So, gusto mo ba maging freelancer? That’s great! The desire to earn your own money is a commendable characteristic to have. However, establishing a career in the freelancing world will not be as easy as you might probably think. But don’t worry because we are here to help. Check out our list of some of the most convenient things you need to know on how to start freelancing as a student.
Think Of the Things You Want to Achieve
Whether you’re entering the world of freelancers as a student or an adult, one of the first things you need to do is figure out your goals. Why? It's because the things you're planning to achieve can help shape the kind of freelancing career you may have. Are your goals short-term and not urgent? Or are they long-term and of great importance? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you decide what kind of freelance jobs you will apply for and how long you will work as a freelancer.
Check Your Device
Yes, there are freelancing projects that can be done via smartphone. But most of the jobs that actually pay and can help your freelancing career take off would require the use of a computer or a laptop. Since you’re a student, you may already have either of those so all you have to do is make sure they’re all updated and working properly. But if you don't have a device yet, you need to buy or borrow one that can keep up with all the tasks you have to do.
Make a List of Your Best Skills
Just like with any other job, your skillset is what will bring you success in the freelancing world. That’s why you need to ensure that the quality of your services is consistently impressive. But how, you ask? A big part of that is focusing on your strengths. Whether it be graphic design or data entry, your skills should be solid enough that you'll constantly deliver a performance that the clients would be satisfied with. You can still learn new skills outside of your usual niche if you want to, but as for the services you'll offer as a freelancer, you need to stick with the things you already excel in.
Make a Portfolio
Got previous works related to the services you're planning to offer? Compile all of your best ones in one single digital folder so that when you apply for jobs online, you can send your portfolio right away as well. Applying for an online job and having experience related to it even though you're still a student will increase your chances of booking the project.
Read this to know how you can make an online portfolio.
Decide on the Salary
After making a list of the skills you know you can offer, it's time to think of the pay. Keep in mind that you need to be flexible with your salary expectations because of the tight competition and that you're a newbie. Placing your rate at the same level as long-time freelance workers will not work. It's recommended to start at a 'newbie rate' first, then work yourself up to your desired pay as you gain more knowledge and experience.
Create Your Profile
Now it's time to make your freelancer profile. Thankfully, there are plenty of popular online job platforms in the Philippines that accept student freelancers as long as they are of legal working age. Some of the websites you can sign up on include Upwork, OnlineJobs.Ph, Fiverr, VirtualStaff.Ph, and even LinkedIn. When making your profile, you need to show off your skills, educational attainment, and work background to make yourself more appealing to possible clients.
Apply for Jobs
Now that everything is set, it's time to put yourself out there. Treat it as a priority to apply for projects where your specialized skills are needed. There's no guarantee you will immediately find a client, so just keep sending out your applications until you get hired.
Establishing a career as a freelancer isn't as simple as you might think, but knowing how to start freelancing as a student will make it more seamless.
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