Eight tips to start as a freelancer in Hong Kong
Every day there are more people in Hong Kong decide to become freelancers and take advantage of their talent and skills, without having to meet schedules in a company. If this is your case and you are starting to create your own business, remember that although there are many advantages that this lifestyle offers, there are also many points that you should consider to achieve lasting success.
Starting is not easy. That's why at the beginning many freelancers feel lost and do not know how to go forward and counteract the daily challenges. It is normal to have doubts about this new, wide and competitive world. These tips will help you to take off and leave fear aside:
1. Sign up on various job platforms
When you start working as a freelancer it is difficult to find clients. That's why employment websites like freelancing.hk have been created that allow you to find clients and projects. To start, you must register on the platform and create your profile, giving your experience and your portfolio. Remember to point to the niche that best suits your experience.
2. Build your own brand and differ from other freelancers
The first thing the client does is analyse the profile of the potential suppliers, this includes resume, portfolio, social networks, blogs and references. That is why it is important that you keep all these channels updated and in constant growth. Do not forget that your brand is your cover letter to the world.
Remember that when the skill you offer is new and specific, the chances of being selected are increased.
3. Make your offers the most attractive in the market
Outside there are hundreds of freelancers competing in your field. This is why it is important that when proposing for a project you follow these tips:
Read the description carefully and let the client know if you have doubts or if something is not clear. Be as specific as possible regarding the price you will charge and the time it will take to deliver it. If you have examples of similar projects that you have made previously, provide them to the customer. Be confident in what you are offering and remember that you are a freelancer on the road to success. If you analyse the proposal and you think that the client could focus the project more or could add more information, do not limit yourself.
4. Offer reasonable rates for the market
Money is one of the issues that worries most freelancers, especially beginners. It is important not to forget that, although getting projects is important, receiving the right amount is also important. Do not set low prices just for fear that another freelance will take away your work. Try to find a price that is just as acceptable for you as it is for your client.
5. What is your best time of day? Take advantage of it!
We know that one of the advantages of being a freelance is the flexibility of schedules. However, if you want to be successful, it is advisable to establish a work schedule and adjust to it. For this to really work, choose the hours in which you feel most creative, productive and calm.
6. Do not be afraid to say no
The time will come when you are with a very high workload and tight delivery dates. That's when the balance between doing the job well or doing it quickly becomes complicated. Do not feel bad if you have to refuse to carry out certain projects. The client will understand that you are declining because of excessive work and not because you are an irresponsible professional. If this is the case, it is important that you keep aware of that customer and contact him again to offer your help in the near future.
7. The key is in communication
Clients and sources are the most important channels in freelance work, and that is precisely why communication with them is vital for the development of projects to be successful. If you have doubts, ask. If you have new ideas, propose them. Do not fall for the basics, become an innovator.
8. Go out and see the world
To get known it is important that you attend events, conferences and meetings related to your area. There you will meet people who can give you work, recommend you to someone else or become your ally when you need another freelancer to carry out a project. Reach out and leave your comfort zone.
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This article was published in the Freelancing.HK-News 59.