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5 tips for first time freelancers

21st February 2017 by moocrew

MOO has teamed up with about.me, where you can create a page and get one link to present who you are and what you do. about.me is made for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and side-hustlers looking to grow their audience or find new clients. With your personalized domain, you can centralize your online presence and showcase everything you do, from your work to your passions. Get started today

 

If you’re not freelancing already, you will be soon

If freelancers are happier and making more money, what’s holding you back from picking up some work on the side side or going full on solopreneur? Well, we’re pretty sure there might be an obstacle or two standing in your way: Finding clients and having a full pipeline of work.

Before you dive into life as a freelancer, here are five things you should do to help avoid a future dry spell that lasts longer than you’d like.

 

1. Update your portfolio

You’ve done great work, now show it off! When you go into the world of freelance and are pitching your services, make sure your portfolio reflects the work that you want to do. Haven’t done any copywriting work? Make a mock project for your dream company.

Quality > Quantity. Don’t be discouraged if you only have 1-2 projects under your belt. When it comes to your portfolio, having quality work that you’re proud of should be the focus rather than putting everything you’ve ever done on display.

 

2. Do research on your rate

Don’t blindly set a rate for your services. Survey fellow freelancers. Read blogs of freelancers with a similar skillset. Meet other freelancers and learn from their experiences through online communities like Domino The Bonsai Rate Explorer. It’s a great resource to start with to make sure you’re charging what you’re worth. Make sure you know you are valuing yourself properly before you go out and pitch your services.

 

3. Make it easy for people to learn about you

Make it easy for people to learn more about you and your work by creating an about.me page and including it your email signature and Twitter bio. This way, when someone comes across your social media sites or you send a cold-email, someone can meet you and see all of your awesome work.

P.S. Use Gmail? Use our Chrome Extension to easily add your about.me page into every email you send.

 

4. Let everyone know you are freelancing

Your best resource when it comes to finding your first freelance gig is your network. When you decide to make the plunge into the world of freelancing, tell everyone! Tweet it out, send a mass email, post it to your Instagram – do it all so that everyone knows you’re looking for work. Don’t forget to change your about.me Spotlight to ‘Hire me’ so that anyone interested can reach out to you directly from your page.

 

5. Get discovered

To increase the chances of you finding new clients, put yourself out there! Participate in Twitter chats based on your skillset, attend local networking events, or stop by a local co-working spaces’ networking happy hour.

 

No freelancer is complete without an about.me page. Get started today.

Comments (1)

  1. Jessica:

    Note about #2: Bonsai only shows rates for web developers and web designers. It doesn’t include rates for other types of freelance work.

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