Freelancing: How to Do Freelancing Like a Pro
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- Learn How to Do Freelancing
- Learn how to find clients as a freelancer, how to manage clients, How to Set Rates As a Free, how to price your services, how to make freelancing a sustainable business
- How to Start On Upwork
- How to Start Freelancing On PeoplePerHour
- How to Start Freelancing On Fiverr
- Skills you can master, Freelance Job Boards, Computer, Internet Connection
- Freelancing is about trading your time for skills, all on your own, with nothing but your skill set, a computer, and an Internet connection
Would you like to make at least a million dollars with nothing but freelancing? By trading your time for the skills you already have? By working diligently with clients all over the world?
You can. I Know. Because I did.
Entrepreneurship is one those things most people like to do, but very few do. It is, however, the core of capitalism. Entrepreneurs are capitalists -- they seek opportunities, create jobs, run the economy, and contribute to the growth of this country.
Small or big, it won't matter. What matters is YOU.
But then, things changed. Entrepreneurship is no longer limited by Industry scope, capital investment caps, government restrictions, or even your own capacity to start a business, run it well, and scale it up.
The new age entrepreneurship is all about doing business, the new way. It's about leveraging Internet as a new medium, it's about tapping into what's available for you today.
Perhaps, being self-employed is all you wanted to do? Maybe you need cash to fund your travels or to purchase your dream gadget?
Or maybe you wanted to start a business but you don't have the "idea", the "capital", or maybe you find that "hiring people" and investing in "office space" is an expensive affair?
It is. Thankfully, that's not how businesses should be run anyway.
While you are wondering (and possibly studying, working, and running traditional businesses or busy raising a family) times have changed. So much that just keeping up with the change, regardless of how businesses are run, could be a lifetime endeavour.
New Age Entrepreneurship is Flexi-Entrepreneurship
It'd be nice to work from anywhere, doing work anytime you want. It's called "Freelancing". Oh yes, you might know about it already. Heck, you might have even worked for a while.
If I know the Industry any better, you either burned yourself out, wore yourself thin, and probably gave up.
But, you didn't have to...
The future of work is online. eCommerce is worth billions of dollars today and that's not the best part yet. The striking truth is that YOU can tap into its potential. The trouble is that there's too much of false information floating around.
Don't get scammed. Keep your guard.
If you have the skills and if you know what to do, all you need is an Internet connection and a laptop to make money.
You'll need skills. You already have everything it takes. If you don't, these skills are easy to acquire.
You'll need an entrepreneurial mindset (According to Ben Casanocha and Reid Hoffman who wrote the book "Startup of You", we are all entrepreneurial. Over time, for some of us, that part of us just died.
You'll need management skills (They don't teach this in B-Schools, though)
How do you do this? Is it even possible?
Make $3000 to $45,000 a month? (It took me 7 years of trial and error to make $3000 a month. So, don't buy that B.S).
Everyone promises you instant millions (there's no such thing).
Absolutely no investment? (That's not entirely true)
All you need is to know computers and to "type ads" (No one pays money for such low-skilled work).
Would you like it if:
1. I'll show you exactly how you could start your own, Location-Independent business?
2. Leverage your skills. Become self-employed and have the ability to work from anywhere in the world?
3. Tap into the raging success of eCommerce and earn much more than what you do today?
Who should attend:
-- You are a student, homemaker, business owner, or possibly anyone with a need to make money online.
-- You are already running a business, or are self-employed but you need some cash flow to pay your bills.
-- You are looking to start a business but you don't want to invest anything upfront.
-- You are tired of the bullshit that's on the Internet already and you really need to know the truth.
Preparing for online work and Freelancing
The mindset, understanding online work, and things you should know about projects and clients.
Simple tips to avoid freelancing scams online.
What you need to get started: basics, tools, websites to sign-up with and other specific information.
Begin freelancing | How to find projects, how to place proposals or apply for projects, and many other aspects you need to know (and no one tells you).
Get tips and Insights regarding various opportunities available for you.
It's your life. Change it today.
