Freelancing

How to Get Hired as a Freelancer – [6 Ways]

Get Hired as a Freelancer

Every freelancer wants to get hired by the best clients ever. If you’re a freelancer, you might know that customers reach out to the freelancers and sometimes the freelancers contact them to offer their services.

If you’re a freelancer, you must know how to reach out, especially in today’s crowded social media world.

Wait.

If haven’t had a chance to know about freelancing and just landed here, no problem at all, just read this, and you’ll understand what freelancing is.

But.

If you already know what freelancing is, just take a look at this blog post to find out 10 ways to sell your freelance service.

Because I’m going to go deeper in this blog post.

Trust me, I’m not going to fluff here and say something like getting active on social media, guest post, etc.

But please be advised. I’m a blogger. I’m going through a learning process myself. These tips might not help everyone. So don’t make your decisions based on my point of view. I won’t be responsible for it. Always try to do your research and listen to the experienced experts.

Are you ready?

Okay.

#1 – Shape your social media profile

By shaping the social media profile, I mean that you have a lot of opportunities to grab the attention of the audience. For instance, cover image, bio, status, URL. If you start off with filling all these places properly, you immediately cover some loopholes.

Yes. I call them loopholes.

Imagine, a friend’s friend on Facebook visits your profile and still don’t get the idea of what you do for a living then it would be a shame.

If you’re worried about using the Corel Draw or Adobe Photoshop because they’re expensive, let alone you have no idea how to use these amazing tools, then just try out Canva. I use it almost every day for creating blog featured images, social media posts, and YouTube thumbnails.

#2 – Don’t ask for a freelance job

A lot of you might have heard that you have to ask for it to get it. Trust me, that’s a whole different narrative. It is actually right, for example, you can always ask people to SUBSCRIBE to your YouTube channel at the end of the video or to comment underneath your blog post. It’s totally fine.

We’re talking about asking for work. That’s a no-go.

The reason is that you might not want to give an impression of being a jobless at the moment. Asking for work means you don’t have clients to work for. It makes the situation a little skeptical, if not for every client, but a few could think that way.

Now, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have to offer to prospective clients. Sure, you must offer them.

Look, there is a difference in the following approaches.

A) – Hey, I just read your recent blog post; and I’m glad that you’ve tried to help a lot of people through that specific topic. I was wondering if you could add a few blog post images alongside text, it would have been a lot better. Trust me, I’m an SEO and I know how important the images are. If you need further information about using the images in the blog posts, feel free to reach out to me.

B) – Hello, my name is John. I’m a freelance writer. The purpose of my message is to let you know that I’m available for hire. If you ever need a freelance writer; please feel free to contact me.

See, both the cases reveal what they do for a living, but in the case A, the person doesn’t ask for a job. Instead, helps out the other person and gives away some value with a slight information about his profession.

On the flip side, John, in the case B, asking for a job. It shows that he doesn’t have one. In fact, he is not sure whether or not he is going to be hired in the near future.

Look, the purpose of explaining this point is that you have to make your freelancing strategy psychologically right. If you play the right way, you’re going to win.

#3 – Connect to give away

People are likely to get impressed by someone who genuinely likes to help out others without asking for anything in return. You don’t have to go aggressive on the connecting part. There is always a balance in adding people on Facebook or LinkedIn. Sometimes, people go crazy on adding people just to connect with more people. It’s a wrong approach.

Connecting doesn’t always mean to add people to your friends’ list. You can connect to your friend’s friends in the comments section of your friend’s post or on someone else’s post in a Facebook group.

It doesn’t matter where you’re interacting, the goal is to interact positively and deliver value without asking something in return.

It could be sharing your past experience or a useful tool with the audience.

So, start connecting with people to give away something that helps them. It brings attention to your personal brand which would eventually get you some eyeballs around.

#4 – Share others’ content on social media

One of the best things about sharing others’ content on social media is that you get the attention of the brands and influencers. Plus, there is an upside of sharing others’ content; it’s that you get a chance to continuously feed your followers with some quality content. Because it’s almost impossible for any content creator to create content on a regular basis for a very long period of time.

We’re specifically talking about blogging and content marketing, sharing others’ blog posts help us feed our followers with some quality content and it just fills up the gap.

