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Easy steps to get hired and earn as Freelancer

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by sam.hunt0710, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. sam.hunt0710

    sam.hunt0710 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    We are taking about Elance to start .

    Create a good profile over elance


    1. Add a attractive tagline for your business.
    2. Add a decent overview about yourself / about your company.
    3. Make your profile 100% complete.
    4. Add best examples of your work in your portfolio with description , keywords.
    5. Add professional service description , What services you are providing.
    6. Place Keywords according to the service you are providing.
    7. Try to get Verified Credential for your profile it will cost you 10$-25$ according to your location

    Give test so that you can show your clients that you have knowledge in your field.

    1. Try to achieve marks in top 30%.
    2. You can create a fake account give test from that account most of the time questions are repeated so that you will have some ideas what kind of questions come.
    Before Posting any proposal over a project try to get the client info
    1.How many projects he/she has posted.
    2.His/Her joining date.
    3.How many projects he/she has awarded.
    4.How much he/she has spent on projects.
    5.Whether he/she has given good review or not.

    Writing a good Proposal

    Now here comes the most tricky part
    1.Never send copy+paste proposal .

    2.You can copy header and footer of the proposal but you need to explain the client what you have understood from his project description.

    3.Start your proposal with client name if you can get from his info . Never start with Dear sir , Respected sir , Hello sir etc. If you can't get client name start with Hello Mate , Hello Prospective client etc.

    4.Never leave your direct contact detail in your proposal you will get banned from that freelancing site.

    5.When a project owner send you a PM( Personal Message ) then you can ask him to add you on his skype , gtalk or any other platform where you want to have easy conversation with your client .

    6.Never try to do deal outside the freelancing site or ask your client to make deal outside freelancing platform.

    7.Always post some decent example of your previous work done as per the client requirements.

    8. Read complete project description before placing your proposal cause sometime client ask service provider to mention any given word , number , answer to a question in the starting of the proposal . If you have not done that client will reject your proposal without even going through your proposal.

    When the project is awarded to you or your agency clear out each and every point regarding the project description , Tell your client how you will complete the job.

    Send him / her weekly report on time if it is fixed price project , in case of hourly price project elance will be sending report.

    After completion of the project ask for star rating and a positive feedback as it will help you alot in getting further client.


    Enjoy getting projects and see money rolling in .

    Sorry For my bad english.
     
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  2. American Trends

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    Bro, want to ask about point no. 5 in writing a good proposal section, while doing a personal chat are we allowed to ask about skype or gtalk or something, won't it result into a ban?
     
  3. sam.hunt0710

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    Wait for the client to send you message first , when you get message from his side .

    You can give your skype / gtalk details .

    Avoid giving contact details at the time when you are sending your proposal.
     
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    It sometimes is not enough to simply do all this, you must also have some type of experience or referral list. Sometimes even doing charity work for others in exchange for reviews will be the boost you need to get the projects awarded to you.
     
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    Yes, as he asked I too want to know, how difficult it is to get your first project when you have no reviews in such sites.
     
  6. sam.hunt0710

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    So after struggling for your first project and you are not getting success in that you can do this

    1. Ask your friend to create a account in " WANT TO HIRE " section of elance.
    2. Verify his account by authenticating his credit card .
    3. Never use credit card issued to same person / same address.
    4. Ask him to post a project in the category you are working in.
    5. Make a proposal on that project.
    6. Ask your friend to send PM to your profile and 2-3 other profiles also so that discussion looks legit on elance.
    7. After some discussion that friend will award that project to you and will send you details regarding the project.
    8. Start working on the fake project :)
    9. Send report to your friend on daily basis about status of the work.
    10. After 2-3 days mark job as completed and ask your friend to give you 5* rating and positive feedback.

    This will improve your ranking and level according to the project price also.
    Try not to use similar net connection.
     
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  7. aaron kev

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    But what if we client is asking for previous projects/ sample projects? As a new freelancer, what should I do ?
     
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    Yo Aaron,

    Through my experience, I would go for a job and propose way below their budget. When you are talking to the client tell him you are going low for a good review. I do not recommend doing this for a big project, as then it is not worth going extremely low. I built a basic logo for someone who's budget was around $25 and I proposed $5. I mentioned that I was going low for reviews and he hired me. He gave me a five star review which then led to many more jobs. Rating is a key factor many people look for when hiring. Wish you luck. I also recommend using Upwork as I have found there isn't nearly as much competition since in the beginning they look at your profile before you are allowed to post/apply which takes a day or two. This filters out tons of people which leads there to be a great ratio of Clients to Freelancers. A job is posted almost every minute and competition ranges from 1-30 people depending on the job. The jobs I normally apply for have around seven freelancers who applied. Also thank you Aaron for showing me this amazing thread from Sam.

    best regards,
    Alex
     
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