Saturday, September 29, 2012

Upgrading Your Freelancing Skills

Once you've decided to take on the freelancing route, you have assumed the responsibility of being the entrepreneur of your freelancing business, an employee to your own company, a marketing specialist and an HR person. This route of independent or self-employment make you in-charge of everything. Your success and downfall is all on you.

In this kind of business, complacency should be the least of the things that we want to achieve. What we want is to be competitive and to be marketable. The only way to do that is to learn or upgrade our skills.

Many of us in the freelancing business come from different industry. We are already equipped with the knowledge and skills in  the specific niche, save for the fresh graduates who learn more from the academe; plus, the confidence to market our services to different clients throughout the world.

Dogs need to learn new tricks to please the master. We are not dogs but we definitely need to learn something new or else we get limited projects or we get left behind in the competition.

With the advent of internet, most of the information we need is online. So, basically, what we just need is time to research for great resource and learn. Easier said than done. With our busy schedule, it is quite tough to allot time solely for studying. Nevertheless that is the only way.

A blog post in Freelance Folder on How to Beef Up Your Freelancing Skills identifies the different online opportunities that can help you build your freelancing skills. Some of them are free while other opportunities requires monetary investment.

Six free opportunities to beef up your skills:
  • Blogs
  • Email newsletter
  • Free Teleseminars and Webinars
  • Library Books
  • Internship, Apprenticeship, On-the-Job Training
  • Online Forums

6 Paid Opportunities to Help You Build Your Skills
  • Books & Magazines
  • University/College Courses
  • Live Training
  • Home Study Courses
  • E-coaching
  • Mastermind Groups

Education and training are investments. These are extremely valuable in our business. So, if we wanted to be successful at something, we should spend time and money even. Sooner or later, you'll be able to use the skills or knowledge you learn and earn money from it. You'll realize that it is all worth going through it.


  1. Hi these tips are very important for anyone who is trying to enter into the freelancer world. You can also add this website on a Online Home Jobs category. I have earning thousands of dollars from this site. in future i will definitely follow your blog for more such tips

    1. Thanks, Mike! I appreciate for sharing the link. Looks like its a great site for freelancers.


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