Freelance Jobs

You may be familiar with the term freelance jobs, but not understand exactly what it is. Almost any skill or knowledge you have can be a source of work for you!

In other words, freelancing is simply working as a contractor by submitting work to a company that has requested a certain service. You have the chance to use your talents and bid on jobs posted by employers. What types of expertise are in demand? To name just a few:

  • Administrative Support
  • Writing skills
  • Editing and copy writing
  • Data entry
  • Graphic design
  • Computer programing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Legal knowledge
  • Engineering
And this is just a short list! Whatever knowledge you posses from your career experience can be turned into a freelance opportunity. You might even be able to find a local company in your community that would be interested in hiring you for contract work. Some people have even worked for the same company that laid them off - only as a contractor instead of a direct employee! Your previous employer or another company might like the idea of hiring you for freelance jobs, since this will enable them to avoid the cost of a direct employee.

There are various freelance job boards where workers can bid on jobs posted by employers. Some are free and other require a fee to join. It is worth checking out a few to get an idea of the benefits of paid membership versus free sites. Remember that any ads you see on my site have been verified by me, or they wouldn't be here. This link will take you to a free site . I like this one because it has a guide section which answers a lot of questions and explains how the process works. It never hurts to bid on a job and see what happens! There may be a lot of competition, depending on your field of knowledge.

Another good source for freelance jobs is this site at odesk. They simplify the process of both hiring and bidding for jobs. They walk you through the steps of posting your profile - and offer tips on how to get noticed when you're just starting out. It is free to join.

Are you interested in a writing career? Whether you are a published author or your writing skills are a little rusty - you would probably benefit from this writing course. I ordered their copy writing course a while back and found it extremely useful. They also have classes in travel writing and more.

Also go to this section on freelance writing jobs for more discussion.

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Another great freelance opportunity to seriously consider is working as an Internet Research Specialist. Please go to this page for more information and find out how you can earn a great income in this emerging field.

Besides finding freelance jobs from the job boards you can try getting work on your own as well. Be creative! Brainstorm ways to make a living from your current knowledge or by learning new skills. I enjoy writing but found that there was a lot of competition for good writers. I might not be a novelist, but I can write a business letter. So here is one possibility for one of my income streams: Approaching local small businesses and offering to write business letters for them. Since I have a background in mortgage lending and real estate, I could offer my writing services to local Realtors and Mortgage Brokers. There are some people in these professions who do not have the time to compose and send out letters for marketing or following up with their clients. I could even sell a bundle of form letters geared to specific correspondence such as marketing, accounting or collections.

There are many skills such as writing, administrative support, and marketing that carry over to other industries. So if you worked in financial services you could still offer your services to medical professionals, or just about any small business owner. But staying in your own field for freelance jobs would give you even more credibility with prospective clients.

And this brings me to a point that needs to be addressed at this time: This website is geared towards career change, but we are discussing doing freelance work in your past field. However, here is the big difference: You would be your own boss and make your own career choices! Sometimes a lot of the frustration from previous jobs has to do with the lack of choice. Another important point: remember multiple income streams. Freelancing can be just one of your money sources, and can be a great tool during your transition to a new career. You might be aiming for a career that requires some additional education but need to pay the bills in the interim! How great would it be if you could train for your dream career while earning an income by doing contract work also?

Computer skills and clerical skills are always in demand - you just need to figure out how to find the work that matches your skills. The same is true of any career field that you have experience in. If you worked as a laborer think of ways to earn an income by working with your hands. Many people need the services of a handyman, general maintenance or trash hauler. Post a classified ad in your local newspaper or online.

And once you find a source of income as a freelancer, you will be ready to pursue your passion or dream job. It will be that much easier once you see how it all works out. Maybe you have a love of cooking, gardening, carpentry or organizing things. Whatever it is you like to do, there is a way to earn an income from it!

Remember that you are making the rules in this game! There is absolutely no limit to what you can do. Try the freelance job boards - if you don't find a source of income there, then research and brainstorm other possibilities. Think about all of your skills from all of your past jobs. Don't leave anything out - make a list of anything and everything, then think outside the box on ways to make money from your talents.

Do not limit yourself! You were made for greatness - go out and find your niche.

"Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point." -- Harold B. Melchart


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