Lets learn, how do you start making money as a freelancer ? For beginners to understand, freelancer is the one who works for multiple employers without any long term contract. That means freelancer is too flexible guy who could work based on the availability of jobs and based on the availability of his time to work. Internet has the opportunity to make money working as a freelancer. There are numerous sites to provide outsource jobs to workers online.
To understand clearly, its a virtual office in Internet, there employers posts job opportunities and employees could choose a job among the list. Or the other way, employer may choose the relevant employee’s from the list. Finally, employee will be paid money by the employer. In general, the Internet terminology of doing this is Freelancing.
Requirements For Making Money From Freelancing.
Making money as a freelancer is a great idea for individual who are willing to work from home. Either, you could do this as part-time or full-time based on the availability of time. There are couple of freelancing website there you could join freely to choose a job of yours.
But what are the requirements you need to join and take a freelance opportunity ?
Knowledge To Work. What kind of job knowledge do you need ? Before that freelancing sites offers different kind of job opportunities from Data Entry Jobs to Software Programming Jobs, copy writing to web designing, customer care to BPO etc. So its purely based on your knowledge and the experience in that particular Industry, you could select the available jobs.
Time To Work. Secondly, the most important requirement is Time. As I told before you could work either part-time or full-time based on the availability of time or based on your life style. If you are already doing a day job then you could work as part-time. If you staying in home then you could work as a full-time that depends on individuals comfortableness. Also, more quality time if you are able to spend definitely, you could finish the assigned jobs and that credits you with money.
Importance of Freelancer Profile. Once you joined a freelancing site, the first step will be creating a profile of yours. Your profile carries everything about your technical experience and work experience. So creating a good profile yields you more opportunities.
Most of the freelancing sites have certification tests. ie., for a particular skill set you have to write an online exam and your score will appear on the profile. If you have higher score then more chances for employers to hire you for their job offer. Moreover, your authority or rank will increase based on the feedback from the employers that you work earlier.
So what I want to say is, your profile decides your job. In the initial stage, you have to prove yourself by taking 1 or 2 offers and later once you are comfortable to work with that system, you will easily take more offers from different employers.
Now the question, for what basis a freelancer will be paid money ? Payment is purely based on the time you work for an employer. Generally, it is per hour basis. Pay-per-hour rate varies based on the type or domain of job. As far as I know, software programmers, copywriters, web designers are the most earning freelancers. But definitely, you could make a decent income from freelancing sites if you are able to spend quality time part-time or full-time basis.
What Freelancing Sites To Join ?
There are numerous freelancing sites to join but i know few of the popular and trusted sites. Here is the list.
- Odesk, is a service based site especially for small sized business/employers to hire, manage, and pay freelancers for the work done.
- Elance.com, a freelancing site which has more than 1,00,000 offers and workers to choose. See how elance works ?
- Rentacoder, a freelancing site specially for IT professionals to find jobs related to software development. See how it works for software coders ?
- Guru, the biggest freelancing network with more than 10,00,000 freelancers joined and doing good with their system. The best freelancing site to start or give a trial to start making money as a freelancer.
If you are really looking for making money as a freelancer then just join odesk or guru, they are true in paying (few of my friends are already paid by them).
Working from home as a freelancer, to spend your spare time useful and to make some money is great idea. More important, you should manage your time well to work on a freelancing site, especially if you are going for a full-time job.
If you able to spend at least 10+ hours per week then be a freelancer. Or if you are staying home full-time then join. otherwise, just drop this idea because you will be stressed without managing your time effectively.
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So making money as a freelancer is decided by the two main factors, TIME & KNOWLEDGE !