I think I should really share this, so…. here it goes.
Tip #1: Don’t procrastinate on signing up. Register now!
Have no second thoughts about signing up for a Freelancer account. As a Jobsite, Freelancer.com is one of the most legit websites for independent writers. Here, you can go ahead and bid for short-term contracts or for long-term work.
Make the most of your portfolio of qualifications and credentials by posting them on your profile. However, keep your information job-related and not personal, private
With a few exceptions, most writers are private people. Thus, if you value your privacy and have no intentions of giving it up, be friendly but stay professional.
Tip #3: Without any arrogance, take your qualifying exams.
Freelancer.com’s exams are more than rigid tests. If you’re up to the challenge, they’re fun ways of benchmarking your current skills.
For example, Freelancer.com offers qualifying exams that test your English proficiency and mastery of the language. You will also find exams that gauge your
knowledge on freelancing rules for both employers and writers. You should take these exams because they will show up in your Freelancer.com portfolio.
Tip #4: Don’t bid on everything. Rather, be selective!
Anxious as you are to land your first gig, be selective with your bids. As an independent contractor, feel free to choose your clients. After all, it’s only a matter of time before they choose you.
Remember: Instinct will remind you that you didn’t get out of the “rat race” just to enter another dog-eat-dog world. So, by your own
personal standards, strive to outwit the competition and outdo yourself.
Tip #5: Avoid getting distracted. Keep your eyes on the dashboard.
The dashboard’s where you can monitor your projects and messages as they come. In the meantime, focus on your goals until you find your niche. This leads to a nice, clean break or a clear opening for you.
Tip #6: Remember to browse for jobs now and then. Don’t remain idle!
While waiting for your active bids to materialize, try not to stagnate. Search for more
jobs and scan the latest projects which fit your specialty.
Before your first payments start coming in, do a little accounting. Even if your overhead costs are minimal right now, you should try to maintain a basic check and balance of expenses, including monthly membership fees.
Tip #8: Avoid promising offers which sound too-good-to-be-true.
In line with Tip #4, don’t be afraid to say “No” to questionable projects. Anywhere on the web, you will run into
imbecile outsourcers who prey on first-timers and newbies.
To detect scams early on, check on outsourcer’s past reviews. Familiarize yourself with current prices or rates to prevent yourself from being fooled or misled into working for pennies.
To ease into your first writing gig, conquer your fears and insecurities. With constant exposure and practice, you can slowly and surely build your strengths, plus expand your skills on a variety of topics.
To enhance your knowledge, learn as much as you can and listen to the experts. They are the first to tell you never to stop growing or