you are reading this post because you have an interest in Freelancing. Welcome!
Before you decide to become a freelancer, you must first ask yourself the basic question:
“Do I actually have a skill I can render remotely(without physical contact)?”
“Can I solve peoples need remotely?”
“Can I render valuable Services remotely?”
“How good can I render the services I’d like to sell??”
If your answer to the above question is positive, then you may proceed. Please note; freelancing isn’t a get-rich-quick career path. It will require a lot of dedication, patience and hard work. You must ensure you give your best and your clients are satisfied with your services. Yes, there are bad clients, but do your best to have no bad reviews. I’ve had a couple over the past few years actually – just 2 bad reviews out of 75 jobs/projects.
How do I get Started?
There are basically two ways of freelancing:
- Having a personal website – which you’ll need to promote to get clients. This method is usually very difficult and less profitable for newbees
- Signing up on a reputable freelancing platform (or talent platform)
5 Best Talent/Freelancing platform to find work:
Upwork was formerly Odesk before it merged with Elance to become Upwork.
I started my freelancing career on Elance in 2014 before it became Upwork in 2016 and I still use Upwork till date. I love Upwork because it has an easy-to-use interface, it provides tools to help you kickstart your freelancing career easily – built-in voice/video calls, collaborative space and a very recruitment process which gives both the client and freelancer rest of mind. All freelancers on the website undergo meticulous background checks to ensure that they are real and can deliver quality service.
cons: Upwork now charges a fee to submit proposals for job.
Toptal is not recommended for beginner freelancers except your skills are exceptional. Toptal promises companies that they can hire the top 3% of freelance talents. You can actually be one of them if you work hard enough in mastering your skills.
Go to Toptal
Fiverr is an excellent freelance service marketplace that helps employers/clients in finding the best talent for a project.
On Fiverr, freelancers can display finished projects to the public to enable potential clients easily pick someone whose creation sparks their interest – This is actually an alternative that removes the need and stress of contacting workers one by one.
Fiverr also offers free learning courses to help you develop your skills and teach you how to sell your services to clients.
PeoplePerHour is a talent/freelance platform where businesses can scout for global and local professionals. All freelancers on the website undergo meticulous background checks to ensure that they are real and can deliver quality service. PeoplePerHour also implements escrow protection as well.
People Per Hour is free for freelancers, but there’s alot of competition. You must always improve on your skillset and set a reasonable fees to increase your chances of getting hired.
This is a freelance/talent platform that enables you filter out jobs by location. Additionally, there is a list of top salaries and a tool to help you estimate your fee. This helps the freelancer to have a benchmark for a specific work they want to do.
I would have highly recommended Upwork, but it’s not free. So, if you’ve got some money to spare, try signing up on Upwork. If not, try Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, Simply Hired or Toptal.
I wish you all the best!