Are you an online freelancer? If so, how long have you been freelancing? A month? A year? Or even more? Do you feel, at times, that you don’t earn as much as you expected? Then you’re not alone. Thousands of online freelancers all over the world share the same concern and feeling. Freelancing online, for many, isn’t very profitable and thus, they prefer to quit freelancing and choose a more stable career path. If you happen to consider this option as well, maybe you need to take a look at these 7 things that will help you increase your profit while working as an online freelancer.
- Certifications and achievements
Have you attended seminars, workshops, or training programs that are related to your line of work? Don’t forget to list them on your profile. They may seem trivial in your point of view, but remember, these small things are what makes your profile unique and different compared to the others’. Employers also consider any relevant training and achievements as a ‘bonus point’, and thus, increasing the possibility of you getting hired. But keep in mind, post only relevant details!
- Working experience
Your working experience matters. In fact, it matters a lot. But I’m new, you may have thought. If you’re a fresh graduate with zero working experience, don’t lose hope yet. Think of instances where you volunteer, or participate in any school activities. As an example, if you’d like to start working as an online freelancer specializing in writing work, why don’t you include past experiences as a school journalist? Once you start working, then you can include more of your working experience on your resume.
- Special skills
Do you speak a language that not many people speak? Or maybe you excel in something that not many people know of? If so, then you’ll definitely have to list it as your special skills. Don’t underestimate just how impactful your skills can be.
As an online freelancer, you are very reliant on your credibility. Online freelancing platforms have made it possible so that both clients and freelancers can leave reviews for one another once they are done with the project. Try your best to keep your client satisfied, to ensure that they will leave nothing but positive feedback on your profile.
- Working hours
If possible, always try your best to add your working hours. You may have several other things that require your time, but try not to restrict your working hours. Employers are always more interested in hiring freelancers that have more time on their hands, with the hope of getting the job done sooner.
Do you feel that you don’t get paid enough? Before accepting the job, make sure that you discuss with your prospective employer your rate. Don’t settle for less if you feel that you deserve more. However, don’t overcharge your clients as well, as it would reflect poorly on your review.
- Returning clients
Returning clients are simply the best way to boost your income. Once they acknowledge your working performance, clients won’t hesitate to come back to you for more projects. As mentioned before, do your best in whatever project you’re given; you don’t know where will that project lead you to. As more doors of opportunities are opened, you can also increase the chance of receiving a raise. Then, in no time, you’ll realize how profiting working as an online freelancer can be.