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Create your Freelance Career and advance it to full-time employment
Many people who start as freelancers are trying to make some extra money on top of their day jobs. I've been freelancing for years and eventually turned it into a full-time income without even knowing what I was doing, and that's why I've written this discussion.
You can take your freelancing skills to the next level if you think of it as a means to a great career and possibly employment by a single company that will allow you to work remotely and do 1/10 of the work you're currently doing while getting paid handsomely for it. I have plenty of clients who come back to me month to month, and I might have to say bye to them for now because I've been starting to gain attention from big corporations who want me to come on board. It's a bittersweet feeling, but I'm sure my customers will understand the transition, and I hope I can still get to their work if they ever need something done, but I probably can't give any guarantee.
Below are a few platforms to focus on when you're trying to take your freelance career to the next level, and they are.
Many of you reading this are aware of Upwork is, if you don't, it's a platform where people post the jobs they're looking to get done, and they can invite you to bid on it. You can also browse jobs as a freelancer and put your bids in, which will increase your chances of snagging a job, but what you'll want to focus on is building up your profile and customers.
Think of it like any starting position; you'll need to work your way up and prove yourself before the "boss" is comfortable sending work to you all the time. There are plenty of businesses that post on Upwork and only want one person to bid, and that's because the business owner now trusts the one person to do the work. What do you think you could do if you had 10 or 20 businesses like this trusting you? You could have a full-time income in a short amount of time, and you could then push them to your own business/service website and hope you don't get banned from Upwork lol.
I'm pretty sure you know what this platform is since you're reading this article lol. Well, there are plenty of top sellers here that all started as new accounts at level 1 and worked their way up to get recognized by staff members and now make a full-time income from just this platform. I'm sure they probably sell on other platforms, but the amount of sales they're getting here usually keeps them pretty busy, so they might not have time for anything else lol.
SEOclerks was started to bring all of the SEO service providers into one marketplace, and it gradually grew to any service a website could need from content writing to programming. It's now the largest SEO marketplace that sends out millions of dollars each year to its service providers, and you could be one of those people building your full-time income if you start today
I recently came across this website and was pleasantly surprised. I was trying to figure out how I could target startup businesses and have them use my services for their websites but then noticed the listings on Angel.co had job opportunities listed for a lot of the companies on their platform.
After browsing through this platform for a few hours I started to iron out my resume website and began applying for jobs. I didn't want to do anything that wasn't remote, so didn't even bother contacting those companies that wanted me to relocate, and I wanted to stick within the content writing realm, so I could sit in my office and type for hours and get paid handsomely for it
After I was done with my resume site, I began to apply to a few dozen of these listings that I liked. I was pretty shocked when I was getting email responses, not automated either, to my inbox within 24 hours. A lot of them were pleased to see I was interested, loved the sample content on my website, and wanted to talk more over the phone! I talked to 3 companies this week, and I have scheduled calls with another four next week.
Out of about 30 websites/businesses that I contacted I had seven want to talk on the phone, which is an incredible result if you think about it. That's about 23% of the companies I applied to are now contacting me and wanting to get a better idea of who I am. I haven't gotten any job offers just yet, but I'm still in the early stages of this, so I'll let you know how it goes if something positive comes from it
There are plenty of job boards out there, just like angel.co, that you can sift through and apply to companies. You can find a position paying $XX,XXX per year or find something paying per project like "$100 per article that is 1,500 words long" and fill your time up with those.
I put a bid/email/application in for all the smaller jobs that will give me one day worth of pay if I'm accepted and I also apply to the job listings in case someone wants to bring me on board. With my resume website, it's a little easier to say "Here's my website," and they can take it from there to see what I can do and also download my resume if they wanted. I tend to get a lot of the smaller jobs and not as many of the callbacks from the job listings, but this is on smaller platforms that aren't as developed as something like angel.co
You'll never want to pass up a small job, even if you're making a few dollars because you never know where it can take you. Smaller orders can be test orders to see how you carry yourself, and it can turn into a job offer later down the road if the client likes you. As for the job boards like angel.co you'll want to make sure your resume is flawless and even set up a website so people can see your work in real life instead of a file on their computer. It's challenging to gain traction in this world so take it a step at a time, and you can climb the mountain of success
Thanks for reading