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Being able to earn money online while travelling the world is the dream of today. And the great news is that this dream is more achievable than EVER!
Thanks to the internet you can be in touch with potential clients within a few clicks, and can complete work and earn money from anywhere in the world, that has an internet connection.
Virtual opportunities are available in a range of areas including admin, data entry, graphic design, website design, marketing, freelance writing, editing and more. So regardless of your area of expertise, you can find something that suits you.
I have been working online for over 12 months, and this is my advice for you!
Tips for finding freelancing jobs online
Define your skills
You may be able to do a number of things, but it is more effective to sell yourself as an expert in one or two areas instead of many.
Review your education, experience and interests and work out what your skills can offer. Translate this into your website, Linked In profile and online bios and descriptions, to portray yourself as an expert in the field.
Don’t be that person that can do many things, but isn’t seen as an expert, or the person of choice for anything.
Build a kickass profile
As it becomes easier for you to find work online, it also becomes easier for clients to find services.
This means that you really need to take the time build a profile / website that sets you apart and makes you the obvious choice.
A professional profile photo is essential.
In addition, you must write a bio that sells yourself and your experience. Put thought into it. Demonstrate your experience, your skills and share the results you have achieved in the past.
You want someone to read your bio then stop and say this is the person I want to work with.
Apply for positions with passion
If you are applying for a position online, apply with passion.
It is much more effective to apply for 5 jobs, demonstrating your interest and why you are the best person for the role, instead of applying for 20 with – Can do the job.
Keep clear lines of communication
When you are working with clients
From a clients end, there is nothing worse than hearing nothing until the due date, then receiving work that doesn’t hit the brief.
Ask for testimonials
Part of positioning yourself as an expert and building up your online profile is online reviews. Many people rely on reviews to decide who the best person for the job is. Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews and record them to share with potential clients.
Some of the easiest platform to pick up online work includes Airtasker, UpWork and Freelancer.
Warning about finding freelancing jobs online
Anyone can find freelancing jobs online, but this does present issues.
There are a lot of people out there looking for cheap labour. Sometimes jobs are offered for low prices and the only way to win them is to drop your rate, which can leave you working for very little money, especially after fees. You need to know what a fair rate is and stick to it, to make sure you get a fair deal. There will always be someone willing to do it for less, and if that is the case, let them! Sell yourself based on your skills not your low rate.
There are also a lot of people with unrealistic expectations about what work should be done for a certain amount of money. Take for example someone who knows very little about websites. They may think they are requesting a small change, but to a web developer it may be a difficult and technical task. The expectations around the value of work may be different.
If a task is posted for too low, you need to ask yourself if it is really worth your time or if you could be more work than its worth. It is also good to ask yourself if you think it will lead to more work down the road.
The best way to freelance
Finding freelancing jobs online is great, but from my experience the best way to create long lasting client relationships is to attending networking events and liaise with people face to face. Meeting someone allows you to develop trust and build a relationship that is beneficial for both parties long term.
When you don’t meet people, issues such as miscommunication can occur.
That is why I recommend meeting potential clients face to face when possible. When you have this relationship, you can score ongoing work for a better rate than most jobs advertised online.
Other things to consider when freelancing
- In some countries, you may be required to get a working holiday visa if you will be working from that country, especially if you are working with a company in that country, as a freelancer.
- Finding freelancing jobs online is a great place to start, but you should aim to build ongoing client relationships for the best results.