Freelancers are in demand

Increasingly, companies and organizations start hiring freelancers and remote workers. In 2019, Google had more freelance and contract workers than permanent employees. 50 % of Gen z and 44% of millennials are working independently.

Becoming a successful freelancer depends on more than the skills you offer. It is vital how you present yourself to your clients to help you stand out.

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4 ways to build relationships with hiring managers and get more jobs

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Honesty is essential for building long-lasting relationships with your hiring manager and clients.

Referrals are very helpful. If you don't have experience in a particular task, you should mention it. However, also state that you are willing to learn and do your best.

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When you are setting out as an independant contractor, you may be lacking in some areas.

  • Setting specific goals will lead to higher performance. 
  • Setting realistic goals will show you are self-aware of your current skill set.
  • When applying for jobs, ensure you can provide the required deliverables and not underdeliver.

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89% of people think effective communication is vital, while 80% of people would rate their business's communication as average or poor.

  • Ensure your communication is clear when it comes to understanding project requirements, the scope of work, responsibilities, dependencies on other people, etc.
  • Deadlines should be kept by both parties. This is best done with written and verbal communication.
  • Voice your concerns before saying yes to the proposal or contract. Ironing out the details will keep things organised.
  • Be curious. Ask how you can contribute to business success.

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Business owners give out work because they need to focus on other things and not worry about the freelancer's ability to deliver work consistently and on time.

  • Consider how you show potential clients that you are consistent. One way is good reviews that show you are committed and consistent.
  • Avoid taking on too much when you start freelancing. Taking on too much can contribute to the inability to keep to your deadlines.

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