“If only I could find freelance jobs to replace my salary so I can stay at home and work in my pajamas!” says half the cubical working population after mind-numbing hours in front of their computer screen.
Is that you?
If so, there are several sites to check out to see if this kind of work is in your future.
Don’t quit your day job just yet (if you have one) but get started part time to see if you can learn to earn by freelancing.
Having had a career in education as a teacher, administrator, supervisor, trust me when I say, there are way too many poor writers out there.
Being a good writer commands respect and being a poor writer won’t even get you in the door for an interview at your dream job.
Now you don’t have to be a good speller but you had better spell check or have someone proofread your content or you will be shown the door as well.
But for those of you looking to cash in on your high level ability to put words on paper, you, my friend, have several opportunities.
Before I move on though, writing is a skill and you can learn how to do it. So, on behalf of your successful future, LEARN HOW TO BE A GOOD WRITER!
Why Writing is Important for Freelancing
There are many jobs freelancers can get from writing copy to web development, app building, accounting, sales, marketing and more.
However, the first step to getting yourself noticed and able to secure jobs is your cover letter, proposal, profile or portfolio depending on what is required.
Don’t be the freelancer that just copy/pastes their way to promoting themselves. Sell yourself with great writing.
You are not interviewed in person. You are judged by your writing. You may be a fantastic designer but if you cannot communicate your awesome skills in writing, you will not get the job.
Once you do that, you will get jobs and repeat customers.
Don’t underestimate the value of selling yourself on paper.
OK, I think I have sufficiently beaten that dead horse!
Websites to Get You Started
There are several websites you can research to see which would be a good fit for you. Let’s take a look at a few. (click on the company name below to go to their website)
Upwork: formerly known as oDesk and also bought Elance; there are multiple opportunities for all types of professionals; they have 4 million clients looking for freelancers; you will submit a profile and this comes directly from the site: The best profiles are complete, well-written, error-free, and feature a professional, friendly looking picture.
Elance: also, has many jobs for you to do right now; as you mouse over the various categories like IT, Web, Mobile, Customer Service, Legal, etc., you are show the number of jobs available now; begin with a profile
Freelancer: currently has 8.1 million projects for you to choose from; the number of categories is incredible so take your time to peruse the list to find a good fit; sign up for free using Facebook or create an account
Guru: create a profile and then you will be able to search for jobs that interest you; companies looking to hire you will review your profile and see if you would be a good fit for their project; you can showcase your portfolio of completed projects and also receive “job matches” daily
Fiverr: love Fiverr and have used it as a customer and wrote more in detail about profiting from it (see it here); like the other sites you can use as a customer or profit by taking on gigs; post your service, price and delivery time frame to get started
Ready to Get Started?
These sites make it really easy for you to get started to learn to profit by freelancing your skills to bring in extra cash.
You have the opportunity to make a little spending money or replace your salary.
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