What If I Don't Have Experience Yet?
We see this question A LOT in our Facebook Group. Companies want to hire people with experience, but how can you get that experience if nobody will hire you because you have no experience?!? 😩
Here are some answers from veteran freelancers. 👇
Morgan, Freelance Accountant: It’s not always about the experience. It’s more about organization and work ethic. I think if you want something enough, you can get it despite the experience. I love the quote by Richard Branson “If you don't know how to do something, say yes and learn how to do it later.” It’s gotten me in some tricky situations but it’s taught me so much and opened up doors I would have never imagined possible.
Liz, Virtual Assistant: Find where your clients are. Put yourself in that space. Whether it is a Facebook group, a physical group, or a place where those clients hire freelancers, join the club! Then contribute. Make your presence known. Whatever work you want to do, make sure it fits you. Build up a portfolio. Above all, make relationships. And learn... keep learning about the field. Be bold when you describe what you do. Do what you can to banish impostor syndrome.
Lucy, Business Strategist: Use freelance platforms, there are over 40 of them. It isn't easy at first. I remember a friend of mine told me: "You need to gain feedback first and be ready to work almost for free." It was disappointing to hear, but that’s what I did. I started with Fiverr and Upwork and at the beginning it was not easy to get clients.
To be frank, becoming a freelancer means you need to change not only your schedule, but your mindset and communication style too. And build your skills to the point where people are coming to you. If you have a marketing budget you can run online advertising campaigns. Get advice from other freelancers when you get stuck.
Scott, Self-Employed TV Personality: I had zero experience when I started; it was totally different to anything I’d done before. I had no idea where to start, I just knew I wanted to be successful at something I’d built myself. Research is so, so important. Find out the techniques and tools you’ll need to get started and then much of it is learning as you go; what works and what doesn’t. You’ll also learn what NOT to do.
Brainstorm Time! 🧠💥
Here are three ways you can turn this "no experience" bus around:
💡 Just because you don't have the necessary experience doesn't mean you can't still send in your application. Who knows? You may be the most qualified person they've seen so far.
💡 Work experience isn't the only type that counts. Do you have any hobbies, personal projects, or unpaid work that you've done for yourself or a friend?
💡 There's always SOMETHING you're qualified for. It might not be the job you want to end up in, but you could start with something and work your way up, you know, like a regular job.
That's it for this FAQ!
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