How to Find Freelance Work

Finding work as a freelancer follows a very different route compared to finding work in permanent employment. As a freelancer, finding work can feel overwhelming at first.

Whether you're on the hunt for a full time freelancer role, or just to get freelance work in addition to your regular job, here are a few tips to help you secure a job that's right for you.

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Networking is key

As you aren’t in traditional employment, it can be difficult to connect with others. That’s where networking comes into play.

Networking is one of your most important skills as a freelancer. It is used to expand your circle of acquaintances, to discover new job opportunities and increase your knowledge of the industry.

Speaking to other freelancers in your field and potential clients will certainly assist in your search for a role.

Finding a role

When seeking your first role as a freelancer, there are plenty of options for you.

Your first step should be to look online. Usually, employers post jobs and projects on dedicated freelance websites.

The employer is then able to choose a freelancer who fits the role best, and then the discussion stage begins, allowing both employer and freelancer to negotiate how and when the work will be completed.

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The power of social media

Social media works for any contractor, but it can be difficult working out where to start. From communicating via email to using online banking, digital is the way we work today.

However, social media is avoided by many contractors as the prospect of using it for social media can seem daunting at first.

The three social media platforms we would recommend, are:

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Create a portfolio

What does a portfolio mean, and what does it typically contain? Well, a portfolio is simply a chance to showcase what work you have done, or what work you would like to do.

Include anything you have worked on, this includes any projects, concepts, outcomes, and results.

If you have any testimonials, these can be a valuable addition to your portfolio by adding a level of trust to your offering.

Analyse the market

Markets fluctuate on a constant basis, and the availability of roles can often depend on the conditions of these markets.

For example, if you are looking to take up a freelance role in the IT sector, there is more opportunity for you if the market has demanded the need for more IT roles.

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