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Finding Freelance Jobs: How to Select the One That Suits You


Freelancing is a new up and coming thing for today. It found its big boost for many reasons:


  • - Because of the recession in 2007, many people lost jobs and turned to freelancing as their last choice
  • - Students pick freelancing as an option to earn extra money so they can save up and spend on themselves
  • - Parents and family freelancers are looking for extra money either to make ends meet or to make more things happen for them

Hence, the freelance market is vast and so are the number of jobs available. It is very easy to get jobs as a freelancer, but make sure you know what you’re getting into. This article guides you through the process of picking the right job as a freelancer.


AREA OF EXPERTISE


All freelance jobs are classified under categories – be it writing, programming, editing and so on. Pick which area you can make a mark on and pursue for freelancing from there. Some choices will obviously be knocked off the list. For example, if you don’t know how to program in Java, you definitely won’t apply for jobs that require expertise in that field.


TURNAROUND TIME (TAT)


TAT is basically the time in which you are required to complete your task. Make sure you can actually complete what you have been given in the time you have been assigned. If you can’t, don’t take it up unless you want to risk losing out on a good profile.


EARNINGS AND BIDDING


Once you have shortlisted a few jobs that you may be interested in applying for, make sure you look at the number of bids that it has already received. If it has already received way too many bids, it would be naïve to apply for that job unless you are really extraordinary. Don’t waste your application on jobs you know you have no chance of getting. In terms of earnings, make sure you put in a bid that you think is right for the job. As a beginner, bid the lowest amount possible for you. The most important thing at that stage would be to build your profile, not earn a bucketful.


Freelancing is probably going to be a booming business, even in the far future. Children of tomorrow are already using handhelds at the age of 3. It’s only a matter of time before everyone becomes a freelancer of some sort.

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