Who the heck am I and why should you listen to me in the first place?
I am Ashwin Satyanarayana (Ash). I am an Internet marketing consultant, blogger, content strategist, and an entrepreneur. I have been working online for the last 17 years and built a business that's completely Internet-based. As of today, I've had numerous clients for my consulting business.
I've made a million dollars just by freelancing and I was debt free by the time I was 34.
If I can, anyone can.
I am passionate about the web and the innate potential the medium has for small, medium and large business. My core skills are content development, content marketing, and Social Media.
I am a marketer at heart, and for years, I've been consulting, writing, and marketing for various clients all over the world.
Why isn't the course Free?
Because I spent my time trying to create a course. Time is Money :)
- Anyone who wants a side hustle, wannabe freelancers, and those who want to work from home. Ideal for everyone who wants a side hustle, students who want an extra income, and those who'd like to have a location-independent business
Kudos to you to take the first step towards one of the hottest opportunities ever created, thanks to the Internet.
You've spent a long time looking for the right way to make money online. You must have tried all kinds of B.S like typing ads, data entry, stuffing envelopes, trading your hard-earned cash on the stock markets, and god knows what else.
For all the hard work you did to get so far in life, and in career (or maybe you are still in school or college), you deserve better for any given skill set.
Online, selling services is the fastest way for you to make real money. You sell your services and you get paid for it, online. It's as simple as that.
You can start by keeping your day job. You don't have to quit and jump into the well. Start small, and quit your job only when you think freelancing is a better opportunity for you (which in most cases, it is).
When you think of freedom, absolute flexibility, and a 6-figure income — freelancing is an obvious choice.
All of the above-mentioned thinking churns out from those entrepreneurs who don’t want to get stuck with a job or a business that entails them to settle down somewhere.
Freelancers of all kinds form a new breed of entrepreneurs who are what I call The Itinerant Entrepreneurs.
Freelancing isn’t new though; history is replete with numerous examples of people who were freelancers. There were knights, messengers and even Achilles - an apparently very powerful warrior -- who happened to be a freelancer.
There are a very few business models that can cater to these kind of entrepreneurs and the Internet has played a vital role in making this a reality.
It is a way of life for many a people all over the world, myself included. It's going to be your default source of income too.
Freelancing is now a viable career option for anyone who is willing to take the risk of letting go of that day job and doing what it takes to be successful in an arena that is fraught with intense competition (which is a non-issue, really!).
Freelancing is basically a self-employment option or a sole-proprietorship type of business wherein a technically competent person (be it a writer, designer, programmer etc.) picks up work from multiple clients and ensures delivery.
Simply put, instead of working for just one company and earning a salary at end of every month, freelancers take it one notch up and have more than one clients under their collective belt so as to make more money than what is possible in a day job.
The beautiful thing about freelancing is that it can be done from anywhere and this email course sets out to show those who are just starting out (good read for those who are already there).
However, this course is by no means exhaustive and will not cover areas like accounting, finances and discuss about any legal aspects of business. It is not going to cover everything you know about freelancing. Stand by for my premium courses to learn more about freelancing in detail.
This course isn’t a bible; it’s just a course that should give you a heads up for what’s available for you to tap into. It’s an eye-opener for you if you thought you were going nowhere with your dreams, ideals and aspirations of making more money.
With this freelancing e-course, you’ll know the juicy details of:
Big league freelancing
Tap into multiple streams of income
Know exactly where to go to find big ticket clients
How to write proposals
Manage clients and even build your own little virtual content production company
Now, here’s the thing: this course teaches you the basics, the best marketplaces you should be at, how and why you should start at freelance marketplaces among other sources for projects, and the mechanics of freelancing generally.
Obviously, there’s a lot more you could do such as freelancing for larger companies, consulting, and run full-fledged online businesses.We aren’t going to cover those.
Hang on and we'll take a ride together.
Learn Freelancing basics and the Freelancing Pyramid Approach to get on a path for better freelancing.
As for any business today, you’d need a laptop and an Internet connection.
Apart from your skills, that’s all you need.