So, having no fresh content at times or during the burn out periods, we can cope with the challenges by doing this.

In fact, our end goal is to attract some prospective eyeballs and attention of the new audience, which is likely to happen with the content sharing.

#5 – Create a hire me page

After the meteor shower of different strategies when people are actually landing on your website or blog, there has to be something that attracts them to take some further action. Let’s say, your content is amazing and the readers loved it.

What’s next?

Do you want them to leave right away?

Obviously, not!

So, create a call-to-action button.

Something like ‘HIRE ME’ or anything else.

And link it to a proper page where all the detail of your freelance service is written.

Take a look at my hire me page. Although, I changed the text of the CTA but it serves the same purpose.

 #6 – Link to the useful resources

 If you ask some inbound marketer, he or she might be able to explain it to you on a whole different level but I’m confident that I will make my point clear.

So, in order to get hired as a freelancer, one of the ways is linking to the useful resources.

You can do it in two ways:

1. Link to the Online Tools: In this way, you’d grab the attention of the brands/online tools. Hence, you’ll develop the relationship with them. It will eventually help you grow.

2. Link to Others’ Content: Linking to others’ content would attract them to notice you. It doesn’t mean everyone out there would be using a backlink analysis softwares. However, the WordPress notifies you in your dashboard when another WordPress site links back to you.

You must be looking forward to helping your readers in the first place, whether you link to some useful tools or someone’s blog posts.

You never know what pops up out of that.

I often get emails from different online tool makers. They thank me for mentioning their tools as well as offer to try out the products for free.

Wrapping up

So, these were my 6 ways to get the attention and get hired as a freelancer.

All of these methods won’t work for you or maybe none of them would work for you.

It depends.

But the purpose of sharing these ways with you was to open up some of the possibilities.

Once you’re exposed to these options, you may opt one of them and no one knows what you bump into in the long run.

What’s your best strategy to get hired as a freelancer?

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17 Comments

  1. Hi Hassaan,
    I think the point you made on creating a “Hire Me” page is a good idea and very effective method of getting hired. Most of the freelancer is now into this strategy, it adds authorship to the visitors first of all and it helps to improve the blog design as well…
    Great post…
    Have a good day!

    1. Hi, Ugyen!

      Thank you so much for checking this out. I agree that ‘Hire Me’ strategy is getting popularity. In fact, I first tested this out back in 2015 and I literally stopped using Affiliate ads afterward. It did work for me.
      That’s why I shared with my readers.
      Thanks, again!

  2. Asalam-o-alaikuM, Hassaan that!

    That’s really for me, thank you! 🙂

    And I will ponder upon all the parts but first thing which is too important to follow online; share others.

    Yes, sharing others grab their attention towards you. Get seen in others’ notifications over social media, blogs, etc.

    That’s the time taking the task for sure but so worth of doing!

    It then lands you upon the opportunity that you’re checked by them and being from the sam industry and you’re helping to write the best content for the industry, you could get a job. 🙂

    Asking without the tone of asking is the best thing when you’re to ask for the work. In freelancing world and especially on the FB groups dedicated to the content writing work, I experienced people do ask.

    I have seen people posting like every day to ask for the work if one has. That really is the bad approach and not just that but it can ruin your personality as you’re seen asking for the work and like every other day.

    For shaping the social profiles, so many people lack it (including myself.)

    The grocery shop cannot be about just having the grocery but it should look like a grocery shop from a far distance.

    People coming in from your side of the shop, they should know your shop is on the way they are moving to. You place the banners, directions, etc. to indicate pedestrians will expect to see a grocery shop after 200 meters.

    So yes, make all the places look like you’re the writer.

    And I am about to get hit with the “Hire Me” page and yes, my approach to that term would be different so that it serves the same purpose of “Hire Me” but in other words. 🙂

    So, thank you so much for shooting this awesome piece of content to spark a current in me to throw me into the freelancing worlds ASAP! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

    1. Walaikum Asalam!

      Adeel Sir, I’m thrilled to read your comment. Thank you so much for stopping by. It seems like you have thoroughly studied this blog post. It’s my honor that you’re going to adopt the ‘hire me page’ strategy along the way.

