In the years that I’ve been a business owner, I had times where work was slim and I needed to find alternative ways to supplement my income while not losing the business. I turned to freelance assignments and that helped fill the gap. But, also freelancing is great in other ways like: sharpening your skills, keeping busy if you’re retired or just for making some extra money.
So, I’m going to share some sites I’ve used along with some new ones (new to me) that you can search for freelance jobs later in this post.
Before we do that, here’s 3 tips to consider when you begin looking for freelance jobs:
- Be sure to update your resume. Really important to have all your ducks in a row before you start applying for projects, especially when you have to put in the years you worked for your employers and when you went to and graduated from high school/college. I keep my resume to one page and only list the last three jobs I’ve held. I keep it short, because I know time is short and employers are looking through tons of resumes. Click here for some good example resumes, cover letters and tips.
- Cover letter. I personally think this is important as a letter of introduction. Depending on the website service you’re searching for freelance jobs, you might just create a profile that you can take parts from your cover letter to build your profile.
- Create an email folder to receive job alerts. I recommend creating an email address and a folder in Gmail or whatever email client you use and you can call the folder something like; “freelance job alerts”. Add a filter to this email address to skip the inbox and go to this label you created. This way, any job alert emails will automatically go into this folder and you can see all the job alerts in one place so they won’t get buried in your regular email. Plus, you’ll be able to respond more quickly if there’s an assignment you’re really interested in.
Now, let’s go into a short list of websites that you can search for freelance jobs. Keep in mind, you’ll want to read their site first to see which one(s) would work best for you.
- Guru.com. These guys have been around for a long time. I was with them in the 90s. You create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer. Employers will find you by these services when they search for freelancers to hire. You can also search and apply for jobs that interest you, in any category. They send you daily job match alerts to you.
- Freelancer.com. In their marketplace, employers can hire freelancers to do work such as: software development, writing, data entry, and design to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services. Employers post their projects and their budget and you can browse through these in any of these categories.
- Upwork.com. (formerly elance.com). On Upwork, you run your own business and choose your own clients and projects. Complete your profile, they will highlight ideal jobs and you can search projects, and respond to client invitations. Their website is much more clear to get started as a freelancer than some other sites which I like.
- Freelance Writing Jobs. Perfect place for writers, bloggers, or content creators to put your writing skills to work.
- Project4hire.net. This site is for freelance programmers, web designers, graphic artists, IT specialists, translators, writers, virtual assistants, HR consultants, bookkeepers, paralegals, and other contractors to connect with their clients.
There’s more sites out there, but to prevent this post from becoming a novel, these links should at least get you started! I wish you much success!