Having any skill of your own is a great resource to benefit from and work in one of the various online marketplaces looking for people having your skills. However, this is not so easy all the time because of hard competition you can face online like offline as well. That’s why, selling your skills as a service online might take long time to do well until people are more aware of your brand. Using some micro channels available online like social media, online free advice, and places like flipajob can make it easier for you to sell your services online when you implement needed strategies and having a open business mindset.
In this article, we will discuss some tips to help you succeed
Create Product Visualisation
Most of the times you will be selling virtual service online “unless of course if you are selling artwork or photographs”. This means that you cannot evaluate your product until someone else does. You should always ask for help, ask someone with critical eyes and business experience to help you see the beauty of your work and spot red flags that can affect your services negatively. Ask someone who will tell you what you need to hear to identify all points of weakness within your work. Ask him or her to identify solid points that can make the work better and more professional to achieve commercial success and customer satisfaction.
Define Your Niche Speciality
Specify what your services are exactly. Don’t just market yourself as a graphic designer. Mention what you are really good at instead like Joomla, CSS, or Photoshop for example. This way clients looking for this kind of service will know that you are a good match. However, when you posses multiple skills, you should definitely take advantage of that while mentioning details as well.
Set Up Shop
Well, you say in your portfolio that you are a Photoshop expert… What is your evidence? After all, clients want to hire someone who they know what his or her skill level is for real and not verbally. It is such essential tool for all freelancers to have their own website, blog, or shop to promote their work and give their clients an idea of what they are capable of. Even if you are a freelance editor or writer, set up your own website or blog and publish articles or product reviews of your own to demonstrate your skill level to interested clients.
Plug For References
Feedback is considered to be a measure of quality by many clients. Building positive feedback and taking all possible chances to show it is a great way to promote your freelancing service whether you are still starting as a freelancer or a professional full time freelancer. When you are still starting, ask anyone you have dealt before and given free work or even your mentors to write an honest feedback about your work. Use their feedback and publish references as whole if you can as using excerpts may make some people think you are hiding something.
Expand Your Sales Avenues
Working as a freelancer via freelancing website is a great way to start you career and make business relationships. It is also good option for those who are running low on costs and don’t want to spend a fortune on office costs and other commissions. However, it is also good to free some of your time to promote your work and find new opportunities offline.
Target Local SME’s
When you start your own freelance business, you are usually very excited and eager to get your brand recognized all over the world. However, if you start looking at prospective local customers, it may become very beneficial to your business in the long run. Yes, it can consume sometime of you to expand your business contacts and grow your business locally.
Start your email marketing by sending “friendship requests” or following targeted clients and having your online network of relationships. Never send spam email subject, only keep them direct and to the point to convince the recipient that you are serious regarding your business.
At the end, in order to win your fight against competitors, you have to stand out of the crowd and show what is unique about your business. Always, look and search for your customers needs and wants to make it true. Finally, be prepared with your attractive profile and loyal referral who are your true representation.
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