100 Lessons About How to Earn Extra Money Online
Part VIII. Freelancing Using
1. Freelancing Websites
Here we will be talking all about freelancing websites.
These are websites and job boards that offer you a chance to promote yourself and to find those that are seeking help. It is one of the best ways to start finding work and to make money. These high traffic sites connect freelancers with clients.
Many people that make good money as freelancers got their start at www.odesk.com. Most of the large freelancing sites are free to set up an account. In fact, you can often land jobs without having to spend any money at all. You just pay a small fee from that job. On many sites, that fee comes from the vendor/purchaser of the project. It is a great way to generate money without investing in marketing.
Basically, you will complete a profile and then you can start bidding on jobs. Some sites will let you post your services for clients to find. We will address that as we move along. The best way to find jobs is to get going and set up on a few freelance sites. The one that is large, professional, and easy to use is www.odesk.com.
There is a button for hiring or getting jobs. You will sign up and then create your account. You will need to put in your name, email, username/password, and you are ready to go. If you have LinkedIn or Facebook you can sign up with those accounts as well. Once you are logged in, you can read the F&Q. The freelancer rate includes a 10% ODesk fee. That 10% comes from the set amount that the person paying for the job offers. That is how they make money and keep it free for you.
Great careers start on ODesk; it is the #1 ranking in terms of annual freelance earnings. If you want to understand more of how it works, check out the site. The nuts and bolts of it though is you don’t pay anything up front. It is high traffic and they have thousands of jobs on there that you can look at.
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You don’t have to, but you should as it helps you to stand out. It helps you to stand apart from those that don’t have one. You don’t have to be the prettiest person. It really just helps the potential buyer to connect with you. It helps them to communicate and to start to trust you. Get good content and a photo out there. Look for profiles on ODesk so you can get a good idea about those that work well and that get attention.
Go to the homepage and you can check on those that are applying for jobs. Click on any category and it will bring up a window where you can read the profile of someone.
You will notice they talk about what they offer. They will have a photo; they will have reviews from other customers. As you get more customers and hours, then you will be able to show you are credible.
It all starts out with the first work, so you have to jump in. You will need a good profile to stand out and get those jobs. Then your stats will start to speak for themselves. You will be shown as a reliable freelancer that can provide quality work for those in need.
Take the time to complete a good profile before you apply for any jobs. All of the information helps them to verify you as a freelancer and a person. They aren’t going to share all of the details from your profile with each potential buyer. However, the website does want to have some basic details to verify you are a real person.
You will need to take a job readiness test so that you can apply for up to 20 jobs per week. That averages to about 80 jobs per month just by completing this free test. That will set you apart from those that don’t. It will give you more chances to bid. Any time that a free freelancer site has a free test for you to take, do so. It is good for your continued success.
Another very popular freelance site is www.guru.com.
They have thousands of potential jobs that you can bid on. Read the job description and if it is a good fit for you, click the green apply button. The site is simple to navigate and you can apply for what you would like to do.
Another very popular site is www.freelancer.com, it used to be RentaCoder but they merged to create a large site with so many jobs. It may be the largest freelance site out there now. These are all high powered websites with tons of visitors on there. It is a very similar process for bidding on them for each site.
You will notice that Freelancer allows you to take exams to for various categories. Only take exams for the types of work that you would like to do. The exams will really increase your chances of getting the jobs you apply for. You are almost 4 times more likely to get hired on this site for a job if you have completed the exam. It is well worth your investment of the time.
On your free account with Freelancer, you have 10 free bids. You want to be selective about what you bid on. You can bid how much you want to make and it will increase for their fees. For example, if you say you want to earn $140, it will be $155.56 to the buyer. That will cover the Freelancer fees so you don’t pay anything out of your pocket to get started.
There are paid options on all of these freelance sites, but you don’t have to upgrade to them. Start out with the free options first. If you get to the point where you are making money then you can invest to upgrade your account. If you get the chance to write a proposal, do so. It can help you to differentiate your bid from those of other potential freelancers.
Another website to consider is www.peopleperhour.com.
This is a site where you can connect with various business owners that need help. Individuals who are looking for the kinds of services that you offer. You can sell your services or you can sign up for an account on their website.
One of the features I like at People Per Hour is that you can post a job and get paid per hour a set amount. You can write an article and select if it is a daily project, hourly, etc. You can say that you can write 10 articles in a day for $60. You can say you can write a press release for $75 for example. If you are good at writing, etc. you can make money doing this and you can post your hourly rate. Then those that are looking for help can come across what you posted.
A freelance site that is often overlooked is www.craigslist.com. Business owner’s actually pay money to this site to post those listings. I have Baltimore as an example but you can use your Craigslist for your area. However, you can look for jobs listed for locations around the world. They are looking for content, websites, etc. that you can create and deliver from home.
For those of you that can do graphic design work, check out www.99designs.com. If you are into writing you can skip this part of the training. Here, you can go bid on designs that people want help with. You will find plenty of work here and you can be creative. It helps to separate you from the competition too. Next thing you know, you may have plenty of job offers coming in based on previous services.
Another website that is related to only writing is www.freelancewritinggigs.com. If you put in your name and email, they will send you emails about new jobs that you can potentially apply for. You can go through and see what works for you. Most of the jobs can be done from home; they aren’t looking for someone local.
Another writing only resource is www.iwriter.com. It is a very good resource because you can find writing jobs instantly. There are tons of them, and it is a great option for you. Create an account and you can get started writing content for money. If none of these options work for you, do a Google search for freelancing site. You will find a multitude of them.
The ones I handpicked here are free and they have huge amounts of traffic. They are also free so this all helps you to get started. They also have a good reputation so you can really get started making money. You can build a very successful freelancing business this way. It can be a way for you to get started right away.
Create a profile, sign up for at least one of these sites, and start writing. Get some samples together that you can show people so that you can get to work!
2. Recommended Websites
To improve your knowledge and skills on how to find quality offers to promote we recommend the following websites: