If you don’t want to be a typical employee and have some marketable skills, you may want to give your hand a try at freelancing.
An official definition of freelance is:
working for different companies at different times rather than being permanently employed by one company.
Quite frankly, some of us just burn out fairly quickly when we’re working for one company for any length of time. We prefer new challenges on a regular basis that most jobs simply don’t allow us to have.
However, for those who would like to find a more permanent home, starting out as a freelancer can sometimes lead to full-time employment if you are reliable and do excellent work.
Most of the freelance work I’ve done has been through oDesk right around the time it transitioned into Upwork. I’ve also found some local work through the gig ads section of Craigslist.
With so many options out there, you can definitely find work if you are really interested in doing so. You can find everything from menial tasks to complicated projects depending on your desire and skills.
The biggest obstacle I found when searching for work on Upwork was simply the fact that in an economy that is becoming more and more global, the fact that I live in the U.S. would occasionally put me at a competitive disadvantage when it came to bidding against other freelancers who live in countries where a dollar goes a lot further than it does here. For hourly positions, I would occasionally be competing with people who could work for less than $5/hour. That amount certainly doesn’t pay many bills here, lol,
Fortunately, as you find and perform more jobs, developing a good rating and showing your reliability, you will have companies and individuals contact you about an interview. Your profile can show your expected pay rate, so it’s more likely you could be hired at a better wage. Also, there are positions that seek U.S. contractors only, so they know that you will need a much higher pay than workers from some other countries.
Here is a list of some of the best places to find potential freelance positions.
- Upwork(formerly oDesk)
- Freelance Writing Jobs
Naturally, every site on the list above has it’s pros and cons and it’s strengths and weaknesses, so you will want to see what site(s) might be a good match for your particular talents.
I tried to work with companies that had a good rating from other freelancers and that had already hired and paid for a significant amount of work. I received a few interview offers that sounded “too good to be true” and were a bit shady, so always be a little cautious and try to research your potential employer if you can. Some companies are a bit hard to research, but do what you can.
Best wishes in your search and happy freelancing. 🙂