One of the many ways to supplement your income online is to become a freelancer, and there are plenty of websites to help you do just that. Depending on how much time you are wiling to put in to it, there are opportunities to make quite a good income.
Personally, I have been making a steady extra $1000 a month through this method, by doing around 10 hours a week. It is not a bad way to make money, although it does involve some dedication and hard work.
What Is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is a self-employed person, offering services to individuals and companies for a fee. This type of work can be done from home, or on the road, and that is usually the appeal. A freelancer does not have a boss, or a set work schedule, and so this allows for freedom of movement and to work according to the time schedule that suits you.
Who can be a freelancer?
Anyone can be a freelancer, as long as you have a service to offer. People are looking for all sorts of things, from game testers, to logo creators, and even English teachers. My background is in teaching, and so that is the field that I mostly focus on. I tutor students all over the world and can fit it around my full-time job. I have also done some virtual assistant positions, as I love to organise other people!
Reasons to become a freelancer
There are various reasons why people become freelancers, here is a list of just a few
- To make some extra money around a full time job, to save for something special
- To have a flexible schedule to allow for more time to do the things you love
- To make some extra money while being a stay at home mum
- To get away from the 9-5 and answering to a boss
Types of freelance work
There are various types of freelance work that are available such as:
- Content writer for blogs and websites
- Game testers and creators
- Graphic Design work
- Virtual assistant
How to find freelance work
There are several websites that are set up to help you find freelance work. To name a few:
All of the above are free to join, and then all you need to do is create a profile about yourself and the types of services that you can offer. This can be changed at any time, so do not worry too much about what to write at the beginning. Once you start looking around at the type of jobs that are on offer, you can improve your profile to suit what you are interested in.
Once you have your profile set up, you can start searching through the jobs, and placing bids. You will not necessarily be successful straight away, so be prepared to be patient, and keep trying. A freelancer with no history on the site is not as convincing to the employer as someone with a proven track record. As with anything, it takes experience and time to build a name.
Once you start getting jobs, and positive feedback from clients, things will start moving, and you will be able to be more choosy about what you will and will not do, and more importantly how much you want to be paid.
How do you get paid?
Most of the above sites pay through Pay Pal which is very easy to set up. They all have a fee that they take off so make sure you are bidding enough to take that fee in to consideration. The fee is generally 20%
Are there any drawbacks?
As with anything, nothing is perfect. In my own experience the main drawback is that you do not have full control of when the work will come. At times, I have very little and then will suddenly be hit with a flood of work, so it can become a little overwhelming at times if you are not able to organise your time. However, most clients are understanding if you need to ask for some extra time.