Freelancing is a business I've become quite familiar with over the past 5 years online. Quite honestly, this is something I wish I would have known more about before I started blogging. If I had, I may not actually be a blogger now. Well, scratch that because I love blogging!
My point is that if you are looking for something to provide a nice part-time income, or even create your own empire, freelancing can offer that for you. If you are wanting to make money doing freelance work, there are many things you need to know and an abundance of ways to make money.
What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is someone who provides a service to another person or business. They are not employed by the person or business but rather provide work on a project or a consultant basis. As a freelancer, you are responsible for all taxes, insurance, social security, retirement, etc. You work for yourself.
With each job, you will likely draft a subcontractor agreement with the client which outlines the project's parameters. Some may also request a Non-Compete and Non-Disclosure (NDA) as well. This is to protect their business. No matter the case, do NOT go without getting at least a subcontractor agreement as that will protect you as a freelancer just as much as it protects the person you are working with.
How to Make Money Freelancing?
Here are just some of the potential freelancing opportunities you can take advantage of.
- Social Media
- Graphic Designer
- Website Management
This is just a short list. Were you employed in CorporateAmerica prior to your current position? Use those skills and make something that is marketable and necessary in today's online economy.
Being online, people can provide a number of services. You operate as a self-employed person and pretty much call the shots and make your own hours as long as you meet your client's expectations.
How Do You Find Freelancing Jobs?
There are several freelance job sites. Here is a short list of a few additional freelance sites:
You can also check with your local newspaper, media outlets and even online job boards. Bloggers also have freelance opportunities so if you know a blogger that you follow regularly, you can always ask them! No matter what, NEVER pay for a service that claims to offer you freelance work. As you can see from the sites above, the opportunities are readily available and paying someone isn't necessary.
Getting a Freelance Job
With these different sites, you will be asked to create an account in order to start bidding on jobs. Most projects are paid directly through the site so there is no need to worry about sharing your bank account information. Many sites also have strict policies in place for payment so there is some reassurance that you will get paid for delivering your work.
I suggest you build a portfolio. It's good to have a website to show clients what types of work you can do. Hostgator has relatively cheap hosting options for under $5 a month if you are looking to create something simple to start. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated with your new Freelance work experience as well.
Join groups for professional looking to hire Freelancers. Make sure you apply for the jobs that best match your skills and goals. As you begin to win clients you'll be able to add more to your portfolio. Request feedback from every client so you can also include those testimonials on your website. This valides that you are good and will likely help you get additional jobs.
Freelancing is a job that truly offers unlimited potential. If you are willing to work hard and have great work to back it up, you will find that finding paid jobs will be easy. The hard part will be deciding which jobs to take based on your newly busy schedule!
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