How to Start your Freelancing Career for Beginners 2020
Freelancing is the new in demand industry in this new norm. With all the things happening in the world right now, freelancing is one of the things that would help you earn money at the comfort of your own home.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an estimated of 10 million Filipinos could lose their job in the current pandemic situation. While this is an unprecedented event, it is important that we make ourselves ready and equipped for whatever possibilities.
On a positive note however, this is a perfect time to start your freelancing career. Businesses would most likely trim down their expenses and would hire freelancers. Lower office rental fee, office supplies, less taxes and the list could go on. Thus, it only makes sense for a business owner to hire freelancers. This would also bring a positive impact to those who are looking to start their freelancing career. It this time of uncertainties, you should not take your chances going outside. However, the bills does not stop and freelancing is one way to continue earning safely at home.
Guide on How to Start your Freelancing Career 2020
Freelancing isn’t an overnight success but isn’t an over complicated thing to do as well. All you need is a basic guide and everything should follow. Allow me to share to you some steps on how to start your freelancing career this 2020.
1. Set Specific Goals
- Do you want to start your own freelancing business someday?
- Or maybe earn 6 digits after a year?
- Want to quit your office job?
- Or just be able to do the things you are passionate about.
Whatever may it be, you have to specifically define your goal. Why do you want to start freelancing and what do you want to achieve? Set short-term and long-term goals. This will clearly set your path and motivate you further in pursuing your freelancing career.
If you have a full-time job right now, quitting might not be an option yet. You still want to have a steady and sure monthly income until such time that you are fully settled in freelancing. You can do freelancing maybe afterwork or during your free time or rest days if you have a full-time job. That is the reason why you need to have a goal that will push you through.
I started my freelancing career a little over 3 years ago. I was doing content/article/blog writing and I was getting 500 – 5000 pesos per project that time. However, since I have a full-time job and I haven’t really had a goal when I started, I wasn’t able to continue it because I got to a point where I wouldn’t accept clients, since I’m just doing it for extra. But now, here I am, rebooting my freelancing journey and making it right this time. I set my short-term goal of earning 200,000 through freelancing this year. And a year from now, I should be able to quit my job and earn a steady 6 figure-income from freelancing. Two years from now, I should be running my own freelancing business. So, this gets me motivated and eager to do better and success in the freelancing industry.
2. Look for an In Demand and High Paying Niche and Focus on it.
Don’t be the “Jack of all trades, master of none” type of freelancer. There are hundreds of things that you can do through freelancing however, it is best that you focus on one or two niche if you are just starting. If you can master 10 different niches and still deliver high-quality outputs all at the same time then by all means, feel free to do so. However, this is unlikely to happen not unless you’ve been in the industry for such a long number of years already. And even so, veteran and successful freelancers, only have one or two focus niches.
There are a lot of online freelance jobs this 2020. You can choose base on your profession, your passion or what is in trend right now. Most importantly, choose whatever niche that you are interested about. SEO Specialist, Web Designing and Content Writing are just some of the in-demand freelancing skills right now.
SEO Specialist’s salary ranges from $300 – $1000 per month or per project and SEO will always be one of the in-demand freelancing jobs. If you want to focus on SEO for your niche, learn everything about it. Enrich your knowledge about SEO so you would be able to produce high-quality outputs to your clients.
3. Be an Expert in your Chosen Niche
You want to be able to establish yourself and create authority in the freelancing industry. One way of doing this is by being an expert in your chosen niche. Connecting back to the second step, this is why you need to choose and focus on one or two niches only. You would be having a hard time mastering different niches if you have chosen a lot.
It takes time to master a certain niche but you’ll eventually get there. You can enrol in an online class to further enhance your skills in your chosen field. There are a lot of affordable online courses that you can take which you will learn a lot of things. Filipino Virtual Assistance (FVA) for instance offers an affordable and comprehensive teaching lessons to aspiring freelancers.
This is also one the reasons why you have to choose on high-paying niche. Data Entry for example is in-demand however, your monthly salary is only around P8,000 – P21,000 as compared to being an SEO Specialist which the salary ranges from P15,000 – P58,000 per month. Don’t get me wrong, small paying niche is good as it still gives you an income however, if we are going to invest money and time to be an expert, you have to choose something which will give you high returns. Remember our first guide, define your goals.
4. Build your Portfolio
Clients would always look at the result, what you can do, your style and if you are fit for the job. Therefore, creating a high-quality portfolio would definitely help you in your freelancing career. You want to be able to communicate the services you are offering to your clients even without talking to them yet by showing them how you can help them with their business.
Your portfolio should have a clear and straightforward information of the following to effectively sell your skills to your client:
- Specific services you are offering highlighting your skills related to your specialty. Show high-quality samples of your completed projects.
- Complete contact information. Your clients should be able to contact you directly and immediately once they find you fit for the job or want to know more about you.
- List your skills, educational background and accomplishments related to your area of expertise.
- Include client testimonials. This would help build client trust knowing that they can count on you.
- Constantly update your portfolio with your new skills or completed projects.
What if I’m new to freelancing and I don’t have clients yet, how can I build my portfolio? This is totally fine. Everyone starts from the scratch and so, being a newbie would sometimes be one of the issues as you haven’t had any prior experiences or projects yet. Think of any past accomplishments that’s somehow related to your chosen niche. May it be, accomplishments from your regular job or projects you’ve done for someone during your college days, etc. If you are really new and haven’t done any prior jobs at all, that’s okay. Be honest on your portfolio and showcase your skills instead. Offer a possible solution so general problems based on your niche and discuss it in your portfolio. In that way, even if you have no experience yet, clients would think that you know what to do if ever that they will get your services.
5. Create your Freelancing Profile
Lastly, once you have everything set up, it’s time to create your freelancing profile. There are a lot of freelancing platforms that you can register and look for clients. The most common ones are Upwork, OnlineJobs.ph, Fiverr and Freelancer. There are a lot more freelancing sites out there but these are the one’s that I’m familiar with. Create your profiles and showcase your services, skills and portfolio.
I hope this somehow helps you in starting your freelancing career. If you have questions feel free to ask by commenting below. I will do my best to answer and help you clear things up. In this trying times, working from home safely and being able to manage your time is really important. Freelancing is one of the in-demand careers now however, you would have a lot of competitors. But again, invest in your knowledge, believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things. You will definitely see the results of your hustle and it would be very rewarding.