How To Find Freelance Jobs
If you’re thinking about being your own boss, you’re headed the right way. There is a rising trend of people who prefer the flexibility and earning potential of remote working. According to Econsultancy.com, the UK market for freelance jobs has increased over the past few years:
- In 2013, the number of businesses hiring freelancers online increased 46% and payments to freelancers increased 37% year on year.
- Elance reports the average hourly rate for UK freelancers increased 6.7% in 2013.
But if you are just starting out or are struggling, it can feel as if the job landscape is a desert rather than a verdant oasis.
Never fear, we’ve been there and it’s our mission to help others find work and build a sustainable Remote Working Career.
7 Ways to Find Freelance/Remote Working Jobs
- Remote Working Workplaces. There are many online workplaces such as Elance, oDesk (now UpWork) and PeoplePerHour that offer a wide variety of freelance projects and you can always browse to get an idea of which site best suits your skills. Start by creating strong profiles complete with sample work. Be consistent in applying to jobs EVERY DAY to increase your likelihood of success. Here is an article on some of the Remote Workplaces you can use, and an update on oDesk which recently re-branded to UpWork.
- Old Clients. Give each job your best as that will ensure recurring work from old clients. If you haven’t been in touch, then right now is the right time to send an email and check if they have more work for you. If you have any new skills that you can offer then you can always attach some sample work to increase chances of getting rehired.
- Networking. You may apply to a job and not get selected for any number of reasons but if your cover letter was relevant and well written, the prospective client might hire you later on. Just don’t delete a client from your Skype list even after an unsuccessful interview, keep in touch with contacts and always think about ways to build your Professional Network.
- LinkedIn. Update your profile regularly and make it inviting with your full contact details. You can also share projects you are especially proud of. Join groups and discussions that are relevant to your niche and if suitable share links of the kind of jobs you excel at.
- Friends & Family. You might be enjoying a friend or relative’s tale about a project they are working on and if you think you have what it takes to provide support, then don’t hesitate to take them aside and offer your trusted services.
- Social Network Sites. You can share updates on your social network profiles and ask contacts to recommend jobs for you or join pages that offer freelance projects. This is another great way to network with the right people. Use hashtags on Twitter that relate to your industry, and make sure you search in Twitter and Facebook for areas of work you are interested in doing.
- Other Freelancers. Seriously, this works. Some freelancers have more work than they can deliver so they hire others to help get the work done. You can get these contacts from social platforms or LinkedIn. Once you build a good reputation you might get invited to become part of an online team!
Hardwork and persistence is key, so keep putting in the effort. It’s very much like farming, one day you will see lots of green shoots and realise the hard work is ready to harvest.