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4 Free ways to find legitimate work as a digital freelancer
Let me start off by saying there is no easy way to get easy work that will pay you thousands of dollars for a few days of your time. You will need to bust your butt if you want to be a top freelancer within your niche and once you get to the pinnacle you can then start charging outrageous prices. Until then, you're just like the rest of us who are grinding out a days work and making some money for bills and vacations
What you need to remember is that a quality freelancer will invest plenty of time into a project even if they're getting paid for 10 hours and it takes them 15. They want to get the work done, get an amazing review, and turn that first-time buyer into a lifetime customer. Freelancers who can do this will have a better time later on after they're paid their dues and churned out amazing work for their client lists
Now then, let's get into it
There are plenty of these marketplaces out there for you to add a profile and bid on jobs. There are also platforms out there, like Monster Backlinks, where you can list the work you can do and people will buy it.
Bidding on jobs - Marketplaces that allow the buyer to list a job and get freelancers to bid on is a great way to get your initial wave of reviews for that platform. You can bid extremely low on a 1-5 day job and get paid a measly amount but churn out fantastic work. You will get a positive review from the buyer, it will show on your profile for when you apply for other jobs, and you're more likely to get a second and third job because of the review you got for not making much money lol. Do this enough and you can bid higher and higher until you're getting requests to come bid and the client will wait for you and not care who else looks at the work they need to be done
Creating your own jobs - I personally like this method, especially for my writing services, because it allows me to stand out a bit more from the crowd. I'm able to list some of my content as samples, I can talk with people who are already interested, and I can run my service listings as a business and pay the marketplace a percentage whenever I get a sale.
I'm an active member of many different freelancer marketplaces, both bidding on jobs and creating my own, and I can tell you it's a fun thing when you're generating sales on all of them in the same day
Outreach campaigns to pitch your services
One thing I really like to do is to contact local businesses and pitch my writing services to them. I'll briefly talk about what I can do for them, the benefits of quality content, and then link to my writing website where they can see more samples and contact me through various means if needed.
I would say there's about a 10% response rate on this because no one likes to be "Reached out to" (spammed) but of that 10% I tend to get around 50% of them to sign up for one of my services. That means if I send out 100 emails a day, I'll get 10 responses, and I'll turn 5 of them into paying clients. This is a big thing because I could do this every day, hire a VA to do it for me, and compile my sales over time. Think about it, if I were to do this all day for a week, I could have 35 orders in progress and that could be thousands of dollars coming into my bank account
I love joining new directories that are specific to my niche because my account will be a veteran if they ever become popular. There are actually a lot of these that pop-up but not many of them become super successful, so I would suggest using a secondary email and forward any job requests to your main email so you don't get flooded each day with random information you don't want to read.
More established directories like angel.co will have startups listing their businesses and they are allowed to post job listings for what they need to fill. You can contact them directly through angel.co or find their website and they'll likely have a "We're Hiring!" page you can apply through.
Finding work as a freelancer isn't the most difficult thing to do but filling your day with orders to be completed is something that may take years to accomplish. You won't get rich overnight with this but you can definitely hit $200,000+ per year if you stick with it and deliver amazing work for your clients. Your happy clients will come back to you, purchase multiple times, and they'll keep leaving positive reviews for others to see and then order because of
Thanks for reading