Thousands of freelance job opportunities show up every day on the internet, many of them are definitely related to some skills you already have to work with. But if you’re not, invest some time to learn, make some work to show on your portfolio and start building authority, earning experience and eventually getting clients. Here are a few suggestions and tips for some of the most wanted freelance jobs out there.

Consulting

As a consultant, you’re expected from your clients as someone with authority in one or more topics and have the knowledge to help them with their business. Your job requires good communication skills and a convenient way to listen and evaluate problems to figure out possible solutions. You can connect to local network communities for opportunities and business relationships, which also applies to social media, like LinkedIn and Twitter. Contracts are one of the most important part of your business, so stay in focus on the details of what you can promise and deliver.

Building a portfolio is important for any career as a freelancer, so use yours to show some of your best consulting work and skills. It is a good idea to specialize to a particular field or niche, in order to serve special clients, including knowledge of online marketing and social media. As a marketing consultant, you will have to do your market research and analysis to offer the best options and advices to your clients. Also, remember to always study and consider new job proposals and not only keep a long term with reliable clients, but also try new and different kinds of jobs to enhance your credentials

[Ben Matthews Blog] [CareerLancer] [LawDepot] [The Guardian]

Translation

As a professional translator, you should stand out of the competition by investing in yourself, present your qualified and relevant work through a website with clear and consistent information, improving your confidence and authority using testimonials and referrals. Join events will give you access to target markets and opportunities to expand your network. You can also reach agencies with an up-to-date CV and portfolio, but also consider doing your research and study them carefully first. Market yourself by engaging in social media and translation platforms, like Translators Café and Proz to find new clients, job offers and interact with the people in the industry.

Remember to take notes on doing your work, compare with the source for missing text, check for typos and spelling errors with a spellchecker and proofread your work when finished. Don’t be afraid to charge more for serious clients if you can deliver a high quality work. To deal with content you have little to no experience, do a good research to find relevant material and become familiar with the terminology and style. When handling technical translations, also focus more on precision and fidelity than just consistency and readability.

[Marketing Tips For Translators] [Pangeanic] [NYA Communications] [Audra de Falco Blog]

Writing

To be a successful writer, not only you need good grammar skills, but also read and write A LOT and really enjoy doing both. Provide a clear and concise text is not easy, but there are some tips you can follow to accomplish good results, like using outlines to start with the bare-bones of the text and create the content around it, and suggestions tools to make your text cleaner and more legible. Having a college degree also helps, but it is not mandatory for freelancing, except for a few special cases when is a must for a client. Like any other career, you must learn how to market yourself, so get into social media, blogging and community for writers.

Know how to manage your time with a schedule and find an adequate workplace, free of distractions and with everything at hand to get the job done. Just like translation jobs, writing also requires proofreading and special treatment for a finished work. Do not deliver the final text right away, but take a break and go back to it with fresh eyes and a clear mind, and look for corrections and improvements. Be committed to meet the deadlines and avoid extra stress and work. It also helps to have a friend to help by sharing and reviewing your work. Get out of your comfort zone and write about subjects you don’t know very well, allowing yourself to find niche topics of your interest.

[Envato Studio] [The Freelance Cat] [Make a Living Writing] [Guerrilla Freelancing]

Design

The work of a designer starts with a proposal and ends with something meaningful to the observer that has its own identity. Like any other professional, a designer should know how to introduce and describe his worth to their prospects with good work references and acquired skills. These come with a diversified portfolio, business cards and a network of contacts. Your website should speak for itself, so be sure to cause a good first impression on that. Stay connected with people from your business, find colleagues to work with and mentors to ask for advice and expand your knowledge.

No matter what kind of design you’re working on (web, illustration, animation, logo design, etc.), you should always consider the opinion of the client in the first instance. Be open and communicate in a easy and clear way with them, so the job will better represent your guidance and expertise. Start working with sketches on paper before moving to the computer, as this usually helps to better flow and test new ideas more freely. Conciliates this with a routine that works best for you and makes design a really enjoyable experience. Be ready to make good decisions, especially when you have to say no and decline those jobs that are not a good fit for you.

[Millo] [Creative Bloq] [The Nectar Collective] [Web Design Ledger]

Web and App Development

There is an ever-growing demand for developers, which comes with high and competitive salaries. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to go out there and do some effort to get noticed. Your portfolio should have the best of a previous work, or anything else to show your skills as a beginner. Get in touch with dev communities to offer some help, like Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange, since they are great to build a network and improve your reputation. Be sure to really enjoy programming or anything related, as it is crucial to persevere and achieve excellence in your career.

Get involved with open source projects to enhance development and teamwork skills, and learn about the best practices of project management, version control and agile methodologies to keep you organized. It is good to become a flexible programmer, but it is also important to be an expert on a few things as well. Always stay up to date with your skills and attributes, because there is always something new to learn about programming or development in general. Find that one language or tool you want to master as it can make a huge difference on contacting clients. As a developer you also need to get organized with your finances and outside contacts for future references. Having control is essential to stay in equilibrium with demand and deadlines.

[SitePoint] [Udacity Blog] [Avocarrot] [CareerFoundry Blog] [Launch Academy Blog]


 

I also recommend you to read this post I wrote, since there are more good information there. You can easily find freelancing opportunities on websites like Freelancer, Upwork and Fiverr. Here are a few more links that might help you get started as a freelancer:

[CloudPeeps Blog] [99U] [SitePoint] [Ben Matthews Blog] [Your Freelance Career] [Creative Class]

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