Table of content
After reading this article you will know
- The importance of High Quality content
- How to be Cautious about dealing outside Platform
- When to ask for high rates
- Keeping in account of all costs
Poor Quality Content
One of the most important and first ever factor that I have emphasized most throughout my freelancing career is providing Quality content. For example I took my first assignment on the night I got my profile(link) approved in People per hour (link). And provided one of the finest quality of work I have ever given. I had never given such a good assignment even in my own student life than to the first client I worked with. The response was an good review and a 5 star rating that lead me to CERT 3 level with just a few jobs (all had good ratings and reviews).
Its not that you will never get a job as a freelancer just because you provide poor quality content. You seriously get some jobs but I guarantee you , that surely would be JUST A FEW JOBS and nothing else for future. Even with those jobs you will end up having bad reviews and zero rating that would have a negative effect on your profile apart from the time you must have already wasted over working for them.
So to all the freelancer out there, polish your skill set before you head to the market of freelance Jobs. Learn and take online course, practice consistently and understand your work from all dimensions. Without the ability to provide something out of the box, you will only be apart of the same crowd that whines about not getting a Job rewarded in freelancing platforms. Aim for the work and attitude of “BE THE ONE AND ONLY”
- Freelancing Basics with People per hour
- How to write a proposal to your client
- How to start a blog in less than 15 minutes
Negotiating outside the platform
Few days ago one my freelance mates messaged me that he wants to get rid of the fees cost of the freelance platform which is why he decided to negotiate for payment provided outside the platform. Guess what ! The client never replied back and he lost a big deal.
I would never suggest any freelancer to negotiate outside any of freelancing platform with the condition that the client has found you from the same platform. In fact for beginner freelancers, websites like People per hour, freelancer and Upwork is a great way to build up your portfolio that consequently would bring about your own credibility. Additionally, it always takes a little time to be known in your niche. So unless you aren’t an expert freelancer, already known to the market and have worked with enough people who than recognizes you as brand – you must not negotiate outside such platforms follow the rules in accordance to the tasks provided.
Although it okay to provide your Skype details in case if the client wants to proceed with formal audio conversation so to be sure he/she has got the right person or in case if it wants to provide further information related to the task assigned yet you always have to be careful when it comes to finalizing payments.
The right time to ask for higher rates
It might be hard for people who have just started working as freelancer with no prior information about how this business work. Especially, if you are young coupled with a small skill set an wandering around various platforms to find some work. For such individuals, begin with low price and provide more to the first few clients until you are credible enough. Like I said, it takes a little time to build up your portfolio if you don’t have any past experiences. So the provide more strategy works quiet well for level 1 and 2 freelancer until you reach to high level where you must first head towards the options of changing your per hour rates and negotiating a higher fixed price. I started doing that when I reached to level 3 in writing category. I knew that the type of work I was already providing was far better than a lot of other freelancers but I was waiting for the right time to raise my price. By then, you have build up your portfolio and you are capable of defending your right for the high rates you provide.
Never ignore the platform fees
Whenever you are negotiating for your price, never ignore the platform fees. For example if Presto expert has 30% of fees, ask for the amount of work you deserve apart from the 30% fees. People per hour has different fee structures. If you are negotiating for the first time you will have 8% fees in the beginning. If you are again negotiating in the same work stream for another work and the clients pays you again, the fees are lower. I had a client with whom I worked for long term and I didn’t released that in the same work stream I was having lower fees cost from ever prior payment provided. I must admit this is a worth praising option by people per hour.
Many clients are not familiar with the platform since they more interested to get their work done instead of knowing the overall website. Which is also one of the reasons that they have no idea that both them and Us (freelancer) have cut-out fees for each transaction done. In such cases you can mention the percentage of fees that every platform deducts from your transaction to justify your price rates.
Thus, freelancing isn’t just about working all the time. It requires a set of organized actions that can boost up your sales and consequently your level.