Working as a freelancer means quite simply that you work for yourself and you offer an outsourced service. There are a huge number of services that may be outsourced and these include writing, programming, SEO and web design, amongst many others. These types of services are able to be carried out from remote locations and this makes freelancing appealing to both providers and buyers.
Freelance providers benefit in that they can work from home; or anywhere really with the assistance of a laptop. This obviates the need to be onsite of do any traveling which keeps costs down. This also means that the provider of freelance services does not have to restrict themselves to local opportunities, they provide services internationally and this is a good career move. I mean how many people can say that they work for people in India, Canada, The USA, Australia and the Ukraine all at the same time. It makes good sense that your CV is going to look good!
Opportunities for providing freelance services are virtually limitless. Making a name for yourself takes a great deal of time and dedication, and by growing your skills in this arena will definitely set the stage for a successful career in freelancing.
One of the most successful methods of finding your self freelance work is through membership of a freelance jobs board. There are many of these and some of the better ones include RemoteGurus.com, GetAFreelancer.com, and Elance.com. These job boards are frequented by people who are searching for outsourced services but they are also frequented by competitors who are vying for the same work as you.
Freelance job boards operate in a reverse auction type atmosphere. Buyers place a job and providers bid for that job, hoping that they will be selected as the winning bid. This is a very competitive platform, and in order to achieve good success, your prices must also be competitive. It is usual that in the beginning you will have to shortchange yourself in order to get started, but once you build a reputation with regular buyers, the money and the jobs do get better. The job board have a rating factor and the better and more your ratings the better you build your brand and visibility and eventually your name predisposes you to more work offers. Having a large number of high ratings also automatically assumes that you will be able to charge more for your services. The most vital aspect is consistency and reputable behavior, meeting deadlines is vital and soon your business will grow.
Buyers also benefit by outsourcing their work to freelance providers. For a small office or home based business, outsourcing to remote professionals will enable them to save on overhead expenses. By use of the reversed auction job boards like RemoteGurus.com, GetAFreelancer.com, and Elance.com, you are able to evaluate the proficiency of a freelance provider before having to accept them as a winning bidder. You are given access to their user profile and rating history and by doing your homework; you can find the freelance provider you need. The controlled environment of the job boards lowers any risk of being “ripped off” as they have an escrow account that enables the buyer to place money in trust until such time as the freelance provider has completed the set project. Escrow allows both the buyer and the provider to enjoy a fair experience as the buyer cannot cancel the payment once it is in escrow and the provider may cancel the escrow payment, this protects both parties against any kind of fraudulent activities. There is still a modicum of trust that has to be between a buyer and provider however the rules of these job boards allows for the maximum protection of both and leads to a win-win situation.
As a freelance provider, by use of these job boards you are able to build up a good strong reputation and this will have you well on your way to being sought after. They are a fantastic springboard for building your brand and if I were to advise you, I would say, sell your self a little short in the beginning, it will serve you well in the end. Later you can start bidding for the going rate!
For a freelance buyer I would say, do your homework, check out ratings and profiles and ask for sample work. Only use escrow for payments to increase your buyer security and you will find that by use of freelance job boards, you will obtain the most professional and talented freelance providers to outsource to.