Home-Based Freelancing for Beginners!
Hey everyone! Thank you so much for reading my blog. Since I uploaded a post on "Teen jobs that pay online" you guys have been asking me on Instagram to upload something on freelancing. If you haven't read the article I'm talking about, you can read it here. So, let's begin with tips on freelancing for beginners.
If you are an aspiring designer, writer or a programmer, work experience is very important. I’m 20-something now and in the last 6 years, I have learned that the best way of learning and earning more from your work is through Freelancing only! So here are the crucial steps for freelancing for beginners!
Freelancing for Beginners – Home-Based Freelancing Jobs:
If you are a teenager or even a millennial like me, you will understand how hard it is to get a job in the market according to our interest. The job offers that many of the students get are completely irrelevant to their career plans, solely because of the lack of experience. Moreover, these jobs often require inflexible working hours too.
However, freelancing has become a new hope for many people around the world. So, what is freelancing and how difficult is freelancing for beginners? Freelancing is basically a term used for being self-employed. If someone is a freelancer, he is probably getting paid on an hourly, daily or per project basis instead of getting a monthly wage by the company.
What does Freelancing Mean?
Now, freelancing doesn’t only mean “working from home”; people sometimes get hired by companies on a short-term basis, and they physically have to be present at that job. But, in this article I’m only going to talk about the work from home side of freelancing and how easy freelancing for beginners can be.
Freelancing brings plenty of benefits, especially if you’re a student. It will give you the freedom to manage your studies and pay your bills on time just by working from home. Cool right?
What Freelancing Services Can You Offer?
Before accepting any offers, you need to make sure that you have understood everything about the project assigned. From work deadlines to time zone flexibility and payment method, double check that you and your client are on the same page and agree to each other’s conditions.
So, let’s talk about some of the types of jobs and fields of freelancing for beginners.
Writing and Translation:
Ah! Good old writing work! For those of you who still don’t know, I’m a freelance content writer on Upwork, which is a freelancing platform. Writing is probably the most accessible freelancing work out there - especially for those who have a great command on the English language.
If your friends call you a grammar police and you have a passion for research and the ability to write on any topic, writing and translation is a great way to start freelancing for beginners.
There are plenty of web content writing, technical writing, creative writing and translation-related jobs on all freelancing websites. Even if you’re qualified in your own native language, you can still find good writing jobs.
Clients may ask you to work on a wide array of writing projects, from writing articles for blogs and magazines to product descriptions, reviews and e-books. You may be asked to write engaging social media content too and get a good pay for that. When you get your payment, the client will use the content under his authorship.
Plus, if you're fluent in any other language, you can work on translation projects. They can be less competitive as compared to the other writing projects.
Another field suitable for freelancing for beginners is designing. Graphics designing is everywhere these days. A lot of companies hire designers to make logos, animated videos, presentations, and other illustrative work. It has become a very challenging sector to join, so there is something new to learn every day.
If you are someone with a vivid imagination and own some advanced skills and software, graphics designing sector is for you. I know so many graphic designers and they all have one common habit – doodling. Yes, if you’re someone who loves to doodle on your tablet or just a plain piece of paper, you can earn good profit designing graphics for companies and magazine.
Programming and IT Work:
The popularity of a website, app or a blog depends upon so many aspects. From posting quality content to designing great logos, images and illustrations, everything should be on point. Programmers and developers are the brains behind all the websites and apps we use on a daily basis.
It is a programmer’s responsibility to make well-designed and advanced software that a typical customer can use easily. If this is something that you’re capable of doing, then you, my friend, are going to make a lot of money. Programming and IT related jobs pay the most on all freelancing platforms.
Admin Support Projects:
This is a vast industry and has a fierce competition too. From Data Entry assignments to Transcriptions and Virtual Assistance, you will find something related to your skills. These jobs are time-consuming but they don’t require much skills as compared to the above 3 fields.
Data entry jobs require the knowledge of MS. Office, mainly Word and Excel. You may be assigned some simple typing jobs on Word, or collecting details of a company on Excel. Transcription is one of the most popular and interesting tasks. It means that you will have to listen to a specific recording and type them out.
If you’re a social media geek, you can try your luck in handling someone’s social media accounts and become their Virtual Assistant. If you’re searching for work related to freelancing for beginners, admin support can be a great field to begin.
And many many more freelancing opportunities!
The sky is the limit when it comes to freelancing. There are so many other types of freelancing job opportunities that you can start off your freelancing career with. I have only discussed a few here related to freelancing for beginners only. Any skill can be utilized easily and like I said earlier, you don’t need a degree to enter the world of freelancing.
Some Tips on Freelancing for Beginners:
Let’s talk about the job types first shall we? Most of the freelancing platforms offer two types of jobs – Fixed and Hourly. So, you will either be paid on an hourly basis or on a fixed budget. If you got a fixed priced project, you will either be paid on the completion of a project or on a milestone basis.
