In some ways, being a freelancer is a lot easier these days.
There are hundreds of freelance job boards and platforms online. Whether you want to work for yourself, simply have a more “remote” working arrangement or are looking for a side gig to earn money… These popular marketplaces are an excellent starting point. Of course, there is a big difference between these types of platform and standard remote job boards. With freelance sites, much of the work comes in the form of short-term contracts and “once-off” gigs.
Another thing to keep in mind is that these sites operate in different ways. Some places advertise freelance, remote positions just like any other job board would. Posts can include salary details, hours per week and length of contract. It always depends on what the client wants.
Other sites (like Upwork) are “bidding” sites. Quite simply, you bid on jobs and the client picks the price and skill level they’re happy with. Some are like Fiverr, where you post a profile and offer your services. Clients will then search for professionals and then contact you if they want to work with you.
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How to approach freelance job boards
Freelance job boards are not as straightforward as other platforms. In some cases, you simply apply to a job and hope for the best. Freelance job boards are not as straightforward as other platforms. In some cases you simply apply to a job and hope for the best. If you’re a freelancer looking for clients, then you should usually apply to as many as possible. However, that depends on how the system works. On bidding sites, you should spend a bit of time bidding on jobs (the law of averages dictates that your chances are higher the more jobs you bid on).
It’s also important to remember that freelance platforms are excellent places to simply get your personal brand out there. Even if you bid for dozens of jobs and get nothing back, more people will see your name and your skillset. Sometimes, marketing yourself is a long game and you need to get established.
In addition, it’s best to keep a list of several freelance sites that you actively use to find work.
As a freelancer, it’s important always keep your options open. You may have several steady clients, but that may not be the case several months down the line. This is where networking comes in handy and why communities and forums are a great place to get your voice out there and join discussions.