In this section, we are going to discuss the basics of what freelance work is, and why you should consider doing it.
If you are not familiar with the term, a freelancer (or freelance worker) is a term commonly used for a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Freelance workers are sometimes represented by a company or a temporary agency that resells freelance labor to clients; others work independently or use professional associations or websites to get work.
Just like any other business you might start, becoming a successful frelancer will take time and mostly... A LOT of work. If you are relying solely on freelance work as your source of income, then you are going to face a tough road ahead. Be warned. That does not mean it is an impossible road ahead, but definitely a tough road. Ideally, you would ease your way into freelance work, because it takes time to build a name for yourself.
Once you work through the very painful proving phase, and have succesfully established a positive name for yourself and have a nice portfolio to back it up, then you will be able to move into much bigger and better paying gigs. There are several networks out there for when you reach this stage, and if you can pass their vetting process, then you will then have steady and stable freelance work flowing in.
In the meantime though, you will have to really grind it out and take gigs where you can find them and at whatever price you can get them at... you know the old expression: Beggers can't be choosers...
To help you get started on your journey, we have put together some resources to help you build a name for yourself and to put together a road map of networks to shoot for down the road.
If you are just getting started as a Freelance Worker, then you are going to want to look into Fiverr. It is free to join, and has a huge network of customers. Fiverr is all about volume. With Fiverr you will have a chance to get lots of customers to build your reputation as fast as possible.
Check out our guide on How To Make Money with Fiverr.
After you have gotten a hundred gigs or so under your belt on Fiverr, then you are going to want to start looking into other networks to start branching out into higher profile and better paying gigs. Fortunately, we have already compiled a list of networks for you to look at... You're welcome.
Check out our list of 10 Great Freelance Networks To Join.
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