Everyone is concerned about a downturn in the global economy. But if you’re a remote freelancer, you’ve left your local in-house job behind and are ready to embrace the exponentially growing outsourcing opportunities in the global marketplace. More and more companies are realizing the benefits of hiring freelancers to work from home, and you’ve started to build your reputation.
Now is the perfect time to improve your freelancer’s competitive advantage, both to get more work and to make themselves more valuable to the next outsourcing employer. Even in this economic climate, here are 10 ways to establish yourself as a freelancer and increase your hourly rate:
10 ways to establish yourself as a freelancer
1. Round your sentence so that the outsourcing employer sees a fixed number. (Consider the outsourcing organization’s markup, any processing fees, and/or tax rates.) If your rate is $20, the company charges $22.22. If you increase the price to $20.70, they pay you $23).
2. Ask your previous freelance clients for opinions and advice. Ask the outsourcing company you did your best work for to give you a brief summary of how well you did on their projects.
3. Look at profiles of freelancers with similar skills that outsourcing companies can charge more for: What do these home workers have that you don’t?
4. Add your freelance skills based on the skills you need the most. The Trends page gives you real-time feedback on current project outsourcing priorities.
5. Use online outsourcing staff to test your freelance skills and get top certifications in your field.
6. Include your most unique skills in your freelancer profile. Employers who hire freelancers post many jobs. You never know when someone may need your VAX mainframe programming skills or your Arabic to English translation skills.
7. Get exposure with outsourcing companies and improve your reputation: Build a good profile for your freelancers on social networking sites, freelancer sites and your professional site. Then connect your expanded freelancer portfolio to your social media profiles and connect your social media profiles to your other websites.
8. Correct your freelancer profiles on any sites you work with, especially if you haven’t since you first created them. Now that you know more about what an outsourcing company thinks, you can give them what they want.
9. Speed up your freelance work search by searching outsourcing lists for things you know you can do, writing a great cover letter for every application, and answering calls when you get them.
10. Don’t sell yourself short and put your freelancers at risk. Outsourcing companies work hard to keep costs down, but stick to professional rates you know you deserve, it’s up to you.
There will always be freelancers who are cheaper than yours. Again, there will always be freelancers with higher rates than yours. Companies that employ freelancers weigh costs based on the freelancer’s reputation, skills, and experience. Set an outsourcing rate that reflects your freelance skills and good feedback, and do your best in your profile, cover letter, and online vendor portfolio to show you deserve that rate. Anyone who can prove that their freelancers are valued will always have a job, even in difficult times.