If anyone asks you about freelancing, what springs to mind? Is it design, or web work? Is it something that other people do, and you don’t know much about it?
Freelancing is a potential way to earn money, without having a 9 to 5 job. It’s not just for those with design skills, or who are web developers. These days freelancing is done for a whole range of industries and sectors, and a lot of work is just manual and doesn’t require any specific skills or qualifications.
In the last 10 years a whole range of websites have sprung up, that match freelancers with those looking to get work done. The websites are all free to register so you can build up a profile, showcase what you can do, and what you will charge.
Areas you might be able to freelance in:
- Copywriting – re-writing text or writing from scratch
- Editing work – just editing text
- Proof reading – are there spelling mistakes in long editorial pieces?
- Marketing – improving text for SEO
- Translation – any number of translation options!
- Video Greetings – a bit more cool, and slightly obscure, but there are people who want this!
And course there are lots of data entry projects available. It may not sound glamorous, but if you need money, and you don’t have any specific skills or qualifications, then this might be an option!
Companies that you can sign up with include:
a) Freelancer – www.freelancer.com. The world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. It has over 10 million users
b) Elance – www.elance.com. Elance is the most-popular place for over 800,000 + businesses to find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers.
c) Peopleperhour – www.peopleperhour.com. A UK based website for freelance work. It has over 70,000 clients and there are thousands of jobs on the site at any one time. Peopleperhour also lets freelancers advertise “hourlies”, which are packed services you can deliver for a fixed price in a set timeframe
d) Odesk – www.odesk.com. A global marketplace which connects remote workers to companies looking to hire.
If you are still not sure about becoming a freelancer, have a look at this article, by Lisa Carter. She resigned from her administration job in 2012 to become a full time freelancer writer and social media whizz.