Freelancing is an increasingly popular option for people around the world for people who are looking to build their income through online freelance work. There are many options when it comes to freelancing, and it can be overwhelming to decide what to do when you first start out or how to improve once you’re an experienced freelance worker. If you want to know how to improve your freelancing business, take a look at these 4 freelancing tips you can’t ignore.
Know when to say “no” to a prospective client
As a freelancer, you must learn to say “no” to prospective clients. There are many instances where rejecting a potential job is the best option, namely: if the job is outside your scope of work or current skills; if you have too much work on your plate already and taking on another job will make your quality of work suffer; if you are simply too busy to do the job properly; if you think the job will be too complex. The more you learn how to resist these potentially profit-damaging jobs, the better.
Create a solid marketing brand for yourself
As a freelancer, you will have to work as your own marketing team. The most successful freelancers are those who have created a solid marketing plan around themselves, which is what you need to do in order to become a better freelancer. As a general rule of thumb, your marketing brand should include creating consistent social media profiles (that is, profiles that use the same name and can be easily connected to one person); knowing how to write your freelance resume and description to catch the eye of potential clients; and hosting an online portfolio showcasing your work.
Don’t be limited by set working hours—but set them, anyway
Freelancing hours are a difficult beast. You should set some consistent uninterrupted working hours in order to get the bulk of your work done in a prompt and efficient manner, but you shouldn’t feel limited by these working hours either. If you find that a client contacts you after-hours and you know it would be more prudent to answer them straight away than in the morning, you can do so; this will improve your reputation with the client and could even result in you getting another freelance job and thus more profit. You need to be willing to work outside your ‘set’ hours, especially at the beginning when you’re still building an income.
Set aside tax money with every job payment “If applicable”
This is a big tip that many freelancers ignore until it’s staring them in the face: always, always set aside tax money from every freelance job payment you receive. When it comes time to pay your taxes, you won’t be left scrambling in an attempt to come up with the cash—simply access the tax money you set aside in your account and you’ll be worry free.
Freelancing can be a difficult task, but with the right tips in mind, you’ll become a better freelancer in no time.