By Kenneth Waldman
Starting a career as a freelancer does not have to be scary. Many people wonder how freelancers do it. Where do they find jobs and how do they budget their lives accordingly? It’s not always simple. And like any job worthwhile, it takes a lot of work.
You will have to be your own promoter and showcase your talents. For some, this is appealing. And for others it can be a challenge. However, the self-reliance and satisfaction you find when you start to make money is motivating. And the freedom to make your own schedule is an added bonus.
But how do you find the right jobs and actually start making money?
1. Write resumes
If you know the art of resume writing, consider lending your services to those who need help. Sites like ResumeEdge hire freelancers to compose and create online resumes.
2. Write online content
The need for content writers is growing in the social media and online marketing environment. Sites like Upwork offer an easy to use interface that connects various types of content marketing writers with new clients.
3. Write for academia
Sites like Essaymama.com provide writers the opportunity to be a part of a professional community that produces essays, blog articles and more. Their writer’s are educated and qualified and their blog is chock full on inspiration.
4. Write blogs
Problogger has a wonderful job board for bloggers. You can view high quality job postings in a wide variety of subjects from health and wellness to celeb gossip and politics.
Plenty of freelancers love to read, even if they don’t excel at creative writing. Sites like BookLookBloggers offer blog writers the opportunity to read and review a variety of book genres.
Similar to reading for freelance work, you may also edit. If you are a pro proofreader, check out Enago for freelance editor positions with an effective feedback mechanism.
7. Pitch a story
PichMe is a great site for budding journalists. The site vets all of their freelancers and connects them with publishers that might like their ideas.
If you are possess the correct amount of education and skills to teach online classes, then check out Flexjobs. The site lists online and telecommuting teaching positions and they scan each listing to ensure all postings are legitimate.
9. Launch a class
Whatever your expertise may be there is knowledge you have worth sharing. Head to Teachable to create and sell your own courses in any field. The site guides users through website creation, pricing and more.
If you excel at academics and want to find more opportunities check out Tutor.com. The site offers online tutoring and hires freelance experts in a variety of subjects such as economics, chemistry, business law and physics.
11. Sell your work
Sites like Etsy allow members to buy and sell various types of handmade items. Are you a writer with great handwriting? Sell bespoke wedding invites. Build brand awareness while making an income.
12. Design something
99designs is a popular site for graphic design professionals. Designers create logos, webpages and more while 99designs handles all communication with the client.
13. Work for WordPress
If you are a WordPress wiz or enjoy working with the platform, check out their WordPress job board for various types of freelance positions from writing to site configuration and set-up.
14. Offer your tech skills
Technology professionals can go to Dice for freelance tech related listings. Companies like Amazon, HP, eBay and cisco all use Dice to find freelancers and it’s features are easy to use.
15. Use current profiles
Many people already have a Linkedin account. However, some may not realize the site’s job listings. Members can use their existing Linkedin profiles to apply for various freelance jobs from writing to healthcare.
16. Find your peers
If you are a highly skilled professional, then head to Toptal. Freelancers can apply to be vetted among the top 3% of online professionals and have access to the highest paying projects from quality clients.
17. Check Craigslist
You have probably browsed Craigslist at least once. However, many freelancers forget about their “gigs” section. Here you can find more freelance and per project work as well part-time job listings.
18. Job Search
Many of the sites mentioned include a job search or listing. But communities like SimplyHired are a great place for any type of freelancer to find work. No membership required, just an email address for sending job information.
19. Show off
Sometimes the best way to obtain new work is by showing off. Dribbble is a community where designers can showcase their portfolios and interact with peers to obtain new contracts.
20. Take photos
Freelance photo jobs is a site exclusively for photographers and offers an easy to use search platform that looks for available photography positions on the web and quickly connects users.
If you are skilled with pen and paper, you may be able to work as a calligrapher. Event planners and designers hire calligraphers everyday now in a world of computers. Peopleperhour is a great site to check.
22. Create websites
Guru is one of the best platforms for development and IT freelancers to find new work. There are over 1 million web and software postings and an easy to use profile builder.
23. Refer you friends
Even freelancers can network. At HireMyFriend you can create an anonymous profile and ask you friends to endorse you. This is a great way for all freelancers to build a reputation and obtain new clients.
24. Become a videographer
If you are skilled with a camera and enjoy editing video, check out Mandy. The site lists worldwide freelance and per project gigs for film, video and television.
25. Get a manager
Yunojuno is a wonderful all-in-one platform for freelancers. The site finds, books and manages the best freelancers available. They optimize your job search saving you valuable time and money.
26. Use existing communities
Freelancer is one of the biggest and most popular search sites for any type of freelance job seekers. With over 17 million registered users, the community is huge and growing.
27. Share your voice
Maybe you already run a podcast, or perhaps you have a distinctive and unique voice. Sites like Envato list voiceover jobs for freelancers as well as video animation, design and more.
28. Babysit or nanny
Many people searching for childcare professionals require an excellent level of education or previous teaching experience. Sites like Sittercity connect babysitters and caregivers with families throughout the United States.
If you are an explorer who is always on the go, check out HARO. The site allows journalists and writers to access a large database of sources for upcoming media stories around the globe.
If you are bilingual, use your languages for freelance work. Sites like Protranslating consistently hire interpreters and translators from around the world.
Technology advancement has made freelancing as a full-time career a much easier possibility. It’s no longer ridiculous to think you too can succeed.
Wherever you start, don’t let the takeoff discourage you. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and use this list as a jumping off point. Research what your rate should be in accordance to your skill level and get ready to start being your own boss today.
Author: Kenneth Waldman is a professional freelance writer and content creator.