Plus, you’d need accounts at the following freelancing sites (or marketplaces as they are called):
These marketplaces are the biggest freelance marketplaces in the world and it’s not worth your time to spend elsewhere. Don’t bother with any other marketplaces until you have a regular stream of income and a steady roster of clients from any (or all) of these marketplaces.
All the four marketplaces allow you to start for free. Pick your marketplace (slowly establish yourself across all the four of them), set up your profile completely, and start applying/bidding for projects in categories that you have the skills for.
Coming up next, I’ll let you peep into the possible opportunities and how much money you can make.
Watch the video to see how to place bids and get freelancing projects on Upwork.
You’ll start at these marketplaces: Upwork, Guru, and People Per Hour.
You’ll have a steady flow of incoming projects each day and when you find just the project you think fits your skillset, you’ll apply or bid on the project. Projects are usually:
Fixed price (for a particular duration of time you’ll agree with the client)
Hourly projects (your are paid by the hour, in dollars, and you might have to track time for clients)
Hourlies (available on PPH and Fiverr only) – these are packaged services (usually little things you can do such as research, fixing websites, etc.)
So, how much are you likely to earn?
Let’s consider that you are a freelance writer. If you are paid $30 per article, and a client wants you to write 10 articles, you make $300 one time.
If it were an hourly project, and assuming you’d take 10 hours at the rate of $30 per hour, you’d still make $300
Some hourly projects are spread over a long time (say 3 months or even a year) and clients could limit your weekly hours to 5 per week @10 USD per hour.
You’d then make $50 each week, or $200 per month.
That’s just one client. What happens if you have 4 clients paying the same amount for the same number of hours each week?
You make: 4 x $200 = $800 per month.
Increase your hourly rate (after gathering enough feedback and reputation) to $20 and your monthly payment is now at $1600.
A few things to remember:
There are no guarantees that the client is always with you. In the freelancing world, clients come and go. That’s why you should “always be bidding or applying for new projects”.
The better you get at what you do, the more hourly price or fixed prices, in general, you can command.
You’ll have competition (from others who apply or bid on the same project) but you’ll still land your first job. Then, you’ll grab the next one, and then another.
The rate at which you convert (that is, the ratio of bids/applications you put out versus the projects you’ll land) depends on your profile, your feedback (I know it’s hard to get this feedback if you are just starting out), and the quality of your proposal (wait for the email course on Day 7 to know how a winning proposal should look like)
Pretty soon, you’ll be gathering enough feedback and reputation on any of those marketplaces. The more projects – and hence feedback or reputation -- you gain, the easier it’d be for you to land more projects in the future.
Hang on until the next course and you’ll learn how to get your projects.
If you are here, by now you must have an active profile in one (or all) of the marketplaces. You are ready and you are rearing to go.
Each marketplace works more or less the same way (with minor differences in user interface and function).
On Upwork, for instance, let's say a client is looking for a freelance writer:
Here’s how you could ideally respond:
I am Ash – a digital marketer and an entrepreneur.
Effective blogging requires a hawk’s eye for research, attention to detail, mastery over writing, a strong voice, and an opinion backed by facts. I write strong, with short sentences. I have opinions I can justify with research.
I’d love to write for your blog at: http://trafficgenerationsecrets.net.
In addition, I could also:
Provide you with ideas for blog posts (you may approve or disapprove)
Point to influencers, research, statistics, and other blog posts for more credibility.
Add custom graphics or stock photos to give our posts a visual appeal.
Upload posts to your website and save as drafts for you to review.
I’d do my best to add value to your blogging efforts. I look forward to work with you.
Note that you’d also have to mention your hourly rate (or fixed price) and the delivery time frame, depending on the platform you are on.
That’s just one project and a possible response to that project. Depending on your skills and the type of project you are bidding on, you’d write up proposals customized to each project.
How to make sure you win projects faster and more predictably:
Always proofread your proposals. No mistakes, grammatical errors, or syntax errors are tolerated.
Customize each proposal for every project. Don’t copy and paste the same proposal for every project.
