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Starting you freelance career

How did you start freelancing? As a beginner, I know how hard it is to get clients and build up portfolio. There are also websites that offer online work, surveys and mobile applications that pay, but can these really be called freelance jobs? In your opinion, what categorize as a freelance job? For successful freelancers, tell us your story so beginners can learn tips on how to jump start their freelance career.

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Cristian

One word: Perseverance. In my opinion and experience, this is the most important factor for any successful freelance career.

If you are a complete beginner with few things to offer, it going to take a LONG time to cash in some serious profit. You need to gain both professional experiences but also long-term clients that pay well, both are hard to acquire and can actually take years to accomplish.

If you already are a highly skilled professional, it can be a little bit easier, but finding the right clients can be equally challenging. I personally abandoned my full-time freelance career 5-6 year ago. Because I'm still doing some part-time freelancing and I already have the experience but also some connections that can get me, clients, I can easily switch to full-time freelancing. The only problem would be the fact that I would need about 1 year to reach a decent enough income.



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dullian

I wouldn't call online tasks like taking surveys, clicking ads, downloading apps, and that kind of stuff, freelancing. For me, freelancing is about having a skill and offering it as a service. There are certain sites that help you promote your services but in the long run, it's better if you do it by yourself and build your own reputation.



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Enyi

I disagree with you, freelancing is all about working for self irrespective of the tasks involved. For the mere fact money is made no matter how small I think one is freelancing.i don't think it about the work but doing different tasks to earn money without necessarily working under anyone



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rose61

Freelancing does not include those online tasks,I agree with you.How can someone attempt to term typing and and clicking as freelancing?



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kaushikangara

Working on micro jobs and survey sites is not freelancing. Freelancing is something when you offer your skill as a service in exchange of money. You might be a graphic designer, data entry professional, web designer, programmer or someone who loves testing websites and finding out bugs. You set up your profile on reputed sites and then prospective clients will look out for you and hire you to get their job done.



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Enyi

No those little jobs are still freelancing.Freelancing is mostly about one that doesn't have a permanent source of income. They make their money from various sites and means. The money gotten is inconsequential. The real thing is that they are working and doing different tasks to make money.



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cmoneyspinner

Your question says for “successful freelancers”. LOL. I'm not sure if I'm qualified to answer this question because I'm not so sure I'm “successful”. I can tell you that my definition of freelancers is anything you can do on your own to earn income. You are your own boss. You offer or advertise your services or your skills for a fee and if you get a buyer who is satisfied with your freelance work, then you get paid. I started with my husband trying to help him in a real estate notes business. Then I decided to do something on my own. I narrowed it down to writing. Found a site that didn't charge a fee for me to write for them. They accepted my articles and that's how it all started. That site gave me my confidence. I am now constantly looking for freelance writing opportunities and legitimate ways to use my writing skills to earn income. If success is defined as persistence, then I'm a successful freelancer. LOL.



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dullian

That's interesting. Personally, I consider success to be reaching a state where you're able to get job opportunities constantly. That sounds hard and even a bit unrealistic, but I'd be satisfied with at least gaining recognition, ability and especially self-confidence in my work.



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Alymae

Wow! I agree with you about the description of freelancers. I am a beginner and what made me become a freelancer is that I am able to do things at my own pace and my own time. Persistence is definitely the way to success. I am happy to know that you are successful in your work. I hope I become one someday.



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NikSuks

Well, I think that completing surveys and writing stuff on the internet is freelancing. A freelancer is someone who works from home and makes up his/her own hours. For those who are starting their careers and are sending their CVs to many companies, I would recommend you to write a good portfolio. Not good but great!



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Kakashi2020

For me, there are 4 Classifications of Online Work and these are the following.

First - Full-time Online Work

Being a Virtual Secretary, Online Teacher, Work from home - BPO Inbound/Outbound/Customer Service/Tech Support/Chat Support any kind of online work which has a designated working time and number of hours a day or per week. This kind of work pays regular income on a per week, bimonthly or monthly basis. So it can be classified as regular full-time work.

Second - Part-time Online Work or Freelance Work

This includes Writing Jobs, Posting Jobs, Graphic Design Jobs Contracts on Services offered specially on third party job sites. Any kind of job which isn't regular but pays a good rate.

