Running a freelance business is a full-time job in itself so finding the time to apply for more briefs when you’re already working and nurturing existing client relationships can feel overwhelming.
We’ve created YunoJuno to help freelancers reduce their admin time, supplying attractive briefs to apply to and handling timesheets and invoices on their behalf. If you’re new to freelancing or haven’t signed up to YunoJuno yet, we’ve covered all you need to know from creating a profile to securing your first project!
Choose your discipline
When you sign up on YunoJuno, the first task is to select the discipline that best describes your core skillset.
We always want to serve the best-fitting briefs to you so choosing the right category at the start will help your chances of securing projects when applying. For many freelancers, their skills and experience span across multiple disciplines. We understand that and when you continue to build your profile, you can add these to your page. It is simply a starting point in order to organise the briefs you see and how potential clients start their search as well.
Create a profile
First impressions can make all the difference, so we give all of our freelancers an opportunity to write a brief bio between 200-400 characters. Don’t forget to mention your skills and experience as well as any recent projects you’ve worked on.
Consider your ‘About’ section like an SEO article and include any relevant keywords so the YunoJuno search algorithm will show you the most relevant briefs, as well as share your profile with clients searching for your skills.
Choose a nice photo so clients can see who they’re potentially working with too! We don't mean professional headshots but a nice, clear snap helps put a face to the name.
Include your work history
Use this as a small CV and list some of your more recent projects and personal wins from them. As you work on more projects with clients on YunoJuno, your work experience will start to show automatically but you’ll need to include some projects first so clients can get a good view of your experience.
We know many freelancers work under NDA’s with clients which can make name-dropping their brands rather tricky. We’ve previously covered this in another blog and have some tips if you work with brands that you can’t name.
For any of the clients we have publicly listed on our platform, you’ll be able to select their brand from a drop-down selection or you can wait until your first contract finishes and let your work history update automatically.
A top tip is to add skills to your work history too as it will help you appear in client searches when they’re looking for that specific skill. Include the software and tools you’ve used as well as some clients look for those as buzzwords.
Mention any previous industries you’ve worked in too as this can be invaluable to clients if they’re looking for a freelancer with specific industry experience. And don’t forget to include links to your LinkedIn profile, private portfolio and any other resources you might have.
Apply for briefs!
Now you’ve included all the relevant information, you’ll be ready to start finding and applying for briefs! Our search algorithm will show you only the relevant briefs based on the discipline and skills you’ve listed out.
Once you’ve found a brief that suits your skills, you’ll be asked to share your day rate and availability to start so make sure you’re honest about your capacity to help. Some projects are rather short notice so if you can pick up work that quickly, let clients know.
You’ll also be asked why you’re a good fit so include some relevant industry experience and why you’d be a good fit for the brief. Remember, clients can see all of your work experience as well as your CV and portfolio so you won’t need to include all your information just why you’d be good for the project.
Once you’re in the YunoJuno community, why not join in the conversation with fellow freelancers over on our Slack channel. It’s a chance to introduce yourself as well as ask any questions to the wider community. We’re also always keen to hear from new freelancers about how they find the YJ experience so far.