Marketing Yourself Online: Freelancing 101
Posted on September 12, 2000
Before the widespread use of the Internet, working for
yourself was a much tougher undertaking than it is today.
With over 13 million people claiming the status of "self
employed", sites have sprung up online to fill this niche
and offer help through a variety of services. From helping
you find work projects to offering advice, these sites can
be a real asset to anyone striking out on their own.
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Job categories range from writing, management, legal,
Information Technology, marketing, and more. The primary
focus of these "Business to Business" (B2B) sites is to
match your skills with companies who have projects for
someone with your talents. Some charge for membership, some
are free, and some take a percentage of each job that is
awarded (usually from the employer).
In the beginning, you'll need to fill out an online profile
that specifies your experience, skill level, and sometimes
allows you to list examples of your work.
Let's take a closer look at a few of the bigger freelance
1) Guru: http://www.guru.com
This is probably the most popular, likely due to their large
advertising budget. You'll find their ads on all of the more
popular PC Mags and pasted everywhere online.
Like most of these services, you must first create a profile
that details who you are and what you do. The site currently
claims over 320,000 members with over 7,000 job listings.
They also offer a variety of backend services such as
articles, and an ezine and other goodies that will help you
run your business more efficiently.
2) eLance: http://www.elance.com
This site is set up in an auction setting where you bid on
projects that interest you. Use of an online rating system
allows buyers and sellers to make comments about each other
which are then publicly shared. eLance covers all business
categories you can possibly think of.
3) Ants: http://www.ants.com
Another auction-like site where you bid on projects that
interest you. Categories of jobs are more limited but you
can make money telling all your friends about this great
4) eWork Exchange: http://www.eworkexchange.com/
Part of registration involves building your online resume
which can be added to by creating a skill profile to go with
it. Searching for projects is simple. When you see something
you like you can e-mail the project owner with your comments
through the use of a private profile number. You won't
receive any direct contact information until you accept the
project. eWork boasts they have over 170,000 members
5) Free Agent: http://www.freeagent.com/
Claiming over 100,000 members, this is another one getting a
lot of press. Upon registering you have to fill out a
lengthy form detailing your skills and qualifications. They
don't use open bidding, but you can search for projects by
category. Free Agent uses a skill-matching engine that
matches your skills with possible employers. Your name is
then sent to them so they can contact you and work out the
So next time your business is slow and you're not quite sure
where your next paycheck is coming from, browse through
these sites and you'll have a "gig" in no time at all!
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