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Becoming a Freelancer

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Becoming a Freelancer

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Becoming a Freelancer Introduction

      1:40
    • 2. Lesson 1 Finding Yourself

      4:24
    • 3. Lesson 2 Finding Jobs

      3:37
    • 4. Lesson 3 Standing Out

      4:16
    • 5. Lesson 4 Keeping the Flow

      2:37
    • 6. Conclusion Becoming a Freelancer

      2:21
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Welcome to “Becoming a Freelancer.”

This course is for anyone who is looking for a side-hustle or even a full time job as a self-employed, self-directed freelance worker. As you’ll see in the course, the term freelancer can span many different types of jobs. Most of these can be done from home, but you should be creative and flexible to accept positions wherever they may be.

This class is targeted at beginners and those who are new to the freelancing world. If you have some knowledge of being a freelancer and may be looking to expand your reach, I think you might get something out of this class, too.

This class is produced by CSB Academy Publishing in cooperation with Sylvia Powell. Sylvia has created her own stable freelancing empire, earning over 6 figures a year working from home – on her own terms.

In this course, you will learn how Sylvia came to be able to be a self-employed entrepreneur by working as a freelancer.

You will learn:

  • How to find out what job you want to do as a freelancer
  • How to create a plan that works to find clients
  • Exactly where and how to find freelancer jobs
  • Tips for how to stand out among the crowd of other freelancers
  • Practical advice for keeping clients and maintaining a steady flow of work

This class is more than just tips and tricks. The goal is to provide real-world strategies for finding and keeping freelance jobs that work best for you.

