Becoming a Professional Freelancer: Tips and Advice

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From Business News Daily, Danielle Corcione offers advice on becoming a freelancers including what to expect for costs and employment taxes.  She also offers her recommendations on how to be successful as a freelancer.  Danielle writes:

Build your online presence. When you apply for a freelance position, the first thing potential clients will do is research your past work. Make sure they find something worthwhile by maintaining a strong online presence.

The most important of all platforms is your own website. Freelance content marketer and blogger Ryan Robinson recommended including examples of your previous work, contact information and testimonials to get started. Depending on your field, it also might be beneficial to be active on social media platforms, such as Instagram’s business option and Facebook pages.

Focus on your best clients. When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, it’s not a bad idea to take on as many jobs as you can to build up your portfolio and potential referral network. But once you’ve established yourself, you can afford to be a little more selective about the clients you take on.

That’s why it’s incredibly important to embrace anchor clients, or those that assign steady, regular work. Contently reports that anchor clients are a crucial part of growing and expanding your income as a freelancer.

Network and maintain relationships. In any business, word-of-mouth referrals are often the best way to generate new leads. When your working relationship with a client ends, keep in touch and reach out from time to time.

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