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What Do Online Freelancers Do?
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Finding and Completing Projects
Managing your business (see above)
and developing your career (see below) are both important, but are support
activities. The majority of your time as a freelancer will be spent looking
for projects, and of course, completing them: doing whatever freelance
voodoo you do. :) When you’re freelancing online there is a specific
sequence of tasks that you’ll follow to find projects, bid on them,
deal with clients and much more. This is all done via online freelance
marketplaces, websites designed specifically for clients and contractors
to list and bid on freelance work. I cover all of this in more detail
in the following topic.
Developing Your Online Freelancing
Good freelancers know that freelancing
is about more than just finding projects, completing them and getting
paid. To really be successful, you must view your activities as a career,
just as you would if you were working for a big company. Like a full-time
career, a freelancing career won’t happen on its own; you must
develop it through a variety of activities:
- Managing and responding to feedback from clients.
- Following up with clients to develop long-term
relationships and encourage follow-on projects.
- Moving clients off-site when doing so is permitted
by the marketplace where you first met them.
- If possible, complementing projects obtained from
online freelancing marketplaces with those obtained from other sources,
both offline and in the “real world”.
- Improving your freelancing skills, through education
and other endeavors.
- Expanding your horizons into related work areas,
to increase the breadth of projects you can work on.
- Developing relationships with other freelancers.
The chapter Developing Your Freelancing Career will be devoted to a further exposition on these issues.
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