If you’ve opened this article, it is obvious that you’re interested in how to become a freelancer. You are willing to grow yourself in the ecommerce platform.
By this time you might have also made a list of your preferred niches to become a freelancer. You’ve been looking for options to kick start your life as a freelancer and probably a mentor to help you take the first step in your career from nothing to becoming a 5-star seller on Fiverr, Upwork etc.
Extreme Commerce has a set of mentors for you who are eligible to offer interesting insights to earn money. Our team is trained to help, guide and push start your career with our largest ecommerce platform.
So to start with, you are going to sit at home with a cup of coffee on your comfy couch and your laptop goes ting and boom the ball is in your court. Your notifications are flooded with buyers' requests right after you just signed up as a seller while slacking on your couch and slurping the coffee.
Well let me break this to you. THIS IS A MISCONCEPTION. It will never be this easy because this is not a nest of golden eggs. Freelancing is a platform where you have a high scope to grow and make dollars but to begin with it takes a lot of effort and patience to get clients. Once you start getting buyers/clients then you have to work your fingers to the bone.
The motto of breaking this to you is to eradicate the misconception of an easy money job. Freelancing requires your quality time and innovativeness plus your intellect. In the end it is all worth it because it is good money. It is definitely not your 9-5 cubicle or anything cushy. You have the liberty to organize your working hours yourself, make your own schedule and work accordingly.
Let’s jump to the 5 step guide that will help you become a successful freelancer which I am going to share with you in this blog.
They say it is often better to be the master of one trade than a jack of all. To begin your journey as a freelancer, the first step is to find your niche. This can leave a positive impact and play as an advantage for your career. This is often the best way to take your ecommerce business to the next level.
Finding your niche can help you get your hand on more projects and earn consistent clients. It’ll boost your income, and ultimately make you satisfied with your earnings as well the input which will be productive. Although discovering your niche can be difficult.
You need to try out many options and then come to a conclusion of what works for you. When considering niche ideas, think about the following:
This can help you narrow down your options. Once you have listed down all the possibilities of your niche, you can explore and find what you can ace:
You need a niche that can be profitable and viable for you in the long run.
You might wonder why you need to make a personal brand. Or what does your personal brand have to do with anything? “I am an experienced [xyz profession], not a social networker – Can’t I just make an ad and post it online or buy a spot in the newspaper, stick it on the trees, or maybe leave under windshield-wipers in the parking lot?”
The reason is that as a freelancer, you need to sell yourself as a brand irrespective of whether you’re a web developer, a user experience designer, a writer or a marketer.
What does it mean when I say you are your brand? It means that when you are selling your services, you are actually selling yourself. Your personality counts big time on this platform. People are going to cross check your vibe and persona before they decide you become a buyer. If people don’t like you, they won’t buy what you’re selling.
How to build your personal brand? Get yourself on LinkedIn and make your profile. This should have your experience, relevant job records, your skills, your certificates if any that prove your skills academically.
Do the same on Facebook. Join relevant groups related to your field like Extreme Commerce facebook group (the link is provided below). You can start asking questions here, lots of questions, as well as answering a few as well according to your understanding. This will give you an extra edge and recognition.
Do the same on Twitter and on Meetup as well as Quora. Quora is a fact-filled platform. State of the Art Incubators by Extreme Commerce has an ecosystem which you can join as well to interact with people around you and grow your networking. This will help you gain clients as well from EC itself.
Planning can never ever go wrong. Never undervalue the time taken for designing a plan. Proper planning helps you prevent poor performance hence it is safe to say that planning is the foundation to the dollar tree.
You can make goals like sending in emails to relevant contacts in freelancing ecosystem, to decide to do networking in places like EC incubator or other platforms that have freelancers, you can plan or set a goal to answer some queries or may be ask a few on the freelancing groups and you can attend meetups which is also a very productive idea.
Planning involves the steps that you want to take to move forward in your field, your personal business plans that you are looking forward to working on, your financial requirements, financial and career goals. All this planning eventually turns into work.
If you plan to achieve 100% only then you’ll be able to achieve 70% or 80%.
You can use a few questions as an excuse to grow your networking or reaching out to experts in Extreme Commerce to ask for advice:
This creates an opportunity to learn, improve and upskill yourself. You will need all of this planning and executing and the power of networking with professionals of your field. So basically it is a two bird in one stone situation. You network and gain contacts as well as find buyers.