And how will you apply to these jobs? Take a deep breath, open notepad or MS Word or anything you feel comfortable to type on and start listing your skills. If you have any experience certificates or past employment records, get them scanned and save them on your computer.
Now, you have to write a cover letter when applying for a job. Your letter should reflect your work experience (if any), skills and ethics. What you’re actually trying to do here is to sell yourself to the client (yeah, it may sound weird but it is what it is) so you need to prove that only you are the right person for a particular job.
Setting up your hourly rate is also crucial, especially if you are just a beginner. You have to start with the lowest rates first and gradually increase them with experience. You need to keep in mind that freelancing requires patience (A LOT of patience!) and time, so make sure to have realistic and practical expectations for money.
Do’s and Don’ts:
- NEVER accept a job request from a client who’s Payment Method isn’t verified. Check every client’s profile and make sure that they have a good feedback, high hourly rates and offer flexibility in time management.
- DO NOT work for anyone outside a freelancing platform/website. If a client offers to pay through any other source, report him immediately on the website. There are scams everywhere on the internet and you don’t want your hard work to go down the drain, do you?
- Before accepting a job offer, make sure that you have understood the job requirements. Ask the client every detail of the project to avoid any confusions in future (trust me I’ve been through this too).
- If you’re working on more than one projects, make Excel or Google Sheets to keep things organized in a professional manner. Keep them updated every time you finish a project.
- ALWAYS try to communicate with your clients on the respective freelancing platforms. You can also contact them on Skype but just keep that option for emergencies only.
- ALWAYS submit your work to your client via freelancing website only. NEVER send a project through any other communication sources.
- If your client hires you for a fixed-price project, make sure that the milestone updated is according to the work assigned. For example, if a client asks you to write 5 product descriptions for $50, you need to double check that the milestone is also for the same amount of money.
3 Best Websites to Get Started with Freelancing:
Now, I’m sure most of you have already looked up several times for relevant options on freelancing for beginners but ended up getting confused. When I started working as a freelancer, there were only a few popular websites providing freelancing services, and I’m only going to talk about 3 of them here. Everything that I’m going to share here will be based on my own experience only. So, let’s get started!
Back in 2012, freelancing was a new thing and the two most popular freelancing platforms were Elance and oDesk. Now, I made my first ever freelancing profile on oDesk in 2012. Upwork emerged as a new website in 2014 which was created by merging oDesk and Elance. So, this was just an introduction to the website.
Upwork has more than 10 million registered freelancers and 4 million clients, making it the biggest freelancing platform. The registration process is very simple. Upwork hosts all kinds of projects, from startups for newbies, to larger and long-term highly paid jobs. You will find high-end clients too who happily pay good money to the best candidates.
Pros: Upwork has a secure payment protection system which means that you will always be paid for the work you do. For fixed-priced projects, the client has to activate a milestone before the job begins, which means he sends your payment to Upwork. The website will keep the money until you have finished the job and it will be transferred to you with the client’s permission.
Cons: I always liked the old oDesk setup because they didn’t burden the freelancers with a huge fee. Upwork charges 20% on every payment you receive, which is really disappointing. For old freelancers like me, they still charge 10% which is also not so low.
Freelancer is a very easy and straightforward website to use. You can list up to 20 skills once you have signed up. It will automatically list jobs on your feed accordingly.
Pros: Unlike Upwork, you can actually see how much other freelancers are bidding on a particular job on Freelancer. This will allow you to be competitive and see what other inexperienced freelancers like you typically charge.
Cons: Again, fees! Freelancer cuts 10% from your total earnings.
Fiverr started out initially as a marketplace that welcomed freelancers around the world to post their ‘gigs’ or services for $5. For example,
“I will write 5 product descriptions for $5”.
“I will design a logo in $5”.
“Let me do a voiceover of 200 words in an Australian accent”.
As you can see, the website allows people to be creative and offer services according to their skills.
Now, Fiverr allows you to offer Basic, Standard and Premium packages to the clients (starting from $5 - $20), with different levels of services. It’s best to start off with a basic package if you’re a newbie and add on the advanced packages later on.
Pros: Fiverr gives you the freedom to freelance in pretty much any field. You can do anything imaginable.
Cons: The website charges 20% fees on your payment which is really sad.
When I started freelancing, about 6 years ago, working from home wasn’t a very popular concept to earn for a living. There wasn’t much competition and people knew about a few freelancing platforms only. But now, there has been a massive increase in the popularity of home-based working concept as people are getting more independent and looking to have flexible working schedules. Ultimately, the competition is increasing too, so it’s becoming harder for new freelancers to find suitable jobs for themselves.
On that note, I hope my article proved to be beneficial for you. I wish you the best of luck on your freelancing journey. Let me know your thoughts about this post and if you want to share your own experience or tips related to freelancing for beginners, please share in the comments below. Thanks for reading!