Basic Skills For Online Freelancing

Online Freelancing

So you are thinking of quitting your day job and would like to experience online freelancing?

You hate your boss, you are fed up of doing the same routine every day, you hate being stuck up in the traffic, you want freedom… These and other reasons are what made you think that working as a freelance would be a better idea.

Think again…

Why Do We Need A Job?

One of our goals upon finishing a degree is to find a right job with a nice compensation and could help us develop our skills. That is why we immediately set out to job hunting right after graduation.

Still remember the time we applied for the job? The long queues of applicants, the examinations we took, the interviews we have undergone and the requirements we were made to submit? How do we rate the difficulty?

After some time, we got tired of our work and we planned to escape the world of regular office work, our day job as we call it. We learned that we can work online and it offers flexible hours for working, we can earn more than our present work and we can enjoy more freedom.

While it is true that more and more people nowadays are finding real success with the online freelance career, there are still a lot of things that we should consider before we decide to shift from the regular 8 to 5 work to online freelancing.

Online freelancing is not an escape. We need to assess ourselves if we can cope with the high level of competition. It only means that we need to learn more.

Reality in Online Freelancing

Here’s the reality… struggle in finding a freelance work especially using the online platform is higher than you think. Remember, you are competing with the whole world for a piece of work. Companies would not settle for a mediocre worker. Companies would always look for someone who could give them the best. That is a business.

A long list of requirements must be submitted for review before an applicant can undergo an interview.  Even if the company would only be hiring a simple data encoder. The list itself could make you think of not pursuing the application anymore.

Here are some of the required skills, programs, apps that a particular company will be requiring an applicant to have before they would be subject to consideration. Lack of these skills and qualifications could mean rejection of the application.

  • Must be articulate in the English language and can communicate effectively
  • Have to pass an English examination (series of exams will be given)
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Office program which includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Should have knowledge in Photoshop
  • Typing speed should be at least 60 wpm
  • Online payment processor is a must
  • Must have a credit card and bank account
  • Excellent in time management
  • Well-organized individual
  • You should be able to do rush jobs
  • A reliable and fast internet connection with back ups
  • You should have your own laptop or desktop and other gadgets with a minimum specification required by the employer
  • Additional monitor is recommended
  • You should have an office space set inside your home
  • An account with facebook, twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google and other social networking sites

Apart From Those Things Mentioned Above…You Should Know About the Following:

That would be a good start but let it be known you have to  know some online tools since some employers are looking for someone who are knowledgeable with these online tools:

  • Amazon
  • AWeber
  • Basecamp
  • Boomerang
  • Canva
  • Clickfunnels
  • Craigslist
  • Dropbox
  • GetResponse
  • Google Docs
  • Hubstaff
  • Infusionsoft
  • Lastpass
  • MailChimp
  • Skype
  • Streak
  • Trello
  • WiseStamp
  • WordPress
  • WorldTime Buddy

Please do take note that some of these tools can be used for a fee but may come with a free trial.

These are the basic. Different employers mean different needs and demands. Working online can be a good alternative but we need to prepare ourselves for the real battle. A continuous study would help and additional courses is a must.

Freelancing can be a very rewarding career. A lot of people are looking forward to be on their own which means they are in control of their time and schedule. Challenges may be present but having a solid foundation and a good plan can help us through.

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Sharon Lopez

Sharon Lopez is an online freelance worker and at the same time a full time government employee. Graduated from the Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi city with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce, Major in Banking and Finance. She has been working as an online writer, blogger, call auditor and involved in other online jobs which she is doing on a part time since 2010.

4 Replies to “Basic Skills For Online Freelancing

  1. I’ve started freelancing and it’s been both more rewarding and more frustrating than I expected. I’m actually not familiar with a lot of the programs on that list. What are they, in general?

    1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for visiting. These are online tools that some employers require before they hire a virtual assistant. The employers are using the online tool/s so they need someone who has the knowledge in using the application. Actually, I am going to write a post explaining the detail of every tool mentioned herein. I’ll consider this comment as a reminder. Thank you.

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