It seems everyone has a side hustle, and why not make a few extra $$ on the side. A lot of people have successfully transitioned to a full time laptop lifestyle, working where ever they want to work from.
This post aims to help you with gaining freelance work. If you don’t know what to do but do want to do something, check out the Getting started online article.
Freelance websites are great for picking up some extra work. Some sites are targeted to specific skills, whereas most have different categories to register with.
Registering with freelance websites
Register with as many freelance websites as you can. The more you get yourself out there, the more work you will obtain.
Best Freelance Websites
I plan on critiquing each one of these freelance sites individually but for now, here is a simple list of some of the most common freelance sites.
- Freelancer – worldwide – Free or paid premium.
- Linked In – First and foremost have a linked in Profile. Worldwide. Free or Premium paid.
- Upwork – nice easy site to navigate. Caters worldwide. Free
- OzLance – A service that connects freelancers to clients. Australia and New Zealand . Free
- Fiverr – Fiverr started with the concept that you can get anything done for $5. Worldwide Free
- Adzuna – Australian Search engine for Job listings
What can you freelance
I guarantee you can find almost anything, from dancing with a logo painted on your body to specializing in website SEO.
What is it you can do? or more importantly, what is it you can do that people will pay for?
Some ideas include:
- Graphics and design
- Digital marketing
- Voice overs
- User Testing
- Business Plans
- Writing Resumes
- Giving Advice
On any freelancing site, make your profile Awesome. The profile is the first thing potential employers look at. Make sure it is up to date and has a photo that is professional. Photos of you with your cat around your neck may be cute for facebook but not for profiles where you are looking for work.
When applying for a contract work, you are often required to write a proposal.
A professional, well thought out proposal is worth the effort. For bigger jobs you may want to enlist the help of a professional proposal writer.
And.co is a great freelancing tool that helps you prepare proposals and will even create an invoice for your client. I love the time tracking in And.co and it is completely free.