Most freelancers start off their career in job boards. You most likely already realized the fact that your profile is the most important part of the equation. If you did not, just think about it! When a potential client looks at those that placed a bid on a project, they will take a look at what your profile. There are so many things that can be said about creating a profile that is appealing for clients. We will eventually talk about everything but now let us stay focused on the skills that you add.
Most job boards out there (at least those that are very good) will offer you the possibility to add skills that you have. It is very important that you do not add too many skills. This is a very common mistake that is done by those that never actually had freelancing experience. Unfortunately, even some that are very good and got jobs in the past will fall victim to this mistake without realizing it.
What you might not consider is the fact that the client will not actually trust you when you say that you are good at doing many things. It is a very good idea to just add around 5 skills. You can be very good at many but this does not mean that people will believe you. Clients see profiles that are filled with skills as being overrated or they will think that you are a client. Keep in mind that companies are generally not seen in a good light on job boards.
Having a profile that includes many different skills also looks desperate. There are not many out there that will hire someone that seems desperate. It is a shame to see that many freelancers post messages like “Sir, I want to do this job no matter what since I need money. I will do it at a very cheap price!” Would you hire someone like that?
If you had to remember just one thing from this article, make sure that you remember this:
“If you want to be good at freelancing, you have to behave like a good freelancer!”