How to become a successful freelancer

Freelancing is now a hot topic for both developed and developing countries. The number of such people is increasing day by day who are taking freelancing as their livelihood. Competition is also increasing in marketplaces like Upwork ,, Fiver etc. A local marketplace balancer has also developed in Bangladesh. To succeed here at this stage you must present yourself differently from others. But how? Today we will discuss five key points of becoming a successful freelancer.

1. Know about yourself

There are basically three types of people in the outsourcing industry or freelancing. The first type of people are freelancing full time. They are mainly professionals who don't like desk jobs. The second type of people are freelancing part-time. They work for a certain amount but regularly. And the third type of people suffer from indecisiveness. They think about what kind of work is right, whether to work full-time or part-time, and even suffer from the dilemma of freelancing at all.

If you want to come out of this third type of group, you must first have a clear idea of ​​your own qualifications, your interests, your weaknesses, your own strengths. Be confident and set goals. No legitimate profession is impossible for a man if he starts with a strong determination.

2. Option to hold

You may find many people who are after only one goal and are determined to achieve it. If you are thinking like this when it comes to freelancing, there are several other things you should keep in mind. Career is not a 'mission' but it is bigger than a 'vision'. Hope you understand the difference between 'mission' and 'vision'.

Mission is short term and vision is longer term than mission. However, backup options should always be kept as one should not rely on any one marketplace or single client. Maybe your current client is great but remember he won't be around forever. In my experience I have also seen people who lost their clients just because of payment for work.

In fact, the risk factor is very high in a competitive space. There could be many things like your project expired, marketplace closed, problem with your account etc. And that's why connect with more than one marketplace, grow clients, build network, build your portfolio profile.

3. Correct use of time

Time is a precious resource when it comes to freelancing. Organize your time so that it can be used properly. Use a time tracker app. Use tools like Evernote, Google Keep to take notes. Complete the client's work on time. Punctuality and responsibility are very important in freelancing.

4. Choosing the right job

There are also many dishonest people in the freelancing marketplace. Therefore, before taking the job, check whether the client is reliable or not. Check whether the payment method is verified, what is the rating of the client, what are the reviews of others about the client etc. Contact support directly if the client is playing hide-and-seek with payment after the job is done.

5. learning something new

Until death lies in advancing one's skills. Focus on staying updated with the world, taking skill tests, joining new communities, learning new things related to your job field, improving communication skills, etc.

If you make the right decisions about the above five things, you can succeed in the freelancing world. As I said in the beginning, career is a big thing. If you drop your studies and turn to freelancing because of the lure of cash dollars, there are chances of loss. So if you work hard from a safe position you can expect to be successful.