There are many ways to find freelancing jobs both online and in the real world. If you are looking for ways to expand your existing freelancing business or are just getting started, here are few places to obtain freelance work:
Online Freelance and Job Websites
There are an increasing number of online sites that offer freelance work for hire. Some of the sites are free to use and take a commission out of your work fees and other sites charge a membership fee plus a percentage of your commissions. Few of the most established sites are Elance, oDesk, Freelancer,iFreelance and Guru.
If you are just getting started, it’s a good idea to go online and get your feet wet. You will be able to have a feel of what projects are out there, the going rate for the work that you do and skills most in demand. Going online is also good for newcomers because freelancing sites act as intermediaries, connecting employers with the right freelancers. This is a good way to build your reputation, your work portfolio and your client base.
There are mailing lists that you can buy that have contact information of executives working at larger companies. Although the price of some of the lists can run high, having a list of contact information will help you cut through a lot of the red tape when you are trying to find the appropriate person to speak to about freelancing opportunities.
Brokers such as InfoUSA will provide details of company executives so you know exactly who to approach to find freelance work within that specific company. When you think about it, a few hundred dollars is probably worth the time you will save by starting with the company receptionist and then being sent through an endless chain of command to find the person you should be speaking to about freelance work.
Use Google to research work that is available with online companies. Type in keywords that are related to your freelancing niche and then examine the pay per click ads that appear on the right hand side of the search results. These ads are generally written by advertisers who are serious and if you keep refreshing the search page you will find top of the line companies that are looking for freelancers.
Craiglist provides a comprehensive listing of advertisements for all US cities and countries throughout the world. You can check their job listings for your city for companies looking to hire freelancers. You can also check other cities because some of the companies that advertise for freelancers are not picky about where you live and are willing to take on telecommuters.
One word of caution about applying for freelancing jobs on Craiglist. There are people that advertise for freelancers and when you go to contact them it turns out to be a scam to get you to visit their website. For example, if you are a freelance writer, there are ads that will offer freelance writing jobs and then when you answer the ad they provide you with a link to an inappropriate website. If you buy a membership they claim they will pay you to comment on their site.
Establishing Local Contacts
There are many ways to find freelance work by establishing contacts in your community. If there are large agencies in your local area you can inquire about overflow freelance work.
If you have established yourself as a business you can join your local Chamber of Commerce or other business networks to get your name out there. Word of mouth advertising goes a long way in the real world.
Create a list from your local business directory and plan a direct mail campaign to the businesses who would most likely be interested in your services.
Local community groups are always looking for guest speakers. Prepare a presentation related to your field of expertise and approach different community groups about giving a presentation. Be prepared with your business card and any promotional materials that you have created for your freelancing business.
Online Social Networking
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can help you find freelance work if you know how to leverage them the right way. Get yourself established as an expert in your field and network with some of the professional business groups on these sites. If you contribute high quality information that demonstrates you know what you are talking about you will find that many clients will begin to approach you with projects.
These are just some of the ways that you can find freelance work. If you start researching further you will be surprised to find many resources that can easily lead you to a six figure income as a professional freelancer.
by John Sylo