Freelancing: An Introduction

In a nutshell – an alternative form of employment for many, a full-time career for many more.

Hey Guys!

Hopefully you all gained something useful from the Job Seekers Guide to Twitter Part 2! We received a lot of positive feedback and are working hard on getting our all-inclusive Job Seekers Guide to Social Media out there!

In the mean-time I thought we’d jump into some content on a very interesting alternative to the traditional 9-5, and also something I think many may have dismissed as more of a hobby than a career.

Freelancer So for those of you who are unfamiliar with the world of Freelancing, let’s do a brief rundown…

6 Steps To Freelancing

* Freelancers are self-employed.

* Freelancers generally chose to train themselves in a certain skill or ability, which they then sell.

* Freelancers chose their own clients and often work in conjunction with an agency that refers them work (Elance)

* Freelancer is a term generally synonymous with the internet and websites such as Elance and more recently, Odesk.

* Freelancers generally enjoy the freedom to work where they want, when they want.

* Freelancing, besides from sounding wonderful, can be fiercely competitive and require a lot of time and effort.

Still confused? The simplest definition of a freelancer would be somebody who choses to work from home, usually doing  something they love or have a lot of experience with – using sites such as Elance as their source of work.

What Sort Of Stuff Can You Freelance?

Literally anything and everything. Just because your chosen trade or skill doesn’t have a large following yet, doesn’t mean it’s not a viable path for you to pursue. Obviously I wouldn’t go overboard creativity-wise, but generally as long as there is a market willing to pay for whatever it is you have to offer, then it’s a viable Freelance option.

However, to give you more of an idea here is a list of the most commonly ‘freelanced’ jobs or trades…

1) Writing and translation – this includes things such as e-books, academic writing and translations (obviously).

2) Web & programming – from basic web design to complete application development, you name it – it’s been E-lanced.

3) Design & multimedia – another very popular freelance trade, this covers photography, graphic design, logo design, video editing and film

4) Admin support – admin support has taken off massively in past years, with a boom in Virtual Assistants and the outsourcing of a lot of admin support to rapidly developing countries such as India.

5) Sales & marketing – the bread and butter of any successful business, sales and marketing is something that has been outsourced for many years now but still going stronger than ever.

6) Finance & management – from project management to a competent accountant, if you fancy yourself as a numbers man perhaps this is something you should consider.

7) Engineering & manufacturing – need a new hi-tech gadget designed? look no further

8 ) Legal services – pretty self-explanatory, if you ever find yourself in a bit of a legal bind and times are tight – a freelancer may hold the solution to your problems.

What Does It Take To Become A Freelancer?

Surprisingly, very little. With outsourcing behemoths Elance and Odesk serving hundreds of thousands of clients monthly the trade is booming, and thanks to the internet and technological advances, you only need a few simple tools to effectively began your journey as a successful freelancer.

* A laptop – the cornerstone of any successful freelancer. To work remotely you do of course, need access to a computer and the internet, ideally a laptop as it’s very easy to carry around with you, doesn’t take up much space and generally costs less than a full desktop computer.

* Access to the internet – which I’d assume as you’re reading this article, you do in-fact have!

* A skill or trade to sell – the list above covers some of the most popular skills one can e-lance, there are in fact many more however.

* Hard work and motivation – as I said earlier, freelancing can be very competitive and it can take a lot to distinguish yourself amongst the thousands of other competitors.

So there you have it. An introduction to Freelancing. For those of you that can see the appeal of being your own boss and doing something you love for a living, check back in a few days when we’ll cover some aspects of Freelancing in more detail!

As always, thanks for reading!


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