How to Become a Freelancer with No Experience

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Interested in becoming a freelancer with no experience? You probably have multiple questions running through your mind.  You are not alone! 

How to Become a Freelancer with No Experience
Interested in becoming a freelancer with no experience?  You probably have multiple questions running through your mind.  You are not alone!

What does it mean to become a freelancer with no experience? 

  • You are your own boss
  • You find answers to your own questions
  • Look for your own clients

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Type of Freelance Work

  • Accountant
  • App Developer
  • Artist
  • Barber
  • Blogger
  • Bookkeeper
  • Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • E-Commerce Seller
  • Graphic Designer
  • Hairdresser
  • Health Instructor
  • Lawyer
  • Photographer
  • Programmer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Transcriber
  • Tutor
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Writer

How to Prepare for Potential Clients

The very first thing I suggest before looking for freelance work with no experience is be prepared.  You are probably asking what does be prepared mean?  Well, before going out and approaching possible clients make sure you can provide samples of your work or recommendations provided by other clients. 

Samples of your work can include written articles, created websites, products you made, pictures you took and so on.

Recommendations can be reviews given by other clients or written letters from other clients who are willing to share their experience.

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How to Attract Clients If You Have No Work Experience

The type of freelance work you do will help to determine what marketing options you have.  For instance, if you are selling products you make think about selling on Etsy or setup a website with Shopify.  A social media manager will want to advertise on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms.

Consider creating a blog to allow potential clients to read and understand who you are and what services or products you provide.  Starting a WordPress Blog Using SiteGround allowed me to reach out to you, other individuals, and business owners who I can help based on my own experiences and skills.

Other ways to reach out to potential clients are:

  • Network with others in your field
  • Attend business events
  • Sign up for freelance platforms like Upwork
  • Advertise on Google
  • Run ads on Facebook and Instagram
  • Create YouTube videos
  • Email marketing
  • Direct mail
  • Advertise on Pinterest using Tailwind

Volunteer or Look for Level Entry Work

When you choose to become a freelancer with no experience it is important to set realistic goals.  Do not get me wrong it is exciting to work for yourself; however, if you do not have experience as a freelancer you will likely be passed up for the higher paying freelance jobs.

In the beginning think about volunteering your work for a free review or recommendation.  Look for level entry jobs that will let you bring in money while growing your profile and name within your industry. 

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It is rewarding to be your own boss; however, to become a freelancer with no work experience is hard work for anyone.  My suggestions to you are:

  1. Pick your type of freelance work
  2. Prepare for potential clients
  3. Determine how you will attract clients
  4. Consider how you will get your first job

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