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:

5 places 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!

If you liked this post, be sure to check out my ‘5 Tips For New Freelancers‘. If you’re a mum whose starting out as a freelancer, you’ll love ‘Mumpreneur, How Do You Do It‘.

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. 



  1. September 26, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Great suggestions and tips! Thank you for sharing your success story as well, you just never know!

  2. September 26, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    This is a super helpful post! I had never heard of some of those freelance sites before. Thanks for sharing!

  3. September 26, 2016 / 6:15 pm

    All great tips! Some of those freelance sites are new to me so I’ll have to check ’em out!

  4. September 27, 2016 / 2:32 am

    Social media is such a good place to find work these days. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

  5. September 27, 2016 / 3:31 am

    Thanks for these! I’ve slacked lately in drumming up my own work and really need to take another look at things. Glad I came across this – thanks!

  6. September 27, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Great tips! Linkedin is a great tool for networking and finding opportunities!

  7. September 27, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    I wrote down some of these tips! I am looking for a way to bring in income. Thanks so much for sharing these.

  8. September 27, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    These are so helpful! I haven’t heard of some of those freelance sites, so I’m definitely going to check them out. 🙂

  9. September 28, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Great tips for those trying to break into the freelance gigs.

  10. September 28, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I never thought of checking for linkedin for freelancing but it does make a lot of sense. I am saving and sharing this because I am trying to pick up more freelance work. Thank you.

  11. September 29, 2016 / 6:55 am

    Such a helpful post, well done.
    Think a lot of people struggle on where to look! X

  12. September 29, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Excellent post Chloe! This post is right up my Street! (Check out my blog to see why lol) It’s good that you mention finding freelance work via Social Media as I get a ton of work each week via Twitter Alone!!

  13. September 29, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Great tips I need to start using linked in and freelance websites to find work.

  14. September 29, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I haven’t had a decent writing job in ages. I used to get some from Upwork and PP, but have stopped looking there, because I noticed that it’s like a race to the bottom. Hopefully things have changed! Will check them out again.

  15. September 29, 2016 / 10:55 am

    This is what I would love to do but am very nervous about leaping into the unknown. I think I’ll try some of the sites you suggested to see what’s out there. Maybe I should set up a new LinkedIn account linked to the blogging I have been doing. Thank you for the information.

  16. September 29, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Thanks for this awesome post! I always struggle to know where to look for work if I ever need a little extra cash at the end of each month. Thanks for putting it all in one place, great tips!

  17. September 29, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Fabulous tips for anyone starting out freelancing, all the best in the future x

  18. Karen Gough
    September 29, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Sounds very helpful, might share this with some of the mums I speak to in morning at the school

  19. September 30, 2016 / 9:29 am

    Great post and tips. I would really like to work for myself, it is just taking the first steps 🙂

  20. September 30, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Some really good tips here, social media is such a powerful tool x

  21. September 30, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    Great tips -my mummy works full time, but used to freelance as a graphic designer when she came out of uni. It was all by word of mouth back then…or letters!!

  22. September 30, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    Fantastic tips! Linkedin could be a very powerful tool!

  23. Natalia Molinero
    October 1, 2016 / 6:18 am

    this is a very useful post. I used to work in upwork before having my blog, it was called odesk at that time hahah x

  24. October 3, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Great ideas. You’ve given me a bit of a to do list as I really need to increase my work in this area

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