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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 Career

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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