 0-investment. Yes, you heard me right. Zero investment which is a pretty awesome feature.

Some other freelance websites

There are many more such websites on the internet, all appealing to different categories and genres. Some websites are just meant for graphic designers, eg: 99designs.com, similarly, there are freelance websites specifically tailored towards Law or Medicine. All you need to do is find the most suitable marketplace for your skills. A simple Google search of “[My Skill] + freelance” would do the trick. If nothing else works, there WILL be some sort of opportunities on the above 3 websites.

After finalizing a freelance network, you’ll have to stick to it. Trying a hand at multiple marketplaces will not do the trick. So, choose your freelance marketplace very carefully and create a profile that encompasses all your details. You may provide links to your LinkedIn or Facebook profiles as well. This is where all your hard work from Part-1 will bear fruits as these links will provide you the one thing that will give you an edge over others with no reviews: Credibility.


The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

Building A Portfolio: Part 3 of 6-part ultimate freelancing guide

Hey, I hope that if you are reading this, you’ve been reading the complete series and have already completed the first two steps. Now, we’ll discuss how to create your very first portfolio.

If that’s the case, then you’re very close to your first project. All you need now is a pinch of professionalism and some amount of dazzle.

Your First Portfolio!

 

The problem most people face is in that dazzle itself. It’s hard enough applying for different projects with custom bids (I hope that you have started applying to projects on freelancer.com or Upwork or whatever freelancing website you chose). But even if you follow the exact steps to a perfect bid on a project, there are still some things that’ll always help.

  1. Good ratings
  2. Excellent and genuine reviews
  3. A nice portfolio.

Now, you can’t do much for the first two parts. That’ll come with time. You can although work on building your portfolio. A portfolio is basically a slide or a pdf usually with amazing samples of your work regardless of whether you did those samples as a personal project or a freelance project. As long as you have something to show that you are proud of, show it.

Here’s about standing out. Most people won’t read your long excerpts (if you’re a freelance writer). In case you’re a freelance photographer, it’s just too hectic to download photos from every freelancer’s bid. Here’s where I come in and help you build a portfolio that’ll blow any employer’s mind.

Display all your talent at one place. What I’m about to tell you might feel like an overkill for beginners but this is EXACTLY what’ll make you stand out. You need to create a brand out of yourself. There’s 2 options here, the first free and the other will cost you some money.

  • A Dropbox or Google Drive works like a charm

All you need to do is write an amazing bid on a project and then in a very polite way, leave the link to your Google Drive or Dropbox where all your showcases and your entire portfolio exists. The good thing here is that for graphic designers, photographers and content writers can make sure that their content cannot be downloaded.
Basically, you’re not sending someone your sample photographs that the employer might just use, instead you’re giving them a link to a Dropbox where you’ve made sure that people can view the stuff but cannot download any of it without your permission.

Building your portfolio

  • Your own Website

This is the third time that I’m repeating this in the 6 part series : “You are the Brand”. Remember when I said that your long-term aim should be to no longer rely on freelancing networks for jobs. But then how would you get jobs. The answer is very very simple, people will contact you. This is where a personal website does magic.

Here’s the best such website that I could find

Getting your own website set up is not compulsory at all. In fact many people never do that throughout their career. There is one disadvantage in this, it’ll cost you money and you may not get much out of it initially but believe me, once you start sending clients to a personal portfolio, it’ll be much easier for them to forward more clients towards you.

Just imagine this: You are an employer and just had amazing articles written by someone. Now, one of your contact also wants to get a few articles written. What seems more probable, you as the employer will send your contact a link to a Fiverr profile or an Upwork profile or would you rather just tell them to visit mehulthegreatestblogger.com (There’s no such website, just FYI)… Anyways, I think that I’ve made my point on the importance of a personal portfolio.

If you do decide to build yourself a personal portfolio, you can get a domain at as less as $0.99 for the first year from 1and1.com. You can decide to host your website for free with the only downside being slow load times. If you’re looking for fast loading speeds with a relatively cheap cost, I always suggest Ipage for starters as it is the cheapest web hosting available in the market.(Review here). Yet, If you have just a bit more budget to spend, I highly recommend SiteGround (SiteGround Review here)

Verdict

As I said, even a dropbox with proper arrangement of folders and a proper portfolio built-in would do a perfect job but if you want to stand out, the least you can do is create a personal portfolio website. Just make sure that there is a big (Massively BIG) button that says “Contact me“. I would soon create a post that’ll review 10 awesome personal portfolio websites and what makes them so good. So, stay tuned and meanwhile if you have not yet started, I would suggest that now is the time for you to start bidding on Projects.