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1. Becoming a Freelancer Introduction: welcome to becoming a freelancer. This course is for anyone who is looking for a side hustle or even a full time job. As a self employed, self directed freelance worker, this class is targeted at beginners and those who are new to the freelancing world. If you have some knowledge of being a freelancer and maybe looking to expand your reach, I think you might get something out of this class to as you'll see in the course, the term freelancer can stand many different types of jobs. Most of these can be done from home, but you should be creative and flexible to accept positions wherever they may be. This class is produced by CSP Academy Publishing and Cooperation with Sylvia Powell. Sylvia has created her own a stable, freelancing empire, earning over six figures a year, working from home on her own terms. In this course, you will learn how Sylvia came to be a self employed entrepreneur. By working as a freelancer, you will learn how to find out what job you want to do is a freelancer. How to create a plan that works to find clients exactly where and how to find freelancer jobs tips for how to stand out among the crowd of other freelancers and practical advice for keeping clients and maintaining a steady flow of work. This class is more than just tips and tricks. The goal is to provide real world strategies for finding and keeping freelance jobs that work best for you. Louis jumping is a lesson one. We will discuss how to identify your strength, weaknesses and what kind of jobs you want to dio as a freelancer. 2. Lesson 1 Finding Yourself: Welcome to Lesson one of becoming a freelancer. Before we go into the lesson, let's discuss the class project. Let's craft a plan for you. Together, The delivery bols of the class project will be focused on creating an action plan for starting your freelancing venture number one. Take a personality test. You can find many free personality tests online. Find your Myers Briggs personality type. The results can also assist you in defining your strengths and weaknesses. Number two. Create a bio about yourself. I would recommend trying to write at least 4 to 6 sentences that really set your skills to a potential client. Utilize keywords that can be used in an online profile for search ability. Number three writes a cold call speech. This would be what you would tell someone in a nutshell. Who you are and what you dio. For example, Think about meeting someone at a cocktail party and only having their attention for 2 to 3 minutes. What would you say you dio and who you are? Hopefully, this will get you to really start thinking about marketing what you do to others who may not even know they need someone like yourself. to employ in business the keywords air, usually location, location, location. But in the realm of freelancing and becoming your own boss, the keywords are plan, plan, plan. Have everything lined up in advance before you attempt to make the first sale. Have a system and police to cover late checks, bounced checks and underpaid checks. Think about the worst case scenario as you build your reputation among your target audience of potential customers. Working for yourself is a dream for many, and freelancing could be the answer. The flexibility and control it offers presents endless opportunities. But what is a freelancer? Instead of working for a company, freelancers go out and seek work from several avenues. Potential companies. Our clients contract you to perform a given task. Often, freelancers work with several companies on a variety of projects, like working for yourself. The freelancer pays their own taxes, keeping track of their own time and labor field. Second, typically work as freelancers. Include computer and information systems are I T administrative finance, customer service, writing education, public relations consultant, transcriber, graphic designer, virtual assistant, travel consulting, accounting online researcher editing and social media management. All that is needed is to have a skill that clients find valuable and are willing to pay good money for. Do you have a skill and ability of the others? Admire and separate you from the rest? Freelancing requires more than just a skill set. It encompasses goals, planning well and being diligent in seeking out projects. There are five major points and starting and maintaining a lucrative freelancing career. Number one. Stay focused number to stay disciplined. Number three. Stay organized, which goes hand in hand with number four. Manage your time well. Number five, stay motivated and number six deliver Well, now let's take a moment about trying to find your skill set. Having a divine skill in a popular area, which you learned at work while doing a hobby or with innate gifts like cooking, typing or art means offering a valuable service to companies for pay. Take a moment to sincerely ask yourself what skills you have that you think someone will pay for getting started with this question. AIDS. In determining what to do First in a freelancing career, consider what strength you have and put that in front of you. Ponder on what you can do well, try asking family, friends, neighbors or coworkers what their impression is of your talent. These people closest to you can help you measure the worth of your talent. Come up with at least 10 ideas on things where you have mastery, meaning those work related tasks that you can perform well, begins to research and formulate a list of potential jobs in the freelance Rome That would be easy to transition to. While you're making this list. Think back on some of your initial employment history, and so, like those duties that were assigned to you in the next lesson, we'll talk about how to find freelancer jobs. 3. Lesson 2 Finding Jobs: and welcome to lessen two of becoming a freelancer in this lesson will discuss how to go about finding freelancer jobs. Some ideas on fine tuning your talent could include taking online courses or attending special groups in your niche that offer classes. There are opportunities to add to arsenal works. These activities may seem small but carry a lot of weight. In some circles, the world of work, particularly freelance work, is evolving every day. Ways to find jobs Once you've found what your talent is, do an online search for freelance Web sites and job boards to see what is currently on demand and what contractors were looking for. The next thing that should be done is to create profiles on popular platforms like up work and fiber. These websites cater to freelancers in a variety of ways. You can also get an idea of what freelancing jobs are already on the market. Some online job marketplace is that you could explore include solid gigs, fiver up work. Cloud Peeps indeed, college recruiter, freelancer, guru, service keep and Craigslist being mobile in meeting with potential clients, raised the stakes in Sylvia's freelancing business. She went everywhere and anywhere to meet them on their turf as needed while trying to scope out freelance jobs. Frequent these places with business cards and ready at will samples to show any willing party you could try schools, universities, the city hall, government offices, community civic associations, housing, residential teams, housing authorities, small business groups or organizations, and meetings where your target audience attends. One thing to keep in mind. Be safe. While the effort to obtain stable, consistent clients is the focus, they're still strangers meet in public places where people are around and ensure from all referrals that these people are on the up and up. Ask everyone in your circle to give you referrals from friends, family and colleagues. It takes a lot of patients, but in the end of things begin to flow favorably. By using this technique, offer a discount on work for taking a moment to give you the referrals. Compile a list of entities, platforms, organizations or companies have fit into your niche. It may be a small one to start, but has the potential to grow once you get in front of them and sell yourself. Build a fort Folio to present and with references to vouch for your talent, try to come up with at least 10 target audiences. That is sectors of the population who have similar things in common. Thes audiences could be doctors, lawyers, teachers or any professional who could benefit from your services. It may be a little unnerve ing to talk to others about yourself and what great services you offer, especially someone you have never met before. But the's cold sales could lead to some potential clients. Cold sales include everyone outside of your immediate circle, such as business organizations and individuals with whom you have no personal connection. More and more companies are beginning to reach out to contract employees to provide a service or product opportunities arise all the time in less than three will discuss how to stand out among the crowd of other freelancers. 