Are you looking to do freelancing In India or looking to get freelancing jobs from outside of India? If you’ve been around for a while, and if you’ve been looking for jobs online, you are sure to have been disappointed.
Things might be relatively simpler for freelancers in US and elsewhere. No one said freelancing was going to be simple. But then, you don’t have to make it harder than it should really be.
Most freelancers end up doing a few mistakes. It really helps if you can avoid these mistakes and make that journey to freelancing a wee bit easier.
Pricing Yourself Low
I get it. You are a service vendor. You provide services for clients. If you are just starting out, I totally understand your fear and comprehension about pricing yourself ( Hint: No one gets it right. It takes a lifetime anyway).
I assume you are good at what you do. I know you are keen to learn and get better ( the fact that you are reading this tells me that). I know you’d go that extra mile to get things done for your clients. It goes without saying that you’d be obviously very good at what you do — whether you are a freelance writer, a freelance web designer, or a freelance photographer.
If you are just starting out, start with a convenient middle-ground between highest and the lowest in the pay range of your category of freelancing.
Over time, you’ll figure it out, and it takes a full post to explain pricing.
The point is this: let’s assume you are a freelance writer and your freelance rates are about 300 INR per 600 word blog post.
Once you state that price to your client, don’t back down. You can negotiate if you want to and give a discount maybe, but..
Don’t. Ever. Sell. Yourself. Short.
Looking for clients as a freelancer exactly where you shouldn’t
I see a pattern, and it’s very disturbing.
If you send time on groups for Indian freelancers, on Indian Job boards, and hope to get good clients, think again.
Take a look at this group on Facebook for Indian freelancers.
There are over 35,000 members there, all looking for freelance jobs. In a way, it’s good. It just tells you just how good the level of competition is (which means that there’s money to be made in freelancing in India).
This is a hard game. You probably won’t win. You’ll get frustrated, and you’ll stop attempting freelancing.
Spend your time and resources at freelance job boards where you can maximize your chances of getting clients who’ll value your work, give you the respect you deserve, and the prices that you’ll actually be happy and motivated to work for.
Signup for my course and you’ll know exactly where you should spend your time and the exact places where you can maximize your chances of getting a freelancing job.
Stopping the learning process
You could be good at writing. Or maybe you are fantastic when it comes to building websites. Whatever you do, your learning is never over. Ever.
One of the biggest mistakes I see freelancers doing is to stop their learning process the moment they have a couple of freelance jobs in their kitty.
Don’t ever stop learning. The day you do, it’ll be the beginning of your downfall. Things change fast (especially now-a-days) and what you knew yes’day is no longer relevant today.
The more tuned in you are to continuous learning, the more you’ll be able to maximize your success.
No Portfolio? No jobs
I run a digital marketing agency and we are always looking for freelancers in various disciplines. Yet, when we try to look for good freelancers, we rarely get any. In fact, we were tempted to even stop looking for freelancers in India.
Why, you ask?
Indian freelancers rarely have anything worthwhile to show. I won’t say there aren’t any at all, but many don’t. Now, you don’t need to have clients to build a portfolio — you could do some work yourself (clips) and showcase them.
If you are a freelance writer, write a few articles or blog posts on topics that you are passionate about and maintain a free wordpress blog. Or maybe just signup with Contently and create a single portfolio page that you can show clients.
Freelance web designer or developer? Create websites on your own. Put them up for display on Behance or on your own portfolio site.
You get the idea, don’t you?
Not networking Enough
You can’t ever do business — whether it’s a fortune 500 or a working from home mom/dad looking to make a living from freelancing — alone. You’ll need people to work with you and you’ll need clients to work for. You’ll need a network of peers you can relate to, discuss, and share your ideas with.
The more people you know, the better off you are.
People know other people.
People buy from you.
You buy from people.
Join our Facebook group if you’d like to connect with other freelancers just like you. There are many other networks you can join, of course.
Freelancing is Global. What’s Freelancing In India anyway?
If you can do a piece of work on the computer, it’s already a global opportunity. Your clients can be anywhere in the world and you’d be able to work with them just fine.
I see Indian companies looking for freelancers but they state, “Location: Mumbai”. I just don’t get it. If companies want freelancers, why is location important?
In 14 years of freelancing, I might have had only a few Indian clients. Most of my clients have been from elsewhere, from around the world. Plus, I don’t even know how they look like.
Know this: As a freelancer, you can work from anywhere for your clients (who in turn can be anywhere). You can do freelancing in India but you don’t have to stick to Indian companies, clients, or get stuck with any one location.
What other mistakes do you think you are making? Tell me all about it.