As the number of websites grow, the demand for skills like graphic design, writing, web design and programming grows alongside them. The more sites there are, and the bigger they get, the more the demand for services is. Many people, from stay at home moms to professionals are using online freelancing as a way to make money. In this article, we look at how you do it, how much you can earn, and where to start.
Are You Freelancer Material?
The only real criteria that there is to become a freelancer online is that you have a skill – such as writing – and an internet connection. You don't have to have a degree necessarily – as long as you are good at what you do! Plenty of stay at home moms, in fact, make a good income from freelancing!
What Are Your Potential Earnings?
Online freelancing is a huge business! There are jobs out there on the internet that pay anything from a few dollars to tens of thousands, and what you earn really depends on what you do, how good you are, and how much you work. You could earn a few extra dollars to pay bills from freelancing, or you could totally replace your salary with it – it's up to you!
How to Get Started
Fortunately, there are people out there who have realised that online freelancing is in demand – both from employers and from freelancers themselves. Sites like Elance, oDesk, Scriptlance and Freelancer among others put those looking for skills in touch with those who offer them. They charge a fee for their service (usually a commission on your earnings) but they also manage the administration side of things for you.
Alternatively, you could opt to create your own website, and advertise your services directly, using a payment processor like PayPal to get paid, or you could look on classified sites like Craigslist for advertisements for jobs. You could even contact people who might use your services directly, and offer them rates to do things. Every site and blog owner out there needs programming, writing or graphics done from time to time, and if you approach them, you could make money for the cost of an email!