A Step-by-Step Guide to Start Freelancing in 2023
Team Fueler

18 Jan, 2023

A Step-by-Step Guide to Start Freelancing in 2023

"Job Security is a myth"

Especially after the huge layoffs in the last few months of 2022, if you say Government Jobs is a safe place to be then let me tell you the truth, it's not a safe place to be right now.

In that kind of situation, Freelancing gives you control to manage your finance without worrying about job income. Millions of people around the world live independently through freelancing

Here's how you quit being broke and start earning as a freelancer through any DAMN CHOSEN SKILL.

A STEP-BY-STEP TIME-TESTED GUIDE 

1. Learn your skill for at least 3-4 months

YouTube, free courses, Twitter, and Instagram; these all are skill-learning machines. Leverage them and learn your specific skill till you get skills sharper than that of a newbie. 

Don't see everyone's content. Just select 1 or 2 gurus and learn from them. A little Google search will tell you who are the best online teachers for your skills.

You should only enroll in a paid course after you have served a few clients. Knowing what clients expect gives you added advantage when selecting a paid course for yourself.

2. Work for your friends/colleagues

Ask your friends and friends of your friends if they need your services for FREE. 

Don't forget the power of the network here.

You haven't found someone who can benefit from your services yet, but there is a 200% chance that your friend's friend's friend knows someone.

Use your contacts - Open your contacts, and message your services to everyone. I am sure you will receive a positive response from a few.

You can also make a temporary placard where you can write what services you sell and circulate it.

3. Create a freelance portfolio

A Portfolio is a collection of your best works and testimonials which you show to your clients to gain their trust. Add the projects you did for your friends and their testimonials on your portfolio and always keep it updated.

I recommend Fueler as your portfolio tool. It's quick, easy, and modern and is trusted by tons of freelancers and solopreneurs to host their portfolios.

Just sign up, upload your work and you are ready to go.

4. Start cold DMing your services on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Now that you have some experience and a portfolio, start DMing your potential clients on social platforms.

A cold message is a message you sent to a recruiter who has no idea who you are and it doesn't matter. "Your portfolio speaks for you."

Work for free or at a very low rate in the beginning and always attach a security offer.

Example- I will increase your sales by 5% in the next 30 days, if not, you are allowed to pay me nothing.

Let there be no chance that clients find a way to say no to your offer.

5. Ask for referrals

You can ask your client if their friends or peers do need your services. 

Chances are that they do.

In the initial phase as a freelancer, bag as much experience as you can. As you grow your experience, you can easily close high-ticket clients and money follows.

Always keep in mind, working for experience, in the beginning, is the key to closing higher-paying clients in the future.

6. Build a network

Now that you have several clients, keep in touch with them to fetch future opportunities. If your clients need you for another project, it would be easy if you both are connected. Just leave your email with them 

That's it. You're ready.

You have now become a freelancer in your niche. As you further your journey, you will learn new insights and learnings of freelancing and how to cope with it.


Special thanks to Anuj for writing this blog. He is a website copywriter and content writer who writes on life lessons and self-improvement and teaches people to write consistently and get better. You can check all his work on Fueler - Click Here

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