To become a successful freelancer first you must acquire experience. If you need to build a resume or portfolio you may have to get some unpaid or low paid experience under your belt before you take on paid gigs.

How to build your portfolio to become successful freelancer? Steps to building your portfolio.

  • Offer your services to friends and family
  • Use your relevant school projects in your portfolio when you first start out
  • Contact a local non-profit and see if they need any help.
  • Find out if there are any special certifications or tittles held by professionals in your field.
  • Practice, practice practice. Never stop honing your craft.

How to price yourself wisely

Once you’ve got some experience and built up a solid portfolio, you’ll be ready to start finding paid gigs. While there’s no shortage of work available on internet, a lot of it is extremely low paying. Unless you’re still building a portfolio or you’re just freelancing for fun, don’t work for pennies.

  • Value your time – Decide how much you are worth per hour
  • Be flexible – Price according to your client’s needs
  • Do some research – Get a good idea of what is reasonable and fair

Watch the clock

Take jobs you feel confident about and that you can complete in a reasonable amount of time. Instead of taking on huge projects set yourself apart by:

  1. Delivering a unique, high quality product
  2. Offering lightning turnaround time
  3. Specializing in a particular niche. Get creative with it!.

Communicate with your client

Your clients are your greatest resource. It is essential to form good, long-standing relationships with them:

  • Keep them in the loop with frequent updates on the progress of the work.
  • Respond to emails and phone calls promptly
  • Send them a draft to look over before delivering the final product
  • Be amenable to editing your work (within reason) to keep them smiling

Ask for feedback

Positive feedback and great references are what’s going to get you apart and even start raising your prices. Testimonials from happy clients will also show future clients you’ve got what it takes. Feedback is even better when you can show it off. Be sure to ask if it’s okay to publish your client’s name and testimonial.

This is the beginners guide on becoming a successful freelancer. Do good work, deliver on time, stay productive and build your reputations.