With all the opportunities available in freelancing world, it might be overwhelming for a newbie to find where to start, what skill to learn or what they want to be.

FIRST, you’ve got to know what you really want and what you enjoy doing!

Kung mahilig kang gumawa ng graphics or may experience ka, magfocus ka na lang dun. Kung mahilig ka naman sa social media and gusto mong pinag-aaralan yung mga secrets ng Social Media paltforms focus ka din dun.
Dun ka kasi mag-uumpisang mag-build ng profile mo. Minsan kasi ang nangyayari, lalo na sa newbies ang tinatanong agad kung “Anong in-demand na skill ngayon?” o “Anong skill ang pwede po sa akin?” That’s not the case when it comes to freelancing.

What you should be asking? WHAT DO I REALLY ENJOY DOING?

Dun kasi papasok yung eagerness mo to learn something. Kapag gustong-gusto mong matutuhan yung isang bagay, hindi ka mahihirapan gawin yun.
Isa pa, kung nag-eenjoy kang gawin ang isang bagay, hindi ka magsasawa dun.
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Kung hindi mo pa rin alam kung pano mo malalaman ang gusto mong gawin, a.k.a. ikaw pa rin ay gulong-gulo, i-try mo to. Pumunta ka sa Upwork then dun sa Find Work na tab, makikita mo dun yung mga categories. Pili ka ng isang category na gusto mo, or yung may kakaibang dating sayo na pakiramdam mo eh madaling aralin. Then kung may sub-category sya, tingnan mo din yun.
Tapos pag may nakita ka nang isang Category na malapit sa puso mo, yung parang may kakaibang tibok at appeal sa’yo yung ganong trabaho, dun ka magsimulang aralin yun.

 

NEXT, so ayun kapag may napili ka na, anong pwede mong gawin?

Pwede mong gawin to:

  1. Sumali ka sa groups na nakafocus sa field na yun. Kung about sa Social Media yung napili mo, maraming groups sa Facebook na nagfofocus dyan. Ganun din gawin mo kung ibang field. Basta search niyo lang sa search box ng Facebook tapos click niyo sa bandang itaas yung groups, makikita niyo na yung list na pwede niyo salihan.
  2.  Hanap ka or abang ka ng webinars about sa napili mong field. Tandaan mo, focus ka muna sa field na yun. Maraming webinars dyan sa paligid, piliin mo lang muna yung tungkol sa niche mo. Kapag kasi sumali ka pa sa ibang niche, let’s say about SEO, pero Social Media ang napili mo, maguguluhan ka na naman. Kaya focus muna sa isang skill.
  3. Take free courses sa napili mong niche. Pwede din namang paid courses pero I will recommend yung free muna. Madami naman nun. Kapag nag-uumpisa ka pa lang kasi, basics muna ang kailangan mong aralin. At ang basics niyan, usually sa mga free courses or yung mura lang like $10.
  4. Learn the tools na kailangan mong aralin. Kung free lang yung tools, make an account or download para maiapply mo agad yung mga natututuhan mo. Pwede mo ding i-add as portfolio yung mga samples na nagagawa mo kahit practice pieces pa lang, basta make sure na maganda at maayos at yung impressive kahit paano.
  5. Accept or apply to small projects na may kinalaman sa napili mong niche. Dun magsstart ma-build yung profile mo. Kahit short term lang, minsan mas ok yung short term para agad ka may review or feedback sa profile mo. Tandaan mo lang na yung aaplayan mo eh may connect sa napili mong niche para padagdag nang padagdag yung reviews, experience and credentials mo.

BAKIT MAHALAGA NA MAGFOCUS SA ISANG SKILL O NICHE?

Simple lang, para mabilis kang matuto. Kapag kasi madami kang inaaral na skill na sabay-sabay, hindi ka gaanong matututo. Pwedeng maguluhan ka sa inaaral mo dahil hindi ka makakapag-focus.

Remember: Learn ONE skill at a time.

At kung gusto mo na maglevel-up, magtaas ng rate or magdagdag ng service, it would be best na connected pa rin sya sa niche mo. Like kung Social Media Management, pwede mong aralin yung Facebook Ads Marketing. I-master sya mo para confident ka sa i-o-offer mong service.

At from there, dagdag ka na lang ng dagdag sa skillset mo. Pwede ka pa din naman mag-aral ng ibang skills kung gusto mo. 🙂

Kung nakatulong ito sa’yo, COMMENT ka lang sa ibaba o i-SHARE mo sa friends mo na tingin mo eh kailangan din nila to. Kung may naisip ka naman na tips, i-COMMENT mo lang din yan para makatulong sa iba.

 

SALAMAT SA PAGBABASA!

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9 thoughts on “5 Steps to Finding Your Niche

  1. Wow jen i was impressed, its very informative yet practical tips for newbies like me. Hehe, keep it up and let’s brainstorm sometimes bes. Keep it up! Thanks.

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  2. Hi Jen, thanks for posting this… Having a niche was really helpful for me, it gave me more focus on my work.. It actually made me an expert on my chosen field in freelancing… When, I started freelancing, I was kinda lost… I’ve done this and that, but couldn’t have client’s to appreciate my work… Until the time that I had myself to focus on a niche.. I was able to improve my skills, and was able to get amazing feedback’s from my clients… Again, thanks for posting, It was really nice…

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  3. You’re right Jen, nakakalito kapag maraming pinag-aaralan. Your post really helps a lot lalo na sa newbie na tulad ko. 🙂

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