1. Decide on your Freelancing Specialism
You can freelance and offer your skills online by registering on various freelancing websites. The first thing that you need to do is decide what you can freelance in. Consider your qualifications, but also what you enjoy. The great thing about use of the internet in the modern world, is that you can freelance in almost anything these days!
Ideas for freelance work include…
- Design Work
- Article Writing
- Social Media Marketing
- Website Design
- Music and Video editing
2. Register your Profile on a Freelancing Website such as PPH
Although it helps to have your own website ultimately, when you start out your freelancing career, you may not have the time or the finances to put your own website into place immediately. That’s no problem, you can simply register your profile on a freelancing website, such as People Per Hour.
Reasons why I love PPH as my Freelance Marketplace…
I have used a few different freelance marketplace websites before, but here’s why I love PPH…
- Easy to Use.
- Free to set up.
- Good quality Freelancers.
- Job search facility where you can enter the keywords based on the job you want to do, and when you find one you can bid on it.
- System of ‘Escrow’ which protects your money – anyone who hires you will have to put a deposit down before you start work, so you know that you will get paid.
- Allows an ‘hourly’ system where you can advertise a certain job for a certain rate that you will delivery in a few days.
- You can build feedback with a 5 star system.
3. Set up your Profile
Once you are registered, you will need to set up your profile stating your areas of expertise and your hourly rate. You can also upload any of your previous work into a Portfolio, so that potential clients can view your work. Here is what my profile says…
Also, add your skills…even the ones that you don’t think are relevant!
4. Take on your First Freelancing gig
I recommend that people do one or two straightforward jobs cheaper than their normal hourly rate, to build up their reputation. You want to pick something really easy and achievable so that you can do it very quickly and very well initially, in return for 5 stars! You cannot afford to get anything less than 5 stars on your first gig, otherwise it will taint your reputation and you may not get further work.
For example, my first job was to schedule a months worth of Facebook posts. It was straightforward and I got good feedback, which allowed me to bid for higher paying jobs and more complex ones, such as strategy planning.
5. Create some Hourlies
On PPH, you can also create hourlies. Hourlies are great, because they are quick cash and easy to do. It’s simple – you state what you can offer for what price, they buy the hourly, and you deliver that job within three days.