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Living: Top 30 Ways To Make Money As A Freelancer

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 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.

5. Read

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.

6. Edit

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.

8. Teach

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.

10. Tutor

If you excel at academics and want to find more opportunities check out 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.

21. Calligraphy

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.

29. Travel

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.

30. Interpret

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.


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