Every passing day sees the digital activities of individuals increasing significantly. We now communicate more through the Internet and we now spend more time on our phones and computers carrying out several Internet-related activities. Today, there are millions of people across the world that makes their earnings from working remotely in their country of origin, while working for people in other countries and continents. They can easily get their earnings through payment platforms that are supported by the freelancing company or directly sent to their bank account. If you want to join people who work remotely and earn money as freelancers, here is how to become a freelancer in 2020.
Get the equipment that you will need
The first thing you will need to do is get the equipment you will need to work. What you will need to work as a freelancer include a computer, access to the Internet, and access to a constant power supply. Having a phone would also come in handy to make communication easier. This will make it possible to reach you even when your computer is not on. You could easily get messages on your phone while on the go and return it. Your computer will be required to carry out the tasks that have been assigned to you by a freelancer. You might sometimes have to research the process of carrying out the tasks that would require the Internet connection. The Internet connection and the computer will also be required for the process of searching for jobs, applying, accepting the job offer, submitting completed tasks, and communicating among others. The constant power supply will contribute to helping you work smoothly and not miss deadlines. It is worthy of note that missing deadlines is one of the factors that could easily damage your freelancing reputation and career.
Apart from the equipment, you will need, you will also need knowledge. There are many types of services you can render on freelancing platforms. It could be writing, website design, graphic artist, and/or software development among others. It is necessary to have enough knowledge to properly carry out the tasks as most clients will require high-quality work. Thus, before you start offering your services online, you need to take out time to learn what you need to know about the job type you want to offer online.
Find experts online that can help
After learning, you will need some sort of mentorship. You do not want to make silly mistakes when you start parading yourself as a professional on freelancer and seeking for the job. You could first find an expert online who you could work with for little or no income for a few weeks. They will be able to assign you to work, correct the work, and help you know areas you need to improve. When you have achieved such improvement, you can subsequently start applying for work online. One of the platforms where you can find experts that could help you is on Fiverr.
Start small and grow
When you are just starting with a fresh account, you should not start with a high paying job. Most people who are willing to pay handsomely will want to get the best people to work for them. They recognize the best people through how much jobs they have been awarded, their completion rate, and how much positive reviews they have gotten. A new freelancer with less than 5 reviews or no reviews at all will stand no chance. Hence, you should start by looking out for jobs that pay little that the experienced and costlier freelancers will not be interested in. The jobs will help you build your career till when you have a substantial number of positive reviews, then you can start looking for higher-paying jobs. However, there is also the option of bidding for both low and higher-paying jobs when you are not limited by the number of bids you can place, as you could get lucky. However, if you have a limited number of bids, then you want to bid on a project that you would have a higher chance of being awarded.