      One more thing: The reason I wrote #6 point is that I feel people are missing out the opportunity of building the relationship with the brands. They mention brands without the URL, which somehow hinders the brands from noticing them.

      Literally happy. And looking forward to seeing that CTA on your blog.

      All the best!

  3. AOA Hassan first of all again a good post. it’s really helpful.
    It opens up many doors of mind and let us think in a new way with some different angles.
    But!!
    some people, just like me, are always afraid to get started or to take a new start in this way.
    I saw your video for freelancing tips and I actually follow them, I know my interest start trying to freelancing but the thing that stops me is publicity because a person who doesn’t have a big social circle and not much time to make a strong social circle face difficulties at that point as I do.
    so at that point what should we do ???
    what strategies we should follow ???

    1. Walaikum Asalam!

      Great question.

      Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of social following. It doesn’t matter. If you want to build social media following, then try to be consistent. Choose some specific Facebook groups according to your niche, respond to other members’ posts, ask questions, give replies, and interact. The community matters.

      Hanging out with like-minded people will help a lot. Moreover, if you’re looking at freelancing opportunities, let me tell you, 9 out of 10 might reject you, and the remaining 1 might be someone who wants to listen to you or wants to see what you have got to offer. That will be your chance. If that doesn’t work out, don’t worry, try again, and keep trying. It’s more like a hustle. I did struggle for three years before getting regular clients.

      At the end of the day, it’s a process and a lifestyle, the one who adopts it and stays in it, certainly wins.

  4. Hi there Hassan,

    This is the first time that I stumbled across your website. I wish to have done that before, but as they say “better late than never”.

    I said that because I saw a lot of your posts and there’s so much value that you share with your readers.

    As for this post. This is a real masterpiece for everyone that wants to dig in freelancing jobs.

    I mostly liked the part “Connect with giveaway”. That’s a smooth trick.

    I will be glad to read your next post.

    Cheers,

    Clay Smith.

    1. Hi, Clay!

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      I thought to share my experience with the readers. I believe in the process because you continue to learn if you stay in the process.

      I don’t believe in babbling just for the sake of filling up the pages. I have been doing freelance writing since 2012. So, I thought to share something with the audience.

      I’m glad you liked it.

  5. Hey Hassaan,

    Indeed an informative post.

    Being a freelance writer, I can easily say that, call to action works best, like you mentioned in this post about “Hire Me” page, it gives best results, if we have a business type blog.

    And also, using call to action while setting up profiles on Freelancer & Fiverr really helps get the bets possible work. It might be difficult in the beginning, but with good efforts, it becomes easy to earn big.

    By the way, Thanks for the interesting read Hassaan.

    1. Hi, Jelina!

      Thank you so much for your comment. The ‘Hire Page’ page did help me a lot.

      That’s why I emphasize a lot on it and share with my readers as well.

      I’m glad you liked the blog post.

      Thanks, again!

  6. Loving all the tips bro. I think I need to add a Hire Me page to drum up more business because even though I attract ample biz, it will sure help to get clearer on my direction and to actually advertise that I can write for folks. Thanks for the nudge and inspired article 😉

    Ryan

    1. Hi, Ryan!
      I’m glad you stopped by. Sure, try out a ‘Hire Me’ page. It’s working for a lot of people. I’m sure it’ll open up the new opportunities for you. More importantly, the experience/testing matters, after all.

      All the best!

  7. Salam Hassan

    The basic objective of a blogger or any entrepreneur is to help others with the highest quality of services or products.

    So it is not important through which source we do that be it through our blog or through social media or anything else; but the task of helping others should continue in one way or the other.

    Our blog is a multi-purpose tool to achieve our higher goals. We can sell with it; can influence people to hire us and above all make people believe how professionally committed we are.

    Many thanks for sharing this post full of valuable info to get hired by following very simple but equally professional tips.

    Keep sharing such amazing stuff.

    1. Walaikum Asalam, Sir!

      Thank you so much for your comment.

      I totally agree with you. People reach out to me; they only want to talk about the money part of the blogging. When I tell them that the money is a byproduct of it, the value a blogger provides is everything. Sometimes, it overwhelms people.

      Similarly, as a freelancer, I learned that being a GIVER is a huge plus. I read the Adam Grant’s book ‘Give and Take’ and it immensely influenced my freelancing and blogging.

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