Have you been trying to find a way to make money to increase your income?
Whether you're needing to make money to pay off debt, meet a savings
goal, or just trying to make ends meet in a tough economy, freelancing
can be a great way to make money that lets you use the skills you already have.
So what is freelancing? Freelancing is simply a way to make money by hiring out your marketable skills outside of your traditional job.
There once was a time (back in the dark days of the pre-internet and rotary phones) when it was a lot more difficult to make money freelancing because you
could only connect with so many people who knew you
and had a need for your skills.
But in these modern days of WiFi and high speed internet you can advertise your skills to the literally billions of people in the world that have access to
an internet connection. It’s especially easy to find freelance work if you have a skillset that lends itself to working over the internet.
That could include skills such as transcribing, accounting, general office work, translation, software development, marketing, website building, IT,
writing, interior design, and many, many more.
All you have to do is fill out a profile on sites such as Elance, Guru, or Freelancer, among others, then start bidding on the jobs that are available.
A client can also find you by searching for specific skills you have listed in your profile and can look at projects that you've completed for others.
These sites also have great tools for tracking the progress of each project, and guaranteed payment once the project is complete.
As you complete each job, your clients will rate your work. Obviously, the better overall job you do the better reputation you build for yourself, thus
getting more work.
However, if your skill set is one that lends itself more to a local service area such as a plumber, electrician, general maintenance, landscaping, child
care, auto repair, etc., you can still hire out your skills using sites such as Craigslist.
Craigslist has “Jobs” and “Gigs” sections where you can advertise your unique skills to anyone in your local area needing what it is you do. Of course it’s
free, and if you make the effort to differentiate yourself from your competition by listing qualifications, photos from completed jobs, references, and
testimonials, you can easily make a steady side income you can use for
debt reduction, savings or other financial goals you have.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once more. I am thoroughly convinced there has never been a better time in the history of the world to find ways to make money. When you can hire yourself out to literally
anyone else in the world it becomes so much easier to make that extra income you’ve been looking for. I didn’t say it will be easy, it will take some work
to get started by filling out profiles and finding projects, but it’s still much easier than it once was.
So get out there and hustle, you might be surprised at just how much extra money you can make!
Do you have any suggestions for making money with freelance work? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear them.
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