More and more, freelance contractors are starting to make up the majority of workers in the marketplace.
It’s a scary prospect for some, but there are more opportunities than ever available if you work hard, play smart, and keep your eye on the prize.
Here are some tips that I’ve learned over my years as a freelance contractor to help you get where you want to be:
Be Mindful Of The Client’s Business
When you are working with a client, it is important to understand the client’s business. You should be able to answer questions like: What is their business model?
How do they make money? Do they have any competitors that pose a threat to them in some way, shape or form? What markets are they trying to capture and why do they want to capture those markets?
You should also understand the client’s goals and vision for their company. What does success look like for them?
How long-term of an investment are you making by working with this particular client on this specific project/project type (i.e., contract vs employment)?
Who else might benefit from your work as well as who will be affected by it either positively or negatively (again both short term and long term)?
This applies not only when starting projects but also when completing them successfully!
Communicate With Your Client Properly
Use a professional email address. Your email address conveys the image of your business to new clients and potential employers, so make sure it’s professional-looking and clean.
You should also have a professional phone number (not just a cell phone). If you don’t have one, get one!
Be respectful of others’ time and space; use proper grammar and spelling in all communications with them (or else they might think you’re lazy or unprofessional).
And keep emails short so as not to waste their time reading through long paragraphs when they can just glance at it quickly before doing something else important but not related to you or your project at hand.
Like checking the latest news headlines or clearing out junk mail from their inboxes so they won’t lose track of messages directed specifically towards them if those happen.
Sometime soon down the line during this same week/month/year depending on how often people tend to get busy during certain periods each year.
Like holidays where everyone wants some peace & quiet away from family members who may sometimes come across as annoying because some relatives don’t understand that not everyone likes having company around 24/7 all year long.
Without any breaks whatsoever except maybe once every few months when there are holidays like Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve which both fall on December 25th each year!
Develop A Team Ethos
The next step is to develop a team ethos. The key is to find people who share similar values and work ethics, then focus on getting along with each other.
If you have an employee who doesn’t fit in with your company culture, it can be extremely stressful for everyone involved.
The importance of having a good team ethos cannot be understated. Your team members are the ones that will help you grow your business, so make sure they’re happy and content at all times!
Have A Clear Vision For The Project
The client needs to know:
What you are doing and why. This is the most important part of any business relationship.
As a freelancer, your work will be judged on what you’ve done in the past and how well you communicate with clients.
The more clear and concise you can be when explaining your work process and reasoning behind decisions, the better off everyone will be (including yourself).
What the final product will look like. Having an idea of how things are going to turn out is important for both parties involved because it helps keep expectations aligned throughout the project’s life cycle.
If there were no expectations set upfront, then both parties would be left wondering what was going on at every step of development without ever talking about it directly.
And this could lead to problems later down the line if something goes wrong during development that wasn’t communicated beforehand!
How long something will take from start to finish…
Do Your Research, And Know Your Clients
As a freelancer, you should know your clients. You need to understand their goals and objectives as well as their competitors.
You also need to know how they operate, how they make decisions, and what kind of culture they bring to the table.
Knowing this ahead of time can help you save yourself from wasting time trying to create a relationship with them or even worse, having them waste yours (and your money).
Offer A Stop Shop For All Services
Let’s face it. These days, people are looking for someone who can do everything. It’s no longer enough to offer just one service.
To stand out in an extremely competitive market, you need to offer a one-stop shop for all services and provide a full range of services.
People want personal attention and they want value for money. They also want something hard to find elsewhere or unique or both!
Give Some Things Away For Free
Freelance contractors are the true trendsetters in today’s world. We can take risks that others are not, and it is through these risks that we will be able to gain a competitive advantage over other freelancers.
To give something away for free, you need to know to who you’re giving it away. You need to figure out what your potential clients want, and then give them what they want without charging them any money.
If they like your service or product enough, they will come back asking for more work from you at some point in time (or maybe even now).
You can do this by offering free design services on sites like Upwork or Fiverr, but if that doesn’t sound appealing enough there are other ways too:
Don’t Undercharge Or Overcharge For Work
There is a fine line between undercharging and overcharging for work. Make sure you don’t cross it.
If you undercharge, then you won’t be able to make the necessary income that will allow you to continue working at your craft and growing as an artist.
On the other side of things, if you overcharge, people may not hire you because they think that your prices are too high or because they feel like there is no room for negotiation when working with freelancers who charge more than others in their field.
Creating fair pricing for your services doesn’t mean underselling yourself or undervaluing your work; rather, it means being flexible about what kind of projects are worth the price tag.
There are some projects out there that require more time and effort than others—these should be priced accordingly!
Always Be Professional And Deliver On Time
Now that you’ve made it through the list, let’s talk about what you can do to make sure that you’re always on your best behavior.
First of all, you want to be professional and deliver on time. This means being honest and transparent when dealing with others, following through on projects or work promptly, and getting things done as quickly as possible.
Remember not just how important it is for your reputation but also how much it means for those who are working with you!
