By Frances Chaves
Freelancing may be the way you want to go or it may be a way to keep busy between jobs. But all freelancers face the same issue as the unemployed: how to find work. Most of what we learn at PSGCNJ about finding full-time work applies to finding freelance work.
Prepare for freelancing:
- Determine what skill or service you have to offer and who needs that skill.
- Research what people get paid for that skill or to provide that service. A lot of this information can be found online.
- Decide if you want to get paid by the hour or by the project.
- Join the Freelancers Union at http://www.freelancersunion.org/
- Familiarize yourself with the Freelancers Union’s “Contract Creator” for when you get that work!
Find freelance work by connecting with people who need your skills and/or services:
1. NETWORK: the best way to find freelance work is through networking. Get business cards and never leave home without them.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA: start a web-site and/or a blog; get on LinkedIn; join related groups; comment on sites.
3. EMAIL: send a message to your entire list; tell them what you are doing and ask them for contacts and referrals.
4. REFERALS: Ask for referrals from past clients or former employers.
5. CONNECT with members of your local chamber of commerce / business council.
6. SEIZE THE MOMENT: by accident, I sent LinkedIn invitations to my entire email list which included parents of five years of my son’s classmates. Someone I barely knew contacted me, said they knew someone who was looking for a content writer, and bingo, it turned into a paid gig. Take risks, turn mistakes into positive action, and the work will materialize!
Here are some sites that provide advice on finding freelance work:
There are some job boards you might want to check: