Hello! Welcome to my no-fluffy-bunnies tutorial on how to start freelancing. I will be updating this page from time to time to add relevant blog posts in order for you to finally start freelancing. This is real talk, you won’t read any sugar coated words here.
I have a Facebook group for total beginners that you can join here:
Everyday, I give out tips for the people who are eager to learn but don’t know where to start. Eventually, as they come to know me, a lot of people are messaging me everyday asking for advice. As much as I want to help them all, it turned out, almost all of them are asking the same questions about how to start.
I honestly found it surprising that there are still a lot of people who don’t have the slightest clue about freelancing. That is maybe the number one reason why a lot of our fellow Filipinos are being victimized by scams, networking, captcha jobs and the like. Because they are not aware.
Now my aim is to let them know. There are a lot of opportunities out there where you can use your skills and earn from home. Start with this blog.
Let’s start from the very beginning. What is freelancing? I will make this blog very easy to understand so people can understand easily.
In the simplest explanation, when you say freelancing, you are not bound to a single boss. You are free to get more clients as long as your time still permits you to work on the projects at hand.
Freelancing per se is not exclusive to working online. Any profession can have a freelance opportunity. Take for example my profession. I am an architect and there are a lot of freelance architects out there, who do not have a boss and are not bound to one company. They are free to acquire and work for a number of clients as long as they can work on the projects. There are also freelance artists, directors, contractors, and a lot more.
Now when you apply that principle online the that is when you become an online freelancer. If you work online and do your communications with your client online, then you are an online freelancer. As opposed to when you have to meet them personally like what I have to do if I meet architecture clients.
Homebased JOB or Online JOB
Take the word JOB here seriously. When you have a job, you have a boss or a client that you are working for. You don’t necessarily have to work for him for 40 hours a week, but as long as he is PAYING YOU for your service, then that is a job.
On the contrary, be very mindful because the following are not homebased jobs:
- When you have to pay a registration fee.
- When you work for a system (like captcha) and have no direct communication from your boss.
- When you have to refer people to earn.
- When you have to complete tables of people just to exit.
- When you have no tasks or real service that you offer to your client.
This is a very broad topic, but we have to start somewhere right? I’ll be adding the basic jobs that you can do when you start freelancing.
This is the most basic job that you can get, except maybe Data Entry, but Data Entry is so congested now that I don’t encourage people to pursue it anymore. When you are a virtual assistant, you basically the go to person of your client.
There are no concrete answers to the question “What do Virtual Assistants do?” Because your job will be based on what the business of your client is. Take for example, my boss is the CEO and founder of www.liberalamerica.org, she has several other websites but that is her main one. My job is to help her run her business. My key tasks are to schedule posts on her Facebook page, Edit articles of her writers, I write for her small sites, I manage her writers, I help her with small tasks, sometimes she lets me write on her main site.
Remember this? I went viral last September when I wrote for her site. I got over 1 million views in less than 2 days and a ton of shares. 🙂
Anyway, so that’s it. Your job will depend on what your client needs. I will be adding more key tasks per kind of Virtual Assistance jobs that I encounter.
Let me tell you this, there are a lot of people who hate to write, if you love to write, then you are in luck. These same people who hate to write are more than willing to pay someone to write their contents for them. This is where you come in.
You know when you email companies and you get a canned reply or a customer service representative who makes sure that your problem gets fixed? That is where Customer Service jobs come in.
Web Design and Development
Everybody who has a business knows that in order for them to step up, they have to have a website. This is where web designers and developers come in.
Transcribers are the ones who listen to audios and type what the audio says. There are clients who use transcribers, an example of this is when your client conducted an interview and when he did, he just recorded the conversation. He doesn’t have time to type down the whole conversation so he will hire a transcriber that can help him.
I will be adding more to this list as we go along.
How to start creating your profile
Now that you have the gist of what freelancing is, it’s time to start your journey. The first thing you have to do is to create your online presence. Where should you start? You start by creating your profile and portfolios to job platforms and free sites.
Here are some sites where you can create your profile.
I’ll add to this list in time, the items in my list are Upwork, Guru, Freelancer, Fiverr and all the sites that I can find. I’ll be on constant look out for sites to apply to.
What accounts should I create?
This is where I will discuss what accounts you need, from Paypal to bank accounts, their fees and everything you should know.
What should I connect to what?
How to start applying for jobs
Hang on. I’ll add content to this part as we go along.
I still have a lot of articles in store for you, but for the meantime, read these first, they might be able to help.
For those who are confused about the difference between cover letters, resumes and portfolio, you might want to read this:
I am also creating some useful posts that I know you will be needing, like this one.
There is still a lot more information in store for you that are meant to help you take the first steps.
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