Many people have this assumption that in order to work as a freelancer, you need to quit your job and focus solely on your freelance work. They further assume that freelance work is hard to find and is only for specialists.
This belief about freelance work used to apply in days gone by but in todays age and with the power of the internet and the advancement of technology, people can earn extra income for doing freelance work whilst still working full-time.
To be a freelancer these days, all you need to do is set aside 30 minutes a day to do this type of work. Having a deep subject knowledge in an area is certainly beneficial, but it is not necessary. Freelance work these days involves a wide array of tasks and it would involve any activity no matter haw obscure it may sound. There are areas that tend to offer a greater array of jobs than other and these include data input, financial management (accounts preparation) and writing articles for a website. The key to finding these opportunities is knowing where to look. The website you sign up for is key as this will determine the potential amount you can earn and the variety of work offered. Some of the best freelance websites I have come across are listed below.
- Elance is for people that want to do freelance work without taking up too much time. With Elance there is a wide variety of work you can get stuck into ranging from Admin Support, Finance and Management to Writing and Translation. Hence, this website is best for those want to do a variety of work rather than just specialize in one area
All you need to do is sign up and fill out an application form stating what the skills you have and what your hourly rate is. People on the website who post work they need done will either contact you based on the skills you have to do some work for them for cash or you can apply to do work already advertised on the website.
- SkillPages is one of the better paying websites. Having said this, naturally it involves a higher quality of work than you would do with some other websites. Don’t let this put you off as you have the potential to earn a lot of money by just working in part-time. SkillPages mostly caters to professional people looking to utilise their specialist skills.
- People Per Hour – This is the website which involves the widest variety of work. Work posted on this site includes wide ranging tasks such as helping someone create a nutrition and diet plan, creating a marketing brochure for a product and being a guest poster for a blog.
- oDesk has work for professionals as well as beginners, with clients from across the globe. The site mainly involves low budget projects but you are also able to find clients who are willing to pay more.
- Get a Coder . is for people with coding skills. It is certainly one of the highest paying websites as it involves an area that is in high demand for freelances.
- Free Lance Writing Gigs is for writers looking to get freelance work. Writers can look for work to their taste and get paid based on the quality of their writing. The only thing with doing freelance writing is that it is extremely competitive as everyone wants to do it. Another great website for writers is ListVerse as they pay you $100 to write a top 10 list on anything that you might find interesting. The only catch; the list has to be unique
- Amazon Mechanical Turk – Amazon Mturk is the lowest paying of the websites listed above and involves work that does not require too much subject knowledge. Amazon Mturk is great for people who have a little bit more time on their hand. Mturk work normally involves admin jobs such as data inputting, transcribing audio and media recordings and translating pages.
With all the various freelance websites out there, now is a great time to start doing freelance work to earn extra money. My suggestion would be to sign up to
Elance and oDesk to begin with in order to get a taste of the freelancing world. Who knows you might actually enjoy this freelance lifestyle so much that you may even peruse it full time in the future!