The following are the most Frequently Asked Questions we get from freelancers.
The best freelance websites to work at home are Upwork.com, Toptal.com, Freelancer.com, Guru.com for project-based work. For full-time remote employment, check out weworkremotely.com and flexjobs.com
To start an online work from home or freelance job, it is recommended that you first find a niche that your passionate about. Then, take some time to identify your ideal client. Once you know who you are targeting you’ll be ready to find them online. Use social networking sites like LinkedIn to connect with them. Start producing content that will attract them. Building your network will ensure long term success for freelancing and empower you to work anyone in the world, even in your home.
The best online freelance jobs are ones that make you feel great doing them. In other words, work that you are passionate about. Finding work that you’re passionate about doesn’t feel like work, you almost feel guilty taking pay sometimes. Set goals, do passionate work, and work hard to achieve those goals. If you truly love the work, it won’t feel like work.
The benefits of freelancing full-time is you work your own hours and are your own boss. Although, there are a lot more benefits, those are two of the most desirable. Another benefit is you get to earn what you are worth. If you feel you are undervalued and underpaid at work, then perhaps being a full-time freelancer is your chance to get the pay you deserve.
The drawbacks of freelancing full-time is the lack of paid benefits, the constant need for prospecting and finding new clients and the occasional need for night and weekend work.
Many people see freelancing as a better career option compared to being a full-time employee. Those that want the security of a consistent paycheck, regardless of its value, will make a better full-time employee. Those that are enterprising and want the flexibility and opportunity to scale a company and be their own boss, will be better off choosing the freelancer career route.
What motivates remote employees and freelancers is the ability to work in a flexible location, such as out of one’s home. This one benefit often outweighs many drawbacks that working in an office can provide. Given todays technology and the ease to connect with others, remote work is easier to find than ever, and will continue to rise in popularity.
Online freelancers face several issues. The most common issues freelancers face is competition. There are tens of millions of freelancers, both part and full-time, trying to secure clients. On top of that, freelancing is growing, so separating yourself from the competition is crucial to your long-terms success as a freelancer. Also, given the remote work environment, freelancers often face issues with micromanagement from clients. Clients often don’t know the freelancer is in front of their computer working so feel the need to reach out and get status updates more often. Last but not least, freelancers face issues like poor communication and unreliable clients, which can be mitigated with a clear line of communication and clear scope of work.