You already know how to use SOLIDWORKS to generate 3D models. However, what do you want to achieve with this new knowledge? Do you want to earn money, get a job or do you just need to pass an exam? If you are looking to earn money as an independent user, this article is for you.
The basic knowledge of SOLIDWORKS implies that you know how to use every tool from Sketch and Feature menu (defaults or basic adjustment) and how to move from Part to Assembly and Drawings module. If you already know this, CONGRATULATION, you can start to make money as a freelancer! There are so many platforms where you can make your profile and offer your knowledge (Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, Workana, PeoplePerHour…). Or you can build the models and sell them (Turbosquid...). After that, it is good to spend some time thinking about what you really like to model.
Do you have an idea of what industry you'll be freelancing for? There are huge differences in standards and requirements between fields. When you apply on freelance websites, you can search for existing jobs or you can create your profile as an offer profile. In both cases, you need to write your real skills and competencies. It is okay if you do not know everything from the start, but you need to know where to look for whatever information you are missing. If you are sure about 70% that you are capable of finishing the job, apply for it! Try Google search to see what is on-demand and what you like or have to offer.
Making money as a freelancer is not a quick process. It takes time to prove your skills and be able to attract clients. For a start, you will need to build your portfolio and identify the skills you have. Here's a way to get started. Create one folder with all models and drawings that you already made in SOLIDWORKS. Then, start a document listing all the features and tools that you think you know (use models and drawings that are already in the folder as a reference). Besides every feature and tool, write how confident you are with it. Do you know the basic application or advanced level application? This will help you clearly identify your SOLIDWORKS competencies which you can use as a foundation for which freelance job to apply for.
If you have a certificate like CSWA or CSWP, then your hour can be more expensive as clients will have more confidence in your skills. Also, certifications look great in your CV. In addition to official certifications, every course that you pass is also a great way to show a potential client that you have a will to constantly update yourself and your knowledge.
Doing freelance work will not only earn you money, but it will also help strengthen your design skills and help you build a strong personal portfolio. If you are looking for courses to grow your SOLIDWORKS skills, you can check out the course collections offered by TforDesign’s School.
By Ivana Medojevic, M.Sc. TforDesign Community Member
A multitasking mom with a big entrepreneurial dream. Reading, writing, and online learning are my passions. Soon Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.