How to Become a Successful Freelancer

If you’re thinking about making a living from home, but are worried about the lack of opportunities, we’re here to put your mind at ease.

While it may be tough at times, an optimistic and devoted freelancer can make just as much money, if not more, as someone working a 9-to-5 job.

Thanks to the Internet, you can sell yourself, and your professional abilities, to a wide array of clients online. So whether you’re a graphic designer, a copywriter, a cartoonist or even a blogger, there’s a freelance opportunity waiting for you.

But before you start sending out resumes, there are a few things you should do beforehand to make sure you’re presenting yourself in the most professional matter. Here are a few:

  • Update your portfolio. Whether you’re a designer or writer, you always want to present your best work. Before you start applying for freelance jobs, make sure your portfolio is up-to-date and filled with work that you are proud of. There’s no need to fill it with content just to show your possible employer how many pieces you’ve done. Remember — quality over quantity.
  • Identify your skills. Sure, your field of interest may be design or copywriting, but what are you really good at. Are you better at designing menus than brochures? Are you better at writing copy for TV commercials than radio? Identify your true skills to help separate yourself from the other freelancers applying for the same position.
  • Research your rate. During the interview process, some clients may ask you what you rate is. If you don’t do any research about freelancing rates beforehand, you may agree to a price that is way below the competitive rate. And let’s face it — nobody likes to work for less than what they’re worth.

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