If you have some time and particular skills which people would be prepared to pay for then consider becoming an online freelancer
What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is someone who provides a service to another person or business.
You may know of (or even employ) freelancers in the offline world - often they are called "contractors"
They are not employed by the person or business but rather provide work on a project or consultative basis.
The customer and the freelancer may use a work for hire agreement that outlines the project’s parameters. However, the freelancer is responsible for all taxes, insurance, social security, retirement and so forth. A freelancer works for themselves and are effectively "self employed"
That is the "offline" world - and the good news is that their are tremendous opportunities for freelancers in the online world too....
As the internet continues to grow, more and more freelancing opportunities surface.
You can freelance as a sales consultant, accountant, writer, designer, administrative assistant or even a photographer. If you can provide the service online, you can be a freelancer.
And the beauty of freelancing online is that in most cases the work can be done outside of "normal" working hours - which could mean that freelancing online could be an idea as a side business earning money in addition to your regular day job
How Do I Become an Online Freelancer?
Here are just some of the potential online freelancing opportunities you can take advantage of.
- Sales person
- Administrative assistant
- Social networker
- PR advisor
- Graphic designer
- Website manager
This is just a short list. As mentioned, if you can provide the service online, you can be a freelancer.
How Do You Find Freelancing Jobs?
There are actually an abundance of freelance job sites.
Elance may be the most notable but Guru and ifreelance follow close behind. Here is a short list of a few additional freelance sites:
* 37Signals GigBoard
Additionally, you can find freelance jobs listed in the classified section of your newspaper and also on Craigslist and other directories, free classified sites and even forums
Getting A Freelance Job
The first step to getting a freelance job is to build a portfolio.
If you don’t have any experience create a faux portfolio. For example, if you want article writing jobs then write a few articles. Bid on the jobs that best match your skills and goals. As you begin to win clients you’ll be able to add more to your portfolio. You’ll also boost your feedback rating and earn more clients.
Also consider taking certain jobs "for free" in exchange for a testimonial or a review of your services
Also explore marketing tactics that may work for your services. For example, start a blog and write about your industry. Submit articles to article directories and use social networking.
If you have a particular skill (or can learn a particular skill) that people are prepared to pay for, then it is perfectly possible for you to become an online freelance, take control of your finances and earn the extra money you need. Who knows, you may even be able to make a living doing it...