Developing a presence on the world wide web is crucial for freelance success. One of the best ways to market yourself as a language practitioner is by optimising your LinkedIn profile. The following basic principles can help to set you apart from your competitors:
A professional photo
Experts advise that it is preferable to use a professional profile photo. This means using a recent photo, wearing professional attire and putting on a nice smile. Do not use a selfie. Rather invest in the services of a professional photographer. Also, try to add a background photo that is relevant to your business, Personally, I created a word cloud, using words that are relevant to my business.
Next in line is your headline. Your headline should be more than a mere job title. Focus on the value you provide for your customers and define your ideal customer. Remember that your services are not about you. It is about what you can do for your clients. The same applies to your summary. Your summary should tell the story of your business. It is important to communicate your brand values. Focus on how you can make a difference to your clients’ lives.
Growing your network is important for business success. You can grow your network by syncing your profile on your LinkedIn account with your email address book. List your relevant skills. Be true to who you are and to what you can do. Try to get endorsements and manage those endorsements. Edit those endorsements and choose which to show and which to hide.
LinkedIn is all about interacting with potential clients. Therefore, experts advise that you share relevant content and add comments. Establish yourself as an expert and a thought leader through the content that you post. Use your content to start conversations with potential clients. Be aware of the competition. Look at what your competitors do and follow relevant influencers in your industry.
Complete your profile
Make sure that every section in your LinkedIn profile is completed and that there are no gaps or blank spaces. Customise your LinkedIn URL to become more user friendly. Use search engine optimisation (SEO) principles to optimise your profile. Make sure that your profile includes relevant keywords. Join groups that are relevant to your industry and make sure you participate in them. Showcase awards, volunteer experience, organisations and causes you care about.
A networking opportunity
Remember LinkedIn is a networking opportunity. It is also a marketing tool. It is more than just showcasing your CV. Most people think of LinkedIn in terms of recruitment. However, as freelancers we are primarily business owners. Our survival depends on marketing and finding clients. This is the only way we can ensure sustainability of our businesses. Therefore think beyond your CV. Establish and cultivate business relationships. Build your contacts. Learn to communicate and to provide value. There is a lot of useful information on Google in this regard. There are even books on the subject. Educate yourself and empower yourself. It is all about relationships. In essence this is Relationship Marketing 101. Take the time to master this skill and you will reap the benefits!
Business.linkedin.com. 2021. Business Solutions on LinkedIn | LinkedIn Business. [online] Available at: <https://business.linkedin.com/> [Accessed 13 June 2022].