NOT A [freelancing] SUCCESS STORY YET… BUT INSPIRING


easy-how-to-become-millionaireA lot of people are under the impression that I may have already earned my first million in freelancing. That impression is wrong. I’m still working hard not to become a .com millionaire of some sorts but I’m doing it like clockwork to make sure I am “more than just getting by”.

What you’re about to read next is not about me being preachy. It’s about me touching base on the realities of taking on a journey to quitting an office-job and gearing towards freelancing success.

FACING THE REALITY AND THE HIGH HOPES OF FREELANCING SUCCESS

When you heard your friend, or former mentor in some cases, that they have been raking in the dough when they started taking on online jobs, you suddenly find yourself to print that two-week notice and just be what they told you you will be.

You have had this inkling that in only a matter of weeks after you landed on a freelancing marketplace, you’d be able to match the monthly salary you were earning in the corporate world.

Please do not create this illusion and expect something really big too soon.

No, freelancing is not easy-money. Even if you’re highly-skilled at everything that the online marketplace looks for, you may still find yourself struggling, especially in the beginning. The highs will have to come in eventually, and it all depends on how you work hard for it.

Of course it’s just like the ladder to everything. You’ll always have to start somewhere. Freelancing is just like an entry-level job – the one you got yourself in the first time. There will be adjustments, interviews, orientations, late-night discussions if someone you wish you work with happens to be halfway across the world.

You’ll most likely get a number of bouncing emails, rejected proposals, notices that the job was awarded to someone else, and that your client-prospect will get in touch with you for something else.

FreelanceBut what is it really about freelancing that made your friend financially thriving – able to pay the bills, do grocery shopping, eat out once in a while, hang out with friends, save some for the rainy days, and all that shit? (That one was uncalled for but I’m not getting rid of it anyway.) Ever since you were told that it’ll be like hanging around the house with only your most comfortable clothes on and still earn, you were gagging to find out and try it.

Here are a few things that you should remember before even quitting your job and start freelancing – in no particular order.

But what is it really about freelancing that made your friend financially thriving – able to pay the bills, do grocery shopping, eat out once in a while, hang out with friends, save some for the rainy days, and all that shit? (That one was uncalled for but I’m not getting rid of it anyway.) Ever since you were told that it’ll be like hanging around the house with only your most comfortable clothes on and still earn, you were gagging to find out and try it.

Here are a few things that you should remember before even quitting your job and start freelancing – in no particular order.

GROUND ZERO – FIND A GOOD JOB MARKETPLACE FOR FREELANCERS

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You may have to start from scratch… yet again. Which means, you’ll have to find a good freelancing platform or a job marketplace to begin with. Of course there’s oDesk, which I presume a lot of us have signed up to. It’s free, there’s guaranteed payment on hourly jobs and you can track your productive hours through its team application.

Elance is also just like it. Only, it’s got a bit of limitations. You can sign up for free and stay on a free subscription but you’ve got to have some sort of points or credits to be able to apply for a job. Your productivity is tracked as well on a downloadable application that records your number of hours worked. If you’re working on a project contract, your payment is held by a third-party agency (Escrow) and is released when both you and your client.

If you want to just think of it more and find out more about these freelancing platforms you may review my previous post by clicking on the image below.

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If you’re from the Philippines, there are also other job marketplaces that you can turn to to find a job. There’s Online Jobs Philippines and 199Jobs among others. These are just two of which I am a bit fmailiar with and have decided to sign up to as well in opes of bagging additional work for me.

But, if you want a clearer perspective on which marketplaces you want to learn more about, you can check out The Freelance Pinoy’s Freelance Jobs Directory 2013 .

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BUILD AND EARN TRUST WHILE STARTING

Once you’ve found one channel to advertise your services and your skills to, remember that to everyone in the marketplace and irrespective of your shiny corporate world experience, you’ll still be seen as a newbie. Which means, there are established organisations that may just dismiss you right away. Do not fret. If you were highly encouraged in the beginning to embark on this career journey, do not let these rejections get the better of you.

Trust-your-bodyRemember that you need to build trust amongst everyone in the marketplace. And to do that you need to establish your character and your credibility. Bank on your skills and find something out of your previous job experiences to be relevant to the freelancing niche you want to involve yourself in. Not all your skills and recognition in Engineering may just be as relevant in Data Entry and Web Research jobs. Just pick out the the things that you believe will make your profile shine.

Do not forget to write about yourself. the first sentence or your profile header should be as catchy as possible. You only have ten seconds to impress your prospects when they look at your profile, so you might as well amplify your presence once they tried to check it. Describe yourself in a way that they would want to read the next statement about you. You’re trying to build your credibility here, right? So talk about what you can do, what skills you think you can put into the job that you look to get, and how you dedicate your own expertise to bring the grind to the job. Once your prospect gets impressed, he may just mark out that you’re inexperienced and give you a go at your first project.

TRUST AND CREDIBILITY IS A CONTINUOUS PROCESS. HENCE, YOUR REPUTATION

credibilityOnce you started landing projects, one after another, remember to put in the balance between quality and quantity. Do not finish one job against the other without having a careful look into the possibility of errors. Your work is never infallible, so always set aside time for quality monitoring before finally telling your client that it’s done and be about another client and project. Once you have sacrificed the quality of your job, your feedback will start to drop and your effort to build your credibility may just go down the sink.

Never become a robot in this field, too. Which means, communication is also a great factor to establishing a good reputation. Think of your clients as your trusted partners. Communicate with them and raise concerns that you think may challenge you from doing the job well. They’re not slave drivers and you sholdn’t be afraid to tell them if something about the job is challenging you. They’d love your honesty and they’d be under the impression that you’re not just some freelancer who engineers stuff. Most of the time, these clients want a collaboration, and that also brings in the team spirit.

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If you do this, you’re about to find yourself being regarded more by your clients and they might give you additional jobs or refer you to their associates in the future.

DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR MONEY

And when you are slowly getting there, remember that your earnings are hard-earned money so do not just splurge on things. From the very beginning, I told you that freelancing is not as easy as what you heard it was so you might want to think twice on impulsive buying things on sale at the mall.

If you need great tips on how to go on about your earnings and prevent yourself from being broke, this article might be of massive help to you – Your Enemies Towards Financial Freedom.

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DETERMINATION

Determination.stoneOf course it’s fairly fabulous to be able to tell your friends about your freelancing success. But it might also be a bit inspiring to let them know of how much you exerted effort like clockwork to get there. You can’t just bang on about how you became rich and successful without letting them know of the struggles you needed to put up with. It will inspire them and make then fall under the impression that Rome was not built in a day. It takes a lot of guts, and twice the amount of effort to make yourself a freelancing inspiration to others.

As I am working on this myself, I should know. There’s no easy way to a successful career. There may be times that you feel so challenged, but I am not about to say that you find something else to be productive about. If you give up on the challenges of being an independent business solutions provider easily, you’d probably just find yourself easily giving up on other things – one after the other.

I’m going onto my third year of working from home and it isn’t as easy as what I thought it would be. However, I must say that it’s a thriving path – with highs and lows here and there and with just the right amount of perseverance I believe I’d be able to do it and finally become the successful freelancer that I wanted to be.freelance-628x250-580x230

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