Finding Freelance Jobs
Freelance job sites have become more popular over the last few years as a cost effective means of contracting work on a project specific basis with a specific defined scope of work. The providers include both companies and individuals bidding on posted projects. Some of the popular sites include Elance, Getacoder and Scriptlance where the provider can setup a profile and make a custom bid proposal on any posted project. The company can review the proposals and select a provider. Elance is the leader with online bid management software that includes a job search section, provider profiles and a communications module where companies and providers can email and discuss ongoing work status before, during and after the project. The providers have a portfolio that feature their work experience and credentials online.
There is a financial module that manages escrow payments sent between company and provider. This includes all transactions related to each project the provider is engaged in. Elance has a dispute resolution process in place should any conflicts arise between parties. The job search facility features both providers and jobs. Companies can search for a specific provider using a keyword skill search. In addition providers can view listed projects using keyword searches and view how many bids have been made on a current job, the closing date and the average high and low bids.
In the case of Elance most of the nearly 5,000 opportunities posted include web site development, writing and graphic design. Sites such as Scriptlance and GetACoder have an information technology focus with a focus on Microsoft programming opportunities.
These sites promote opportunities for web developers and programmers to earn a part time or full time self employment income and an easy way to start their own business. There is a contractor management system that includes all the features of advertising, payment and email communications.
Freelance work and you success has a lot to do with the marketing of your specific skills and distinguishing yourself from the competition. That includes writing effective proposals that describe your experience effectively while being cost competitive. Previous client testimonials are an excellent means of strengthening your proposals with new customers. The benefit of making your own hours and sometimes working from home is very attractive. Have a web presence where any previous work can be displayed online for prospective clients at their leisure. When it comes to selecting projects, if possible do things that interest you for a rewarding and sustainable career.