If you want to be your own boss, start freelance your talent. A proactive approach is the key to get any kind of freelance work. A can do positive attitude and determination are must along with the skill set, to get in this field. The way you find your freelance work depends on the type of freelancing you do. Keep in mind the following tips when you want to get freelance work:
Try for free: Never hesitate to work for free as a freelancer. If you are a beginner then you must try for free work. Many sites accept and publish well written articles. Although you would not be paid, but free work can help in the future in getting a job.
Greeting card companies: There are over 3000 greeting card companies that outsource work to freelancers. There guidelines for submissions are available on their websites. The trade magazine “Greetings”, the Greeting Card Association website and the Writer’s Handbook lists freelance companies’ information for freelancers.
Try freelance proofreading: There is a huge amount of work available for proofreaders due to increasing number of websites. To find work, you should use your own promotional material like business cards and flyers and then distribute them local advertising and marketing companies, publishing firms and print shops. You can also bid for online proofreading jobs on freelance market websites such as Elance and Guru.com.
Go for bidding sites: There are numbers of online bidding sites available, where you can register yourself with an interesting profile. You can also add samples of your work here. Bid for the applicable projects here and get the job. Try Guru, Elance.com and peopleperhour.com for finding freelance work.
Social networking sites: Social networking sites can also be useful in getting freelance work. Join the groups according to your profile and that interests you. You will get updates of new jobs automatically. This is one of the easiest ways to get in touch of your work field while having fun.
Self Branding: Creating a blog or website would be a wonderful idea to promote yourself. Give details of your skills and experience on your blog or website. Send out an email to every known person, announcing what you do, and what you can offer.