As mentioned in our previous blog, freelancing in Pakistan is not a new thing. Many freelancers have bagged good money from this industry, many have just dived into it and many like yourself are thinking of getting into this business. To start a freelancing career in Pakistan or even elsewhere there are a few steps that need to be taken by any freelancing aspirant.
First and foremost, you will have to select your area of interest that is what job attracts you the most, something in which you will be comfortable, feasible, and expert in providing services to your clients. Suppose you choose writing as a profession, your writing skills, however good they are, will need some polishing. After doing so, you will have to follow some other essential steps which you will find in detail in the blog below.
So, what do you mean by freelancing?
With the growth in the prevalence of freelance work, many people are taking interest in freelancing. This is because there are more freelancers today than ever before in history. Working on your own, rather than under the supervision of a company or superior is what freelancing is mostly about. It means offering your experiences and/or skills to a variety of clients while remaining independent of a single employer.
Why Would Someone Start A Freelancing Career?
You might ask, over several high-paying and stable jobs that are available in the market, why would someone risk following this new career path? What is the need to start freelancing? Now that you have pointed it out, let us give you a quick tour of its need and the perks that it provides.
- Freelancing can be a way to make extra money. One can start freelancing as a part-time job alongside their permanent job.
- Freelancing can be done remotely from the comfort of your home if you are planning on providing any tech-related writing, or editing type services.
- You will have the authority to decide your hours and days as long as you complete and submit your assigned task before the deadline.
- You are your boss. Once you start getting clients, you can decide the number of projects and time you want to dedicate by yourself.
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A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Start Freelancing In Pakistan
If you are planning to start freelancing work in Pakistan, firstly you will have to specify your goals. What provokes you to start your career as a freelancer? Is freelancing an additional source of income, an opportunity to broaden your work experience or a replacement for full-time employment? After you answer these questions, proceed to the next phase and follow the following steps carefully.
Select And Define Your Field Of Interest Where You Will Be Offering Services
If you are planning on a trip but have not decided on a destination yet, sorry to inform you that you might never go on that trip. It’s a simple rule that you must decide on a destination before planning an entire trip. The same goes for your career. The very first thing you need will be to identify and decide the skill that you will be using to help your clients. You will need to make your expertise available to hit it off as a freelancer.
Polish The Skills Related To Your Field
You must make sure that your skills are of benefit to your targeted customers. Put yourself in the shoes of your ideal customer. Understand that they are here to solve their problems, if you have that skill set that can help resolve their issue, this is it, that’s your strength. Now, it must necessarily be enough. You will have to go the extra mile and polish those skills as per the demand of the market because let us not forget that you are not the only fish in the sea.
Get In Touch With The Targeted Audience
You’ll need to find a target audience now that you have a freelance service to offer. Start searching for clients who will be needing your services. Reach out to those clients, and brief them about your services and expertise. Do not expect a big amount at first. Start low, once you kick-start your career, your price will go up itself.
Build A Portfolio Comprising Your Best Work
Developing a convincing portfolio is an essential step toward becoming a prosperous freelancer. For freelancing earnings in Pakistan or even elsewhere, a portfolio helps to get a project. As a freelancer, your portfolio demonstrates the quality of your work by displaying your achievements and previous projects. This is your chance to demonstrate to clients, rather than simply telling them, how much you are competent. Your portfolio should showcase your best work concerning your service offering.
Establish Links And Contacts With Professionals In The Field
Your customers are your purchasers. Successful freelancers build connections with clients instead of viewing the work as a one-time occasion. Bear in mind that your customers can offer you work again in case you are a good freelancer and build good connections with them, instead of searching for a new unknown expert, they will most certainly be choosing you the second time too.
Try Online Freelancing Platforms; Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr
Freelancing websites in Pakistan such as Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, etc. can assist you in initiating your freelancing career. These platforms offer you the opportunity and space to showcase your skills and experience to clients across the world. You will have to bid at Upwork on different jobs advertised by clients while on Fiverr you will offer your services on your profile alongside prices etc.
So, what do you think? Can you do this? Do you have the ability to acquire these qualities and start freelancing? If the answer is yes, our next blog will guide you on how to use online platforms to start freelancing.
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