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5 Reasons Why Working For Free and Exposure Can Kill Your Freelancing Career

When starting out a career as a freelancer, exposure is one of the hardest things to acquire. In a profession that relies heavily on a good portfolio to land jobs, newbies looking to establish themselves as credible freelancers often find it hard to break into the market.

Due to this, the temptation to work for free — in order to gain exposure and have the credits to build a portfolio — is prevalent. Many freelancers make the mistake of thinking that working for free in the beginning is beneficial to their careers. This could not be further from the truth.

In this article, we have compiled the 5 reasons why working for free as a freelancer (even if just starting out) can actually be detrimental to your career:

1. People Don’t Value Free Things

Anywhere in the market, if something is free or acquired for cheap, it’s likely of poor quality and little value. As a freelancer, whether it be writing, graphics design, or photography, your service must be seen as something of great market value.

The product of your efforts and time need to justify their price and that wont be easy if you’ve marketed yourself as a newcomer willing to work for free. The idea is to work to get paid and you can only do that if you offer something of value, not by offering freebies.

2. You Might Be Exploited

There are many employers out there who are more than willing to exploit novices with the promise of future jobs and payment. You will end up spending hours and energy into a gig that will end up being either rejected or plagiarized.

You bear the brunt of the costs by working with no pay and the commissioner would have gotten the finished product for free.

3. Your Reputation Suffers

Reputation is just as good as a portfolio when freelancing. When you prove yourself as capable of delivering quality work that justifies payment, your reputation improves.

People will come to know you as the dependable Filipino freelancer you are and will know who to go to when work of your kind is needed. There are very little to no reputational benefits to you by working for free.

As stated above, people don’t associate quality and value with things that are given for free.

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4. It’s A Waste Of Time

Productivity and time-management are the name of the game with freelancing. How much time, work, and dedication you put in your chosen field will set you apart from the many others who tried to freelance full-time but failed.

Once you know this, you will understand the value of your work. This is why you should always think twice on spending time on pro bono gigs. This only means you are wasting scarce resources that you can never recover on work with no definite return on investment.

5. Its Just Bad Business

When you begin to freelance you are essentially starting your own micro-business. Businesses operate to generate and maximize profit by marketing and selling products of value.

With freelancing, you are both the owner and employee of this business and what you are selling is your services. If businesses market their products to the masses in order the gain traction in the market and drive up sales, in freelancing you are marketing yourself.

Instead of offering up your services for free in the hopes of future paid work, think more like an entrepreneur and focus your energy on maximizing your time, marketing yourself, and building a good relationship with paying clients. It may take longer but is definitely more rewarding and sustainable.

In Conclusion:

We hope that this article helped you in learning about the negative impacts of working for free. Freelancing is not an easy thing to do — everyone has different experiences regarding the difficulty of finding your footing in this highly competitive market, and mistakes can be frequent. But with some determination and a good amount of research, you can certainly etch out a great and profitable future for yourself.


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10 In-Demand Skills for Filipino Freelancers

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How to start working from home as a Filipino freelancer? Obviously, you will need to have some freelancer skills if you want to make a change. There are so many online jobs that you can do these days. You may already possess some highly-paid skills right now so make the most out of it.

If you already have enough experience from working online or even if you’re still just starting, you can check out these in-demand skills for filipino freelancers so that you can decide which way to go.

1. Translation Services

All you need to have this skill is to be knowledgeable or fluent in other languages aside from your mother tongue. You can do translation from Spanish to English, Tagalog to English, French to English, etc. or vice versa. Translation services prices can range from $5-$500.

2. Social Media Management

If you’re good about the social media platform and highly organized, this is the best job for you. This role has a high demand as of this writing since businesses are making sure to have an online presence nowadays.

3. Graphic Design

To become a Graphic designer, you need to have a great eye with design. It’s a very highly paid skill that can make you earn from $25-150 per hour as a filipino freelancer. If you have this skill, then go ahead and start applying online now.

4. Designing Landing Pages

If you’re good with design, then you also try designing landing pages for bloggers or affiliate marketers. It’s their strategy to earn with their business so you need to have the ability to create some catchy landing pages for them. Website builders such as WordPress, Clickfunnels and Builderall are in-demand these days. If you have skills or experience designing using the above tools, then you now have your freelancing gig!

5. English Online Tutor

Great command in the English language and the patience to teach a non-English speaking student are the key skills you need to be a successful tutor. You need to have an ESL certification as well to start with this career if the company requires for it.

6. Video Editor

Video editing is also another freelancer skill that you should have if you want to go in this direction. Your clients can mostly be Youtubers who needs help with their channel or other businesses that need to have videos for their websites.

7. Photo Editing

Being a Photo Editor can be a rewarding career especially if you’re also into photography. Many companies need someone or even a team of photo editors to help them with their advertising campaigns.

