Hustle to Earn: How to Start Making Money as a Freelancer

Business.com / Careers / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

How much you make really depends on how well you adapt to the whole process of freelancing and how well you do what you do.

A lot of people ask Google the same question over and over again: how to make money as a freelancer?

Well, there is no general rule that applies to making money as a freelancer, nor is there a formula that you can follow and succeed.

One thing is certain, though everyone who has knowledge in doing something and has the skills to use the Internet and freelancing platforms can make money.

How much you make really depends on how well you adapt to the whole process of freelancing and how well you do what you do.

The first thing you need to do is change the way you think; making money while freelancing may seem distant and impossible but, if you start looking at your knowledge and skills as valuable resources not everyone has, you will soon realize that there are people out there willing to pay for your services.

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The Good and the Bad

All of this sounds really nice, doesn’t it? But, it is not as easy as it seems (making money never is) and you will have to put in a lot of work if you want to start making some serious money that can have an impact on your budget. The good news is that there are many freelancing platforms out there on which you can create your profiles and apply for jobs free of charge.

Most popular freelancing platforms such as UpWork offer you great possibilities to find clients, offer services and start earning money online right away, even if you are a beginner. You can easily find projects you want to work on and start collaborating with clients, always showcasing your skills in the best possible light to make sure you impress them with your work. By managing to do that, you can start making money in no time.

Suddenly, all the complications you had in mind before will disappear and you will find yourself out there on the market, trying to get a piece of the cake.

The bad news is that you are not the only person in the world that came up with the idea of working as a freelancer. Freelance platforms are highly competitive markets that are overwhelmed with workers and there is a slim chance that you have unique skills that somebody else doesn’t have already.

If you do things randomly and without a properly organized plan, you will be swallowed by the competition and it will be fairly difficult to find someone who will hire you to do a job. Still, don’t let these bad sides of freelancing discourage you; it’s an undeniable fact that you will have to make an effort in order to earn money freelancing, as with any other job, and here is how you can do it.

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Research Your Competition

Before you even start applying for jobs, you will have to find out what you’re getting into. No matter what jobs you intend to target and what skills and expertise you have, you will not be the only one, and there are probably many successful people who have been doing the same thing for a while.

This is why you will have to learn from them and find out what the strategies of your successful and influential competitors are, that is, how exactly they manage to stand out from the crowd and how you can prepare to beat them.

  • When applying for a job, make sure that you don’t ask for high fees. Since you are a beginner, nobody actually knows how good you are in your field of work, which is exactly why they won’t feel the need to pay you a considerable amount of money.
  • Approach all interactions and proposals with simple, plain English that everyone can understand, as a lot of people, are not native English speakers and they don’t speak the language fluently. Therefore, make sure you follow this rule and avoid any potential language barrier.
  • Finish all the jobs you get on time. This is of paramount importance since the satisfaction of each and every one of your clients should be your primary concern because, if you manage to impress them, your work will be rewarded, not to mention that you will get better feedback, which is excellent for your portfolio.

Send Personalized Proposals

There are many people who send pre-written proposals that show a lack of interest. These people are usually spammers who look to send as many proposals as possible, without even reading what the projects are about or even thinking about them for a moment.

Make sure that you read all of the job offerings that you’re interested in and send a personalized message explaining your skills, your approach and what you think about the project, as well as providing the reason why you are the right person for the job.

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For a beginner, this is basically all you need to know. Over time, you will learn more about how freelance platforms work and how people on them behave. For now, all you need to do is stick to these simple rules, apply for low-paying jobs in the beginning in order to make a name for yourself and remember to always be persistent.

After a while of practicing your skills, start aiming for better jobs to get more people to know about our expertise and you will most certainly start earning money around the clock.

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