Self-employment is making its way into the professional world. In recent years, the number of people who have taken up this form of work has increased dramatically. The name has also changed to a much more stylish name with an English accent: Freelance.
As a result, many people claim to belong to this category of workers. The competition is therefore fierce and to stand out, it is essential that everyone be able to showcase their services and their personality thanks to the tools available for this purpose. These tools can be of precious help in acquiring visibility.
How to integrate into the world of self-employment?
Being self-employed requires a great deal of organisation and discipline. This is due to the many techniques that need to be put in place in order to better integrate into this way of working.
In order to better immerse yourself in this environment, it is very important to make certain arrangements that are essential to your development. This will avoid the risk of being overwhelmed by the evolution of demand or being discouraged by the lack of clients. Indeed, many people are interested in this type of work, but since it still lacks a certain stability, they end up giving up.
They are not yet ready to move into this field. At the same time, others are happy with their self-employed status.
In order to better integrate, it is necessary to define your working framework, choose your model of execution of your offers and services. Also, it is important to define your business model and break-even point.
Similarly, it is important to define your communication strategy and the appropriate channels for this purpose. All these strategic axes allow a good integration so as not to be surprised by the constraints of this mode of work.
How to succeed in online personal branding?
First of all, as a freelancer, you should know that personal branding is a powerful strategy that helps you to acquire clients. Professionals in this field who manage to be successful have a very strong brand image.
There is no better way to showcase your skills and image than by creating an online portfolio you can demonstrate your expertise and attract new clients. To do this, you need to put in place a content strategy with which you will communicate your offerings and services.
To do this, you need to choose the right channels and the tools you should use to communicate smoothly and effectively with your target audience.
With social networks, you can choose to focus on a B2B target with LinkedIn, which is a social network better adapted to your target. You can also choose Facebook as a communication channel.
The creation of a portfolio site is also a strategy to give your prospects confidence in the quality of your services. This technique allows them to evaluate your efficiency and performance. They can then easily entrust you with their various projects for execution.
Once the communication strategy is well defined and the channel well chosen, it is now necessary to produce content (articles, images, videos) to enrich the network you have created.
This last step combined with the previous ones, when done carefully, will build your brand image and improve your reputation. They are therefore strategic levers for freelancers who want to prosper independently.
Why create an online portfolio site as a freelancer?
Are you wondering why you should still have a portfolio site? The answer to this question comes from the results of this communication technique. Many professionals testify to its usefulness, which is of paramount importance.
Indeed, when you only use social networks to reach prospects, you need a landing page where they can get more information. If you have a portfolio site, the prospect will be able to see your work and make a quote that would not be possible with a social network.
Because with a website you have no limits of integration unlike social media which are only showcases for advertising.
Also, with a portfolio site, you have the possibility to collect data such as the email addresses of your visitors in order to retarget them as soon as you want to follow up. This is a technique that helps freelancers to better generate client conversions.
Creating portfolio sites easily, quickly and efficiently
There are several ways to create a portfolio site. If you know HTML5, CSS3…, you can create it yourself or delegate it. You also have a second option that is very easy and faster.
These are CMS that will help you create a responsive site, thanks to the use of templates.
If you opt for this solution, you will only have to create a domain name and then buy web hosting for your site.
Afterwards, you will be able to choose templates that are available to you according to your means and your type of project. Once you have made your choice, you can modify it as you wish and integrate all the information you deem useful to present.
If you do not have the time, you can also entrust this task to a professional who will be able to ensure its design and management.
Tips for better referencing
In order to be better referenced after the creation of your site, it is important that you implement optimization techniques to acquire more traffic. Among these techniques, natural referencing (SEO) will be of great help.
To do this, you need to check the size and weight of the files you post on your site if they are within the required standards.
This will optimise the loading of the site. Also, when publishing your articles, the semantics used should revolve around the main subject. This will enable search engines to position you better. There are several tools that will help you do this.