When your working as a freelancer, you don’t always have the luxury of knowing where your next pay cheque will be coming from. It’s not like a 9-5 job working for another company or corporation. You need to find and successfully bid for work yourself. Here are 5 tips for finding work as a freelancer.
My 5 tips for finding work as a freelancer
Here are my top 5 tips, which are in no particular order.
In my opinion, networking is the most important thing you can do as a freelancer. Networking is for everyone who wants to establish themselves in the professional business world and not just a tactic employed by those looking for work.
The best reference for your work, after all, is word of mouth from someone who knows the work you can and have done.
One more thing to consider. Don’t be that person who is just at a function or place to hand out business cards. Have conversation with people and engage. Try to make meaningful connection. The connections you make could lead to a number of great freelancing opportunities.
Remember. Finding work as a freelancer is also partly about people finding you with freelance work available. Networking will certainly help with this.
2. Build a personal brand
Building a personal brand is another very important thing to do. As a freelancer, one of the important things you need to do is sell yourself and your skill set.
What you really want to do is brand yourself as an expert in the line of work you are in. People will always want the best person to do the work and will always be draw through search to the leaders. By building a personal brand of excellence, you are selling yourself as one of those people to go to.
How do you go about building your personal brand? Look over your previous works and decide which ones you really want to showcase. Ask some of your former clients to write reviews that you can quote on your web page.
By producing great quality work and letting people know of that work, you are building that excellent personal brand, and people are influenced by other people.
3. Cold call some companies
When looking for freelance work, there are a number of different places on the internet to look. Sites such as Fiverr, Upwork, Elance, are sites that allow freelancers to signup and for people who require work to post their jobs. Competition can be high, so you may also want to consider contacting some companies directly.
Cold calling is defined as the solicitation of business from potential customers, in this case, it’s contacting to see if there are any jobs or tasks that you could do for them for an hourly rate. These days, cold calling is not just about picking up the phone and dealing a company. The online communication channels work wanders, all you need to do is create a well-defined email to them. Why not try sending a few emails. It is up to you to do whatever you can with your network and to make use of all the tools at your disposal.
4. Learn some new skills
When it comes to working as a freelancer, there are always other skills that desired. Most of the freelance work you can do from your home office requires a computer and software.
In the industry you do most of your freelance work there are the popular products, and there are the new releases. Make sure you can work in all the popular products in your industry, and use the downtime between freelance gigs to learn about any products you can’t use.
You could also use the time to learn a new skill, something that may be similar to what you currently do, but also something where you can easily pick up freelance work while learning.
With the entire internet at your disposal, you can pretty much learn everything that you ever wanted to learn. Whether you want to learn something relevant to your field or train yourself in something a bit more general such as marketing or computer development. Whatever the reason, you certainly won’t regret taking the time to improve yourself.
5. Take up some temp work
If all else fails and you have no work lined up. Sign up to a local temp agency and take up some temp work. Many of them can get you short-term one-or-two day gigs that will help fill your pockets and pay the bills when times are rough. You might even be able to network and meet some new people.
Once you’ve signed up with a temping agency or two; try keeping in touch with them in case you need to refer to them once again for more work.
Tips to keep you working
I hope my 5 tips for finding work as a freelancer have given you some help and ideas to keep you working as a freelancer from your home office. More and more people around the world are joining the online working world, freelancing is more and more accessible which means more people are applying for the same jobs.
Hopefully, these tips will give you an edge in maintaining your freelancing career.