Are you a college student looking to make some extra money while pursuing your degree? Freelancing might be the perfect option for you. As someone who has started freelancing recently, I want to share some tips and tricks that can help you get started.
I started freelancing as a web developer while still in college. My first client paid me only ₹400 ($5), but yesterday, I finished a ₹55,000 ($700) project. How did I get there? By following the tips that I’m about to share with you.
Tip 1: Showcase Your Skills
As a beginner, it can be challenging to land your first project. One reason for this is that nobody knows you. So, how can you showcase your skills? There are a few things you can do.
First, create a portfolio website and include your best work there. Second, participate in online forums related to your field of interest, answer questions and provide solutions. T
hird, join social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn and interact with potential clients and people in your field of interest. By making your skills accessible to anyone, you increase the chances of someone hiring you.
Tip 2: Establish a Connection with Clients
Sending proposals that say “Hey, I can do this work for you” might not be enough to land a project.
Clients need to trust you before hiring you. Therefore, it’s essential to establish a connection with them. One way to do that is by writing a neat and credible proposal.
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Make sure you understand the project requirements, and highlight how you can meet those requirements. Don’t forget to mention relevant experience, qualifications, and skills that make you the best candidate for the job.