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8. Paid Ads Management

Paid ads management is a highly paid skill to have to help businesses with their advertising concerns. Your role is to manage paid ads campaigns for the client so you will also need to have some online marketing skills.

9. Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant means that you have to be reliable and have multiple freelancer skills since you will need to assist your client with their business directly. You need to have administrative skills and good organizational skills for this role. Filipino freelancers are known to be one of the best VAs globally.

10. Local Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist

An SEO specialist needs to have analytical skills as well as the knowledge to optimize in search engines. You also need to know how to write an article since most of the clients hire candidates with both of these skills.


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The Most in Demand Skills in 2020

Now more than ever, social media and other digital platforms are prioritized when it comes to connecting and reaching target customers for business growth leading to a high demand for people with digital marketing skills.

Here are the five (5) most in-demand skills for Digital Marketers this year:

1. Content Marketing

2. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

3. Social Media Marketing

4. Data Analytics

5. Product-driven marketing and User Experience (UX)

Content Marketing

Being a digital content creator is the most important skill. The ability to create quality content that effectively conveys the message to your target audience is important. This is one of the most essential strategies to build a long lasting relationship and rapport with your audience.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search engine optimization is one of the most powerful ways to organically acquire customers through content marketing and technical implementations. This can make search engines like Google or Yahoo to interpret the importance and relevance of your website and start prioritizing it within the search results first page. SEO plays a vital role in a digital brand’s success.

Social Media Marketing

A Social Media Manager or Marketers must possess a creative mindset and skills to develop engaging content. With the evolution of skills required to maintain a connection with the audience, it is important that social media managers also know how to adapt to data-driven strategies that produce conversion-based outcomes.

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Data Analytics

Data analytics skill for digital marketers include an understanding about the proper structuring and storing of unique data points. This also includes understanding how integration of cross-platform tracking tools in measuring conversion goals take place.

Product-driven marketing and User Experience (UX)

This encompasses almost all aspects of digital marketing: sales, marketing, engineering and design. The digital marketer must possess an understanding on how to drive user acquisition and retention from internal product features including ability to design engaging landing pages.


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5 Tips On How To Start Your Freelance Career While Still Working Full Time

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Here is a brief work from home roadmap you should consider starting your own freelance business while still working full time:

1.    Define Your Goals

You need to decide what you actually want to accomplish and why you wanted to do freelancing even if you are working full time. If one of your ultimate goals is to make enough money to support yourself then figure out how much you are going for and how many projects you can accommodate in a month. It is best that you should be able to track your projects and schedule your time.

2.    Find a profitable niche and Identify your Target Market

Determine and assess which niche you are going to be able to stand out and do work better. In freelancing, you are actively taking part in an industry where clients value quality over price.

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3.     Build Your Own Website and Showcase your Portfolio

You should get organized and show off your skills and abilities. You need to prepare your portfolio as your weapon to convince your clients why they should hire you. Start going through your previous works and choose those you think would best represent the skills you are offering. Your own website helps promote your professional image online.

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4. Market yourself as well as the skills and services you can provide

Learn how to pitch yourself. Make a strong impression and introduction that shows you know what you are doing and you are great at what you do. Know your strengths and sell them. Your work samples and past works are your visual representations of experience.

5. Be a networker, not a loner

Meet other freelancers and get advice about how the freelancing industry works.


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Filipino Freelancers: 5 Freelancing Jobs on How to Earn Money While on Lockdown?

The global pandemic has prevented many of us from going into work or socialising outside with our friends. 

Suddenly, with so much time on our hands, we are looking for ways to keep productive. Work from home jobs are in high demand now and freelancing offers us the flexibility to work from anywhere we want, whenever we want. 

However, with so many options of freelancing available, from designing logos to virtual assistants, it can be overwhelming to think about where to start.

Here are the top 5 most popular jobs in freelancing:

Data Analyst

If you have a quantitative mind and enjoy crunching big datasets then this is the job for you. You will be examining large datasets for trends and patterns. You will need strong mathematical abilities. Programming languages such as Python, SQL are also a must.

Web Developer

If you are skilled in coding and like to get creative then developing websites for clients will be a great freelancing opportunity for you. Knowledge in HTML, CSS and Javascript will be required and experience in WordPress will also be advantageous.

Writer

There are a lot of Filipino writers that are now hired to write blogs, articles and contents for websites on various topics. If you like researching new topics and have a very high level of English then this is a very fun freelancing job.

Graphic Designer

For creative artists out there. Companies now require catchy visuals and graphics to communicate with their audience effectively and will happily pay good money to hire you for projects.

Online Tutor

Do you love teaching and can communicate ideas across clearly? With schools closed, parents are looking for ways to continue their childrens’ learning and online tutors are required during this time.

It is not easy to get started in freelancing, but if you have the skills and motivation, then it can be the dream work from home job for you.


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