If you find a name (because you usually won’t), use the name at the beginning of your proposal.
Address any special references to websites, or special instructions or questions within the brief.
Getting projects is a function of how many projects you bid on or apply to and how well you do it.
You just have to keep bidding, applying, and hustling, Period.
Clients are the reason why you exist.
They could be tough on you sometimes and things might turn sour during arguments (if any), but they are still the reason why you are in business.
If you know how to keep your clients, it is easy for you to have a long sustained relationship that will take away the” Where will I get my next paycheck from” dilemma.
So, how exactly do you go about offering value?
Delivery is paramount: Usually clients have time-bound projects and hence deadlines form critical criteria to judge your own value as a vendor. When clients give you deadlines or perhaps both of you arrive at deadlines on mutual consent — you will have to beat those deadlines.
Not once, not twice, but always. Almost every writer out there competing with you meets deadlines. Well, if you want to stand out, you will do better than that. You will out-meet deadlines - which mean that if the deadline for a project is 2 days from now, you’ll be done with it by tonight.
Be systematic and Organized: Not that the client would come and check your hard-drives as to how you put the files or how you organize your work, but it is all a matter of flawless storage and retrieval system. The better you are at it, the easier it will be to work.
Be ethical, even if the world isn’t: There are two ways to do things when you freelance: the easy but dirty way and the ridiculous hard but the right way. You might even be tempted to indulge in a bit of a ”quickie” once in a while.But an experienced client or even another experienced freelancer (your competition) would know if you did that.
Although it is hard to nail down your work as ripped or copied or unethical, it still leaves a bad mark on your reputation. As a freelancer, reputation is all that you have got.
Put your foot down and stand up for what is right: Some clients spread word and get your some more projects from elsewhere but they might ask you re- consider your prices. Then there are some who'll be literally "clients from hell" -- making you wait on your invoices (or never pay you at all), disrespect you, don't take you seriously, and more.
They would push you into an uncomfortable situation this way.
Take a firm stand on your prices and don’t stoop to low. You will have to learn to balance between negotiating prices and stooping too low. Even if you said no, the client would respect you for your professionalism and keep you for life.
Work on variety and prove yourself to be indispensable: You don’t have to take up projects that you can’t handle, but you could sure try and see if you can do it.
However, remember that your goal is not to go the way of “variety”. You should aim to “focus” and gain “mastery”.
The key, however, is to be indispensible. The client, basically, can’t do without you. When you get to this point, you’ve made the money, baby.
The next, and the last segment of the course, you’ll receive a bunch of sample proposals that won projects for me earlier. Feel free to tweak them and use them to your heart’s content.
Not every client you get is going to be fun to work with. While Part 1 of this module just touches on the subject of managing your everyday work with clients, this module takes you through possibilities of horror, frustration, and "I want to give up this damned thing" phases that you'll inevitably face.
Freelancing is stressful as it is, and you don't want to be dealing with any kind of stress that comes from dealing with:
Clients who are out to bargain hunt and find the cheapest providers ( you'll see this everyday of your life on those freelance job boards and other marketplaces).
Clients who aren't clear about what they want ( What that means for you is that they'd suck your soul out or making you saunter through circles.
Clients who don't respect you or appreciate the value of work you provide.
Clients who don't pay you on time but expect that you slave for them -- meeting deadlines, doing things for free, and possibly even picking up their kids from day care.
Clients who don't respect your time, space, and individual needs.
Hands-on clients who want to know everything you are doing and want you to call them everyday, regardless of what time it is.
You know these types, right? Pretty soon, you'll.
How do you keep your sanity, safeguard your self-respect, and keep the money flowing in?
Sniffing out & Screening Strategy
You have two choices:
Start like everyone else ( including me), meet these clients from hell, get frustrated, almost give up, and then wonder what the hell happened to the big freelancing dream.
Learn what you need to do before, during, and after client-freelancer (you) interactions.
No deviations. No excuses.
If and when the situation arises that you'd have to deal with a client from hell, there's only one right answer to that: Run the other way and don't look back (fire the client).