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5 Tips to start Freelancing (for Beginners) - How to Start Freelancing



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hey what's going on guys then why are

four simple snippets and welcome back to

my channel and today I'm going to be

talking about fire mazing freelancing

tips just for you so I've been getting a

lot of questions about how to go about

freelancing what is freelancing how to

start off and how to get your very first

project especially if you're a beginner

in computer science or information

technology so in this video I'm going to

be giving you Phi amazing tips which I

believe I have followed throughout my

freelancing time and this will surely

help you especially if you're a beginner

especially if your ID or computer

science student so let's get started

so the first tip is just start man just

start now hearing this you will be like

wow than my evolved what amazing tip

just start we didn't know about this

yeah so just just hear me out before you

actually hit in the comments and write

all those hit come and just hear me out

let me explain what I mean by just start

so when I say just start what I'm trying

to say is even if you're a big nerd it

is not important that you are master of

particular technology if you're getting

into it let's take an example of web

development even if you have very basics

of web development let's say you just

studied basics of HTML CSS in JavaScript

and if you are wondering whether you are

not ready enough whether you're not

perfect enough whether you are not

mastered that particular technology or

language then I'm really going to tell

you one thing that if you're going to be

running behind perfection out of a

beginners level then you'll never start

freelancing you'll always be under

confident and thinking that okay I am

not really sure I'm not really prepared

and that thought will procrastinate

you're freelancing so what I'm trying to

say is just start off with whatever

knowledge you have and then you can

build on top of it so to clear this out

let me give you my example itself when I

first started off my first project was a

portfolio website for a fashion designer

and I and my friend had approached him

so he came in via some contact and he

wanted a portfolio website wherein he

was going to be uploading this

photoshoot images every week every month

and it was a dynamic website and we did

not know anything about dynamic websites

so after our bachelor's we had started

off with a little bit of web development

so we learned a little bit of HTML

little bit

CSS JavaScript just by you tubing just

by googling and we were confident enough

that we can build a static portfolio

website but we did not know how to go

about a dynamic website wherein the user

is going to put a lot of content every

week right so what we did is we

literally took that order we I guess

charged him around 5,000 rupees money

was not our primary criteria back then

and what we did is we came home and we

googled out and we came across this

concept of WordPress so WordPress is a

content management system and I'm not

going to get into a lot of detail but

basically what it does is it gives you a

dynamic template wherein you can drag

and drop pages drag and drop Porsche and

create dynamic stuff okay so it's built

on top of PHP and we started learning

PHP a little bit because we did not have

it in our curriculum and we got the

basics we learned WordPress we literally

took that order before even like being

sure that whether we can do it or not

you know we just did it and then after

we learn WordPress we actually made that

website we deployed it and it worked out

pretty well so when I say just do it I

literally mean you don't have to be an

expert in any kind of domain so this was

just web development let's say you're

getting into software or Android app

development or anything you know you

don't have to be an expert you just need

to start so yeah that was tip number one

just start let's move on to tip number

two now tip number two is to start off

with your contacts so now you are all

hyped up you are all pumped up you are

like okay I'm gonna start I'm gonna

start and you're all excited about this

but you're like okay so where do I get

my first contact where do I get my first

business where do I get my first

freelance order right so the best way to

start off is to start off from your

contacts from your family from your

friends from your mutual friends and

long-distance family members who ever

have a business now the reason why you

should start off with your family and

your friends is because the level of

risk is low you know so when you are

approaching a random person the risk of

you making a mistake in the project is

very high you know the stakes are high

so let's say if you are relative or your

uncle is having a business your uncle is

a chartered accountant this is just an

example let's see he's a chartered

accountant and he has his own form you

can approach him and you can tell him

that you're into web development and you

want to develop a website for s form and

that you will take so-and-so amount of

time and probably want to charge or not

I would not recommend that you charge

for the first time maybe especially

if he or she is your family member but

then you can do it if you feel I am NOT

saying that you should not charge but

yet the stakes will be very less you

know the risk will be very less because

he or she is your family member or he or

she is a friend right so even if we make

a mistake even if the time gets delayed

you can still get off easily you know if

you're doing it for a stranger then you

can get into some trouble rate so the

best way to start off is to start off

with your friends and rush me guys a lot

of your friends a lot of your family

members definitely must be having some

kind of business before each you can

develop a software for which you can

develop an application for which you can

develop a website and whatnot you know

so it can be pretty much everything and

anything

so yes start off with your contacts

that's the tip number two let's move on

to the next step

tip number three tip number three is you

need to team up you need to collaborate

you need to partner up so now you are

pumped up you are excited you are ready

to make your first move into the

freelancing world and you've also

figured out that you're going to be

starting off with your contacts with

your relatives or maybe your own parents

business let's say but now you are

wondering okay you still lack that

little bit of confidence so the best way

to overcome that is to partner up with

some of your friend who is like-minded

so let's say you want to get into web

development and you want to develop a

website for your own family

let's say your dad or mom has some

business and you want to develop a

website for that let's take an example

let's say your mom or dad is a dentist

