How to start up as a remote worker telecommuting
This usually takes some perseverance. Getting clients without any previous experience tends to mean offering a really competitive rate. Some of the apps below work on a points and recommendation basis, so the feedback from previous clients are the testimony that you are a great person for the job, can be relied upon to deliver what’s required and within the deadlines set. Starting off with a low rate to increase your chances of getting jobs is advisable; it allows you to build up a portfolio of previous work with positive feedback which enables you to command more, as your work level and experience grows and speaks for itself. Then you will attract higher paying clients.
Submitting your proposal
When you submit a bid to a potential client, you want to impress and stand out from the many other candidates bidding for the same job. A strong cover letter that you can adapt to each individual proposal is vital. Presenting yourself to show all your key attributes and highlighting your skills plus experience is most important at this stage, cover the obvious and be unique. Don’t be afraid to embellish and emphasis all your work experience even things that may not directly relate, many skills can be transferable.
Know your worth
Research your competition and know the rates paid for the skills you are offering. Get yourself some strong role models, follow people who do what you do on their social media platforms to get inspired and gain helpful tips. These people/companies are sure to give you ideas and ways to improve your offer to your clients.
The platforms to use
The following platforms, websites and apps can help to get off to a great start, most will take a percentage of your earning for use of their platform, which is well worth it considering they bring you directly to a large selection of employers covering all different sectors of business and will save you a lot of time and money in the start up process. It will make finding your first clients much easier. It’s a great starting point to get those recommendations and build up a reputation gaining some invaluable experience:
- Freelancer.com – variety of work, bidding
- Upwork – variety of work, bidding
- People per hour – originally UK based now worldwide
- Guru – variety of work
- Fiverr – Logo Design, Translation Services, Voice-Overs, Video Animation, Intros, Caricatures
- Working nomads – large range of telecommuting roles
- Babbletype.com – transcription/proofreading/translation
- ratracerebellion.com – has a big listing of work from home jobs
- ifreelance – lets you keep all your earnings, no commission
- remoteok.io – works as a search engine for remote jobs
Once you have that job
Go at it with all the passion you have and be aware of the advantage of going the extra mile, putting in more than the client expects will always impress and winning points will keep you at the forefront for future work. This extra attention could be what potentially secures you an ongoing working relationship with the employer.
Productivity and time management
These are two further factors that will ensure you’re successful in your new freelancing career. There are a variety of apps out there that will help you with these, look out for our future blogs to learn more about them.