Third - Extra Income Work

This one is the lowest paid work, earning a dollar or two a day on a site for some easy short work or tasks. This includes Surveys, Forum Postings, Affiliate Marketing, Rewards Apps and Sites, Dropshipping, Doing Easy tasks like watching videos etc.

Fourth - Blogger / Vlogger and or Media Practioner / Social Media nfluencer. Basically when you buildup your authority a lot of income opportunities will come, doors would open and this can mean a lot of money.



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mcnasci24

Agreed. I like how you included all manners of work, not only those that require a certain skill. For me, freelancing is working on something that will give you payment. No skills are needed, although having them make for a much better freelancing career and more opportunity for bigger income.



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jaymish2

I think as a freelancer you must be willing to do a bit of anything. Its not wise to categorize yourself at first. Try anything and see what you like. When you decide then you can specialize and perfect the skill that you have chosen. Most people as a default choose writing, however writing is not for everyone because in itself is a skill. Choose something that you are good at and not just something that you think can make you some money.



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NerdIndeed

I believe that any type of job or task without a contract is freelance. The first thing to do is to sign-up for PayPal or Payoneer. That's the most essential for me as without those you'll never receive your pay.



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Jelineex

i agree with you. Any job will do as long as it's decent and your capable of working for it. That's what matter. Opportunity only knocks one's and we need to grab it. It's also important to know the where about of the company especially online sites. It nice to read reviews.



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NerdIndeed

When you get hired for the first time after waiting for so long, make sure you get paid, and it's not a scam. Based on my experience, what I did was I asked my employer if he could pay me weekly at the beginning, to make sure it's legit. Then we shifted to a bi-weekly schedule after that.



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Enyi

You're right any work without much rules or stiff contractual agreement is freelancing. It just like one being self employed you do your tasks the way and time you like and get paid afterwards.



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theresajane

The first thing to do is to exert effort so you'd know the how to's of freelancing. Also, it is important to be knowledgeable about what should be done.



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Kakashi2020

In my opinion the first thing to do if your going to be a freelancer is to create a blogsite in any wellknown social media platform. This would help you in your freelancing career.



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kaushikangara

I started freelancing during the time I was jobless. It was hard to find a job in the ever competitive market so I looked at freelancing option. It has been a good journey. I have had the opportunity to server a variety of clients and also had the chance to learn a lot from people around me.



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ivandelrey

It's what happened to me too. I've tried getting into almost every company in my city but I ended up with freelancing. I'm glad you're doing great! I'm still new in the freelancing world and still have a lot to learn.



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Jelineex

I guess freelancing is define depending on your outlook. I am not choosy about the idea of doing different things so long as it get to the point of earning decent money. Opportunity is difficult to find especially these days. There are many competitors which is always better than ourselves. But, we need to take the challenge to be able to grow on our chosen field.



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NerdIndeed

You're right, especially now, here in our country. When I embarked on the journey of working online and gained a little success, people around me started asking about it. Meaning more competitors will be there as time goes by.



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Jelineex

Yes, people love intrigues. They have that interest to know what you are up to especially when it comes to money matters. It drives them crazy. However, it's good to have a healthy competition. It motivates us to do better in everything we do.



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NerdIndeed

It's just that people around me want to get all the information they want and need without exerting any effort to do proper research and stuff. When I get asked, I only tell them the platform where to apply and research more from there.



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Alania

To become a freelancer you gotta know how to type fast, how to socialize, speak (write & read) fluent English, and most importantly be patient, because you might not find your suitable freelancing job on your 1st day.



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NerdIndeed

I would also like to add that you need to make reading a habit. You need to have the willingness to learn things on your own because most of the time you are alone, and nobody will help you if you get stuck with something.



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Jelineex

Working alone is a great challenge. It enables your ability and capacity to go beyond it's limit. You are determine to finish each task with pride. It develop self confidence and trust. However, it also loses your ability to designate task to other and becoming anti social whenever your in a group.



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NerdIndeed

You're right, one of the drawbacks in it is you get to spend less physical time with people. If you're aspiring to work remotely, you need to get used to this or else you'll fail.



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MelanthaKrasos

My definition of freelancer is simply getting income online. I don't mind whether it's a small or big income earner. I consider myself to be quite new in the business although I've done freelancing stuff way back last 2 years. Skills that get most freelancer to the top are their good command of the English language. Aside from that, there are many IT- related freelancer works that pays great in the freelancing world.



