Starting your freelancing journey on a new platform can be daunting, especially without any prior job stats or reviews. First, creating very impressive profiles are non-negotiable as they serve as a first point of contact to potential customers. Freelancers need to understand that winning or losing customers happen on their profile pages, hence, they must be intentionally created to be super attractive to customers.
Having killer profiles still leave you with zero job stats which may be unattractive to some customers who see you as untested. This is where terawork’s WorkStore and Promo features come handy as they help freelancers jumpstart their careers and secure their early gigs.
WorkStore is terawork’s job board where clients in need of freelancers post their projects to. It offers a diverse range of opportunities, from one-time gigs to long-term contracts. By browsing through the job postings, you can find projects that align with your skills and experience, and apply directly.
Promo page is where freelancers can offer their services at discounted rates. This is one great way to attract your first clients without them being critical about your zero job stats. It allows potential clients to try out your services at a lower cost. By creating a listing on the Promo page, you can showcase your skills and portfolio to potential clients and increase your visibility on the platform.
While these are effective ways to kickstart your freelancing career on terawork, it is important to be aware of the various considerations to make before applying for or accepting freelance jobs, and they are:
1. Make sure you have an understanding of the buyer’s requests
As a freelancer, it is crucial to gain a thorough comprehension of the buyer’s requests before committing to the job. This entails taking the time to ask relevant questions, clarifying any unclear aspects, and ensuring that you have a complete understanding of the project’s scope and expectations.
By taking the initiative to fully understand the buyer’s requests, you not only set yourself up for success by being able to deliver exactly what the buyer needs, but also help prevent any potential misunderstandings or complications down the road.
2. Ensure you have the competency to deliver the buyer’s requests
It is essential that you are competent enough to deliver the buyer’s requests before agreeing to take the job. This means having the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to complete the project successfully and on time.
Taking the time to evaluate your own skills and qualifications can ensure that you are the right fit for the job, and that you can deliver the results the customer needs. This might also lessen your own and the customer’s frustration by avoiding disappointments or misunderstandings you are brewing if you take jobs that you don’t have competence to deliver.
3. Confirm your availability to work and deliver the buyer’s requests on time
Also, before accepting a job, it’s important to establish your capacity to work and make the requested deliveries on time. This entails being truthful about your current schedule and making sure you have the time and resources necessary to finish the project on deadline.
A job’s time and effort requirements should be carefully considered before accepting it because some projects may demand you to spend long hours or overtime. It’s advisable to be honest with the buyer and decline the task if you are unable to devote the necessary time and effort.
4. Offer competitive pricing, and clearly state your deliverables in your quote
When sending your job quotation, it is important to give competitive pricing, timeline and clearly state your deliverables as they are often the critical determining factor. In most cases, the same customers may be talking to lots of freelancers about the same project.
When determining your pricing, it is important to research the market rates for similar services and price your services accordingly. This will help ensure that you are offering a fair and competitive price for your services.
On terawork, sending quotations to customers require: you clearly stating
1. The Project Objectives which is a summary of what the client is requesting of you to do.
2. Adding Quote Lines as much as needed to clearly breakdown tasks you will undertake, detailed description, number of days for delivery and your competitive cost.
3. Deliverables where you list immediate, measurable or verifiable key results that your client should expect. Best practice requires that you write at least one clear deliverable per quote line.
Read our article on how to send a Quote on terawork here
Ensure the quotation you submit covers the entirety of the buyer’s request.
5. Ensure that you provide timely responses to all questions from buyer throughout the project duration
From the moment you start communicating with potential customers till the project is delivered and you get paid, it is crucial to respond to all inquiries from the client in a timely and clear manner.