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Show strong communication skills

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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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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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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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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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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Know your worth

When starting out as a freelancer, it can be challenging to know where to price yourself based on your knowledge and your skills in the market. To work this out, we suggest you:

  • Find your niche. This is the value freelancers bring to many companies to help meet their needs. Once they’ve developed an area of expertise, they need to learn how to communicate their value, clearly and concisely. 
  • Learn the market. After all, there’s no fun in marketing a skill that nobody wants. 
  • Monetize your skills. It’s no good freelancing if you can’t make money. Turn your talents into products or services that people can buy. 
  • Tap into your confidence. Know that what you can offer is crucial and own it. Most

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Getting paid on time

Chasing clients for late payments can get uncomfortable. It can also have a huge impact on freelancers' cash flow, as freelancers work from project to project.

Some tips can help to ensure getting paid faster without engaging in awkward conversations with your clients.

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The pros and cons of freelancing

In the world of freelancing, you are your own boss. You can choose when you want to work and pick the projects you want to work on. 

Freelancing is also hard work. You will have no steady paycheck and must manage your finances and workload. You have to source your own clients and risk not getting paid.

Despite the downsides, there are still many successful freelancers. Some tips can help you get your business get up and running.

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