Freelancing is not always a bed of roses. There will come a point when freelance jobs are scarce and you will be left with nothing to do. This can be a huge problem especially if freelancing is your bread and butter. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!
How to Keep a Steady Stream of Freelance Jobs?
1. Maintain a connection with your previous clients
More than having their names and emails saved on your mailbox or phonebook, remember how you worked with these clients. This is a must before you try to contact them again. A simple hi and hello is not enough especially if you are looking beyond the normal “keeping in touch” thing. You are eyeing for possible new projects with them, remember?
Now’s the time to make use of your social media accounts. You can join groups related to your niche and tag along with their discussions. Reach out to your fellow freelance writers or web designers. Participate in forums. Once they are aware of your presence, pitch in your desire to land on new projects. Let them know your skills and expertise. Potential clients may not be them, but they could refer you to their friends or someone they know who needs your services.
3. Learn new skills
It is always best to have back up skills other than the one you already have. If you have more than one, chances are, you will never run out of projects. It’s like becoming a “Jack of All Trades”. Just do not go beyond your perimeter. If you are into freelance writing, you should keep off from web designing as learning might eat up most of your time. Learn SEO instead or something that is more connected to writing.
4. Tap into reliable online jobs marketplace.
Jobs posted from online jobs marketplace may offer rates lower than your usual charge, but it will suffice especially if you are willing to grab two or more. These Micro Jobs will fill in the gap of your financial resources, plus you can add the experience you’ve got to your digital portfolio.
Many people are tempted to go into freelancing but they are also aware of the uncertainties that come along with it. So, if you are about to end a contract and don’t know if you will be having a new one— just remember these tips and you’re good to go!
p.s. Got more tips to add on this list? Please share…