No matter what kind of freelancer you are, your existence is dependent on your ability to continuously secure new employment. Although this can be tiresome, it is also part of what makes freelancing so exciting and varied, as it allows you to continually challenge yourself and gain valuable experience working on new projects with new people.
Freelancing jobs vary in size, scope and salary, and it can be difficult to find the very best, especially when you are just starting out in your career and are unsure of the kind of rates your work commands.
There are plenty of websites available to help freelancers find work. However, there’s a lot you can do yourself to ensure you make yourself easy for employers to find, and are in a position to find new work. Here are Zoek’s top three tips;
Create Your Own Website
Whether you are a graphic designer, a content writer or (especially) a website designer, you should have your own website where you can showcase your work, and your talents. Consider it as your online portfolio, and make it as sleek and professional as possible. Clear, concise and easy to find contact details are key to making your website work for you.
Your website will allow potential clients to assess your work, see who you’ve previously worked with and what kind of services you offer. It doesn’t even have to be fancy (unless you are showing off your talents as a website designer), simply use a clear design that showcases what you can offer and how you can be contacted. It’s also great to have one that you can direct potential clients to when they ask to see samples of your work.
Use Social Media To Your Advantage
LinkedIn, as a professional network, is an obvious choice when it comes to showcasing your freelancing talents, updating your CV and making important connections. However, as useful as LinkedIn is, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and even Pinterest all have their place when it comes to highlighting that you are a freelancer.
Make sure that you have the fact that you are a freelancer listed on your profile, and make use of social media search engines to look for freelance jobs. Twitter is one of the best for this, simply type in search queries using your keywords (eg freelance writer) and see what comes up. You can also use Google Alerts, which will send you an email when new search results become available that match your queries. You’ll get a big mixture of results, from freelance ads to job networks, but you may find exactly what you’re looking for.
Use New Technology
There are countless freelance job sites available, and sifting through them to find the best ones can seem like an endless job.
Zoek is the new job searching app which matches freelancers and job seekers to employers. It’s push notification service allows for specific job searches, matching your CV, skills and expertise to freelance jobs in your area. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a career as a freelancer without having to trawl through freelance job sites hoping to come across their dream project.
Overall, working as a freelancer is challenging but extremely rewarding. The freedom of being your own boss goes hand in hand with finding your own clients and securing your own work, but this is part of what makes life as a freelancer so exciting.