Starting as a Freelancer, Find Freelancing Jobs

There are too many people looking to make some bucks online but they fail to see the truth that is blinding, there is no money if you don’t work for it. The easiest way to earn money online is by offering freelancing services. I said the easiest, while this is the one honest method online that gives you a chance to make money it can be very difficult, but so can any other job. If you have a special knowledge like programming language, design, data management, ghostwriting or creative writing you can find a job online, but to do that more effectively I will provide a few tips on finding freelancing projects and winning them.

Freelancing Jobs

Freelancing Jobs

The first thing that you should do is find a freelancing website, one that I frequently used to find freelancing work and now use to outsource is Odesk. There are plenty other freelancing websites you can use, Freelancer, Scriptlance and Elance fall under the top freelancing websites, but again, my honest opinion from practice is that none of these is even a close match compared to oDesk.

The first part is creating your profile on these sites. Don’t rush into it, spend some time creating and making your profile attractive. When companies look to hire someone they will first check their profile, of course they will first look for reference, past work and such. Since you don’t have that yet you need a good profile that will tell those companies that you are good at what you do. Provide past experience, a detailed portfolio, a good story about you and why you are working as a freelancer, what are your goals and of course any diplomas in the field of work if you have any.

Once you complete your profile you should apply for your first job. Choose your application carefully, don’t just go posting your application on the first freelancing jobs you find, set a goal and go for it. At first you may need to start with modest rates, as no one will hire a person with no previous work for high rates. Now here comes the hard part, the application letter, based on my experience 90% of your success depends on this letter. The thing why it is so hard is that you cannot simply write a good letter and send it to each potential client; you have to make a personalized letter to each one stating why you are the best for the job in a convincing way. This is something that you will perfect over time, but be sure to invest time into this letter as it may be the only thing your success depends on at first, once you establish some credit on these websites and have good scores the jobs will come by themselves.

Remember, it’s all about presentation, whether it is your first time applying for a job as a freelancer and going for your first freelancing project or if you are already established as a freelancer and had plenty of freelancing jobs. In the eyes of the companies it is like buying a new car, if it looks good and sounds good, but the price is low they will wonder what is wrong with the car, that is where some sales skills come into play, in your case, the application letter. Don’t stop there, going for your freelancing projects doesn’t stop at oDesk and freelancing sites, create your blog, write about your work on HubPages and other social media sites, advertise using Facebook, Twitter and other similar websites. Do everything you can to ensure your freelancing job doesn’t turn out to be a waste of time.


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2 Response to Starting as a Freelancer, Find Freelancing Jobs

  1. Ashley on August 23, 2010

    Thanks Zarko for the nice article . Yes freelancers must market their expertise not limited to freelancing sites like odesk , elance etc. And marketing in the right and fast way is the most effective in any field whether it is freelancing or others. And for this I have find out a great way to market as well as getting freelancing job. Ezdia.com , a new social networking, professional networking , search engine as well as freelancing site. Here people post projects , search for the experts , search for the experts , experts can bid on projects just like other freelancing sites on lowest fees price in comparison with other freelancing sites.

    Now comes the market part , that you can do there itself while making profiles forwarding to clients , etc etc. Ezdia has also launched a ezdia.com/epad , where experts write the articles on the topic which they have expertise , so that if anybody reads that article he can reach to the expert if needed.

    Isn’t it a great idea for getting experts and client meet and also doing some productive work in the form of articles which also very helpful to knowledge seekers. I got my freelancing job from there easily. Try http://www.ezdia.com/ and for articles http://www.contenthoop.com/

    Thanks

  2. Veronica@miami real estate on May 28, 2011

    Another thing that makes oDesk stand out is their test system, that ensures to even newer members that if they’ve skills they can make their profile look credible by giving tests in their related fields. Also one thing, freelancers shouldn’t be afraid of rejections because there’s a fierce competition for every job so sometimes you might get over-looked despite having a great profile and application letter…just be patient and keep on trying.

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