Freelancing Part Time For A Cash Boost

become a  freelancer and top up your cash. You need a skills that can be used for project based work

Some people freelance full time. But even freelancers are wondering how to make extra cash. Getting work can be tough and competitive. But there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t freelance for extra cash as a part time activity. It offers flexible hours and you can work from home. There’s a wide range of web sites where people can post freelance work. From contracting jobs to work paid by the hour. From micro service sites like Fiverr to the granddaddy of freelance sites getfreelancer.com

Who can freelance?

The scope of freelancing is growing all the time: accountants, writers, coders, designers, consultants, HR and PR experts get to do project based work. In a sense you can make their own hours, and only bid for the work you want .but that makes it sound like you can sit back and relax. You can’t. Because the market is huge and you can end up bidding against people from developing countries who can undercut you, it can be tough to get any work at all. Planning to write? Don’t forget our writing for cash tips.

What’s your skill?

For some people their freelance skill is obvious. They can code websites using Dreamweaver or are a Photoshop ace. For everyone else it can be difficult to know that you can do that someone will pay for. Here’s an example. Say you quit a medical degree or have a science or engineering background? You may be able to use your background to be a technical writer or copywriter if you have decent writing skills. Or what about if you’re fluent in Italian? With the UK lagging behind in language skills, companies are often on the look-out for translation services. Most of us are only human, and are bound to ask ‘Am I good enough?’ Let’s say you’re self- taught web designer.

Don’t work many freelance website designers are. But it can feel like quite another thing creating a WordPress site for someone else? You can send up losing money if you price a job for 10 hours and it takes 15. Your best bet is to practice making a site for a friend’s business.

Research the sites

The freelance sites are your market. Find out who and what is out there. Search the sites below and see how people present themselves and what work is being offered. Depending on your area of expertise some sites are better than others. If you’re only looking for pocket money check out some of the whacky gigs on sites like Fiverr. Looks to see what sorts of small projects seem to be in demand in your field.

Selling yourself

If you’re just starting out you won’t have references or samples of your work unless you took both from a previous or existing job. It’s not unusual for marketing and press people to leave their jobs with samples of their work squirreled away. If this isn’t an option for you beg, borrow or steal an opportunity. Use your own network of friends and family or even offer to unpaid work. Do whatever is needed to put together some examples of your work. As well as a portfolio have an new abridged CV to hand, skewed where possible towards your area of freelancing. For example, if you’re looking for freelance work as a copy make sure all the opportunities you’ve had writing are well fleshed out. Pay attention to costs. If you’re based in the UK, someone else is always going to be cheaper. So reflect on why someone should hire you at a higher rate. Not everyone will pick on price alone. Just as you can be too expensive a freelancer can also be too cheap.

Create an online presence

You don’t see a whizz bang website, but an online presence, even a free blog hosted at Blogger or WordPress, will show you are serious and can act as your online business card. You may or may not be able to show samples of your work (confidentiality may apply) but you can give an idea of your background, where or who you have worked for and the skills you have.

Don’t be too general. If you write, telling the world you are a writer isn’t likely to get you very far. Telling people you can translate brochures into French, write web content, or understand medical jargon is likely to get you more work. Think about the keywords that are likely to get your profile found on sites like Elance. Use Google’s External Keyword Tool to research keywords.

Start looking for work

There’s something to be said for doing local work. Target UK clients (the language is easier than dealing with our American cousins!- especially if you are a writer). Use opportunities to create profiles on sites wisely. If you get work, stage the work so your client is in the loop each step of the project especially when you’re working for someone for the first time. Admittedly, Fiverr doesn’t offer much scope due to the low price if you do write something give the client time to review the work. Most sites require you to bid for work. A glance at many of the people bidding and you’ll realise many of the don’t have English as first language and can make extravagant claims that put people off. Bid for work you’re confident you can do within your schedule and the golden rule is not to over-promise. Freelancing work can be scheduled around your other commitments including a children, running a home and work.

Part time freelancer dos and don’ts

Don’t take on more work than you can handle.
Stick to one or two sites to start with to build up a reputation
Be professional at all times – it counts for a lot.
Walk away from difficult clients – life is too short

Resources

  • FiverrEarn $4 (the site takes $1 commission) for easily repeated tasks
  • Freelancer UK UK branch of freelancer though you can still use the .com site
  • GetFreelancer One of the longest established sites
  • FreelancersCovers business functions such as HR as well as the usual
  • Elance Covers A Broad Range of Skills
  • People Per Hour Close to the Virtual Assistant concept. Work by the hour and job listings
  • Odesk Especially good for technical freelancers
  • Freelance Alliance For creatives. Networking opportunities to team up