Tuesday, January 27, 2015

5 things to do when you start freelancing

I've just recently started out as a freelancer in the video production world and so far, it's been an interesting ride! I'm learning a lot, meeting a whole bunch of new people and spending time trying to perfect a work schedule. While I add some method to the madness, I wanted to share some of the tips I've picked up along the way, especially for when you're starting off!

Promote shamelessly

While self promotion is hard, it's the only way to survive in the freelancing world. Make sure all your profiles are up-to-date and listed wherever possible online, so people can find you with a quick search and see that you're open for business. Nabbesh is a great resource for freelance jobs in Middle East across various fields of work.

Card up

This is an oldie but a goodie - business cards are so important for when you meet that random person who you have absolutely no common connections with. Business cards give them something to remember you by and hopefully when projects pop up, they will dig it up and contact you.

Spread the word

The best way for you to get started is to spread the word amongst your circles - both close and extended. You never know, they may as well be your first clients or know someone who is looking to hire a freelancer. Another way to spread the word is by attending relevant networking events and joining Facebook groups related to your line of work. This way, you can also stay updated with current and possible future opportunities directly.

Adopt a discipline

When you begin freelancing, you experience this whole new sense of freedom and flexibility in terms of work/play. It's almost too easy to take a quick nap or binge watch TV shows before you realize that you've wasted a whole day (or more). It's really up to you to stay motivated!

Clients still work normal working hours so it would be wise for you to work the same hours so they can reach you easily. So, make sure to set those hours for yourself and actually work during then. The same applies to knowing when to stop working, don't exhaust yourself. (workaholics, take note)

Switch up your work areas

Most freelancers usually work from home and though it's convenient, I think it's important to get out of the house and work at a different location once in a while, just for the sake of your sanity. A change of scenery will give you a break and possibly some much needed inspiration.

Hope this helps. Most of this is still work-in-progress on my end, so wish me luck. If you have any input for me, please do share in the comments below - I could definitely use some tips! 

Mona xo

1 comment :

  1. Become a freelancer is not an easy job. First, you have to decide that which thing you going to learn. Then you have to learn that very well. Then you have to practice more and more. After practicing more more you will become a good freelancer as my opinion.

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