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Can any freelancers offer me some advice?

Discussion in 'General Business' started by zapcat2018, May 18, 2018.

  1. #1
    Hey all you Freelancers here!
    SEMrush
    What is the one part of being a freelancer do you wish you had help with when you started out? I'm new to this and want to avoid the pitfalls.
     
    zapcat2018, May 18, 2018 IP
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    OneVPScom Peon

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    Getting contracts which keeps you busy and brings revenue too?

    That's what I would think off as a first.
     
    OneVPScom, May 18, 2018 IP
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    Provide exceptional customer service and focus on sales.
     
    seoauthority, May 20, 2018 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Accurate quoting
     
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    zapcat2018 Peon

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    Thanks!
     
    zapcat2018, May 21, 2018 IP
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    A starving crowd to sell my wares to.
     
    Bout Warrior, May 21, 2018 IP
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    Getting multiple clients, one at a time!!!
     
    Pamela Turns, May 21, 2018 IP
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    dodecahedron1 Peon

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    Freelancing is risky. You have a lot of freedom - but sometimes, depending on your situation this can be a bad thing. Ie. not consistent work. I'd recommend building your profiles on these freelancing sites while you are working, and once you have enough feedback/reputation(required to get constant work), then you switch over. Always have backup plans and jobs relatively lined up in the event you need the stability of a 9-5.
     
    dodecahedron1, May 22, 2018 IP
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    Komputerking Greenhorn

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    Take as many jobs that you can manage so you are keeping busy take even the small jobs. Always remember to stay humble and to not have the mentality of a certain job is beneath you. A good freelancer is a freelancer that works.
     
    Komputerking, May 23, 2018 IP
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    zapcat2018 Peon

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    Wise words - Thanks!
     
    zapcat2018, May 24, 2018 IP
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    Seriously though, make sure your profile is complete, particularly the ‘overview.’ You should stand out by highlighting what you can do, even if you’re new.

    Hope this helps! ;)
     
    Pamela Turns, May 28, 2018 IP
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    I think one very important thing is to be true to yourself. Only accept jobs that you are good at so you would always end up with a quality product. Accept jobs that you know you can handle on a set deadline. Time is essential on pleasing clients. Most importantly, just be honest with your client and with yourself.
     
    valexer06, May 30, 2018 IP
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    I would say that you need to be committed. Don't waste any time. Work for 18 hours if you need to (that what I did) because you are competing with thousands of other freelancers.
     
    Larry Thibodeaux, Jun 25, 2018 IP
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    So many things come to my mind when I think of this. Marketing was a big pitfall, as well as charging enough. I wish I avoided content mills and low paying gigs. Time management and contracts are two more big issues.
     
    speel00, Jun 27, 2018 IP
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    Charging what you're worth and consulting the right way (read Million Dollar Consulting by Alan Weiss). I jot down all leads in an excel file and create reminders to revisit anyone I don't close business with. Reach back out to previous clients you've worked with and ask them how the work you did for them, ask for referrals. Facebook groups are a huge source of potential clients that's often overlooked.
     
    EmpireExchange, Jul 26, 2018 IP