or a doctor and he or she has her own

clinic so you want to develop a website

for that clinic you know so what you can

do is you can approach your friend who

is also into web development and you can

tell em that hey man you know what I'm

trying to develop this website let's do

it together and the biggest advantage of

this is that you will have one more

smart mind working on the project you

know so when you have one more or more

than one minds working on a project

there is a lot of knowledge transfer as

is happening between the two so let's

say you are stuck at some module maybe

your friend can resolve that and why say

Versailles you know maybe he or she is

stuck at some problem and you can

resolve it so the speed of the

development of project increases and the

success rate also increases and you

learn a lot from your friends and one

more amazing thing that you learn is you

learn how to perform teamwork you know

so when you are actually completing your

educational career and when you start

off with your corporate career you

gotta be working in teams right that's

obvious because it's not about

individuals it's about team when you

work in a corporate environment and the

best example and the best experience

that you can get is by freelancing and

by collaborating with others so teaming

up is really really important it will

also boost your confidence because then

you can divide the risk we can divide

the work among members of your partners

and that will give you a little bit more

confidence so that's step number three

moving on to tip number four tip number

four is sort of something that is not

really essential but it will definitely

help you when you want to out grow your

business when you want to outgrow your

freelancing projects and the tip number

four is to get social when I say get

social what I mean is you need to be a

little bit active on digital media that

is the social media platform so you need

to create a Facebook page you need to

create an Instagram page you need to

create a small blog or website if you

want but I would really recommend this

because creating the social media pages

will help you grow more than your

friends more than your family right it

will help you reach out the entire world

and I have noticed that there is a lot

of negativity at times when it comes to

social media people say that you get

addicted to Facebook you get addicted to

Instagram but you know what the irony is

the people who complain about all these

social media platforms are also

complaining on these social media

platform itself right so instead of

talking negative about all these social

media platforms how about you try to

utilize it you know so even YouTube is a

social media platform where I make this

informational videos you watch a lot of

informational content you get a lot of

knowledge on social media actually we

need to use it positively for your

benefit in a positive way and not take

it negatively

so yes being social is very important

you might get your next project next

freelance order right from the social

media platforms as you move ahead you

know

so once you've exhausted your list of

contacts once you've exhausted all the

list of family members you can actually

go social you can promote your pages

promote your work online and that will

really help you a lot and creating a

digital identity on social media

creating a website creating a blog

creating a page gives it a professional

look and you can showcase your work

there also so this was step number four

let's move on to the last step now the

last step is sort of like my personal

opinion personal advice personal

suggestion it's not exactly a temp but

it will surely help you if you are a

now the tip is you need to be jack of

all and king of none so what do I mean

by jack of all and king of none so when

you are starting off with your freelance

career I am assuming that you are a

college student your IT student and you

haven't really got into the corporate

world so you don't have a lot of

experience so when this is the case I

would suggest you guys that you try out

a lot of different technologies rather

than sticking to one particular

technology okay so let's say you want to

become a master of PHP and you're like

okay I'm going to do web development and

I'm only gonna stick to PHP but you know

that technology keeps on changing a lot

of things become obsolete outdated and

new new technologies keep on coming

right so what if PHP gets outdated what

are you going to do right so instead of

that how about you first start off with

PHP then try a little bit of asp.net as

well then get into JavaScript so this

was for web development let's let's say

maybe you hop into Android development

mobile apps

let's see you hop into software

development c-sharp or Java software

apps and whatnot you know you need to

diversify yourself I need to be having

knowledge about each and everything

little bit at least at least in the

fundamentals so what I'm trying to say

is you don't have to be master of one

particular technology at least at a big

nas level but you need to know a lot of

things at least at the fundamental level

so this reduces the risk what if

tomorrow one thing gets outdated you can

easily switch to another thing right and

it's always good to have lot of

knowledge so after you complete your

college you will be getting into

corporate scenarios and in that you will

be obviously working on one particular

technology right so it is always good to

have a lot of technology background that

is a variety of technology of

backgrounds so because then you can make

a switch between your jobs also easily

right if you have worked on different

technologies you can easily make that

switch so this is always advisable and

it's not necessary you can always master

one particular technology but at a

business level I would not suggest that

because personally I never did that

so what I did is I started off with web

development with PHP then I shifted to

little bit of ASP I also did software

development windows form application

development using C shop I was not into

Java much but later on I also moved on

to Android app development so mobile app

development was under my hood so a lot

of things I have tried out and I'm not

going to say that I am going to be a

master of one particle

I'm still not actually but I do know a

lot of things at a basic level at a

fundamental level so that I can always

switch between them depending upon what

technology is relevant so here these

were my five tips for starting off with

freelancing I hope these were very

informational to you if you feel that

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but does not have that confidence and

need some important tips these really

are very helpful for beginners because

these are tried and tested by being

myself these are my personal opinions

I'm pretty sure these will help you a

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