Are you a talented writer, web designer, content marketer, etc, in urgent need of income? Freelancing can go a long way for you, either as a quick fix or as a long term occupation.
Recently, a post on how to become a professional blogger and build an endless income source was published on this site. However, what if you are in urgent need of cash and don’t have the time to build an audience? This is a way out.
Similar to blogging, freelancing is the act of helping clients out with services they are in need of; it could be writing content, marketing their products, or any service at all, and you’ll be earning a decent income off of it.
In freelancing, you don’t really need to be a blog owner, and that is the fascinating thing about it.
However, freelancing differs from blogging in the sense that income sources like advertising and sponsorships can not be done via freelancing. Also, clients can easily reach out to you if you run a successful blog, but same can not be done in freelancing.
Nevertheless, how is freelancing done? Well, you simply have to be a really talented and lengthy writer. Your writing and research skills together with your composure must be exceptional in order to win the client’s trust in the struggle against many other freelancers.
Below are ways you can build an irresistible online personality and earn lots of money via freelancing.
Create a professional online profile
Social media presently play a large role in our everyday lives; in the areas of news, entertainment, socialization, and what not. However, social sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc, also play a massive role in securing job opportunities.
Create a professional profile anywhere on the net. Just make it possible for anyone to learn a little bit about you without having to meet you in person. This will enable a client to easily get in touch with you. This is the first step in your strive to earn money online.
Clients are likely to check you out on the net before endorsing you with a deal. If you appear to be a “ghost,” however, you are likely to lose many opportunities.
Build solid social proofs
It’s often difficult to believe people until we are cleared of all doubts. Clients are indifferent — No matter how exceptional you emphasize your writing skills to be, a client will still be in doubt.
Hence, how do you clear them of this doubt? By getting featured in top publications.
When dealing with a client and you perceive a little sign of doubt, the only way to ease them of the doubt and also place yourself at an advantaged position when bidding is by using what is called social proof, that is, sending them links to your author profile in top publications.
Getting your articles published in top platforms is often difficult, however. Most platforms have rigid requirements to be met before you can get published.
Therefore, being or learning to become an exceptional writer is the only way out; it’ll make your articles irresistible by such blogs.
Here’s My Sample Email To Addicted 2 Success To Become A Contributor
The article was accepted and published after a short while. Read it here.
Once you successfully publish well-written posts in top publications, leave a link to your professional social profile or to your own blog for clients to easily get in touch with you.
Afterward, all you do is lay back, grab a cup of coffee and wait patiently for clients in need of your services. Or better still, work harder to get featured in more top platforms, as this will increase your chances of getting approached by clients.
What if clients don’t approach you after you get featured in top blogs? Well, there is another way out — you go to them directly.
So, if this happens, is the article you published in other publications a waste? Absolutely not; it’s a strong foundation and proof to help you win a client over when pitching/bidding.
Below is a sample cold-pitch by Master Bamidele Onibalusi, Founder and CEO of Writers In Charge
Bamidele Onibalusi is a successful internet entrepreneur and he’s a pro in the blogging and freelance field with over 7 years of experience.
So, if you’re looking for a more professional way to reach out to clients, take the above format as a guide and thank me, or better still, thank him later. On the note, head over to Writers In Charge to learn more professional blogging and freelance tips from him, as I’m only sharing the basics.
Back on the tip, It’s clearly seen how he used his access to the top platforms to his advantage. If you currently lack a solid social proof, quickly get some, I mean, lots of it!
A solid social proof will make you seem more experienced and learned in your field. As a matter of fact, most clients often ask for links to your posts in top publications before you can stand a chance with them.
Make a good first impression
After working with clients, what brings them back to you, thereby serving as a long-term income source for you? Your first impression!
Try as hard as possible to exceed clients’ expectations when sealing your first deal. Amaze clients with your work and show them reasons to come for more.
Note, you definitely have to maintain an efficient writing style in order to retain clients. So, in as much as a good first impression is important, impression afterward is not exempted — No one pays for garbage.
Therefore, the basic outline on how to become a professional, well-paid freelancer is:
- Get published in as many top publications as possible.
- Utilize the bio-line provided to add a link to your social profiles or to your own blog in order help clients get in touch.
- Use your published articles as a foundation and confidently pitch clients.
- When given contract by clients, try as much as possible to leave a good first impression in order to make them a long-term income source.
Note, those are just the basics. When you embrace the freelance world as your main income source, you’ll definitely have to advance some of your approaches.
But then, the above tips sure are a great guide for a start.
With all that done, earning money to afford and live your ideal lifestyle via freelancing is guaranteed — you just have to exercise patience and remain consistent and persistent.
Be sure to give freelancing a shot, it’s an awesome source of work freedom.
Do you have feedbacks, questions, or do you know more ways to become a better freelancer? Please do use the comments section below.
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