When I lost a client last month. I lost everything.
I mean, what would you do if you lost multiple clients at the same time?
My back is against the wall, and I can’t blame them because it was really my fault.
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So, instead of lamenting, I focused on reviewing the things that brought me to where I am right now. In fact, I’ve written a few steps before about starting as a freelancer
And I found out a lot of things about me and my journey as a freelancer.
I made an inventory of the things that I did for the last two years, and I was able to identify four things that helped me in a lot of ways.
And these are the key steps that you can also follow if you’re still looking to make it in the freelance industry.
Pay attention to what’s going on around you.
Follow the conversations of the people that made it before you. Check their posts and read the comments of their followers. I’m pretty sure you’ll find a lot of golden nuggets in the conversation below. I’ve been actively doing this. When someone posted a valuable content or a question, I always make sure that I will read all the answers in the comment because that’s free information. You can always find a great solution and tips on it. And it also helps if you know who to follow.
Be active in the groups of your target market and find out what skills they are looking for. See the latest trends, get the latest updates, so you’ll be able to keep up with the changes. Staying engaged in the community will also allow you to discover new tools that your target market are currently using or wanting to learn. As a digital service provider that’s a situation that we can always maximise because we always aim to provide solutions to their problem.
Talk to people
There’s value in every conversation especially if you’re talking to the people who understand what you’re doing. That’s one of the reasons why I always attend seminar and workshop. The after event gathering is still the best conversation for me. I get to pick their best practices and learn from the best.
Join an important conversation. Don’t hesitate to ask questions because you can’t absorb them all. Reach out if you must, and ask questions if you feel it’s necessary.
Make a plan
You’ve engaged with your target market and found out what they need. It’s time to make a plan. How are you going to apply the things that you learned?
Developing an action plan helps in defining the direction especially in establishing realistic objectives and goals, and in setting boundaries for efficient decision-making.
Freelancing has various levels of control over the flexibility of their careers. This flexibility will depend on how you structure your business.
And change is constant in the freelancer industry. You should always be open to new opportunities and in acquiring new skills that will surely become beneficial in the long run especially when you’re starting as a freelancer.
Fred is a passionate virtual professional who wants to teach his countrymen about the opportunity of working online. He advocates that the Internet is not just for Facebook, YouTube, and online game usage. On this site, he gathers established professionals, CEO's, freelancers, business owners and influencers and asked for their insights that will provide an overview of how you can start as a virtual professional. He aims to support and help those who want to become an effective virtual professional.
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