Becoming a good freelancer takes time and to become a trusted freelancer it takes dedication and a persistent pursuit to become the best. This cannot be achieved working alone and it requires that you work and interact with others in your industry.
The advantages of being active in participating are numerous and include the following
1. Excellent source of inspiration
Every freelancer has at one time undergone through a dry spell when work was not forth coming. Networking forums are great as although colleague freelancers may not assist you to find the job the support offered makes one inspired.
2. Great voice for the freelancer
Unlike in traditional jobs where workmates can sit and discuss about their work and working conditions, networking is the closest freelancer. Freelancers get someone to listen to them and advice on how to succeed in the industry, which is quite important.
3. Good platform for finding projects and work
Most clients are also freelancers thus making networking sites important for meeting prospective clients. Being active in a network also enables other freelancers to recommend you for the abilities that they know you are good at.
4. Best platform for sharpening of skills and learning
Iron sharpens iron thus in a network, one is able to learn and sharpen his/her skills and abilities while learning from peers. This enables you to keep up-to-date with the latest trends in your respective industry.
5. Great sites to develop your own personal brand
By developing relationships with the right people, one is able to establish links that help you grow your career and you as a brand. Your network is your own tool to establish yourself as a brand.
6. Easy ground to nature relationships that will grow your career
For a freelancer, to be the best you need relationships and links that can grow your career. In a network, one is able to meet other likeminded people and together they can pursue their goals.
A network as mentioned brings together clients and freelancers and this provides an ideal forum for the creation of long-term links that are geared at mutually benefiting both parties.
7. Great forum for exchanging ideas amongst freelancers
As mentioned a network is a great forum for learning and sharpening skills. It is also ideal for likeminded people to interact as well as allowing members to exchange ideas that will assist them in becoming better writers.
8. Online networking is great ground for shy writers to interact
Most freelance writer and freelancers as a whole are introverts and networking offers a great forum where shy writers from the comfort of their homes or offices can participate and interact with people in his industry.
9. Great partnership building grounds
A network is great for fostering and building partnerships that are beneficial to all. For example, a web designer can meet a copy writer and together may form a mutually beneficial partnership. Such partnerships between freelancers can only be fostered in a network.
10. Great forum for marketing yourself
A network is a great platform to market yourself and your abilities. By actively participating in your network, you are actually marketing yourself to your peers and prospective clients.
Being part of a network does not guarantee the above, it can only be achieved through active participation out of posting relevant posts.