The “entrepreneurship fever” that we have today is leading many people to register as self-employed professionals or freelancers and work from home. These people know that they have enough capacity to do a job on their own and therefore decide not to rely on anyone to hire them.
The problem is that starting as a freelancer can be very hard. If no one knows you, nobody knows what you are capable of or how you work, it is difficult for someone to hire you.
And what is the solution to this problem? Start working on freelance work portals and make your own “hollow” in the 2.0 world.
In this article I will explain how to do it and in which places you must go to look for those first jobs that, although they will not make you rich, will serve you to start your freelance career and have a base of works and contacts.
You need a Website or Blog
If you want to work as a freelancer in the 2.0 world, you need to have a website or a blog.
However much later you will teach portals in which you can offer your work without having a website, in the end if you want to leave those portals and offer your work from a platform of your own you need a web page.
Therefore, before even doing any type of work you have to settle your presence on the Internet.
Making a blog with WordPress is very cheap, since hiring all the necessary services to do it does not cost even € 100 a year.
However, if you do not have fluency in these subjects, you can also hire any professional who creates the web for a price that ranges between 200 and 800 euros, depending on what you are looking for.
You have to have a web page where you can offer your services, show that you know what you are talking about by writing articles in a blog and where everyone can meet you.
In that web you will upload all your previous work, opinions of some people you have worked with and everything you think is necessary to build trust and clients.
10 Job Portals for Freelancers
As much as you create a beautiful website that seems designed by Michelangelo himself, at the beginning you will not know anyone. You will have to work and go hollow in the world of the professional freelance little by little.
In order for you to be able to take those first steps, here I will leave you up to 10 portals designed for a freelancer to start getting clients:
10 time Webby award-winning Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by total number of users and projects posted.
It has a complete system to register almost any type of job profile and all kinds of scores and tests to prove what you know how to do. It works through project auctions, in which you can compete alongside other freelancers for a particular project.\
Another portal that offers any type of freelance the possibility of offering its services. For example, you can find here from a person who creates your web page to a person who translates the texts from any language.
Twago is Europe’s largest platform for freelance work.
Similar to Freelancer, although much more unknown. It has a similar system of scores and also works through the auction of projects, so you will have to give the best proposals and prove that you are the best to get such projects.
A portal of freelance work oriented, above all, to designers. Although other services can be offered, such as programming or recording videos, the design is what predominates in Adtriboo.
Some companies like Game or Yelmo Cines have created part of their corporate image hiring freelances in this portal.
5. 99 designs
Exclusive website design portal. If you are a designer, this is the place you should go to register yes or yes, although you need to have a high level to be admitted and, above all, get your proposals accepted by customers.
If yours is content writing and you are very good with words, Greatcontent is a good portal to start to get experience. From here companies like Groupon get their texts and the demand is usually quite high.
But Make sure try to deliver quality content don’t use any spin or rewrite content.
Textbroker is similar to Greatcontent and that is oriented to a more general public. Oriented to all types of web copywriters who want to write content for different clients, from companies to owners of a personal blog.
portal in which you can offer to practically do any type of work. From creating a video, through a logo to providing services such as marketing consultant, SEO and other topics. The range of activities you can do is almost infinite. You just need to register, create an ad, put a price on your service and be competitive in the market of your sector.
Fiverr is known as the Freelance marketplace for the lean entrepreneur. Here you can not only offer for professional work, but for any type of action or work. You could offer to record a video, create a song, write a text, make a logo and a thousand other things.
10. Various Forums
The forums in your sector are a good place to find work. Almost all the most recognized forums usually have a buying and selling section and services in which you can offer. Here it is vital to have a blog or web where you can show what you can do to generate trust.
The freelance world is complicated, but thanks to these portals and the ease of starting to offer your services on the internet, the life of the freelancer becomes much easier.
Try the portal that fits better with you and your profession, start offering your services and position yourself through your website and in the long run you will be a successful freelancer and work knocking on the door.