TodayâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s freelancing world is exciting and growing quickly. Companies with limited resources are beginning to learn that finding freelance employees on a per-project basis makes more economic sense then full-time employees. If you are thinking about freelancing, now is the time. With the internet everyone regardless of their personal situation, location, race or economic background no longer matter when applying for freelance work. Many freelancers work from home and this inherently benefits companies in terms of cost and flexibility. As for the freelancer, the main benefit is flexible working hours and doing jobs that they like. If you havenâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t freelanced before finding freelance work is easier than you might expect you just have to know where to look. As a co-founder of the freelance website Vois.com it’s just a matter knowing where to look! Here are some quick tips on how to find work as a freelancer:
1.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ First pick your niche.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ A good start is to think what are you good at and what do you like doing?âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ This will take seriousâˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ thought and the service has to be deliverable virtually. Understand this once you know what you want to do you will find a great quantity of work doing just about anything from being a virtual assistant to freelance writing.
2.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Once you know what you want to do make sure your home office is equipped with what you need. You don’t want to get a job, and have to pass on it or get a bad rating from a buyer because you werenâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t prepared.
3.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Post your portfolio and have references! If you have donâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t have any samples of your work no one will hire you it is that simple.
4.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ So now you’ve picked your niche, posted your portfolio have references and your home office is ready next you will have to search the internet for sites that hire freelancers. This will take time and many exist. Newer sites like Vois.com and Limeexchange.com might be better choices for the new freelancer as websites like Elance.com or Getafreelancer.com are way too competitive these days. In the end you need to find a site that gets your work and that you like.
5.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Attend freelancing conferences and twitter tweetups. Once you post your profile to a freelance website donâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢t just sit and wait you need to get out there and build your personal brand. A great place to network today is at the growing series of LaidOffCamps sprouting up around the USA. Recently LaidOffCamp San Francisco was a huge success and the next ones being LaidOffCamp New York and LaidOffCamp Miami are coming up. Check the internet for others near you. Also while searching check around Twitter for local tweetups as well.
6.âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ âˆšÃ‡Â¬â€ Remember as a freelancer you are only as good as your reputation and with the internet there is no where to hide. When taking your first few jobs, only take what you think you are able to handle. Taking on smaller jobs help build online reputation
All-in-all as a freelancer this is your job and you need to treat this a seriously as any other job you had before to succeed.