Freelancing, Decoded: An AMA Session on Working-from-Home for Freelancers, from a Freelancer

Maria L.
Sep 15, 2018

Admit it: there are no days that you never wished to walk away, slam your resignation letter on your boss’ table and just get it over with. You wanted to stay at home, away from all the noise of your co-workers, pollution of the streets, and the stresses of daily office life, and be productive at the same time, but you know you can’t.

 

Well, not anymore.

 

Working in the comfort of your home has always been a dream, and now it’s never been more attainable than ever before. That’s all thanks to the rise of freelancing sites and home-based jobs – the job marketplace has forever been changed. For a deeper, more intimate experience of the freelancing world, here’s what Ben Taylor, a Freelancer, and Founder of HomeWorkingClub.com, has to say:

 

QUESTION: Why did you decide to work from home?

BEN TAYLOR SAYS…

I ended up doing it by mistake initially! I set up a company providing IT support in London in 2004 and leased an office, but I found I was never there, so I eventually based myself back at home. Then, several years later I moved to Portugal and started doing freelance writing. Home's been my base ever since and I wouldn't have it any other way!QUESTION: What kinds of articles do you write as a freelancer?

BEN TAYLOR SAYS…

My main niche is IT and cybersecurity, and I also do quite a bit of expat/living abroad writing. But sometimes I get quite random gigs too - I wrote about safety for corporate events last month!QUESTION: What are some of the top skills clients are looking for from freelancers?

BEN TAYLOR SAYS…

There are clients out there looking for literally everything - from app developers to competent writers. However, I think the attributes that separate out the good freelancers from the average ones are more generic - reliability, common sense, attention to detail, and taking an interest in the business of each client. It's surprising how many freelancers lack these skills!QUESTION: What are some tips you can suggest for one’s freelancer profile to attract more clients?

BEN TAYLOR SAYS…

I think the big one is to create a very clear message as to who you are and what you do. Coming off as a "jack of all trades and a master of none" doesn't usually work well. This can be a bit of a shame when you have varied skills, but it does work better to really put across what you're best at and have most experience in. It's also good to try to focus on the benefits you bring to clients, rather than just creating a laundry list of "I this" and "I that." QUESTION: How does a freelancer promote himself or his work so he would get more clients?

BEN TAYLOR SAYS…

I find the very best promotion is "word of mouth" and referrals. When I'm short of work, I find getting in touch with previous clients often brings in some extra. Otherwise, it's onto the job boards and pitching to new people. QUESTION: How do you handle difficult clients? Those who would ask for limitless revisions?

BEN TAYLOR SAYS…

I find that usually, what feels like "limitless revisions" is really just a question of getting used to a new client and the way they do things. Generally, once you've done a few projects for a client you get into the groove. Having said that, sometimes I've found it necessary to "cut my losses" and "fire" a client when it's clear it's just not working well. Thankfully this doesn't happen often!

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