Tuesday, 15 September 2015

How to Get Work on Online Freelancing Platforms

If you work as a freelancer in any online platform then I am sure you are aware of how difficult it is to get work on these platforms. And if you are new to the field of online freelancing or want to become a freelance writer, you will find it even more difficult to get your first contract. 

Here are some of the freelance tips that will help you not only to get freelance work but also establish yourself successfully on online freelancing platforms.

The freelancing platforms like Upwork and Fiverr provide several opportunities to the writers, graphic designers, programmers, SEO experts, translators etcetera to get freelance work. However, success on these platforms depends on your ability to attract right clients, and skills to complete projects efficiently. 

Freelance tips to get work on online freelance sites

  1. know your core skills and strengths

Firstly, it is important that you should know about your core strengths and skills that can help you establish on these platforms. You can join freelancing sites as a writer, programmer, and graphic designer or as a virtual assistant. There are various other categories of jobs that you can do on these platforms.

However, the most important question is to identify the most appropriate area of work that you can do efficiently, effectively and effortlessly. Matching your core skills and interest with the job can help you considerably to identify the right field in which you can get success. In other words, aligning your capabilities with the requirement of the job will help you get sure shot success. 

2. Create an impressive profile 

Once you have identified the category of work that you can do efficiently you will be required to create a profile. You profile showcases your experience, skills, past work and your capabilities. 

    An impressive profile helps attract potential clients and shows that you are serious about your work. Always make sure that your profile is free of grammatical mistakes, typos and has adequate samples and links to display your experience and skills. 

    If you are new in this field you must create some samples that you can display in your profile. Clients mostly look for providers who have adequate experience in their field of work and are capable of completing the job within the deadlines.

    3. Write an impressive job proposal 

    Always remember job proposal showcases your approach towards a job and provides you the opportunity to get noticed by the client. Make sure that your job proposal addresses the job requirements effectively and is good enough to attract the attention of the potential client. 

 Job proposal is one of the most important tools of getting success in online freelancing platforms. It helps you win clients on online freelancing sites. You must customize your proposal and write in friendly yet professional tone. 

4. Find the right client

Finding a right client on a freelancing platform is the most difficult part of freelancing. However, if you have the right attitude and skills sooner or later you will come across several clients who can provide you with continuous work. 

    The tip here is to have some patience and keep looking for clients with good job history. Always go through the feedbacks that the client has received from freelancers and the amount the client has paid to the freelancers. This will help you get an idea about the client. 

    Moreover, it is also important that you should not ignore new clients as they can also provide you with work that you are looking for. But at the same time ensure that the client is genuine and needs your help in getting something done. 

    5. Never give out free samples

    Some of the clients on online freelancing platforms often ask for free samples to judge your skills and capabilities. You must not give free samples as the client might be in need of that sample only. Always ask for money in exchange for the sample and make sure to display free samples in your portfolio.

    6. Do not ignore small contracts 

    most of the new freelancers make the mistake of ignoring short-term job contracts or low worth contracts. Here I am not asking you to bid low on the online platform but you must not ignore short-term contracts where the money involved is not high. These kinds of contracts can help you establish yourself on online platforms as the job will be displayed in your work history and good feedback from the client can significantly improve chances of getting work from potential clients.

7. Give your 100 percent

    Getting success on online freelancing platform is not a cakewalk. It requires you to put your best foot forward. From applying for a job that matches your skills and interest to successfully carrying out the job requires hard work, focus, and enthusiasm. Keep your motivation high and you will be able to overcome all the hurdles that you face during the course of the work. Keep your client happy and build a strong professional relationship with good clients. 

8. Learn from your past mistakes

Last but not the least, don’t get disappointed by failures. Learn from your past mistakes and try to avoid them in future. Always remember failure is the first step towards success and you cannot avoid failure if you really want to get success. 

Therefore, learn from your failures and keep working hard. Keep improvising your profile, proposal, experience, skills, knowledge, and capabilities.

Do you have any other freelance tips to get success as a freelancer? If you like this article, please feel free to share with others.
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