Are you tired of working the long office hours? Tired of getting up at the same time every day and sick of the minimal salary you get every month when you know your worth and potential is much more than the salary you get?
If you realize that it’s time for you to get out of the office or the family business that you’re in and to start freelancing, then there is nothing better than that.
Although at first, freelancing may seem a bit overwhelming, considering that you get independent, your working time gets flexible and that the amount of money you earn every month is proportional to your hard work, a lot of people are flocking towards freelancing.
Listed below are some pro tips to help you as a newbie freelancer in the industry can adapt to.
Make a Blueprint of your plan
When you start freelancing, the first thing you should do is to map out a plan for yourself, be it a 6-month plan or a 5-year plan. This plan should consist of your monthly, weekly and daily targets, for example, if you are a photographer, for starters you may target 5 projects in a month.
Along with the targets, also plan out a way of achieving them because these targets have no meaning if they are unrealistic and cannot be achieved. So, once you lay down your target, frame the process and the difficulties you may face along with their potential solutions.
In this way, if you achieve your target, you can assess your potential and increase it accordingly. Now, even if you fail at achieving it, you will become aware of the difficulties that come in between to fan them out next month and reach your goal.
Establish an appropriate workplace for yourself
One of the most important factors which affect the work of a freelancer is the environment they work in. Since you have no fixed space for working like in an office, the space you choose must suit your work needs and style.
You can work from the comfort of your home but that would make you lazy. You can work from a cafe like Starbucks but that would cost a lot on food and beverages plus the noisy crowd.
The best-suited place for a freelancer is a CoWorking Cafe, which is easy on the pocket, has all the basic amenities that you need and has the perfect environment for remote working (the food on the house is an added advantage!).
There are many such cafes in Bangalore like Dialogues where you can work peacefully amidst people from different industries.
Time Management can either be your asset or liability
The freelancing world can be a bit confusing at times, there may be days when you have so much work that you don’t have time to sleep while on other days you may be so free that you might as well go on a vacation.
In either case, time management can be quite tricky but if you can hack it, it can be your biggest asset.
- Firstly, when you get a project, start with maintaining a time-table so that you don’t get sidetracked from the goal. At the same time, prepare a to-do list to avoid missing out on the tiniest of details.
- Next, include a hobby in your time-table or leisure activity, like a dance class or a walk in the park. This will freshen up your mind and increase productivity.
During off-season or when you don’t have work, you may feel like watching Netflix all day or splurge on things instead, you could invest your team on a small course or exercise which can help you in your work, for example, if you are a content writer, you can do a digital marketing certification to give an edge to your profile.
Establish a networking circle to promote your work
When you are a freelancer, networking is extremely important for building a client base, this can be either physical or virtual.
Virtually, you should have an online presence, say a blog which is an extremely effective way of portraying your work and experiences. You should also be actively involved in social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter which is a regular source of work for freelancers around the world. Alternatively, you can also build your profile on freelancing websites, which may or may not provide you work, but it’s worth the effort!
Physically, you should participate in your industry parties, seminars and conferences happening around the country to connect with the people from your industry. Alternatively, you can also take part in community events or festivals happening in your city to market your work.
Maintaining transparency with your clients is the key
One of the most important parts of being a freelancer is to be clear and concise with your clients. Since the day you bid your project to the day you finish it, you should be very transparent regarding your rules, principles, process, way of working, discipline, charging sheet etc.
The client should know everything about your work along with the way you handle projects so that no unnecessary complaints or expectations hamper the project in between.
This will ensure a disciplined routine during the course of the project and will also ensure a consistent flow where both you and your client will have confidence in each other.
Freelancing is not a very difficult job once you get the knack of it and there is no specific set of rules to follow to become a successful freelancer.
You write your own set of rules and you are the master of your industry, maintain confidence in what you do, follow it with passion and all will go well.