So, you’re tired of your routine – especially the gruesome commute in the bustling Metro Manila traffic. And it’s been months since you’ve been contemplating on either going to the beach or working as a freelancer. You chose the latter and is now asking yourself, what do I need to get started?
How to get started in freelancing? Here are some tips you can take:
- Work on your portfolio.
Based from experience, I suggest you start working on your portfolio first. Just make sure you don’t violate copyright or non-disclosure agreements with your current employer. Organize your previous work – save them on a dedicated USB or have printed copies to present to your applications or interviews.
- Update your resume.
Include relevant skills and experience and make sure you highlight them well. For your Objectives, tell your future employer the ways how you can be of added value to his company. As a freelancer, present yourself as an expert in the field. The last thing your employer should read in your resume is that you are looking for a place where you will be trained. However, still mention that you are workable and values feedback so you can improve yourself more (again, make it sound that they’ll benefit from it.
- Sign-up in online job portals.
You can find our recommended list here. Make sure that you continuously update your profile. Additional tip: having a professional photo uploaded in your job portal account does wonders! Make time to have one taken and uploaded in your profile.
However, did you know that there are already a lot of companies based in the Philippines that deploy remote or freelancing workers? Explore local job portals where they usually post like BestJobs, PinoyJobs, OnlineJobs, or even Facebook!
- Do a social media accounts-clean up.
Especially for online and remote-based freelancing jobs, your future employers might do a little background check. Now is the time to scan your social media accounts and make sure that there isn’t anything in there that will make you lose your credibility.
- Invest in reliable equipment.
When it comes to digital-based skills, it is highly-recommended to invest on reliable equipment. Reliable doesn’t necessitate high-end, take note. As someone who has the exposure to your niche’s ideal working environment, you definitely know what you need, and these things probably are the same equipment you will also be using in your freelancing job. Don’t expect that your employer will provide these things for you.
- Get yourself a laptop or desktop computer.
In general, one aspiring freelancer must own a laptop or a desktop with decent specifications, depending on the nature of your job. An internet connection is a must-have; make sure you have alternative devices in case your primary one fails. To mitigate the effect of power outages, it is not necessary to buy a generator, but make sure your laptop’s battery is always full. If budget permits, invest in a spare battery or another laptop.
Those are just some of the basic steps you can accomplish to finally jumpstart your freelancing career. Aside from those tips, fill yourself up with lots of patience and due diligence in looking for the best-fit job, especially the first one.
One more tip, take your first job as a charge-to-experience – I mean, have your expectations just a bit realistic so that you’ll have more leeway for growth and learning. You somehow read about many freelancers earning double, triple or even way more than from their corporate 9-5 jobs, but it doesn’t come easy for many. What’s important is that you find joy and purpose in what you do so you can always have something to push you forward when things are tougher.
And practically speaking, make sure you have enough means to sustain your living or your family while you are still starting. As for me, I advise that you don’t leave your current job yet as you explore the opportunities for freelancing. When you already find the traction you need, that is the time you can full embark yourself in the freelancing world.
Have any more tips on how to get started in freelancing? Feel free to comment down below.