How do I get started as a freelancer online?
You may have heard about Freelancing at some point, but maybe you’re not quite sure about what it is. Freelancing is simply working on a for hire basis. When someone needs a job done, but doesn’t need someone full time they may post a listing asking for help. If you get hired on by this company you are considered a freelance worker.
Freelancing is great for someone that is trying to fund a business, but is also working a full time job elsewhere. It’s also great for someone that is running a business, but has a little time on their hands to do side jobs. Anyone can freelance no matter what skill you have. It could as simple as mowing lawns or as complex as creating a mobile app for a company. It all just depends on your skill set and hustle.
Where can I Find Potential Jobs?
So finding work online might be easier than you think, it just takes a little bit of searching to find the right kinds of jobs. I’m going to list a few places you can try out, but it is far from the only places you can go in order to find work. It all depends on your creativity level. Enough with the small talk though, let’s get to the freelancer list.
Fiverr* is one of the most common places you can go to sell your services. So if you’re looking to sell services, especially coding and design work, you can post your jobs here. The name Fiverr comes from the fact that work can start as low as $5 for people to buy. Despite this you can charge more than this if you’d like.
Upwork is a site where freelancers can go in order to find companies looking for work. It’s a little different, and a lot more professional, than Fiverr. Users can contact you for work, but primarily freelancers are there to find work from businesses posting requests.
A business will post there requirements on the site and what price they’re looking to spend. From there freelancers will submit their offers and are given a chance to demonstrate why they’re the right choice for the job. If the company picks you, than you perform the work and get paid. Companies can rate you based on your performance so be sure to do awesome work.
If you have a good following on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube than you can potentially have people reach out to you on there. You can simply make an agreement via email or messenger systems and bill them via a platform like PayPal for the work. When I do work like this I like to bill on a deposit basis. Basically the customer puts a certain amount down for the job and pay the rest at completion. I deal with websites so it’s less likely for me to get ripped off since I can always just take the site down if they don’t pay.
YouTube is fantastic for doing freelance work because you can make videos showing off your skills or even giving some tips for free. If you can gain trust via your free content you may find people more willing to pay you for your services on a freelancing level.
The LinkedIn ProFinder page is a place where people can find a vetted professional freelancer. To get listed on the ProFinder part of the website you’ll need to meet certain requirements. For starters you’ll need a LinkedIn profile, I would strongly suggest filling out all of your info and making sure your artwork looks good also. LinkedIn also likes you to have some recommendations or endorsements from some of your LinkedIn connections before they’ll put you on their ProFinder listing.
With that being said, if you have clients on your LinkedIn profile it would be a good idea to get them to give you some endorsements on your skills. Not only will it help you get into the program, but it will increase your chances of being selected by potential clients. Overall the ProFinder section works much like UpWork, but it is tied in with the LinkedIn system so one could argue it’s an even better option to find work.
If you create your own website you can populate it with useful information and content to show off your skills. With a website of your own you can post portfolios, add blog articles, and place some testimonials from past clients.
Having a website can make your content easier to find via web search compared to the other options listed because everything on the site will be all about you. I highly recommend posting blogs and other informative content on your website to answer questions clients might have, show off your skills, and demonstrate to viewers why you’re the right choice for them. Similarly to social media you can set up deals via email and charge with PayPal.
<shameless plug> By the way, if you need help setting up a website you can always reach out to me. </shameless plug>
So there are a few ways you can get yourself a little bit of extra money by working freelance for clients. If you have enough skill and hustle you can easily turn this into a full time gig and potentially ditch your current job. How awesome would that be?
Have any ideas of your own that I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear about them in my comments section so please, let me hear it!