Interview with an Online Freelancer : Marie Pabica

Freelancer Hot Spot : Marie Ann Pabica

Be an online freelancer

Virtual Assistant, E-Commerce, Customer Service, Medical Biller, Mompreneur
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines

“Always ask & thank God for wisdom.” – Marie

Freelance Portfolio and Social Media Links:

Twitter: marieannpabica
LinkedIn: virtualassistantmarie87
Freelancer: marieann87
PeopleperHour: marie-ann/pabica/administrative-assistant-customer/350788

Here’s another work online from home mom from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Let’s see what Marie’s been doing as an online freelancer working as a virtual assistant and how she maintained to be successful on the global market.

1. When and how did you start working online as a freelancer? [Read more…]

How To Find Freelance Jobs When You Have No Experience?

Working online is one of the most common but not so easy way to make money especially when you are a newbie or let’s say an inexperienced human being. Whether you want to have a part time job or you’re a retiree, you are very welcome to join the gig. You can also enjoy the benefit of working online at the comfort of your home and you can sometimes choose what time you want to work as long as you can meet the deadline of the job.

Sounds interesting, right? But in order for you to be part of this job, work online from home and get paid, you need to answer the most common questions that every freelancer had encountered and these are:online jobs work from home-tips

How – to become a freelancer especially when you don’t have any experience?
Where – can you apply to find a legitimate job? (*of course nobody wants to fall into the pit hole of scam websites!) and
What – kind of jobs does it offer that suits your ability?

These are the major problems that often kill the littlest hope that lights your soul. But, I will give you the answer because me, myself also experienced this kind of trouble. I spent three months searching for the right website and as what the law of attraction states “Positive mind comes positive outcome.” Then, Upwork came into view. Yes, yes, it’s

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Tips on Landing Your Very First Client

Just a pebble in the water can cause the sea in motion. Life is full of domino effects as long as you know how to manage it. This domino effect is not only applicable with multiplying happiness or greatness. But for freelancers, this domino effect is also applied to having clients. If you can have one client, it can multiply into two, then into four, then into eight, and so forth. You just have to know how to get it. From Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents, finding your first client is the hardest for freelancing. So as a freelancer, how can you find your very first client?

Get it First Hand from Real Online Freelancers

who are now Rocking their Freelancing Career!

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5 Tips in Making a Proposal that Lands a Job

Take the proposal as you first real communication with a potential client. Don’t rush into copying and pasting your template. A proposal should not be overlooked and remember it can be a deal breaker! Always keep in mind that job proposals play a vital role in being hired.

Proposal WOrk Online from homeI know making a proposal is really hard especially when you don’t know what to write anymore or you already forgotten what were the things that you had written or included in your past submitted proposals. In order for you to grab your client’s attention you need to make a proposal that can make you stand out from your fellow bidders. Create a proposal that can give you a big impact to the client’s eyes and finally start your work online from home career.

One of the best things that you need to do in order to have a good job proposal is to make a template. A template will serve as your basis on how you should make your proposal and it comes handy when the time comes. Since you have a template there will be no reason for you to worry and you’ll have the time to think about how your proposal should be like. You need to craft it as good as you can.

As long as you finished making a template for your job proposal, you can just copy and paste it anytime when you find a job that suits you. Having a template can help you save your time. You can just submit as many proposals as you like. But keep in mind that, when submitting a proposal you need to carefully read the description of the job first because sometimes the clients put a secret word on their description that you need to include in your proposal. No matter how good your proposal is if you don’t follow their instructions it will be useless and most likely eliminating your proposal just like that.

Here are some tricks and tips in making a good proposal:

Make a long story short and be precise

Nobody wants to read a big block of text and reading long proposals can’t grab your client’s attention. It can be tiring for them since you are not the only one who had submitted proposals for their job. Of course, it should be precise and accurate. It’s like hitting two birds in one stone. Keep your proposal short but include all the ingredients that can make it tasty.

Get your client’s attention easily

Your first two sentences is your biggest chance of getting the job. In order to get their attention you need to be clever enough to construct these sentences. How can you grab someone’s attention? The answer is pretty simple, use their name! How can you get their name? Well, read at the feedback on your client’s profile. Freelancers used their first name to rate the client when their job is done. By addressing to their name you can make your application somehow personal.

Tell them why they need to work with you

Trust is the main foundation of getting the job. Your client always wants to know why they should hire you instead of your competitors. Show them what you’ve got. Let them know your advantages compare to your rivals. State your expertise and talents. Tell them your experiences and how many projects have you worked that gives you a good feedback. If it is relevant tell them about your education like what course have you graduated. But the most important thing is to stay humble and always state the facts.

Put your work samples at the beginning of your proposal

Your work samples serves as a blessing in disguise in your proposal since this is what the client’s often look for. Because of this they can somehow check if you are really capable of doing the job. If you think you have a good work sample then you are ahead of the pack.

Be professional and kind

When making a good proposal make sure that you are using the right words when addressing to your client. Use “Dear” instead of “Hi.” It only shows that you have a professional manners. Do not brag. Always start off on the right foot. Being kind means you are being friendly and give them an easy approach. Always choose a good closing line. Like “Best regards” or a “Thank you for reading my application.”

In order to really make a good proposal, you really need to make and test lots of it and sort out what gives you the best results. It’s like solving a scientific problem that you need to make many hypothesis and conduct different experiments first in order to get the best answer.

Getting a Fresh Start as a Freelancer

work online for free- freelancingFreelancing offers a lot of opportunities. However, shifting from having a full time work to freelancing is not that easy. You must consider that competition is tougher. There are more freelancers offering the same services that you have and with experience working online. You need to convince clients and establish good reputation before you can earn. Although this is very hard when you are just starting. I even know someone from our facebook group who was in elance for quite some time but can’t land a single job. What I did was I hired him to do a research for me. Though the job cost only $15, nowhe already had a feedback on his portfolio. Not bad considering months ago he was staring at a blank client history, right?(Learn how you can create a freelancer portfolio even without clients here).  Our facebook group is a closely knit community that we try to help newbies. It would be good for you to search for this kind of group too.  [Read more…]