I am avid quora reader , Many people ask me about my freelancing experiences . Some asked me how to start with freelancing . How to start making websites and delivering them to the clients. Here is am mentioning all facts and procedure.
There is no formal process of starting freelancing , Not any age bar , not any location bar nor any educational qualification requirement. All you need is excellent communication skills ( English is must for international freelancing ) and skills , Be the jack of all talents and master of some.
If you know web development , Then these are steps to start a career as full or part time freelancers.
How to start:
First get a proper photo identity card like driving licence , voter id , school .college id as many freelancing website requires it.
Start your own blog . Get a domain name , a hosting and start your own blog with some articles related to your skill. You can also take my help via contact form ( premium service ) or schedule an appointment with me for some charges. I will guide you . Also i can create a nice website for you.
Signup on various websites like freelancer etc. I shared the list of some websites in the article Top 5 websites for freelancer work
After signup . Complete your profile, get some tests completed. Upwork offers free test while freelancer charges $$ for tests. The test will help you in getting reqrds points on freelancer and it also helps you in getting jobs as client knows you are master in the skill. UK & US english test are important for Indian or non english freelancers. They should pass it as many clients post job with requirement of UK.US english test passed freelancers.
You have to start bidding on the jobs related to your skill sets. For bidding you need to write compact and useful proposals , You can share your portfolio with client , if you dont have any website in portfolio you can show your blog to client as portfolio item. So blog must be up to date and responsive.
Once any client respond to you never try to force him to hire you. Discuss the jobs in detail and note down the points. Ask him questions regarding the job. clear your all doubts before accepting the projects.
Ask for atleast 50% milestone if job is greater than $100. If it is below $100 ask the client for full milestone. Never force the client to release the milestone before starting the work.
After getting the job
After getting the job , you must get the job done on time and with high quality , Dont focus on budget Just do high quality work.
Submit the work after completing it. If client ask any changes do it happily . Request to release the milestone and give feedback. If he is happy he will give feedback.
Always prefer freelancer chat as in case of any dispute freelancer always favor client.
To avoid disputes try to solve the matters by mutual talk. If client need genuine refund . Offer him atleast 50% refund and atmost 80%.
Always upload or showcase the project done by you on freelancer or upwork portfolio . Also be active in blogging .
In this way you can make name and fame with a lot of money.