Freelance Jobs

By: Joel Teo

Freelance jobs are an excellent way to make money online. Outsourcing has become a major way to do business competitively. There are numerous ways to freelance online and several good websites that match buyers and providers for freelance projects. There are several different categories of freelance jobs, and these range from creative or descriptive article writing to complete web site design, and everything in between.

To be successful at freelancing, and to actually make money online from it, you must be able to work independently and meet project deadlines. There is no boss reminding you of things, so being organized is a plus if you plan on freelancing. Sit down and list all of the skills and qualifications that you have. Honestly assess how well you can use a computer and the Internet. Figure out what operating systems and software you are proficient with. These facts will determine exactly what freelance job categories you are qualified for.

There are a number of websites that you can join to bid on freelance jobs to make money online. Most of these sites are free to browse jobs, but if you win a bid and accept the project then there is usually a fee unless you are a member and pay a monthly or yearly fee. If you plan on doing a lot of freelance work to make money online, then it is a good idea to pay a flat fee per month and save some money. This is because the fees can add up to hundreds of dollars each month, depending on which job categories you qualify for and can do successfully. Some web design projects may pay a thousand dollars or more for one or two weeks work.

Only use freelance programs that offer an escrow feature for your own protection. An escrow account ensures that you receive payment for your work, and it also guarantees the buyer that the project is completed to their satisfaction before the money is released. A lot of these sites allow the provider and the buyer to rate each other after the project is complete, and these reviews are available to other buyers and providers. This allows buyers to evaluate the quality and professionalism of your skills, and lets other potential sources of income know how you rate as a freelancer.

To make money online by doing freelance jobs, you must first honestly evaluate what categories of jobs you would be successful at. Once you have decided this, research some of the freelance websites out there and join one or two at least. Browse through the available jobs and bid on the ones you can do. Once you have bid and won a project then you can accept it. Never start the project until the money has been deposited into an escrow account, so that you do not end up working for free. Making money online by doing freelance jobs is very possible if you know how.

Copyright © 2007 Joel Teo. All rights reserved. (You may publish this article in its entirety with the following author's information with live links only.)

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