Step 1: Creating a great profile
One of the most crucial moments for a freelancer’s success is that initial meeting with a client. If you have the skills to deliver the work that you are bidding on then all you need to do is make sure that client selects you over the other applicants, or at least allows you to move onto future rounds of the selection process.
Tip: Your goal should always be to get MORE time with the client.
Importance of a Profile
Your Freelancer Nation profile is your Freelance Resume and more! This is your first point of reference for a client and is your opportunity to showcase your skills and ability. Make sure to fill it out completely and really sell yourself!
If you don’t complete it, you sell yourself short!
If you’ve already signed up for Freelancer Nation, just log in and select the tab “Be a Freelancer”.
Follow these steps in completing your profile:
Upload a picture:
This is crucial and needs to reflect you and your services. Most of the time when applying for traditional jobs, you won’t attach a picture to your resume but, remember, you get face-to-face interaction in most traditional job applications. Most clients will not see their applicants in person but a picture lets them know you are a real person, with nothing to hide!
Your picture should represent your service offerings. If you are offering business services, a professional photo is advised. If you are offering creative services, showcase your creativity in your profile picture (but still make sure it’s actually you).
As a freelancer, you are a business! Give everyone a description of what your business or your personal service is. Give an overall of what your services are and provide an example of your work or success.
Good Business Description Example
Bad Business Description Example
Categories, Sub-Categories and KSAs:
If you want to be found on Freelancer Nation, you must fill these out. These are a way of categorizing your skill set and service offerings. If a client comes to Freelancer Nation and tries to search based on the required skills, they will use these categories, sub-categories and KSAs.
Here is an example of how clients search for Freelancers:
- Leave this blank.
- Stretch your skills.
- Try to use every category, sub-category and KSA.
- Represent your skills fully.
My Showcase, Work and Resume:
There are two items here, absolutes and suggested uses. You absolutely need to have a resume attached and absolutely need to provide work samples. Your resume is a complete reflection of your experiences and provides insight into your ability (some tips from LinkedIn on writing a compelling resume/CV). Your work samples support and evidence those claims you are making in your resume.
Not everyone is going to have a brochure or a video, so this is optional but suggested.
Note: These are optional if you are NOT offering printed marketing collateral or video marketing as a service. If you are offering these, then you should absolutely have a video or brochure.
Submit your profile
WAIT! Not just yet – go through and proofread. The easiest way to lose a client is to have a small typo. They want someone that’s able to have a high level of attention to detail. Show them you can do it.
Proofread. Proofread again.
Now. Press the submit button and go find some clients!
What do you do when you are looking to apply to jobs? Coming soon – How to Write and Effective Job Application