Freelancing is a great way to work! The flexibility of working from anywhere at anytime, choosing which projects to work on and with whom, means you can pick and choose and most importantly, be your own boss!
However, how do you promote yourself? Sure, you can create a nice website, or do any of the normal ways to try and promote your services. This can take time and it also means you may have to accept jobs you may not want.
As the freelancing culture has grown over the years, there are dozens of websites that have been created giving freelancers the ability to advertise their portfolio to paying customers and employers. We take a look at some of the more popular ones.
The site specialises in short term project work from only a few hours to projects lasting days or weeks. Freelancers create a profile and add as much information as possible into their profile – there are options to add in past work and a short video.
Customers enter their requirements onto the site and freelancers can bid for the work or enquire further into the requirements. Once the work is complete, employers are encourage to provide feedback on the freelancer.
Elance is one of the largest and most popular freelance platforms for freelancers. They profess to have around 2 million freelance professionals in more than 150 countries and can boast that over 100,000 jobs are posted over a 30 day period.
Freelancers can create very comprehensive portfolios to advertise their services. Furthermore, they can also test their skills within the system thereby helping to back up the abilities they claim to have.
oDesk is another huge site with over 4 million freelancers registered on their databases. They also claim that more than $1 billion has been spent on oDesk since it’s start. It’s a hugely busy site with more than 770,000 jobs posted in the first half of 2012.
As with Elance, oDesk users are encouraged to undertake tests to help build their portfolio and improve their chances of getting hired. As with almost all sites, feedback from employers is also actively encouraged to boost the chances of bidding freelancers.
This is billed as the world’s biggest marketplace for freelancers. The site boasts a community of over 4 million freelancers from over 234 countries. Since 2004 there has been nearly 5 million jobs posted and some 3,000 jobs are posted each day.
As with most other sites, users create profiles and populate this with as much information as possible. As a freelancer, you must ‘bid’ for any project that you are interested in which may be tough due to the sheer numbers of people potentially competing for the same project.