Good luck friends! Hope you get your first project soon.


The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

Applying for Projects: Part 4 of 6-part ultimate freelancing guide

Freelance Projects

It’s time, Yay!

By the end of this part of the guide, both of us will be happier than we are right now! Well, I would be done with more than 50% of this guide and most of you readers would start making an earning as a Freelancer. Yes, you read it right, you’ll no longer be a wannabe freelancer. By the end of this post you’ll become a freelancer who will have at the very least one project and if you are lucky (and have built a perfect portfolio) you may even get multiple projects at once.

Communication is key!

Proper communication always helps regardless of the situation. It does not matter whether you are applying for the project, whether you’re finalizing the deal or bargaining for a higher payday. A very basic guideline is to be straight forward. Your aim should be to be very clear and concise. Try to use shorter sentences than you would use normally. Be precise with dates and times and do make sure that you time the projects based on the client’s time zone (which may be different from yours).

Applying to Projects

When applying to projects, writing personalized bids for each project is the correct way to go, specially for beginners. You may feel like creating a general project bid and then just copy and pasting it to all the different projects that will present themselves. It’s best to realize this early in your career the importance of writing personalized bids. It is very time consuming to write a personalized essay for someone, especially when there is no guarantee that you would be hired for that project.

Yet, there are many reasons for you to write a personalized paragraph or two for the employers

A personalized bid. Advantages:

  • Firstly, just put yourself in the place of the employer. That’s when you will realize that as soon as an employer posts a project on Upwork or 99Designs or Fiverr, his inbox is flooded within the next 10 minutes with multiple bids. All these bids have the same default text that just doesn’t stand out. So, by writing a personalized bid, you will stand out among the rather routine bids.
  • Secondly, even if you stand out among your competitors, why would the employer consider you over the others? People who have much more experience than you? Simple, they’ll notice that this guy has spent good enough time on this bid and seems to be very serious. If not hire you directly, they WILL at the very least consider you for the task.
  • Thirdly, a well written bid leads to a good impression. We all have heard the phrase that “First impression is the last impression”. Though not a firm believer of this quote, I do feel that it is relevant in this case. An initial good impression will lead to much smoother communication throughout the rest of the project. The sole reason behind this is that the employers also realize that this guy means business.
  • Lastly, they get to know you on a personal level. A simple line that says: “I know that I’m new to the <<Upwork>> platform but I will definitely cover what I lack in experience with my zeal and hardwork” might take you just a few minutes of your time. But it will mean alot to the clients. It shows that you are an honest person and hence makes them much more inclined to talk to you. Especially, if they are a small/medium business.

How much to bid?

The next question that comes to mind is how much to bid on your first few projects. I’d like to stop here and tell you all one very simple thing. Everything you do is worth something and the worst thing that you can do is to underestimate your own worth. That being said, it does not mean that you won’t have to compromise for the first 2-3 projects a bit. You will of course have to bid on the lower side of the price spectra initially. Now, let’s get to the numbers.

The platform you choose will make a lot of difference. Some of these freelancing websites will allow you to look at an average bid amount from all the bids that were placed while others won’t. Now, if you can’t see the average bid, you’ll have to wing it. Just think of how much the project is worth and put in a bid that is 75% of that.

If you are on a freelancing website that allows you to view the average bids, try and aim to be in the lower 25% of the total bids. But, at the same time, do not be the lowest on the list. There is an inherent feeling that cheap things usually don’t have quality. Hence, you should try not to be at the bottom of the well.

Do not lie!

There’s another thing that everyone needs to realize. The employers that are hiring you are not necessarily “well endowed with cash and time”. They may just be a small business who are trying to expand in the online world. The keyword being small. Their time is important too. Hence, never take a project that is beyond your purview. With personal experience, I can say that it does not end well for both of you. You end up with a bad rating and they end up losing their precious time. You will also feel guilty about letting them down and disappointing the clients.

