Tips for new freelancers
Try to implement these best practices to increase your chances of improving your freelancing business on the website.
- Make a good impression. As early as bidding on projects, make yourself stand out from the rest. Present yourself professionally, and tailor your proposal to what the project requires. State what you will provide, how much it will cost, and how long it will take you to deliver.
- Propose Milestones. Work out Milestone Payments in parts, especially if the project involved will require a lot of work. Use Proposed Milestones to request for the scheduling of payments for every chunk of work done.
- Background check. Employers consider several factors when deciding who to work with, so it is only fair for you to do the same to them. See the About the employer sections of projects and contests for a general idea about their accounts, payments, and reviews.
- Do not bite more than you can chew. As tempting as it is to accept more projects in order to earn more, compromising quality just to finish the workload that you accepted can reflect on employer feedback, which can hurt your reputation on the site.
- Stay on the site. Keep communications and payments within Freelancer.com. This ensures you have the best possible protection in an unlikely event of a dispute. Why look for third-party resources when you have our Messaging and Milestone Payment systems at your disposal?
- Keep an eye out. While some don’ts are basic like project non-completion and not using copyrighted work, there are other things that are not allowed on the site, and those that can possibly harm you. Be vigilant.
- Be accessible. Make yourself available even if you are away from your workstation. Install the Desktop App so you can still chat with employers on-the-go.
- Go the extra mile. If trying to give your best in all your projects becomes habitual, it will eventually be synonymous to your brand. Employers will keep coming back to you, and your client base will be a lot bigger without you realizing it.
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