If you want to drill a tooth cavity, work out in the gym or operate in the theater, you want to know that the person in charge is qualified. Knowing that they are studying, exercising, and knowing exactly what they are doing before they are let go.
Even when it comes to our pets, cars and houses, we of course only want help from professionals who can qualify their craft with relevant qualifications or certificates.
This certification level should also be a deal breaker if you are outsourcing your bookkeeping, bookkeeping, or financial advice to your business.
Why? Well, because these are the types of professions that require accredited qualifications. But can that be said when it comes to things like copywriting, photography, video editing, PR, and fashion?
These are some of the most common freelance areas (to name a few). As a rule, proof of educational background or certification is not required prior to hiring.
In this blog post, we examine the question: Do freelance workers require certificates or qualifications?
Does a freelancer need qualifications or certificates to work?
For the most part, a freelancer doesn’t need a qualification or certification to do their job. In fact, it’s pretty rare for a client to ask for a resume before hiring a freelance professional.
They’ll be more interested in things like portfolios, showreels, experiences, and recommendations when researching their freelance contacts.
Other things renters will look out for with a freelancer include:
- Impeccable time management and the ability to meet deadlines
- Trust that works independently
- The ability to be brief
- Willingness to negotiate budgets if necessary
- Attention to customer relationships
However, some freelancers need to be able to use various software or programs to do their job. Therefore, it can be useful to be certified in these areas to demonstrate your competence.
The benefits of qualifications and certificates for freelancers
In a recent study of DACH freelancers, those with a university degree earned an average of € 96 an hour, which was € 14 more than those who had just reached secondary school level.
Aside from obviously asking more for qualifications to support you, there are a few other reasons awards and achievements can serve a freelancer well:
- Stand out from your competition – If a client chooses between you or another potential freelancer, an additional qualification or certification may be exactly what it takes to lead them to the position.
- Improve and update your current offer – As a freelancer, it’s always good to stay tuned so that you can continue to offer work that is fresh, relevant, and in line with the latest trends and technology.
- Improve your service by educating yourself – Aside from making sure your existing toolkit stays top notch, it’s also a good idea to expand your skills and expand them where possible. This depends on time and budget, of course, but continuing education is an effective way to grow as a freelancer and impress your clients.
For example, a wedding photographer might choose to take a video editing course to expand their editing skills to include both moving and still images. That way they can sell and sell their service with a wedding photo and video package.
How can I continue my education?
When asked which training methods they prefer, most (69%) of the respondents stated technical literature such as books, manuals, articles or reports. After that, online courses, workshops, seminars and webinars were prioritized.
However, given the perks of freelance qualifications and certifications that are so appealing, at some point you may find yourself scratching the itch off to wipe your study cap.
Are you a freelancer with a catalog of qualifications and certificates? Did you find out that they helped you get jobs and smear customers? Would you like to share a great course with your colleagues who are reading this article? Let us know in the comments below!