Ten Freelancing Tips

Use these tips as a guideline to help you start freelancing…

1. Be ready to live on a shoe string for at least the first year, be prepared for that and it will definitely get easier after the first year.

2. Take any job that is offered to you, even if it is just a simple logo design, you need good samples on your portfolio no matter how small they are.

3. Don’t discount your work, even if it’s just a simple design of something. You never know who might want it so always charge what you think your time is worth and do not be afraid to negotiate charges with potential clients.

4. There isn’t such a thing as ‘free work’. People have gotten away from this for years now, you are not doing yourself any favors by doing free work. You will gain no respect from this and it definitely does not look good on your portfolio.

5. Do not charge hourly rates, offer a fixed rate instead. An hourly rate is just too volatile and there are times when the project will take longer than expected to complete which can put you into debt or cut into profits that other months could have had.

6. Have different rates for different services, don’t charge the same amount for designing a logo as you would for designing business cards, charge more for larger jobs like designing a website or book cover art but be open to negotiating smaller fees with potential clients who may want multiple offered at discounted prices because they need a lot of your work.

7. Learn as much as you can about freelancing and the industry, there is always something new to learn and take advantage of this fact and create yourself a niche… it will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.

8. Be aware that not all clients are good clients, some people will try to hire you for ‘exposure’ or under pay/lowball rates in order to get themselves on top with Google search rankings by having their website linked to yours in hopes that when people do searches for keywords they have added into their website that they might come up at the top when searching online which gives them an opportunity for more business if their site gets noticed enough times when doing these Google Searches.

9. Only work with clients who are willing to give you a testimonial when the project is finished. This will definitely help your credibility and increase business once word gets out that you have done good work for someone, most of the time these people come back for more so it helps to establish long-term working relationships… not just quick fixes with one client at a time.

10. Try finding niche service groups, there are so many different types of freelance services that are available online now that you can really hone in on specific areas that require these services which makes it easier to find clients plus being able to offer them multiple solutions under one roof without having to leave your home office might be beneficial if they are local businesses because if they need your services they will most likely want it quick, so this could help increase your chances of picking up repeat clients.

These are just a few tips to get you started, research as much as you can and create yourself a unique service that you offer which is hard to find… be creative! You could potentially make a lot of money if you provide a great service. Take advantage of the internet and use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to market your business, there are many freelance groups online that allow members to post jobs and opportunities for freelancers who join the group….. take advantage because someone might see your work out there who has been looking for what you do all along or knows someone else who could benefit from having their website design done by someone as skilled as you. Good Luck!

“Article by Freelancer Natalie . Natalie is a Freelance Web Design Specialist currently living in New York.”

I have been freelancing for years and I am at the point where I refuse to work for people who cannot afford me or those looking for freebies just to get their foot in the door.

Everyone charges differently, but one thing that will normally happen is that you will be asked to do free work if your rates are too high for them, so there isn’t any real way around this. If someone wants $500 worth of design work done and they offer $20… unless it’s 5 minutes worth of work than I don’t think it’s even worth my time, but to each their own.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below I will try my best to answer your question as soon as possible.

“Article by Freelancer Natalie . Natalie is a Freelance Web Design Specialist currently living in New York.”

I do not recommend doing work for free not even if you’re just starting out, but if it works for you then go for it! It’s a lot of hard work and once you start out there are always going to be people trying to take advantage of those new to the freelancing scene, but this goes with anything… those who do good to others usually find themselves on top at some point. Maybe they could give you references or testimonials?

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