How to become top 1 in your category as a freelancer in 1 year

How to become top 1 in your category as a freelancer in 1 year

It’s been a year now that I’ve been working as a freelancer on Freelancehunt. The first year turned out to be an incredibly important and exciting stage for me. During this time, interest in part-time work grew into full-time freelance work, which in terms of income and involvement is comparable to permanent work at a conditional firm/company. First the first orders, then regular clients, big projects – and now the freelancer’s profile is already filled with successful cases. The professional opportunities that opened up to me exceeded all expectations. At this stage, many projects, a stable flow of clients and recognition of the high quality of my work allow me to feel confident in the chosen path.

All this gives inspiration to develop further and set ambitious goals. One of these is to become the best and top the rating of specialists during the first year of work on Freelancehunt. Next, I’ll tell you about my experience along this path, what I did and achieved my goal.

Importance of rating

One of the key elements of a specialist’s success on freelance platforms is his rating. It is formed primarily on the basis of reviews and evaluations of completed projects and has an impact on career development and attracting new opportunities. A freelancer’s rating is not just a numerical reflection of his success, but also a key factor determining his future on the platform. Achieving a high rating requires activity, focus and professionalism, while maintaining expertise, responsibility and active interaction with clients. However, these efforts are fully justified.

With the growth of my rating and the increase in successful cases, I am increasingly being offered Personal projects. Such clients know exactly the value of quality work and do not look for cheaper options.

Choosing a specialization: what should I do as a freelancer?

Choosing the right specialization that matches your abilities or professional skills is one of the keys to success in freelancing. Different categories have different levels of competition and remuneration for work. This depends on the demand for services, the complexity and specifics of the area and the time required for implementation. Therefore, you need to approach your choice seriously.

How I realized my strengths

As I began my journey in the world of freelancing, I realized that the first step to success is a clear understanding of my strengths and interests. By analyzing my skills and experience, I have identified areas in which I feel confident and can provide quality services. I have always been interested in design, especially infographics and website creation. I used to do this too, working for a company, so the choice was obvious to me.

Market demand research

Having selected the categories, I began to review the available projects and competitions, their quantities and prices, to understand the needs of clients. It is also important to analyze competitors and the market as a whole – I also started doing this right away. The easiest way is to watch and study competitors’ rates. After analyzing this information, you need to answer the question: “What can I offer?”

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Analysis of potential employment and income

There are customers in the freelance market with different needs and budgets for them. Some people need it cheap and fast, but for others the main thing is quality. This must be taken into account when analyzing what services you will offer and how long it takes to complete certain tasks. This way you can calculate approximately how much you can earn. Also, a section of the site with price statistics will be useful for orientation.

Working on a personal brand

When you already have your first successes, it’s time to work on your personal brand. I believe that this approach helps to get more complex and more expensive tasks to work. To do this, you need to pay attention to the design of your resume and portfolio. You also need to create your own strategy for high-quality communication with the client: clearly clarify the necessary details and succinctly explain how exactly you can be useful.

I continue to develop

I am not afraid to experiment and expand my horizons, learning new things and improving my skills, following trends in my field. To do this, I watch the content of bloggers from the English-speaking sector, read specialized literature and follow the work of industry experts.

What projects to focus on

There is one thing that is a common denominator for all ambitious performers – time constraints. Therefore, the choice of how to fill your working time is very important. In my opinion, this is a choice between many cheap and simple orders and a small number of expensive projects. Both strategies have their advantages and disadvantages, and the best option depends on the specific situation of the specialist: the specifics of the direction, priorities, desired level of income, personal goals, circumstances and development strategy. Next we will consider both options.

Lots of cheap and easy orders

For example, photo processing for online stores, company catalogs. Such tasks are consistently undertaken by customers, do not require a high level of professionalism, but the price is appropriate.

Advantages:

  • Gaining Experience: Many “small” tasks are about gaining experience and improving skills.
  • Constant flow of work thanks to the abundance of cheaper orders.
  • Expanding your portfolio: By completing many projects, you will expand your portfolio, which is useful for attracting new clients.

Flaws:

  • Long Time Costs with Low Financial Benefit: Some tasks with low pay may require a lot of time.
  • Highly competitive: Categories with lower-cost work may have more competition, requiring more effort to obtain new tasks.

Few expensive but big projects

Such projects require a creative approach and are more difficult to implement, but are better paid.

Advantages:

  • Big fees: High-cost projects provide more meaningful income.
  • Focus on quality: With fewer projects, you can spend more time on each one to ensure high quality and ensure a positive collaboration outcome.
  • More time for development: When projects don’t take up all your time, you can learn and improve to improve the quality of your work and increase demand for your services.

Flaws:

  • Risk of Delays: High-cost projects can be more complex and take longer, increasing the risk of delays and deadline conflicts.
  • Less stability: A small number of expensive projects does not guarantee a stable income, especially if one of the projects fails.

My experience

When starting my freelance journey, I chose the first option, because I understood that without reviews and ratings I was unlikely to get a project with a large budget. And it was with small, easy projects that I was able to build a successful profile that was attractive to clients.

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Tips for performers

To become top 1 on a freelance platform, a performer must not only be a professional in his field. He also needs skills in effective interaction with clients and an active position in his own development. Here are some tips that can help you become a significant specialist on the freelance exchange:

1. Learn the market and determine your niche.
Analyze market demand and choose categories where you can best prove yourself. Focus on niches where there is high competition but also high demand for your skills.

2. Build an effective profile.
Create a profile that will amaze clients: add a high-quality photo, a detailed description of skills and experience, and a portfolio of work. Use keywords that reflect your skills and market demand.

3. Take your work responsibly.
Complete projects efficiently and on time. Meet customer requirements and improve your work based on the feedback you receive.

4. Work to improve efficiency.
Improve your skills and learn new technologies. Based on the feedback, analyze how you can improve your work.

5. Actively use the platform.
Participate in forums, discussions, read the blog and social networks, use Plus. Promote your profile using the advertising options offered by the platform.

Becoming top 1 takes time, patience and regular effort. It is important to constantly improve your skills, interact effectively with clients and update your development strategy.

One year later

Each freelancer’s career path is different. It depends on many factors: employment priorities, development strategy, goals. Competition also plays an important role.

Regarding my path, infographics were and remain a priority. Competition in this area is somewhat below average if you analyze the number of performers, but it also requires more skills compared to related categories. I was always interested in this direction and performed every task with admiration and sincere interest. As for my goal, yes, I topped the list of performers and became top 1 in the “Infographics” category, although not after 1 year, but about a month later.

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