How to Put Yourself Out There as a Freelancer
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If you’re currently working in a job that isn’t quite fulfilling you, then that can be a frustrating situation. Sure, we all need to make money in order to function in society, but it helps if you’re content whilst doing so, and if you’re waking up every morning dreading the next few hours, that doesn’t exactly make for a good quality of life.
So what can you do? I mean, you could obviously look for another place, and if you’re lucky it might strike a chord with you. Or you could take your future and make it what you want it to be.
You could get out there and do something you’d like – it’s entirely possible. Freelance work allows you to do just that. You can do it at any time and from the comfort of your own home if you’d like. You can take something that only part time and turn into a full-blown business venture. Sound good? You bet it does.
Well if you’re reading this and you’re an interested member of the writing community, or you’ve begun the steps already, then you should know that if you wish to grow, you need to promote yourself more and more. How do you do that? Well, let’s have a little look at a few ways.
Are you a member of the writing community?
Here’s how you can be a freelancer
Create A Neat Site
Creating a website is the right thing to do if you want to generate income from your work in any way. You’re freelancing journey may be small at the minute, but in time it could grow to something special. A website is like a base or a hub for you and your work/business. People who want to know more about what you do will instinctively see if you have a website with more information. If it’s an ugly and clogged site, people will be put off straight away as first impressions are important. Make sure it’s easily navigable and user-friendly. You might want to get in touch with a web designer to help you.
Be Active On Social Media
With social media, we can talk to each other instantly and get our work out there just as fast. Using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a bunch of other platforms, it’s a great idea to combine the two. Social media is a great way of promoting yourself simply and cheaply.
You have social media, websites, and good old word of mouth, but it’s still cool to throw little adverts into people’s eyesight once in a while. Having little banner ads with your name or brand on it should do the trick! It’s quite a head-scratcher at times, so you might need a little time to learn how it all works. There are a few little bits and pieces that can help you, like enterprise automation tools for Adwords and tutorials online. The more eyes you can get, the more chance you have of success.
Everybody can do it. It’s just writing your thoughts out onto a page for people to enjoy! It also helps as it’s a fabulous way to get more people interested in you. Blogging has other, more technical benefits to it, like a form of digital marketing called Search Engine Optimization, whereby Google and other search engines rank your site based on the quality of content and appropriate links. Blogs can also make money by promoting products.
Host blogger’s comments:
If you decide you want to be a freelancer, there are some tasks you might consider completing first.
For example, I made a Freelance Writer for Hire page. On the page, I have testimonials from happy clients. Also, static pages get indexed by Google easier than blog posts. By having a Hire Me page on your website, people can find you on search engines.
You might also want to consider how much you’ll charge as a freelancer. Will word count matter? Will you limit your revisions for the client?
Are there additional tips you would recommend adding to members of the writing community who are considering freelancing?
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