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burgosmichael24

I don't consider myself as a successful freelancer but I am willing to answer your question. A freelancer or freelance worker, is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. They are also the people who chose to do some pieces of work for different companies rather than working for a single company. However, this site is a good platform especially for beginners like us to develop our skills and enhance our knowledge and master our craft in the field of freelancing. Just take one step at a time. Remember, nobody starts at the finish line.



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Enyi

What beginners really need is patience especially for those that really needs to make money off freelancing or those that sees it as a full time job.Acquired the needed skills if need be especially for those jobs that needs one with experience and be more active daily. Try to impress your clients to have good referrals from them and one will be growing from there.



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axl2468

Do some small jobs related to your skills for a very small price or even for free. Painful, perhaps but it will greatly help you in the future because more people will want to hire you for your experience. It's also one way to bypass the "experience" requirement that so many freelancing jobs online require you to have.



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amelia88

I started building a portfolio by writing for free or for fairly low paid gigs at first - just to start getting my name in print and some stuff out there.

Once I’d had success with that it was a domino effect from there.



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knnon

Yes I think those work from those sites are still considered freelancing. Isn't the main concept of freelancing doing your work on your own time? That's still how it is even if you are a member of a site you still own your time and you still decide if you want to work or not. I did start freelancing because I just stay at home and I have a lot of spare time. So rather than doing unproductive things I opted to try out freelancing, and I love how rewarding it is. My tip for beginners is to have a lot of patience. And just because you own your time doesn't mean you can slack, the clock is ticking and there's deadlines. Also determination is the key to success. Don't let rejection sway you.



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dullian

The most stressing thing for me right now is deciding on a specialty. I'm still not sure what I should dedicate myself fully to. I seem to be starting something new every day and not completing what I previously started. I just can't make up my mind.



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knnon

Hey don't worry, there's no need to rush with a specialty. It's a good thing to try out everything. After you're done trying that's when you can fully decide which path to take. Even freelancing is a set of trial and errors, just enjoy the flow and try everything!



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overcast

Next year I am going to copy other successful freelancers. And see how they are getting new clients. And how they are establishing their own business in the process. For example, having skills which are needed for the job. And making sure to build things and service for the clients. I have not much yet controlled on this process. I hope that some day I can be of that level. And things change in the due process.



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Tehilah27

I believe freelancing jobs are jobs you take on by yourself be it surveys, paid to click, advertising a skill and getting clients or bidding for a job and getting it. I started by signing up with Fiverr and advertising my proofreading and editing services. Didn't get clients so I applied on other freelancing sites and added other services like blog posting, surveys, article writing, etc. It is a gradual gruelling process but the beginning of every great venture is that way.



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NerdIndeed

Anything that pretty much earns you money without a contract is freelance. Be it surveys, PPC, micro jobs, etc. And you were right, it's tough to find clients at first, but you'll eventually get it along the way. Be patient and gradually add more and more skills to your arsenal and you're good to go.



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TeejObsena

Freelancing seems like to work for someone else. According to my choice if you/we can combine freelancing with blogging, then without any single spot of doubt, that would be great.



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esteban123

My freelancing career before started as a hobby since I really enjoyed it very much because of the money that I am receiving from it. I never expected that as time goes by I would really be consistent with it because I am doing it now everyday as often as I am available to work on it. I really appreciate the benefits that it gives to me because it helps me to pay for my monthly bills which is really something that I am very happy. It turns out now to be a work for me rather than a hobby anymore as it gives me a good living.



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foxprojects

If you freelance, it may take a while to build up a list of clients and a solid reputation in your niche. You need to consider that you probably won't be making much in the beginning. It may take a few months before you can get everything running right.
It's always a good idea to diversify and work with different freelancing platforms, clients, etc. That way, if one of them has problems or shuts down, you'll have other sources of work.



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Corzhens

I was a stranger in freelancing but I had the courage to try when I saw in one forum that you can earn money online. Trying that forum for paid posting was too difficult at first but when I finally earned my first $10 it was very gratifying and that pushed me to go on. That was a fairly good start without help from anyone. I could say that it is not easy but not hard either. Just have patience and perseverance.



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