You must have heard the term “I am a freelancer” when you asked someone about what they do for a living. Your family member, colleague, or a friend might be doing freelancing and trust me; I’ve seen people who have quit their regular jobs to start freelancing.

Different factors have contributed to changing people’s mentality regarding a regular 9 to 5 job and shift towards freelancing. So, what is freelancing? And how to become a successful freelancer?

What is Freelancing?

Freelancing is a contract-based job, and instead of being recruited or hired by an organization, you can use your experience and skills to deliver services to your clients. For example, if you’re a content writer, you can start selling your content writing services and produce content for your clients.

Secondly, most of the freelancing work can be done from the comfort of your home by getting orders from different freelancing websites but don’t associate it with a work-from-home job. If you’re doing freelancing work in some organization in your country, the client may ask you to come to the office.

Who is Freelancer?

Freelancer is the person who is self-employed and who earns money by selling his skills or, in simple terms, a freelancer is a person who makes his or her living via freelancing. There are two primary sources of earning clients, firstly third-party freelance marketplaces, and secondly, a person using his network to get clients.

How to Become a Successful Freelancer?

There is a difference between becoming a freelancer and becoming a successful freelancer. In order to become a freelancer, you have to visit the freelance marketplaces create your account and start bidding on the projects. Once the buyer or client selects you based on your skills and pitch, you’ll get the order and start earning.

We’ll discuss how to become a successful freelancer later, but first, let’s talk about different freelancing websites or marketplaces that can get you started as a freelancer.

  • FIVERR: It is one of the largest freelancing websites, all you need to do is create an account, and it’s free, post your gig or services that you want to offer, and you’re done.
  • Upwork: It is one of the best and biggest freelancing websites, where you can find clients and get started as a freelancer.
  • com: It is one of the oldest and biggest freelancing platforms for freelancers; all you need to do is create an account, post your services, you’re done.

Now, the question is how to become a successful freelancer? Here are a few things that you can do to become a successful freelancer.

  • Be polite and patient with your clients, and that’s the key, listen to their requirements, if they want revisions, you should provide them. It will help you to create a loyal client; if you are patient, the client will work with you for a long time.
  • Try to deliver high-quality work if you want to become a successful freelancer. Low quality work will downgrade your reputation, and you will get little or no work at all.
  • Finally, market yourself, use social media channels, or create your portfolio website and create your brand, and that will help you in becoming a successful freelancer.

So, now you know what freelancing is, who is freelancer, and how to become a successful freelancer. If you’re thinking of starting your career as a freelancer, we wish you all the best!

Author's Bio: 

My name is James K Meyer. I have been an entrepreneur and passionate blogger for over a decade, during which time I have written thousands of articles on my blog and many other publications. I write about Business, Health, Technology, Automobiles, Legal, Hospitality and much more. I am also an active contributer on Entrepreneur, Forbes, NYTimes.