How can I get my first freelance job?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Sincere Cortez



How can I get my first freelance job?

I don't know where or how you are looking for freelance jobs, but there are numerous places to find one: craigslist, UpWork, Elance (although Elance will soon be merging with UpWork), Guru, Textbroker, iWriter, Content Authority, Freelancer, and many more websites. like these. The point is, it doesn't usually happen overnight. When I started freelancing, it took me about 2 weeks of bidding on various projects every day until I got my first job. So don't give up. Make sure you keep your rates reasonable and competitive or you risk being overlooked, especially in the beginning.

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I don't know where or how you are looking for freelance jobs, but there are numerous places to find one: craigslist, UpWork, Elance (although Elance will soon be merging with UpWork), Guru, Textbroker, iWriter, Content Authority, Freelancer, and many more websites. like these. The point is, it doesn't usually happen overnight. When I started freelancing, it took me about 2 weeks of bidding on various projects every day until I got my first job. So don't give up. Make sure you keep your rates reasonable and competitive or you'll risk being overlooked, especially in the beginning. Once you develop a reputation as a freelancer, you can always increase your fees over time. However, when you start, it's more about proving yourself, to show that you can do a job well and on time, at all times. Once you've done it, jobs will at some point start to flow to you. First, however, you have the task of putting your foot in the door. Do not give up.

UPGRADE:

Now that I have been a freelancer for over five years, I have more to add to this and something to take away. I no longer recommend freelance platforms, unless it is very short term or for sporadic gigs or some kind of paid internship / learning opportunity. This is why. Freelance rigs are often plagued with low-paying jobs. That means unless you live in a country where the cost of living is very low, you will have a hard time making ends meet with the jobs you get here. There are some freelancers who have had great achievements and successes, but most have not. It is extremely rare for that to happen. So the best way to start your career as a freelancer, I have discovered through trial and error, it's actually learning how to pitch content ideas and then looking for opportunities with businesses (local or online) and publications (commerce or consumer) and pitching like crazy. Don't stop throwing. You will receive rejections. We all do, but we keep pitching anyway because eventually, some of those pitches will be successful and you'll get higher paying jobs. Also, as soon as you can, set up a simple copywriter website and start promoting it. This is how companies will learn more about you, see samples of your work, and discover how to communicate with you. Here's mine: BusyWrites. Good luck! This is how companies will learn more about you, see samples of your work, and discover how to communicate with you. Here's mine: BusyWrites. Good luck! This is how companies will learn more about you, see samples of your work, and discover how to communicate with you. Here's mine: BusyWrites. Good luck!

Depending on your skills, the answer may differ, but there are a number of ways to land your first freelance job.

  1. Use a site like UpWork or Fiverr. The salary tends to be lower, but it helps give you some confidence in your ability and ability to work with clients, making it a good stepping stone to landing your own job.
  2. Make sure you have a website with a portfolio and a way to contact you. You may not get a lot of freelance work from your site at first, but it's always nice to have, like an online brochure.
  3. Use social media. Design a Facebook page for your business, invite everyone
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Depending on your skills, the answer may differ, but there are a number of ways to land your first freelance job.

  1. Use a site like UpWork or Fiverr. The salary tends to be lower, but it helps give you some confidence in your ability and ability to work with clients, making it a good stepping stone to landing your own job.
  2. Make sure you have a website with a portfolio and a way to contact you. You may not get a lot of freelance work from your site at first, but it's always nice to have, like an online brochure.
  3. Use social media. Design a Facebook page for your business, invite all your friends and use it to talk about what you are doing. And don't neglect LinkedIn! LinkedIn groups are a great way to find people who are your target audience and "hear" what their pain points are.
  4. Use Quora. Answer questions in your field, make friends, and just build a reputation.
  5. Attend in-person networking events in your local area. This is a great way to build your network.
  6. Consider running a direct mail or direct email campaign and targeting business owners or customers directly.
  7. Use Craigslist regularly to find freelance jobs. CL is a bit hit and miss, but if you use it regularly you can often find some gems.
  8. Consider industry-specific job boards, such as the BloggingPro job board (if you're writing content).
  9. If you're doing something more technical (like app development or web development), check out Warrior Forums. You can use it to learn more about internet marketing, build a reputation, and even advertise your services.
  10. Consider partnering with a company that offers ancillary services. For example, as a copywriter, I partner with graphic designers who often have clients requesting a full website / brochure / direct mail campaign; These projects need graphic design AND copywriting, so when we work together, everyone wins!

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