Friday, June 27, 2014

A Guide To Freelancing Part 6: 3 Places To Find Work



At long last, after all the planning, prepping, pitching, and procrastinating (on my part), we at last come to the final chapter of launching your freelancing career; finding work.

So I present to you the three best options for a new writer to ply their trade.

1). Guru
One of the internet's oldest and most well-reputed freelancing sites. In my opinion, Guru is the first place every freelance writer should go to get their feet wet. They have been assisting writers since 1999 and, at the time of this posting, there are more than four hundred and fifty writing projects available for bid.

This site uses an escrow system to ensure both parties protection. This allows you to get paid without worry. Guru is also ready to mediate any client/freelancer disputes. Their reputation, the assistance they offer, and the work availability makes this a favorite go-to site for novice and experienced freelancers alike.

***Note: Non-paying members may only bid ten times a month. There are membership options that will allow you to increase this amount. I recommend checking them out.

2). E-Lance
Another long-standing freelancing option. E-lance got its start about the same time as Guru. A testament to this site's security and sterling reputation is that you may never find another freelancing site that boasts this level of repeat business.

Virtually 75% of all project managers have been using the site for years, and as such have become very comfortable with a very specific set of freelancers. You may see requests for specific people in a great many posts. Don't let that stop you from bidding. You never know when you may impress someone.

E-Lance has a similar escrow system to Guru so you can rest easy knowing your money is waiting for you. It just may be a wee bit more difficult to get your foot in the door here.

But if you want to knock down a wall, you bring a hammer.

***They feature an Android app and like Guru, if you choose not to pay for membership you have a set amount of bids you can place per month.

3). Freelancer
This site is relatively new, founded in 2009, but its acquisition of getafreelancer.com allowed it to become one of the net's largest resources for freelance writers. This is an excellent site to find all types of work. However it's so conglomerated that even the most experienced and talented freelance writers may have a hard time standing out.

When they say it's the world's largest freelancing marketplace, they are not exaggerating. There are more users here than all of the members of Guru and E-Lance combined.

Conclusion
So there you have it, the three best sites on the web to find freelance work. There are many more that may suit your interests but on these three are a solid place to start.

These series of blog posts will help jump start your journey into freelance writing. If you are looking for additional information, I will be compiling more detailed information (how to guides, screen shots, walk thru's, additional sites, etc.) at a later date that will be available on Amazon or private purchase.

Thank you for reading and following along, and I wish you the best of luck in your career.

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