Due to the immense popularity of telecommuting, more people are becoming freelancers. Remote work has given opportunities for many people to stay in the comfort of their homes while earning a living. It’s like having the best worlds in one – financial stability and home comfort.
The Philippines is third in the world, after the United States and India, in online freelancing. The study estimates 1.5 million freelancers in the Philippines, with an average income of n 30,000 PHP a month.
Freelance work is still casual and can be precarious too – as the amount of work and income depends on the reputation of each freelancer and on his capability to fulfill costumer’s request. Here are ways to get an online job, if you want to stay in the game for a long time.
Learn To Market Yourself
The freelancer world is not easy. The competition is high and making a name for yourself can be challenging. The usage of social media or a dedicated web portal is essential.
The key to success is being active in those portals and have a proper profile with information about the service the freelancer is providing. Samples and recommendations from past clients will make a big difference.
Build A Stellar Reputation
In freelancing, a good reputation is everything. Clients will hire you if you have a good record with other companies. To do this, ensure that you build quality relationships with your clients and employers. Establishing rapport and great relationships will not only heighten the chance of being hired again, but it also boosts referrals.
Save As Much As You Can
Freelancers work on a project by project basis. This means they can work anytime, as long as they finish their task. The bad side of this set-up is, when you don’t have projects, you don’t earn. This is also due to seasonality. On the other hand, there may be periods of the year with an abundance of work, such as during holiday periods or special events (e.g.: Black Friday, singles day, etc) that every freelancer should monitor and prepare for.
It’s important to save while you can in order to cover periods when you don’t have a pipeline of projects coming your way. This way, you won’t have a hard time with your bills and other expenses.
Use The Power Of Social Media
Did you know that social media platforms can help you get clients? The power of social media, especially Facebook, can help freelancers acquire work and the best part is they’re free. Joining community pages or opening a personal blog are all ways to gain more exposure and increase your chances of getting clients.
Freelancing is a good way to earn a living. But, it’s important to know the ups and downs of the freelancing market to earn a stable income.
Opening accounts on dedicated web portals, being present in the main social media, being aware of what happens in the surroundings and being savvy are key to freelancer success!
Working from home can be great if done correctly. If you have more tips to share, post them in the comments section below!