#28: Freelancing is a Game of Numbers

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I played chess with one of my friends on iMessage last week.

That will probably be the first time I play a board game and pick up some valuable freelancing lessons all at once.

You know, it was fun moving my pieces on a board, capturing my opponent’s pieces, and trying to checkmate his king.

I discovered later that although the game is a classic, it’s also a game of numbers.

Because throughout the game, I had to know how many moves I could make, how many pieces I had, how many I could lose, and how many I could gain.

And the same is true for freelancing.

Freelancing is a game of numbers.

Numbers that matter. Numbers that can help you win or lose.

For example, you have to know how many clients you have, how many you need, how many you can get, and even how much you can make in a month or year.

You just have to know the numbers, because the numbers don’t lie.

That said, let me show you three ways you can win the freelancing game with numbers.

#1 – Quantity leads to quality:

Okay, this might sound funny, but the truth is, quantity comes before quality (sometimes).

Take a look at it…

The more proposals you send, the higher your chances of getting your dream client. The more jobs you deliver, the higher your chances of getting better at what you do.

This means that, the more opportunities you chase, the higher your chances of catching something hot.

#2 – More visibility, more conversion:

A big part of being successful as a freelancer is marketing and selling yourself.

That is why freelancing is 70% marketing, 30% work. You have to be online, network, and find new clients.

Not everyone who sees you online will hire you. You have to put yourself in front of more people. The more people who know about your services, the more opportunities you’ll have.

#3 – Small win compilation

One of the things I wish I learned earlier was the mindset of compiling small wins.

I wanted to make $100 at a go. I was too blind to see that a $10 job from 10 clients gives me a total of $100 (jobs that take less than 1 hour to complete).

While it might be tempting to avoid small money gigs for high-paying gigs right away, don’t underestimate the power of smaller projects.

That $10 might not seem like much initially, but get 10 of that same job and watch $100 land in front of you.

Apply that to any other amount of money-job.


The Goodie Bag

🖕 A freelance content writer is needed at Chew On This. (​Link​)

🖕 Last Room Productions is seeking a freelance research assistant. (​Link​)

🖕 Teen Vogue is looking for a social editor for weekend work. (​Link​)

🖕 Become Vellum AI’s freelance Webflow developer. (​Link​)

🖕 Pinterest (US) needs a labs research intern. (​Link​)





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