April 29, 2011 –
Homepreneurs has discussed freelancing as a home business in a number of previous postings: Starting a Freelance Writing business, a video to DVD business, and general freelance writing. Freelancing may be an ideal job for those desiring flexible schedules or extra money.
There are drawbacks to freelancing, of course. Some of these include: Specific talents, multiple clients, discipline and organization, and opportunities. Key among these are ‘multiple clients'; most freelance opportunities are one-time jobs.
Please find below a few websites for the Homepreneurs – Freelancers. Most provide resources, listings or links to other freelance sites:
Sologig is similar to a traditional job board where resumes may be posted for free, a keyword search engine is available, and a user can sign up for email or RSS feeds of new freelance opportunities. Sologig provides assistance with resume posting and job searching as well.
“ExpertBids.com is a professional services marketplace. Our site allows individuals and businesses to get free, personalized bids from lawyers, accountants, and consultants. We make the process of finding the right service professional more efficient and transparent. We also give professionals a platform to easily find new clients. Our pay-only-for-performance model saves professionals both time and money and allows them to concentrate on their business.”
From Elance’s website: “If you have skills and talent and are seeking independent work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. To help make delivering great results easier for you, Elance offers a suite of tools to help make your work life as efficient as possible.”
Elance also streamlines the payment process: The employer pays Elance and Elance pays the contractor. Elance provides a guarantee of payment to the contractor. Elance has various levels of cost, from their free basic service to a “preferred status” for $40 per month.
Odesk is a free service to contractors and like Elance, handles the payroll process for the freelancer. From Odesk’s FAQ: Everything is free — joining, filling out your profile and portfolio, taking skills tests, applying and interviewing for jobs, using the oDesk Team application, and working (for which you get paid.) Odesk lists positions in many categories from web design to accounting to customer service and support.
This site is a community site that lists freelance jobs and provides information about the freelancer lifestyle. Freelance Switch has many articles about setting prices, finding and dealing with customers, and getting referral business. While accessing resources is free, applying for positions requires a monthly fee starting at about $7.
Compiled by Dion Shaw
Dion Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs