Company closings, companies cutting back on their labor force, increased automation displacing workers, outsourcing overseas – all of these significant trends have resulted in a massive change in the way people work. More and more companies are looking to hire freelancers. They save on office space and they save on employee fringe benefits. Unemployed workers are looking for another source of income – income that freelancing can potentially provide. Both what’s happening with companies and people out of work has contributed to the growth and opportunities that come from freelancing. The question is – How can you tap into the freelance marketplace and start making money?
Here’s are some ways you can find profitable freelance jobs:
Odesk is one of the larger freelance marketplaces that matches freelancers, (Odesk calls them contractors) based a variety of skill sets, to hiring companies or individuals. The range of talents and services at Odesk includes such areas as computer programming, article writing, transcription and more. To get started at Odesk sign up as a contractor, create a compelling profile and take some of the tests. Don’t be overly selective in the jobs you take in terms of price initially. What is important is to build up a work history and reach the 100 hours plus level of experience since many employers search for people that have worked at least as much as that long.
To find work on Odesk you simply search in the provided search box for what you are looking for. Other search criteria are also available. The maximum number of jobs you can apply for per week is 20.
Elance is another fertile area to find work. Again, there are a variety of jobs to fined on Elance. Like Odesk, one key to getting hired is to complete your entire profile which includes a portfolio of work as you build up a work history. Employers like to see samples of the work you have completed. Unlike on Odesk, with Elance you pay for each job you quote on. Each time you quote you are using one or more connects. The number of connects you are initially entitled to is based on the type of plan you sign for. Additional connects can be purchased for a fee.
Other Critical Factors on Odesk and Elance
One simple key to succeeding in finding online jobs is to consistently search every day. New jobs are constantly available if you consistently look for them. Another important key is the reviews you receive. Each service provides an opportunity for clients to rate you. The higher the rating you receive the more favorable you will be viewed by employers.
How do you get a good rating? Just in the same way you get satisfied customer – deliver quality work responsive to the customer’s needs on time and on budget.
The number and variety of opportunities available to a freelancer is too numerous to mention. Because of advances in technology, opportunities not formerly available are available now. For example, customer service reps can now handle calls to a company from the convenience of their very own home.
Search and you will find many opportunities to work as a freelancer.