An increasing number of professionals are embracing the many benefits of going freelance. From greater flexibility and a better work life balance, through to the variety of roles, going freelance offers a host of opportunities. But, when it comes to finding freelance work, it’s important to find freelance projects that are right for you and your skillset.
Here are our top tips for finding the right freelance projects for you:
When looking for freelance roles, it can be tempting to jump at every opportunity. But it’s important to focus your energies on finding the right roles. Does the job require your specific skillset? Do you know you can deliver to the highest standard? Is the rate of pay fair?
Applying for roles that you aren’t suitable for, or ones that aren’t suitable for you, will only causes issues and frustrations in long run. Not to mention that you might miss out on the perfect project while you’ve committed to one that’s far from suitable.
Identify your skills
If you want to find the best freelance roles for you, it’s vital that you identify your own skills and figure out what you can bring to projects. Sure, you might be a graphic designer, but what are your areas of expertise? Or maybe you’re a web designer – what do you specialise in?
Identify the skills required
Once you’ve identified your skills, you need to consider what skills and expertise a potential client is looking for and if they match your own. Claiming you can deliver something that you can’t (whether intentionally or not) will only lead to unnecessary stress and issues further down the line, impacting on the project’s end result.
Check the budget
As well as choosing projects that suit your interests and skillset, it’s also important that the client’s budget meets your expectations. Are they paying per hour or per project?
Be upfront with the potential client about costs – you don’t want to get into the project, only to find you’ve massively undercharged. Equally, the client won’t want to discover they’re going to have to increase their budget halfway through the project.
If you’re considering a project in the charity or social sector, it’s important to look into the organisation you’ll be working with and ensure that your values align with theirs. Of course, you don’t have to be passionate about their cause but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to deliver to the highest standard if you fundamentally disagree with everything they stand for. Likewise, the company will likely want to know that you’re onboard with their vision before awarding you the project.
Use relevant platforms
There are a whole host of freelancer platforms out there, helping to connect freelancers and contractors with businesses and individuals looking for work. Again, it’s important you find the platforms that work for you.
Projee is a platform dedicated to matching flexible workers with businesses in the charity and third sector looking for project support. We understand the unique needs and challenges faced by charity and social sector organisations and the freelancers working with them.