So, you’ve started freelancing or you’re thinking of transitioning to freelance work. You’re going to want to know how to make money right? Of course, doing something you’re incredibly passionate about is great but unfortunately that’s not going to pay the bills.
Having set myself up as a freelancer with very little guidance – and it really has been me just jumping in at the deep end, I feel I can share my wisdom with you.
Earning you’re first 1k as a freelancer really isn’t that difficult. That hard part is getting started freelancing. Once you’ve cracked that, you’re on your way.
However, there’s a few things that are going to help you…
Price yourself fairly when freelancing
When you start out, you need to know what are you going to charge per hour or project. The best way to do this is to consider how much work you can do in an hour. If that’s say writing a 500 word article then that’s going to be your base price i.e if you’re looking to charge £10 to write 500 words then that’s your hourly rate. Some clients may pay in dollars, so it handy to know the current exchange rate. I always use this site to calculate the difference.
Don’t overprice yourself but increase your fees as your experience grows
You don’t wanna undersell yourself either but if you start charging too much for your services when you start then you’re not going to find much work coming your way. Keep it reasonable but remember that when you become more experienced in a certain area to increase your hourly rate.
This is your main target as a freelancer. If you don’t believe in your own skills then no-one else will. Obviously you can fake confidence but you need to demonstrate to potential clients that you’re the best person for the job.
Look at different income streams/clients
Ever heard the saying, don’t put your eggs in one basket. I gained a monthly writing gig pretty quick – 5 days per week at decent (ish) money. Two days into the project the gig got cancelled and it was back to the drawing board. A lesson I learnt quick is not to rely on one type of income. I always try to have more than one project going at the same time and I’m always looking for the next one to take on. Be proactive and don’t just stick to one source of income.
Actively look for work and don’t wait for opportunities to come to you. Search freelance sites, indeed, gumtree and other sites like the ones listed here.
Consider things you wouldn’t normally do
Can you work in other areas? Write about topics you may not normally consider? It could open up opportunities to other avenues.
Learn new skills
Part of the reason I set up this blog was down to the fact that I needed experience of WordPress. Many potential clients were asking for WordPress experience, so it made sense for me to go and get it. There are loads of free courses on the internet (see said post here) that can teach you new skills and help you to find work in other areas.
Have a personal website or blog to showcase your skills
It doesn’t need to be a source of income in itself but it can help you to open up to potential readers and clients.
Take into consideration your goals. What can you do better? What can you change? I recently found myself at a crossroads and I’m starting to work in a different direction than I previously did. At the end of every month, take stock of what you’ve achieved and ask yourself if you’re doing enough to achieve your goals.
Accept constructive criticism
Receiving criticism is tough but when it comes to your work, you can use it constructively to achieve better results. Learning what you can improve on will help you to grow. If this is something you struggle with then try asking a friend or relative for unbiased feedback first and ask for their suggestions in how you can improve.
Gaining work is always good when you’re self employed but be realistic with what you can achieve. Don’t take on projects that are too big or demanding if you can’t deliver. Think carefully before accepting a project to ensure that you can finish it on time.
If you want to learn more about getting started then read my post on making the leap into freelancing