When you tell a person you do an online freelance job, you often get a pleasant, admiring reaction.
The thought of working in pajamas, completing a task without a nosy boss around, and escaping the morning rush hour is an enticing idea. On top of that, a freelancer’s flexible work schedule and mobility appeal to most people.
With these perks, more and more professionals consider quitting their corporate job to look for greener pastures online.
However, many of them hesitate simply because they don’t know how to start. In an attempt to help resolve this issue, here are some practical ways on how to prepare for a freelance career:
Review Your Social Media Profiles
With prospective clients living thousands of miles away from you, checking your online presence becomes an efficient way of validating your identity, skills and personality. Hence, before you actively look for an online job or freelance project, make sure that you have reviewed your social media accounts. Does your LinkedIn profile contain relevant career information? Do you have an online portfolio? Have you removed your drunk or lewd photos from your Facebook profile? Remember that anything you publicized may make or break your freelance career.
Create a PayPal Account
Online freelancers are usually paid for their services through online money transfers, and the most commonly used platform is PayPal. Thus, don’t wait for your first employment contract before you create a PayPal account and have it validated. While looking for opportunities, learn how to issue an online invoice and transfer your money to your local bank. For first-timers, learning all these procedures may be confusing, but you will get the hang of it soon.
Learn How To Use Skype Effectively
During the recruitment process, some clients would like to interview (voice or chat) you to gauge your capabilities for the position. Since the most frequently utilized service is Skype, it’s highly recommended that you master its features. Once you are hired for the job, most likely you will still use it for instant messaging, meetings, video conferences, and file transfers. Make sure you also invest in a quality headset. You will seem incompetent with a defective earphone.
Familiarize Yourself with Cloud Storage Platforms
Most clients, especially the established ones, want to have work-related data stored in one place, remotely backed up, and readily accessible by other team members. This is why many use cloud storage platforms such as Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, or Box. If you’re venturing into a freelance career, be familiar with these platforms ahead of time so you can easily adjust with the work procedures. You can start with Dropbox; it’s free and easy to use.
As you may have noticed, all the aforementioned steps have something to do with the web.
Needless to say, this implies you should have an Internet savvy attitude to succeed in online freelancing. As you work with more clients, you will be asked to use more complicated platforms. If you don’t have the patience to learn new apps and services, you will fail to keep up with the job requirements.