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How to Make Money Freelancing

Freelancing is a form of self-employment which is commonly used by someone who, for many potential reasons, may not be keen on regular long-term employment. These days, more and more people are seeking to earn extra money to supplement their current income. Freelancing is a perfect way to do this. It also offers flexible working hours. Often freelancers can choose their own work schedule and accept jobs as they need them.

 

The Benefits of Freelancing

  • You don’t need to be confined to your desk. If you have a laptop and an internet connection, you can effectively work from any location you want, whether it be on the top of a mountain or in the middle of the ocean. However, it’s important to remember that freelancing is hard work, and it’s always a good idea to have an optimised workspace.
  • The freedom to choose your projects. One of the great things about freelancing is that you can avoid those jobs you hating doing in your current place of work or previous employment. You can choose the work that you enjoy and get the most satisfaction from.
  • You’ll often earn more than your hourly rate at your job. As your employment contract isn’t fixed, you can set your own hourly rate depending on the quality of your work. Many businesses will choose to pay a higher overall fee to ensure good results at the end of the project. These leads to some people taking up freelancing full time.
  • You can avoid long commuting times. One of the worst things about working in a fixed location is that if it’s far away from your home, you can be stuck in traffic for up to two hours or longer before and after work. With freelancing, your traffic problems are a thing of the past.

 

What are the Top Freelancing Websites?

There are several well established websites to consider when you start your freelancing journey.

 

Fiverr

As you might have guessed, Fiverr started out in 2010 by offering small jobs for only £5 known as ‘gigs’ and by 2012 was offering over 1.3m gigs. Since then, freelancers are able to offer all manner of services ranging from technical services to fun and lifestyle. Fiverr also works in a different way to the other platforms. Freelancers create their own profile featuring the skills that they’re good at and begin marketing their services to receive offers from potential clients.

 

Upwork

On Upwork, work can be done by using an hourly fee or a fixed rate. It’s up to you as the freelancer to negotiate the best deal for yourself, as long as your client is also comfortable with the arrangement. Unlike other websites on our list that only focus on design and SEO, Upwork also offers proposals for customer service, admin and accounting positions, so you’re more likely to find a job that suits your skill set. This platform is one of the most likely that you will find work on when beginning your freelancing journey because of the sheer volume of clients, currently standing at 1.5m.

 

People Per Hour

This freelancing platform is one of the most popular on the web. They focus on making the process of finding projects, sending a proposal and communicating with the client as easy and stress-free as possible. The website is aimed mainly and the SEO sector, with their main categories of work being search marketing, social media, design and web development. Freelancers are allowed to send up to 15 free proposals before signing up to a paid plan. There are some fee’s to consider as a freelancer on PPH, including your service fee and payment processing fee.

 

Toptal

This is the freelancing platform to join if you have a substantial portfolio of work behind you and you have proven the quality of your given profession. To become part of Toptal, you will need to take part in a screening process which will analyse your abilities. The platform boasts that they only hire the top 3% off talent, which means that as a freelancer of Toptal you will be able to command hire fee’s that on some of the other websites like Upwork and People Per Hour. Toptal freelancers also hold regular networking events for you to meet other like-minded individuals.

 

Indeed

The bulk of the jobs that Indeed offer are permanent positions with a part time or full-time contract. However, a great tip is to search for remote jobs in the search bar. For example, if you want your freelancing to focus on marketing, search for ‘marketing remote’. This will show you all the jobs on Indeed that don’t require you to travel to a fixed location.