Moreover, once your relationship with a client goes awry, you not only lose a single project. You also lose the chance of any future projects from that client. As I said in part 1, your aim should be to build long lasting relationships with clients. Statistically, over 40% of what I earned as a freelancer was from recurring projects from former employers.

Here’s a sample of what I have used a couple of times:

Hello there,

My name is Mehul Kaushik and I’m highly interested in your project. I have read the requirements of the project and I believe that I’ll be able to deliver all of them. I have experience as a web developer for the past 6 months and I’ve worked on a couple of online stores prior to this.

As you may have noted, I’m pretty new to the Freelacer platform but I make up for my experience with my zeal and commitment. This means that I’ll work harder than the rest on your project.

I think that the Magento platform will be best for your online store. I also have  a few Magento themes in mind. Here’s a link of one such theme : <>

Proposed Timeline :

Day 1-2 : Setting up Magento. (Basic setup and optimization)

Day 3-4 : Setting up the theme to all specifications

Day 5-7 : Testing the Website, initial SEO and bug fixes.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

That’s all you need for now. Best of Luck!


The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

First Project: Part 5 of 6-part ultimate freelancing guide

freelance first project

The First Project!

First of all, congrats for your first project! Spending the next 10 minutes on this blog post will surely help you in your first project. You already know from part-1 that our aim was not to just get projects in the short run but to build long lasting connections with clients. In order to do that, you’ll have to follow a few basic guidelines while communicating with your clients.

I would recommend that you read this from the beginning but you can continue from here too if you’re comfortable with that. Anyways, in this part I’ll be discussing with you the basic freelancing ethics or some basic rules to follow whenever you are communicating with your client(s) not just for the first project but for any project that you would be doing in the future.

 A fixed Timeline

People might have told you that if you become a freelancer, you will have complete control on when you work. They might have told you that you’ll have time to yourself etc. While that is mostly true, in order to get good reviews and build strong relationships with the clients, you must and I’ll emphasize here; you MUST provide them a proper timeline and you MUST follow it to the best of your abilities.

When you’re applying for a project, you must make sure that you provide the clients with a proposed timeline (As done here). That will help you in case any discrepancies arise, specially if they arise during your first project. That way, you have proof that you already told them how long you would take to finish the project or a certain part of it. A basic guideline for anyone would be :

  • First day or two : Discussing possible ideas. (This works for graphic designers, web developers, photographers even ghost writers at times). If it is a very small project, then you can feel free to skip this part.
  • The next 3-4 days : You complete the task.
  • Final 1 or 2 days : Troubleshoot any problem that they may have

Now, a few points to note that you should remember to do :

  1. Make sure that you fix a certain point after which you will not accept any changes and you should make that very clear at the very beginning of the project. If possible, put it at the end of your proposal PDF with a “*” to make sure that it has been in writing.
  2. If you feel fine with it, you may offer them 1 or 2 revisions at the end of the project.
  3. The 1 day discussion period is very important. I have had a certain client who changed his needs every other day and I had to realize this the hard way that you can’t always follow all the whims of a certain client.

Continuous communication

Continuous communication not only applies to regular 9-5 jobs, even if you are a freelancer, you must make sure to communicate with the clients at regular intervals. The employers who have hired you for this task would really appreciate that. There may be times when you would rather prefer to just complete the task and then deliver the complete project to them at once. This may feel very convenient for you but you have to remember that the people who have hired you are also humans and even they get restless when they don’t hear from you in regular intervals.

If you complete a project for me but I did not hear from you anytime in the middle of it to get any updates, there is a very small chance that I would be hiring you again for any other project. And this is a fact. Everyone likes a well organized person to work for them. I’m personally not very organized but I made sure that I would communicate my progress with the clients. If there was a certain bug that I took me a lot of time to troubleshoot, I would let them know about it then and there itself. This makes sure that if at the end you deliver a few days late, they know that it was a genuine problem and they will also understand that (hopefully). Again, very important if it is your first project.

So, a rule of thumb to remember : Contact your employers at regular intervals (specially during long projects ~10-15 days long). Now, what to tell them? Well, you can just leave a simple email that says

Hey David,

Just giving an update. Everything is going fine. I’ve already built the homepage of the website and I’m now working on the About Us page. I just wanted to know if you have any color preferences for your website’s footer.

Thanks in advance

Mehul Kaushik

If the client is a very hand-on kind of a person, you may have a small 5-10 minutes call or a Skype video call. How you communicate i totally up to you. What matters is that you remain in contact with the employers.