In addition to those qualities listed above:
Be consistent in everything from pricing to deadlines; don’t ever let customers down because they won’t come back if they do so once or twice;
Remember that consistency matters when building relationships over time – so make sure that nothing else gets in the way!
Reliability is key because without reliability there wouldn’t be any trustworthiness either (or at least less trustworthiness).
If someone knows they can count on something then there won’t be any doubt about what’s going on – which leads us right into…
Have A Unique Selling Point To Stand Out From Everyone Else
Many people find it difficult to come up with a unique selling point. Others may be afraid that they don’t have what it takes to be the best at what they do.
But stand out from everyone else, and you’re guaranteed to make an impression.
Be different Be unique Be original! Not only will this help you stand out from your competition but also give you an edge over them.
If there’s one thing most companies are looking for these days, it’s someone who can offer something different or better than what their competitors offer.
When it comes down to finding a freelance contractor or freelancer in general, then here is some advice: Get creative!
Think outside of the box when approaching potential clients about how you could help them grow their business by implementing new ideas into their existing processes or systems which could potentially save time/money while increasing revenue growth overall (this also applies if someone needs help setting up an app development company).
Keep Learning New Skills And Adapting To New Environments
As a freelancer, you have the opportunity to learn new skills as you go. Whether it’s learning how to use a new piece of software or adapting your marketing strategy, you should always be looking for ways to grow your knowledge base.
Stay Up-to-Date With Current Trends
While staying current on industry trends will help you stay ahead of the competition, it will also allow clients to see that you are invested in what they do and can add value beyond simply doing the work itself.
Don’t Just Accept Any Work To Simply Fill Up Your Diary
The world of freelance contractors is an exciting one, and it’s also a challenging one. You’re your boss, but you have to be able to handle the pressure of being accountable for your income.
One way to ensure that your business remains successful and healthy is by not taking on work that you don’t like or can’t handle.
You should also avoid taking on projects which require skills that you don’t possess or are unable to deliver on time.
When working as a solo contractor, multitasking through different tasks will help with getting them done more efficiently than if they were left until later to focus on something important instead (like writing code).
Only Take On What You Can Handle And Deliver On Time
As a freelancer, you need to be able to complete the work that is given to you within your schedule.
It doesn’t matter how much money someone offers if they don’t think that your deadlines are realistic or achievable.
Have a good idea of how long a piece of work will take you
The best way to avoid overbooking yourself is by having an idea of how long it will take for each type of job before accepting it.
This can vary by person and client, but knowing whether or not something takes more than 30 minutes will help prevent any unnecessary stress later down the line when they’re expecting a finished product as soon as possible.
Surround Yourself With Good People That Can Help You Out When Needed. Ask For Help When You Need It
As an independent contractor, it’s important to surround yourself with good people that can help you out when needed. Ask for help when you need it and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
You’ll find that the people who are willing to assist you will be more than happy to do so because they realize how much time and effort goes into running a successful business.
Especially in today’s climate where everything is constantly changing due to technological advancements and market forces.
These points are just a starting point for those who want to become successful freelancers, but to be the best you can be, you will need to keep working at it.
Surround yourself with good people that can help you out when needed. Ask for help when you need it. Keep learning new skills and adapting to new environments.
Don’t just accept any work to simply fill up your diary. Only take on what you can handle and deliver on time and always be professional when dealing with clients, no matter how big or small they may be!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need A Contract?
You do not need a contract if you are working with someone you know, trust, and respect. If you are not sure about the person, it may be useful to create a contract that clearly states what both parties expect from the relationship.
What Is The Difference Between An Independent Contractor And An Employee?
An independent contractor is someone who works for themselves and is responsible for their taxes and benefits.
They can also choose their hours, expenses, and other factors of the job. Employees are generally protected by federal laws such as overtime pay, minimum wage requirements, safety regulations, and unemployment insurance coverage.
What If My Client Wants To Take My Work Offsite?
It’s okay for clients to take your work offsite; however, this should be agreed upon before work begins (and it should also be agreed upon in writing).
You should also have some input into how your work will be used once it’s taken offsite for example if it’s going to be used in an ad campaign or on social media to ensure that your intellectual property rights are protected.
What Is A Freelance Contractor?
A freelance contractor is a person who works for multiple clients and does not have a single employer.
They are paid for their services on an hourly basis or by the project, and they usually work from home or another location of their choosing.
What Types Of Jobs Can Be Done As A Freelancer?
Jobs that can be done as a freelancer include graphic design, web design, writing, editing, coding, illustration, and other design work.
Sales positions involving cold-calling/cold-emailing/cold-stalking (I mean… cold calling), customer service, transcription services (and other audio/video/photo-related services), social media management… the list goes on!
There are so many options out there for people who want to make money from home!
How Do I Get Started?
It’s really easy! First of all, you need to make sure that your skills match up with the type of job you want to do.
(So if you want to do graphic design but don’t know how to draw stick figures then maybe this isn’t the right career path for you). Once you’ve
Costantine Edward is a digital marketing expert, freelance writer, and entrepreneur who helps people attain financial freedom. I’ve been working in marketing since I was 18 years old and have managed to build a successful career doing what I love.