Hello, all newbie freelancers! Isn't this exciting, getting paid just to write for complete strangers? Yes, it most definitely is! But it can also be quite overwhelming, and I'm sure you may have a few questions that could use some answering. So I thought I'll share four tips that I hope will help with your new journey here.
1. Make sure the employer is verified
Before you place your bid on a potential project, make sure the employer has at least verified his or her payment method. The last thing you need is to put in hard work only to not get paid. At the very least, make sure that the profile of the employer is active. This way, if the communication goes sour, at least you have a name and contact references to share with the customer service representative.
2. Know your price
This leaves you no room to clarify information before you make a bid. And some project descriptions leave much to one's imagination. So when you place your bid, make sure that you know your price. For example, if it's for a multiple post project, have a ballpark figure for either one or all of the items, and then the amount of days you will take to submit those articles. In the project proposal, clarify what your pricing and timing is for. Remember that it is YOUR time, so submit a realistic time line. That leaves less room for miscommunication. You can also always clarify with the employer once they contact you.
3. Never give out your personal information
As obvious as this point may seem, as a new freelancer, we are eager to please. But Freelancer.com cautions against it, and for good reason. Despite the fact that the potential employer comes highly recommended, he is still a perfect stranger. So keep things extremely professional, and stick to the messenger on your freelancer profile. It is also beneficial to download the freelancer app. If the employer insists that you give out personal information, that is a great indicator that you don't want to work for that individual.
4. Be patient
Finally, it is easy to feel discouraged and give up when you are not awarded projects despite your continuous bidding. Keep in mind that the statistics reveal that you need to bid for a minimum of 35 projects to get awarded once. So perseverance is the key here. You can also use this time to get some qualifications as these will help boost your chances of being awarded.
Hope these tips help, happy journeys!