Being a freelance web developer started to become a challenge for many people. In many cases, getting the initial customer certification is a daunting task. Many people will tell you that once they build a functional website with a tracking system that displays the number of visits they get, everything will start to happen. Since this will be used as a portfolio site, it will take some effort to use your best skills.
So most importantly, where do you start?
Your portfolio will tell the world what you offer. That’s why it’s important that your portfolio website design portrays you as the preferred freelance web developer. Adding all the necessary features to your website will get you more visits. In addition, the design should be professional and reflect your personality.
With a working website you now have to link it to your social media profile. Occasionally, you can tweet about your progress as a freelance website developer so that potential clients know beforehand who they are dealing with. These proved useful tools for connecting with other people interested in the same field.
Is everything ready now?
Now it’s time for the search committee to get to work. Here you can learn more about the types of customers and how much they are willing to pay for them. Remember your target audience as this will help refine your job search. You also need to decide how to charge and which payment method you prefer.
And last but not least
It’s time to send a message that you are now a freelance web developer. For social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, this shouldn’t be difficult. Send information about your new identity to your social profile. While regularly updating your blog can help increase traffic, you can also use search terms on Twitter to find people who may need a developer. Searching for clients across multiple streams (like your website, social media, and freelancer sites) will help you get a consistent client flow.
Since customers value speed and accuracy, you should try to complete your project ahead of time. Writing guest posts for other web development blogs will also give you much-needed exposure.
In general, it can take a while for the money to roll in, but with a good brand promotion and some volunteer work, you should be absorbed by the market in no time.
So now you’ve all started, and the learning isn’t over yet. You should always work hard to research new trends in delivering business to your customers. As a freelance web developer, you can end up earning more income than working in an office. You’ve just started a free career, covering design and development as well as business acumen, so enjoy!
“What scares you the most is what you have to do.”
I recently listened to a podcast where three successful entrepreneurs talk about what makes them successful. One of them asked others, “If you could go back to the beginning, what advice would you give yourself?” Internet marketer James Schramko made the above point at the time.
Is this true for you? If you’re a freelance writer, I bet you do. It sounded like a gong in my ears. Every freelance writer knows what it feels like to dance around an idea, as if it somehow miraculously arises on its own and realizes it spontaneously. Anyone who has ever dated knows this syndrome.
But it’s one thing to give clichés about breaking fear and nonsense. Everyone knows that we should not be dominated by fear, all we need to be afraid of is fear itself, and so on.
This is a more interesting point. What James said is… what scares you most… is exactly what you should do.
So why does this particular mission, concept, or story idea stand out in the form of The Scary One?
This is a possibility: this is your best chance. This is the one thing you absolutely know that will help your career advancement the most. Wow. The big. The idea started to get disproportionate. It took over. It becomes your identity. In any case, if you sit on it, it will never be rejected. It will always be there to touch, looking back like a moldy old souvenir. “One day…” But if you take it out and get shot, you will suffer as a whole. As you know, the end of life.
Here’s another possibility: The reason it scares you is simply because you know it’s a really good idea. It is not a profession that makes or breaks your career. Just a reliable idea. Some of the psychology above is at work, but in fact the reasons for it are terrible:
When you take action, something changes.
In any case, things are going to change. This may look scary, but it’s okay. By definition, once you take action against something terrible, your life will never be the same.
Same-ol’same-ol’ is the death of the writer. We achieve success by stretching and trying new things.
So what scares you now? At different stages of our career, different things are terrible. I’m throwing out a few options:
Write your first cover letter
Follow up on the application you sent six months ago
Recommend major publications
Ask to interview a resource who will help you create a great story promotion
Organize book proposals
Write an ebook
Start your own blog
Quit your day job
Take a writing course
Try new ways of writing: like copywriting
Create your portfolio website
Sell a lot of stories to publications that pay for real money
Offer to publish a guest post on someone’s blog
Use your writing in new ways, like learning online marketing
Continue with your education
Attend a writers meeting
Give writing courses
Combine your clips together
Adjust some rejected stories and publicity to make them feasible
Buy helpful reference materials to help you write or market better
Whatever one of your terrible things is, please realize that the second situation is true. This is a good idea, not your identity. Whatever happens, your existence will be intact.
You will have more good ideas and you may be on the threshold of more terrible things. But either way, every time you move forward, you become more successful.
You will change. You will grow. You will succeed.
Robert Earl Howells is a freelance writer and winner of the Lowell Thomas 2009 Travel Reporter of the Year Silver Award. He has published more than 1,000 articles in national journals. His eBook Write Where the Money Is describes how a writer learns from his 30 years of experience to become a freelance writer.