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How to become a sought after Freelancer - Know your worth
Many people will price a service at $2.00 and build up their sales that way, which isn't a bad thing but to become a top authority freelancer that is highly sought after you will need to switch up your thinking. You will need to understand that your time is valuable, that people need to pay a nice chunk of money to work with you, and that your skills are second to none in your industry. This also means you need to outperform all of your other freelancer competitors and accumulate a lot of positive reviews along the way lol.
I've been writing content for a while and can usually charge a higher amount than my competitors because of what I send my customers. I will over-deliver, I try to be as responsive as possible, I'm always polite, I give revisions if they want it, and I'm always as professional as possible with someone. I understand I may not be the absolute best out there, but I know my worth, and that's why I can charge a little more for a 500-word article (I usually give the customer 1,000+ though lol).
Actually, here's a screenshot of a message I got recently that brightened my day up a bit
(I've edited the image so you can't see the users full name or profile picture)
Below are some things I've learned as a freelancer and what you can do for your services to be sought after.
Don't try to fight lower pricing
I've never been one that will go super low on my pricing. I think when I started my writing service here it was $22 for a 500-word article, which people purchased, and they keep coming back for more because of the top quality service I provide them.
I know that dropping to the lowest possible price will bring in a lot of clients and boost my reviews (I've written discussions of how to do that lol), but I prefer the bigger clients that want 20-30 articles a month and aren't worried about how much I charge. If you do some research, my prices here are far under the average for my skill levels. I could be charging $100+ for a 500-word article, but I don't because I list my services here at MY bottom dollar to bring in more clients
If you fight with lower pricing, you will burn out due to all the customers coming in and buying. You will hate what you're doing, your fingers will hurt from all the typing (not just writing articles), and you won't have much profit left at the end of the job to make it worth anything.
Always over-deliver and be ahead of schedule
Whenever you get an order, you will need to understand that the customer is expecting you to do what is mentioned in the service. If you give them 25% more backlinks, write an additional 500 words in an article, give them 3 logo designs instead of 1, and just go out of your way to provide them with something better they will love you for it and keep coming back.
If you are a person like me who forgets to check their orders from time to time, you might not be ahead of schedule that much lol. I do try to get back to everyone in a timely fashion, but I am pretty busy. I usually make up for this by over-delivering, so you should think about doing the same if you're always late lol
Always be professional, happy, and nice
It doesn't matter if someone is swearing at you, writing negative things in a PM, or just being an evil person, you will need to stay professional at all times. It's easy for someone to screenshot a PM and post it online for everyone to see, but if you're always professional, it will look bad on the person who is trying to slander your name.
Don't give people fuel that can burn down your credibility. Instead, be kind to them even if they're having a horrible day and see if you can pull them out of a slump. I've had people talk to me in a negative way, and I threw them off when I asked, "Is there something wrong? Do you want to talk about something other than my services? I don't mind, you can vent if you need to." and they take a step back and realize I'm here for them and want to help, not just give them a service and send them on their way lol.
Respond as quickly as possible
If you can lower your response time as much as possible, then you'll likely get people coming back to you time and time again because they know you'll answer their questions. You will build a reputation with customers over time, and they will see you as their SEO guy, content person, logo lady, etc.
Responding as fast as possible will also prevent people from moving on to another freelancer and asking them the same questions. If you can prevent people from searching for related services and sticking to yours, then you'll boost your sales and credibility over time
In the end,
It takes time to be a professional in any field, so don't rush it. I've been writing content for 15+ years, and I still don't have it all together lol. Luckily, I treat all my customers with respect, over-deliver on orders, and try to help them out as much as possible and I think that's why they never mind if I'm a day late on their orders lol. Just try to be the best you can be at something, try to keep your customers happy, and they will continue purchasing from you
Thanks for reading