What is freelancing?
The Oxford definition for freelance is as follows:
“Working for different companies at different times
rather than being permanently employed by one company.”
In addition, we can say freelancing is
“A business started by an individual that markets a service.”
Read here why freelancing as a full-time career?
How to start working at Freelancer.com
Click here to go on freelancer.com and Click sign up button at the top right corner.
Enter your active email id, user name and create a strong password.
If you have some skills and want to earn money then you have to select option “work” else you can select “Hire”, if you want to get something done for your projects.
You can also click on “Sign up with Facebook” for a quick sign up.
Here you have to select one broad category in which you have great skills to work on.
For example, I am selecting “Writing & Content”.
You will see various skills related to writing & content. You have to select up to 20 skills and click continue.
Next, you will see a number of jobs related to your skills. You can also bookmark interesting projects on which you want to work and then click continue.
Now you have to provide your preferred payment methods. Freelancer.com provides you great flexibility to deposit or withdraw your payment. You can select either credit / Debit card or PayPal as per your convenience.
Adding Payment method will help you to verify your identity as well as build trust.
One of the best advantage to verify payment method is that freelancer.com will give you access to a free 1-month trial of professional membership.
After verifying your preferred payment method, you have almost done sign up process. Here, you will see how dashboard of freelancer.com looks like.
First, you have to verify your email id, you have provided at the time of registration. If you did not receive Email for verification then you can click on “Resend Email” button.
When you complete email verification, you will get a new notification to verify your mobile number. Click on “Verify via SMS”.
Select your country and enter your active Phone number.
By clicking on “Send Verification Code”, you will get a verification code on your phone, enter a code in the box shown below and click “Verify code”.
After verifying your Phone number, you will see your profile page. Here, you will be asked to enter your personal details.
By clicking on Notification option, you can set an email alert for new projects placed/updated/retracted, contests, local jobs, private messages and other notifications.
Here you can set your membership details. Your current membership will be free and you will get a professional membership for 1 month if you have verified your account successfully.
Click on button “Click here” and claim your free trial now.
You can change your password anytime by entering a new password here.
If you wish to add other payment methods, click on “+Payment Method” button.
You can also set your tax information here.
To increase trust between employers and freelancers, Freelancer.com uses a Trust score to indicate the trustworthiness of a freelancer. You will get a score between 0 to 100 by linking your freelancer account with your social accounts, verifying the email address and phone number. If you have high score means your chance of being hired by employers is high.
Here you can set your freelancer profile to be searched by a number of other freelancers and follow you. You can also switch your account type from “Work” to “Hire” and vice-versa.
If you wish to deactivate your profile from freelancer.com, you can simply close your account by clicking on a button “Close My Account”.
We have one last work to do is to set up your profile, which will be visible to other freelancers and employers. To edit your profile please click on a “Profile” button.
Now, Click on Edit Profile,
You can upload your profile picture, Enter your personal headline (Ex: Best Graphics Designer, Passionate Writer, etc…)
Enter your professional summary to describe yourself and about your skills.
You can also set per hour price rate to get paid per hour.
Scroll down to the page and you will find “Add portfolio” section. To highlight your work to your potential clients, you would naturally want to give them samples of your work.
Click +Add Portfolio Item.
Select the file type, provide a title description and upload your sample work.
You can upload the following file types with their corresponding maximum sizes and formats.
Select the skills related to the sample work and Click Save.
After adding your sample work click on Go back to profile page.
Scroll down to the page and you will find an option named “Get Certified”.
Freelancer.com tests your skills to certify your potential employers. Employers review your skills when awarding projects and having skill tests will increase your chances of being awarded.
You will also see options to add your experience, Educational qualifications, Other Certifications, and publications. Adding all these information will also increase your chances of being hired.
Update your top skills here by clicking on +Skills button
You can also browse other freelancer’s profile similar to you.
Please make sure that you can upload your cover picture only if you are subscribed to a paid membership plan.
Click on View Profile button to save your profile changes.
Congratulations, you have successfully created an impressive profile on freelancer.com. I wish you all the best for your future projects. In next article, we will learn about how to bid on new projects and start earning successfully.
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