How to Become a High Earned Professional Freelancer

When working as a professional freelancer, you have the opportunity to work with nearly a dozen high-growth startups and world-class experts.
To be able to grow faster, you would have to do an effective job of defining your value propositions, branding yourself as an expert within your field, and getting your services in front of new target audiences.
To become a high earned professional freelancer, that certainly won’t happen overnight. Your rapid success in the world of freelancing is the result of a lot of strategic positioning, hours of hard work, and good timing.

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If you’re ready to get serious about freelancing and multiplying your self-employed income, here are my top ten tips for earning more during your first year.

1.     Choose a Niche

If you’re new to freelancing, you might feel ready to take ANY paid work you can get your hands on. But as you get deeper into your freelancing career, you’ll need to start being more strategic about the types of work you do and the clients you take on.
You might be thinking: How can getting picky about the freelance work I do help me make MORE money?
Because when you specialize, you become an expert in a specific field, and experts can charge more for their specialized services. A popular freelancing platform in Nigeria is Proville (, a core professional freelance service marketplace. Some of the categories of Niche or services include

2.     Get Clear on Your Service Offerings

One major decision you need to make early on in your freelance career is what you do and what you don’t do.
The more specific you can be about what services you offer, the better. Not only will it help you brand yourself, it’ll allow you to control how potential clients perceive you and give you the opportunity to continue building your portfolio in the direction you want to move in.
3.     Define What Your Ideal Client Looks Like
Before you can start looking for clients, you’ll need to develop a clear picture of who you’re going to work best with. Do you want to build websites for small business owners, pitch in on new feature development for high growth technology startups, or take on longer-term contracts with enterprise-sized companies? Making these clear distinctions between who and what type of business you’re targeting will be essential to effectively pitching your services.
To define exactly who your ideal freelance clients should be (and how to start finding them), ask yourself these questions:
·        What type of business has the problems I’m solving with my services?
·        Can the business I want to work with afford to hire me?
·        What demographic trends can I identify about the decision makers in the types of businesses I’m targeting? Think: age, gender, geographic location, websites they frequent, and their personal interests.
-        Because I know that I’ll be more engaged and work most effectively with smaller startup teams who are working on projects I can personally relate to, I’ve proactively chosen to make my scope of potential clients narrow. By working with similar startup teams, new potential clients I target within my niche are able to instantly relate with me, and have confidence that I’ll be able to replicate my results for their business, too - Geewealth Techis, (a professional freelancer at
4.     Create a High Quality Portfolio or profile
It goes without saying that one of the best ways to demonstrate your technical skills is by having an amazing portfolio or profile. Freelancing platform like provides a huge dashboard for professional freelancers to create profile, portfolios, skills &expertise, job experience etc and this profile is what prospective clients view before hiring professionals.   If you want to be taken seriously as a new freelancer, you need to have a broad and enticing profile to Showcase your expertise, Highlights relevant past experiences, Show who you are.

5.     Start Freelancing Before Your Quit Your Day Job

You can start a freelance business while you keep your day job, as opposed to immediately pursuing self-employment.
In addition to the fact that creating a high-quality profile, building your personal brand, and adding to your portfolio naturally takes a good amount of time, it’s a good idea to have a few steady freelance clients on your roster before axing your sole source of income.
I recommend growing your side income to at least 50–75% of your total current income before leaving your full-time job, depending on your risk tolerance.
Managing a tight schedule, heavy workload (including demanding freelance projects), and being responsible for client deliverables with limited time resources will teach you quickly what it’s like to run your own business.
The other awesome benefit of picking up freelance clients while you’re still working full-time is that you can be selective. You likely don’t absolutely need the money. This puts you in a position to turn down work that either doesn’t pay enough to justify your time investment, or that you’re not genuinely interested in.
These are two points you’ll need to be a stickler about if you want to be happy once you’re freelancing full-time.

6.     Level Up Your Skills

The best way to justify higher rates is to make sure you have impressive skills that are in high demand.
Practice using your new skills by building the types of projects that you want to eventually be paid to work on. Whether that’s WordPress websites, digital marketing, mobile apps, or something else entirely, the more you can differentiate yourself among a sea of competition with cool side projects and examples that’ll attract potential customers, the better.
And remember that while highly trained freelancers can get paid much more for their work, you don’t have to head back to school for a degree in computer science to get on the train. Taking online courses on platforms like ,, etc and get you on the right track.

7.     Build Your Credibility

There are many ways to build your credibility within your industry. Aside from creating high quality blog content and collaborating with notable influencers in your industry, you can write an ebook, create an online course, and line up speaking engagements to start increasing your visibility within your niche.
These credibility-boosters can help you add your list of accomplishments that you can highlight on your portfolio and simultaneously demonstrate your knowledge for more potential clients to see. The wider you can broadcast your message, the more influence you’ll build within your niche.
8.     Determine Your Pricing
Deciding how much to charge for your freelance services is a major step toward determining your perceived value; you need to make sure you’re charging enough to make a sustainable, comfortable living. Most clients won’t hesitate to pay higher rates for a freelancer that gives them an incredible first impression and sells them on the ability to deliver high quality results.
As long as you continue to deliver consistent value to your clients (exceed their expectations), you have no trouble setting and maintaining high prices for the services you provide.
Before setting your prices at the bare minimum you need to charge in order to hit your financial needs, consider the actual value you’d be creating for your potential clients and make sure you’re not leaving money on the table. You can always increase your rates in the future and hope your client stays on board, but if you start at a price point you’re already excited about, you’ll be that much more likely to over-deliver and continue increasing your value moving forward.
9.     Leverage Your Network for Introductions
One of the most effective ways to land higher quality and better paying freelance work is through leveraging your existing networks. Whether it’s pitching your actual friends and former co-workers on freelance help, or using their connections to make warm introductions to companies you do want to work with, this is a great alternative to cold contacting potential clients.
10.  Blog Frequently
To showcase your skills and attract and convert new clients, you need to write blogs frequently to enlighten your clients the more. Potential clients will see you as an authority in your niche if you have more publications.  You can publish your blog for free on freelance related blogs such as, you don’t have to create your own blog, rather, leverage on existing blogs and publish your contents for free. To publish your blog content for free on Proville blog, send content to
At the beginning, aim for creating one or two in-depth blog posts per month, geared toward providing truly helpful solutions that your potential clients may be searching for. Note: That means you’ll be writing for an audience of your clients, not other people in your field.
Once they discover your content and get some free value from you, you’ll naturally be top-of-mind if they’re ready to hire out for more in-depth help.

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