When you have registered at a freelance site – the next stage is creating a winning profile. This is what prospective clients will be looking at when selecting freelancers.
It is likely that any freelance site you join already has a lot of skilled members in your field of expertise. Your profile will need to be as good if not better than those already there to have a chance of interesting potential clients. It wouldn’t hurt to look at some of the top rated freelancers profiles to get an idea of what works – (DO NOT COPY) your profile must be unique and accurate to you and your abilities.
5 Key Steps to Success
There is no secret golden rule to creating winning profiles but there are some good guidelines.
1.) Username: This is an often overlooked part of signing up to a Freelance network but could also be one of the most important. Some people will say it must identify your company/brand others may say it must be your name or nickname as it’s more personal. I myself have done the company name, however if I was to do it again I would definitely pick my name or nickname as I feel people can relate more to an individual. Pick what you feel will work best for you.
2.) Skills: Most Freelancer sites will give you a selection of skills which you can choose from that will best describe what you can do. It’s important that you only select the ones that you are confident with and know you can complete projects in.
3.) Details: You will have a comment box where you can write text about yourself. In my opinion this is where you should aim to make your profile stand out and really sell yourself. Here you should give information about you and what you can do. Be precise and to the point, no babble. If you were the client looking for a freelancer, would you pay more attention to a profile with a couple of paragraphs or a profile a page or two long?
4.) Keywords: A lot of profiles on freelance sites can be indexed by the search engines, so it would make sense to try and get some good keywords into your profile where you can.
5.) Spelling & Grammar: When you have finished your profile, you MUST read over it making sure that it is readable, grammatically correct and NO spelling mistakes. Would you employ a freelancer to work on your important projects if they can’t even create their profile without basic spelling and grammar mistakes?
Follow the above five steps and I’m sure you will have a winning profile and a good chance of gaining work using freelance sites.