Are you a writer by hobby? Or do you enjoy graphic design or web design? Do you dream of getting paid online and working at home instead of continuing the daily grind? Indeed, there are plenty of perks that come from working at home. You can set your own schedule, spend more time with your family, and yes, even wear your pajamas to the “office.” It sounds sort of glamorous, doesn’t it?
The Life of a Freelancer
And yet, it’s not as easy as it seems. For one thing, you must understand that as freelancers you are self-employed. And with the luxury of self-employment comes the hard fact that no one is looking out for you. That means you have to constantly be on the lookout for new jobs. The good news is that in a world of nearly seven billion people, there are always people on the lookout for writing or web design help, making freelance projects abundant! The Internet is a world all about content including writing and design, though video and audio content is becoming just as important.
Nevertheless, freelancers have to be aggressive in finding new business. Some freelancers consult auction sites, whereas others contact clients directly. Here’s another option: free gig websites, such as Craigslist or our own Gigbucks.com. Free sites offer small services, usually individual assignments. With our own Gigbucks.com, depending on the complexity of the assignment, the pay can be anywhere from $5 to $50.
Versatility in Freelance Opportunities
Of course, today’s freelancers realizes the importance of being versatile. Sometimes on these small task sites, people want SEO work done, or want to create links, articles, translation writers, increase Facebook friends, Twitter Followers, data entry, logo designers and so on. Sometimes they may even want some very complex work done, such as programming, template design project, create HTML pages / website development, or other technical contracts. A freelancer makes it a point to be versatile so that he or she can apply for practically any job out there.
What else should you know about freelance gigs online? It is very smart to pace yourself and create a schedule that optimizes your time and efficiency. Obviously, client satisfaction is paramount, so an honorable freelancer would never write or create shoddy, low quality work, or miss important deadlines.
Scheduling Freelance Projects in 2012
There are many freelance jobs offered in a given day, so be sure not to overbook yourself. In other words, don’t accept a dozen gigs you can’t possibly finish! Set a schedule of work and then proceed from there. If you have the endurance, the patience and the motivation to find those jobs, rest assured, they are out there.
And one of the best ways to find them is with freelance sites like our own Gigbucks.com. Listing sites allow you to post an assignment idea and your suggested pay, or the opportunity to interact with people posting job descriptions. These are short-term jobs, that is true, and this is the part about freelancing that is hard for many to take. You must be aggressive in looking for these jobs rather than depending on someone to find them for you.
However, it is now easier than ever starting 2012 for a quality freelancer to make money online.