1- Set up your profile. We can’t stress the need for a complete and presentable profile enough. It showcases your personality, resume, portfolio, and skills all rolled into one. It’s also an important tool for persuasion: an employer may completely base his judgment on whether to hire you or not by how well you present yourself.
2- Determine what you are good at, commit to a life of freelancing, and sign up for a Freelancer.com account. Signing up and working at Freelancer.com is absolutely free, but we also have membership upgrades that will greatly help you to earn more, such as getting more bids per month, and a list of skills. Certain projects require your profile to reflect certain skills, so the more you have listed, the more opportunities you get. Head to this page to see what’s on offer.
3- Find projects and start bidding. Earning money at Freelancer.com actually begins here. Hundreds of projects and contests in different categories are posted each day. Find the ones you want to work on by regularly checking the Jobs or Contests page. In the jobs page, you’ll see suitable projects open for bidding. For contests, you simply submit an entry.
Step 4: Work. This might be the hardest but most rewarding step. Before starting work, make sure that both you and the employer are aligned in terms of project scope, deadlines, and Milestone Payments so there will be no issues along the way. You may want to have a signed agreement in place to seal the deal. All must be clear between you and the employer before you jump the gun – you may be too excited to start working, but keep calm and focus.
Step 5: Get paid and earn five-star feedback. Once you get paid, you can withdraw your money via PayPal Wire Transfer, Moneybookers, or your nominated local bank account (works through our Express Withdrawal System). Also, always aim for five-star feedback – the accumulation of great, quality feedback is a great addition to your portfolio.
Step 6: Create a High Quality Portfolio Site. It goes without saying that one of the best ways to demonstrate your technical skills is by having an amazing portfolio site(opens in a new tab) of your own. If you want to be taken seriously as a new freelancer, you’re going to need a website that:
Showcases your expertise.
Highlights relevant past experiences.
Shows who you are.
Includes your contact information so that potential clients can easily find you.
A stellar portfolio can really help you out if you don’t have a lot of job experience or testimonials to prove that you know your stuff. (Read more about that here: 11 High-Paying Jobs In Tech—No Experience Required.)
The purpose of your portfolio is to educate, spark interest, and convince potential clients that they’ll want to choose you for their technical needs. That’s why it’s worth investing time into deciding what to feature on your portfolio and how it’s being displayed — before you start looking for new projects.
Once your portfolio site is up, start including a link to the site within your email signature and on your social profiles.
The rise of freelancers has resulted in the development of a new concept – the gig economy. In the gig economy, a person, instead of working for a single employer full-time and getting a fixed salary in return, works for multiple clients at his own terms and at a price he thinks his work deserves.
Freelancing is an enticing profession. It takes care of almost all the problems of a usual service-class human. According to Upwork, Americans work an average of 47 hours per week. Freelancers work an average of 11 hours less per week than full-time employed workers. That adds up to about 550 hours per year or 23 whole days.
Full-time traditional workers spend nearly an additional full month each year behind the keyboard (or wherever they work).