There are various reasons why people choose to freelance instead of working as a permanent employee. Some choose to freelance because it can offer higher pay and others prefer it because of the variety of experiences it can provide.
Some of the freelance consultants that I have spoken to cite worries about job security as a downside of freelancing. As freelancers are acting as individuals they need to market themselves to make sure they secure their next project to maintain financial stability.
If you are new to freelancing or want to know how others get new SAP projects, here are the 3 top tips that you could use.
Networking: Increasing your network and communication is key! Join networking events, and join online communities where you can learn and share information with like-minded consultants. It’s also a great opportunity to find out what is happening in the market, staying up to date, and stay tuned on the new releases and updates.
Improve Quality: Reputation and relationships are critical for freelancers. You want to make sure the client and consultants you work with have good things to say about you. Manage stress during the project and try to maintain good relations with people you work with even at busy, difficult times. Always stay up to date with the new releases and keep learning new things – you can never be too experienced to learn new modules and areas. This is how you will be remembered by your customers and become a “go-to” person when any new projects start.
Marketability and Differentiation: Competition is so high and the SAP ecosystem evolves quickly. You need to stay up to date with the changes in the market and stay tuned on new upcoming technology. This will help you differentiate from all the other freelancers who are looking for projects. You want to stand out and increase your marketability – not once every five years but always keep an eye and ear open to new releases and technology.
Please reach out to me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss how you can stay up to date within SAP market or if you want to find out the market information.
Momo Yamada is a K2 Konnect Project Manager at K2 Partnering Solutions.