How to Start your Freelance Career?

hoangvietnam By hoangvietnam, 1st Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/24s3bxyu/
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I have started working as a freelancer for two years. It’s quite difficult at first. Sometimes I felt that I could not stand with this kind of job anymore. But after all, I feel satisfy with my career now. It gives me the freedom that I have never known before.

How to Start your Freelance Career?

I have started working as a freelancer for two years. It’s quite difficult at first. Sometimes I felt that I could not stand with this kind of job anymore. But after all, I feel satisfy with my career now. It gives me the freedom that I have never known before.

I know there are many people want to become a success freelancer nowaday. I hope this small article will help you some. In this article, I will show you the road that I have walked before to reach my goal. Before you decide to become a freelancer, you have to know if you have any change to success or not. You have to review about: Place, price, plan, product, promotion. I look like the 5P principle of marketing if you have ever heard about it. Let’s check your oportunity.

1. Place

The place that you are living can affect to your freelance career dramatically. There are some companies just accept freelancers who come from the certain countries. Such as a United States newspaper just accept the freelance writers who living in the United States. Or a web designer just choose an virtual assistance who are living in Vietnam because of the cheaper salary.

In general, people living in the developing countries will have more change to become a success freelancers because of their cheaper commission, they will work hard to earn just $200 or $300 per month while the US or EU people can not.

So if you are living in a developing country, you have more change to become a success freelancer. But if you are living in developed country, it’s not mean that you don’t have any change. Let’s go on to check your oportunity.

2. Price

When I suggest the ‘price’, I mean both the living price ( the living cost) and the price of your work ( the commission).

We have a common priciple about the ‘price’: The cheaper will win.

For example: If you have ten dollars, what can you buy? In US, you can go out and have a good dinner with ten dollars. But if you are living in Vietnam, your ten dollars can bring you seven or eight nice dinners.

So if your country have a cheaper living cost, you will have more change to success in your freelance career, because you can offer a lower price than the other to win a job.

3. Plan

This element is equal for everyone. Event you have a good condition to start, but if you don’t have a good plan, you will lose in the freelance world. The plan include:

_ What is your abilities and what can you provide for your customers based on your abilities?
_ How do you promote yourself? Remember that there are so many freelancer around the world so you need to be identified among them.
_ How do you improve your skills and your abilities? We are living in a moving world, and if you don’t move, you will be rejected.
_ When will you work? Eight hours per day and five days per week? Or how? If you don’t have a good working schedule, you can not work well.
_ How can you sure that you will be paid for your work when you are finish?

When you can take care all these subject, you will gain more change to success in your freelance career.

4. Product

The ‘product’ mean the value that you provide to your customer to receive the commision back.

When you work as a freelancer, you provide a service for your customer. Your service will be your ‘product’. So how is your product? Is it good? Take care of it before you give it to your customer.

5. Promotion

As I said before, there are so many freelancers around the world. You need to be identified among them. And the most useful tool to help you to be identified is promotion. Do you have a good promotional plan? Take care of it.

After you check all the elements that affect to your freelance career, do you have any change to become a success freelancer so far? If you say yes, I will give you some tips to build your freelance career well. Let’s wait and check my contents, I will come back soon with part 2 of this article.

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Freelance, Freelance Jobs, Freelance Work, Freelancer, Freelancer Jobs, Freelancing, How To, Start, Start Working At Home

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author avatar hoangvietnam
I'm a freelance writer and translator. I open a website to share my experience about freelance job. You could visit vietnamfreelancer.info to read more my articles.

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author avatar Melissa D. Ing
1st Jul 2010 (#)

Good advice for writers everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

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