From the Experts: Tim
In this interview series, we ask Lorem experts why they enjoy being part of the Lorem network. In this post, you'll meet Lorem Expert Tim, a freelance front-end web developer.
These days, freelancing is becoming more and more common in the technology fields. It is almost expected that in addition to working full-time, a techie does freelance work or has another form of a “side hustle”.As with most things, becoming a freelancer takes a lot of patience and a lot of practice. The very idea of finding clients, handling payments, and completing projects can seem pretty overwhelming.Fortunately, Lorem is making the barrier to entry much lower. Not only am I more confident as a freelancer, I’m much more comfortable with my skills as a web developer thanks to Lorem.
There are several reasons why I love being a Lorem Expert, but one of the most rewarding is helping small to medium businesses with their websites. Often, the internet seems to be regarded as a magical type of thing that only grants special knowledge to a select few. While we know this is not true, there are many people to treat it as such and don’t want to get their hands dirty.
That’s where we come in. We act as a bridge between our clients, the business owners, and the world wide web. DIY site builders make it fast and simple to set up a website from a template, but when you want something a bit more personalized or custom Lorem Experts are there.
The reason we are so important is because we have a direct impact upon our clients' business. At their most basic form, websites are a marketing tool. I’m sure you’ve been to a business' website that looks extremely outdated (or worse yet, no website exists) and that helped to determine your decision to work with that business or not. By helping our clients, we directly get to help them grow their business without breaking the bank.
Clients come to Lorem because they need help with their website being hosted on a popular platform. I commonly work with WordPress websites, switching between coding, database, and CMS.
Before starting with Lorem, I had some experience with WordPress - between websites of my own and websites I’ve built for others. I didn’t know everything about WordPress when I started and I still don’t. The important thing is that I’m familiar with the technologies and I know how to find the solution so I can make sure my client is taken care of.
I’ve taken jobs which I knew how to fix without looking, and I’ve taken jobs that present a problem I’ve never even thought about. When it comes to being a Lorem Expert, persistence is the name of the game. As long as you’re dedicated to providing your client with a solution, you’ll do well. For me, this means having a much greater knowledge of what’s out there and how all the pieces of a WordPress site fit together.
Another hat that a freelancer must wear is that of a project manager. If there is no way to keep track of a project’s scope and progress, then jobs can last forever, things can go over budget, or the freelancer may not get paid. Lorem makes it easy to create projects with notes as well as keep in contact with clients.
In addition, the Lorem dashboard is set up in a way that promotes regular communication between the Expert and the client. The length of a project may vary, from a few hours to a few days. Regardless of the project length, daily communication is a must. Making sure that I communicate with my client tells them that I’m here if they need anything and that I haven’t forgotten about them.
More Money, Less Problems
Perhaps the most obvious benefit to freelancing is the additional income. Being an Expert on Lorem means that I get to work on my own schedule and get paid what I feel that I’m worth.
Lorem is not an 8-5 job. It is a platform for you to communicate with clients from all over, and I really mean ALL OVER. I’ve worked with clients in California, Florida, New York, England, and Australia. Because of this, there aren’t any regular hours you could work to accommodate all of them, so you will have the freedom to work whatever hours fit your schedule (but still make sure to do some work everyday).
Let’s talk pricing. If you’re looking online for freelance work, there’s a good chance you’ve come across sites like Upwork or Freelancer where it’s REALLY difficult to find work and when you can, you’re working for peanuts. Not only does that mean you have to work crazy amounts to make any money, but it also wears on morale and motivation.
With Lorem, you get to set your own price. They don’t give any stipulations, so you can charge what you believe your time is worth.
Clients Come To You
One of the most difficult parts of being a freelancer is client acquisition. Much of a typical freelancer’s time is spent marketing and reaching out to potential customers to ask if they need anything done. Lorem makes this super easy by providing you with a stream of customers. It reverses the roles so instead of you looking for them, your clients will be looking for you.
What this means for you is that you will be able to spend your time focusing on your work instead of looking for work. That’s awesome!
In addition, Lorem handles payments. That may sound like a pretty small benefit, but it makes life a lot easier. Not only does it mean you don’t have to worry about how a client is paying you, if there are problems with a client’s payment, Lorem will take care of it with the client so you can focus on your next job.
Want to be like Tim and work flexible hours while helping clients from all over the world? Sign up to be an expert on Lorem!