Congratulations! You landed your first project, whether it be on Freelancer, Fiverr, Upwork, it doesn’t matter what platform you are using, you want to make sure to impress a client so that a big, fat five star review is posted on your profile. When that happens you will be well on your way to a successful freelancing career, so, without any more blabbering, let’s get started.
First of all, you should maintain your employer updated, unless he seems annoyed at too many messages, (quite uncommon) with all the progress that you make. Also, if you ask some questions about how the project should be done, and if they are not too obvious, the employer will feel like their project is taken care of, and will most likely answer them gladly.
When you are doing the project, add those small details that give the finished piece that final sprinkle of quality that makes your work stand out from the rest.
If you are writing, send the article formatted and edited in a professional looking manner, even though you were only asked to write the rough content. Adding a plagiarism checker report (of course totalling 100% original!) also gives that extra reassurance to the employer.
If you are doing a design, add some mockups of how the finished piece will look when applied as the employer wants to, such as the logo in a mug, shirt. Or their business card seen from different perspectives. This is very useful to the employer, and will of course impress him, even adding a little something here and there may result in a better response from the client.
All of this extra work eventually pays out, as it will be more likely that your employer contacts you again for more work, and will be more comfortable to pay more for an assured good result.
Ultimately, you freelance for money, but you also want to keep employers happy and make the internet market more popular and to the reach of more and more people, that way, more projects are posted, more businesses are opened and people are happy, it’s a win win. You can contribute to that system, and to your wallet, by always going the extra mile for every employer you work with.
Now go on and complete that project, make it the first of many, and don’t forget to keep your client happy!