Outsourcing

This is a very important part of acquiring big projects. If you want to land a whale, you need a bigger bait. I have outsourced work to other freelancers, my friends and other acquaintances on a few occasions.

I once landed a project where I had to build a website, get content for it, design logos and a few info-graphics and manage their social media campaign. Now, I have the skill set required for creating websites, writing content and even managing social media campaigns. I know enough graphic design to get around. The employer was pretty keen on getting all these things done. In my proposal itself I told him that I would be outsourcing it as I am not good at graphic design.

The prime reason for him contacting me was that he found me to be very “Honest” (his words not mine). So, don’t be scared of taking a bit more on your plate. You can always ask for help from other freelancers. At the same time, this does not mean that you should accept projects that are out of your purview. Do not accept projects that you are incapable of doing. Outsourcing 10-20% of your project makes sense because you would be getting paid for the rest of the 80% but completely outsourcing it makes no sense. On that note comes the final sub-point.

Calling Quits!

There will come a time when you’ll take on a project that you might not be able to complete (hopefully it won’t be your first project but better be safe). This is a truth that no one else will share with you because, in the perfect world you would complete all your projects and will exchange good graces with the clients; but come on, this is the real world! It’s more than possible that the client may want way too much from you. In cases like that you WILL have to call quits. And that’s not a very bad thing unless you communicate that poorly. From my personal experience about 10% of all projects are dropped by a freelancer and are completed by a second one. The trick is to make sure that you do not offend the clients. You should make sure to :

  • Let the employers know the reason that you will not be able to complete the project. Try to keep it civil though.
  • Let them know about this as soon as you feel that you can’t do it. Do not waste their time, it’s as important or maybe even more important than yours.
  • Offer them some sort of compensation (if possible). As a graphic designer, you may offer them a free logo some time later in the future. As a writer, you may promise them a 1000 word article in an area that you are adroit at.

Keeping these things in mind, you will not only complete all your projects in a very professional manner but you will probably also end up being that trustworthy guy that the employers can rely on whenever they’re in need of a similar task.


The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

Retaining employers: Final part of the ultimate freelancing guide

 

retaining employers

The secrets to retaining employers!

Honestly speaking, if you have been following the tips that I’ve given you about proper communication, you’re probably already set. But, you can always do more to make sure that you ultimately get more projects from these clients. You have to put an effort in retaining employers and getting multiple projects from them.

Dividing the project

Do you know when do human beings feel most content? After they have accomplished something, after they have completed a task that was due for a long time etc. That’s the same feeling that your clients should also feel, not only once but multiple times during the same project. This can be easily achieved by dividing the project into small parts.

Let me take an example of a Web-App developer who has to create a Social network based on NodeJS along with an Iphone and Android app for the same. This project is easily 30+ days long. So, instead of you waiting for your payments for those 30 days, you can divide the project into small parts like below:

  • First Milestone: Creating a working User Login-Registration : 15% payment
  • Second Milestone : Basic Friendship, Follow, Like Options : 15% payment
  • Third Milestone : Other features : 40%
  • Fourth Milestone : Final testing and set up on we hosting : 30%

A friendly goodbye

If you’ve followed this guide perfectly, a nice warm goodbye is the last step for you to become a successful freelancer.

Just make sure to state how much you enjoyed working with them. How much you appreciated their clear and concise instructions. Make sure to add a small line where you tell them that you look forward to working with them again in the future. Planting the idea of a future project with them is necessary.

Get good reviews!

Good reviews or testimonials make sure that future employers know how good you are at what you do. This is the one time that you don’t have to follow my clear, concise rule. Now’s the time for you to form a personal bond and ask for a perfect 5 star review with a few nice lines that will work wonders for you. Retaining employers is important but so is getting new ones.

I wish you best of luck on your journey! I hope that my guide helped you. Still, if you have any doubts or if you want to personally contact me, feel free to mail me at mehul@fanaticentrepreneur.com

If all goes well, then this would be you in a few years. and cheers to that!!

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The 6-part ultimate freelancing guide to be a successful Freelancer

  1. Building your profile
  2. Choose a freelance network
  3. Build your portfolio
  4. Applying for projects
  5. Your first project: Dos and Don’ts
  6. Retaining those employers [Most Important]

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