Are you tired of beating the daily traffic and enduring the unforgiving weather just to go to work everyday? Do you think you’re wasting more time coming to work than actually spending time with your loved ones?
If your answers to these questions are yes, then it’s probably time you quit your job and look for opportunities at the comfort of your home. Nowadays, more and more Filipinos are giving up their office-based jobs to work from home.
In an article published by the Entrepreneur, a married couple who have been doing freelance work for years now shared tips and tricks in becoming successful in the online world.
Anna and Dan (not their real names) can now earn comfortably while spending quality time with their daughter because of their freelance work. Anna, who has taken a variety of jobs like sales, lead generation, virtual assistance and customer service, has been working in the freelance site Upwork for almost eight years now. A web developer, Dan decided to go full time on freelance work years later.
By doing full-time freelance work, Anna gets to earn about P50,000 monthly, while Dan can get as much as P80,000 in a month.
“Now, I can work while watching movies or series and play with my baby girl,” Anna told Entrepreneur.
Here are some of their tips to be successful in home based freelancing.
1. Invest on your profile.
In order to get hired, you need to have a very good profile that perfectly describes your skills, credentials and attitude towards work. Since not everyone has time to read, make your profile easier to browse and less wordy.
2. Always be connected.
Many employers prefer hiring candidates who are always within reach. Make sure to connect your mobile phone to your profile so employers can easily contact you. Keep in mind that you could lose the opportunity to get hired if you don’t respond promptly to potential employers.
3. Do background checking on your employers.
There are many bogus employers out there looking for preys in freelance sites. In order to avoid them, take time to research about your potential employer. You can do this by checking reviews and feedbacks on their profile made by previous employees. You can also do a quick Google or LinkedIn search about them or their company. If you happen to be victimized by a bogus employer, report them immediately to the freelance site.
4. Be on the lookout for opportunities.
There are tons of freelance opportunities online and you just need to be quick in applying. Once an employer posts a job opening, it could only take several minutes before others candidates submit their applications. Also, newbies in freelance sites are initially given about 10 to 20 chances in applying so make sure to apply wisely.
5. Quality over quantity
While it may be tempting to get as many jobs as you can, the quality of your work will certainly be compromise. Not only will it cost you your job, it will also affect your rating and lower your chance of getting hired again. You can always accept jobs from multiple clients but make sure that you’ll be able to deliver.
6. Don’t sell yourself short.
Are you afraid that no one will hire you if you charge a little higher than other freelancers? If you think you have the skills, don’t sell yourself short. Don’t be afraid to say not to offers that are lower than your asking price. According to Anna, companies who offer higher are usually the legit ones.
7. Get hired directly.
Some “agents” of employers on freelance sites scout for candidates in social networking sites and get commission once the candidate gets accepted for the job. Instead of getting hired by an agent, apply directly using official freelance site so you can get the full price of your work.