With more than 380 million members, LinkedIn is the largest professional network so it is only logical to use it when trying to attract new freelance clients. Surprisingly though, a common mistake freelancers make on LinkedIn is not completing their profiles. So here are some insights how to make a strong LinkedIn profile for freelance success.
Do you know the game Mah Jong? I used to play it a lot back in the day when I didn’t have much work and I was too tired to send yet another cover letter. Playing Mah Jong somehow puts my brain on autopilot and I relax and even recharge. But wait, why am I telling you all this.
While I was playing Mah Jong the other day, I realized it has a couple of things in common with working as a freelancer, and without realizing it at the time, the game has taught me some valuable lessons about freelancing. Are you curious now? Read on.
In my experience as an employee and a freelancer of almost 15 years combined, I’ve encountered hundreds of people, from all walks of life, and yet, all of them had one thing in common.
Do you know what that was?
The need to have someone to guide them as they make their first steps.
That’s exactly the role of the mentor or coach, should you decide to find one.
Now that you know how to differentiate yourself from the competition, it’s time to put yourself in front of the prospective clients you want to work with. You can get freelance work in a few ways – freelance job boards, pitching clients, LinkedIn networking, referrals, and by letting your clients find you. Depending on your profession, skills, experience and comfort zone, you can do either.
It turns out a lot of novice freelancers read my blog but my tips are mostly somewhat advanced. While I help freelancers who have achieved some freelance success and need to take their practice to the next level, many of you struggle with the first steps. So I’ve decided to mix things up a bit and start blogging on Freelance 101 topics.
To make sure I do help novice freelancers indeed, I’d like to ask you – what are your struggles? Leave me a comment with your immediate problem as a starting freelancer and I’ll be sure to include it in my blog editorial calendar.
And if you think you cannot possibly share your problem in a brief comment or a blog post won’t be enough help, I have a contest for you. 😉