Starting out as a freelancer can feel a bit daunting. You’ve heard of other people becoming successful freelancers and that you can potentially earn a lot of money from it. You have also heard that the hours can be flexible and that it’s great to be your own boss.
But, you have absolutely no idea where to start or where to look!
When you have a few jobs under your belt, finding work is a lot easier. Not only can you use previous work as a portfolio, but clients can be great at recommending you to others.
Until then, here are 5 places new freelancers can find work:
1. Freelance websites
UpWork, Copify, People Per Hour, Freelancer…there are bundles of freelance based websites that you can sign up to, to find work.
Some of them require ‘bidding’ for work and some of them require skills tests. All of the ones I’ve listed I’ve personally used. I use UpWork more than any other and have landed more jobs on this one.
2. Linked In
Linked In is the perfect place for freelancers can find work. If you’re not signed up yet, you need to. You can post status’ of your latest work, network with business’ and individuals and join groups where you can see exclusive job adverts. Be sure to check out my article ‘5 things freelancers need to do on Linked In‘ to start using it to it’s full potential.
3. Your Inbox
Another great way for new freelancers to find work, is to send out e-mails.
As a blogger I am constantly using my e-mail to message PR companies and brands. Send a quick mass mail out to your inbox contacts explaining your new job. Don’t forget to leave details of what you do and how people can get hold of you if they’re looking for someone.
4. Word of mouth
It might be obvious, but have you told everyone you know about your new venture? It’s likely they’ll then tell other people, even if just in passing. Then sure enough, someone might be looking for a freelancer just like you.
If you can’t wait for that to happen, look for networking events in your area. Print out some basic business cards and go to them. You never know which business or individual is looking for a freelancer. Plus as a newbie, I’m sure they’ll appreciate your starter rates!
5. Social Media
Have you posted on your personal Facebook page, your Twitter account or your Instagram page about you being a freelancer? Maybe people you went to university with 5 years ago, or someone you once met at a party 7 years ago, is in a career where they need to hire someone like you. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
What do you think of my 5 ways new freelancers can find work?
I landed my first ever freelance job through using social media. They’d heard from a blogger friend that I was a freelance social media manager and writer. The blogger friend only knew this from a post on my own personal Facebook page. Proof that you never know who is watching and remembering!
Are you starting out as a freelancer? Are you already a freelancer? What have you done to land yourself a job so far? Let us know in the comments below.