4. Lesson 3 Standing Out: welcome to lessen three of becoming a freelancer in this lesson will talk about how to stand out from the rest of the freelancing world. There are some major ways to make yourself stand out amongst the sea of other freelancers seeking the same thing in the same space is you frequent. Take a measurable action. Steps will help you get and secure more clients. Learning to market yourself is the factor that determines your successor failure. The priority should be to set yourself apart from the others. Let's start with a winning profile. A freelancers profile is the first thing that connects you to the potential client. This could be the determining factor whether you land the job or passed over for your competition. Since this is the primary way to secure business and earn a paycheck, remember to step up your game. Get straight to the point right, a clear headline that draws attention. Then develop a title, state your years of experience and to find your area of expertise. Answer. Question words. Next, tell the who what, where and how of your offerings. Be concise, yet thorough business people are busy and usually operate unlimited time. State your case from the beginning, but don't present a lot of fluff toe. Win the client over to do business with you. Besides stressing the fact that you would be an added value to his or her organization, show them with past examples of your work. It's a resume. A digital profile is similar to a resume just like a resume that you had prints out on paper. You would align your qualifications with the line items of potential client has laid out. For instance, if you're an artist and the client wanted a mural painted, you could present in your profile the unique styles you have used in the past or using currently that have proven successful of previous clients. Use a professional picture uploaded professional picture of yourself for your profile page that represent bols confidence and professionalism. Consider wearing blue for pictures or important meetings. Blue is an inviting, not intimidating, reliable, calming color that seems to win audiences regardless of the situation or circumstance. Update your profile as needed. Once you've set up a profile, remember to provide continuous updates when necessary. Remind yourself that tape We were portfolio on all freelancing platforms each time something new occurs in your work added to your profile. For instance, if you have laid it a major account or were lauded for freelancing, accomplishments posted on your profile include up to date award certificates and earned experience. Connect the personal. Remember to connect your personal and professional accounts to your freelancing platform. Pay attention to your online presence, since clients could very well examine your personal social media presence before they decide to hire you. Monitor your personal account activity and beware of what you post put your best foot forward everywhere because the entire Internet is your workplace. Let's talk a minute about getting paid for your services. Number one charge fairly determine a competitive rate of pay for your services. Dotes under charge. Do your homework and research what the going rates are for this type of service. Beginning freelancers may feel under bidding means winning certain contracts over a comp editor. It is okay to underbid, but not to the degree that hinders or jeopardizes your bottom line. In the end, this means that it is okay to shave some of the cost to ensure a long term contract. Don't underbid to the point where it's not worth the trouble or costs more in terms of your time and last. Don't overcharge with this in mind. Be careful of over pricing your services as well. It is easy to lose potential clients due to overpricing services. Again, do your homework and find out what your competitors are charging. What the standard rate is an added value you bring to the table justifies your prices in less than four will be discussing some practical advice for keeping your work going. 5. Lesson 4 Keeping the Flow: welcome to lessen for where we will explore more ways to advance your freelancing venture. If you feel a little uneasy about naming a price, always give the standard consulting rate of $35 an hour to discuss the details of the service. Diversify your contacts include on and offline places. Other ideas on procuring work could be to write an e book on your niche or expertise. You could sell your e book on fiber or good reads. Create a website that includes affiliate links, sponsored posts and AdSense ads. Thes air proven strategies that work chronicle your social media links image on the Internet is everything. Revisit your network appliance to see if there are any other services you could offer. Be sure to ask for referrals from every client. Always always, always be on the lookout for freelancing business. Stay in the know, say abreast of all the new and latest trends in your niche. Give the most updated news and tools were mastering. Each brand yourself is an expert or authority in your area of expertise. This makes you a shoe in. When you're marketing yourself and giving yourself an edge over the competition, you could write for in each publication by ads. Take it a small ad in a trade publication or local community paper. Be sure these ads would reach decision makers in your target audience. You could also use AdWords, Facebook and other social media to accomplish the school. Let me give you some communication advice. When you're dealing with customers. Let the customer do most of the talking at your meeting. Just listen and take in every word or listen to the message that your client is giving out . You can then ask any questions or more clarification if necessary. It is okay to say no when you're a beginning freelancer, telling a potential customer no can be challenging, but saying no means you are getting a fair price to the services rendered finally and maybe most importantly, create a contract for every sale. Lay out the details of the work you will perform for the client. Any specifics on the project coming from the client if the details are spelled out, eliminates the guesswork or attempting to recall certain information previously discussed in the conclusion will wrap up some key points of becoming a freelancer 6. Conclusion Becoming a Freelancer: congratulations on making it to the end of the becoming a freelancer course. Most people fail not because they lack the know how or talent in the industry, but rather because they quit trying. Nothing beats a failure, but a try rings true. In this instance, freelancing is basically a form of self employment. Some wage earners perform side work on part time or a full time basis, depending on your risk tolerance as a way of making extra dollars on the side that can turn into a full time gig. Carving out a niche for yourself is the first step to acquiring her lucrative and rewarding career in the area of self employment. Think about what talent she possessed that people will pay for you to perform. Increase your bottom line by signing up with freelancing platforms and freelancing job boards. Make a list of potential clients, starting with family and friends. Get them on board and gather referrals from people who may be in the market for your service. Develop a list of potential customers taken from newspaper listings of startup businesses in the business section of the local paper. Join groups and organizations in your niche. Contact everyone on the list and push your wares or services. Freelancers can volunteer services to nonprofits performing public speaking, aligning with city and state agencies. Toe. Offer your services at their events or monthly activities. Schools training departments in public housing agencies offer opportunities to expand your client base, join a speakers bureau or rent out boost. And major events, fairs and bazaars of Tina list a convention events to become a vendor or attend network and pass out business cards. Churches and places of worship are also a segment to tap into for freelance work. Keep in mind the freelancing is a risky, risky business, yet a rewarding one payments can be an inconsistent and unexpected changes may occur while conducting your business and staying on top of tax requirements is crucial. Freelancing is hard work. While freelancing is unique form of labor, it is considered work like working for yourself. The freelancer pays their own taxes, keep track of their own time and labor freelancers air free to work just about anywhere. But most choose to work from home. If you need more information, see Sylvia's Powell's book on Amazon. The 30 day Challenge of Freelancers Guide to making $1000 in your first month to a six figure income in a year