Have You Been Sacked? Go For Freelancing!

I can imagine the hurt and embarrassment of being sacked. I can feel the pain since I also became a victim of downsizing during the economic downturn. However, unlike others, I could not afford to remain jobless even while I was looking for a job since I am the only earning source for my family. During my job-hunting period, I used to work freelance to earn regular income for my family since I had no savings in my hand.

It may take many days and even months for you to find another job and during that time, freelancing jobs are the best option to make your ends meet. Though I had little savings, yet I did not want them to disappear and so I decided to take immediate action for putting freelancing to work for me. Later on I decided to pursue it as a permanent career. For all those who are disheartened due to being fired or not getting successful in job hunting, should give freelancing a go, since it is the most flexible way to earn as much as five figure income monthly.

What you can do as a freelancer?

As a freelancer, you can get to do many things. You can write articles, transcripts, translate or do web research, SEO, graphic designing, data entry work, bookkeeping or proofreading depending on your skills and expertise. If you have a sound background and some knowledge of web development, you can even find web development tasks to work on from home.

If you are not familiar with freelancing works and these terms are new to you, do not worry, there is always a solution. Many online learning centres offer short training courses for newbie, to make them capable enough to make good money online. Though these courses require your time, money and efforts yet they are worth the investment in the long run. It is like invest now and reap in future.

How you can find freelance work for you?

If you do not know how you can find online job tasks for you, you will end up with desperation and can never relieve the pain of being fired. Do not panic! Learn how you can locate the perfect job tasks for you to work from home. Just look at the following two ways:

1) Search freelancing websites

Finding projects through freelancing websites is the most common practice for locating online jobs. There are many freelancing websites, which provide a single interactive platform for employers and employees. Project providers mostly post their projects on these websites along with their requirements and the qualification required to carryout the task. Freelancers, who think they meet the criterion, bid on the projects. The service providers then choose the best bidders based on their requirements and outsource their work to them. The most common and well-known freelancing websites are ELance, oDesk and Micro Workers.

2) Create your own website

If you have plans to set up your own business, just get hold of clients through an attractive website by advertising your skills and services. Set up a business website highlighting your skills and qualifications along with the rates on which you are willing to offer your services. Once you develop your own website, start advertising it through different internet marketing techniques like paid advertising and Pay Per Click, which derive massive traffic to your website. You can also optimize your website for search engines that increase your business sales.

If you are jobless, do not let the feeling of getting fired hurt you. Just remember when one door closes, another opens. Internet is a great revolution that has opened many such doors for us. It is on us now to make the most out of it. Go for freelancing! Wish you a happy freelancing experience.

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Sasha Gibbs is a B2B wholesale trade and B2B marketing expert. She writes frequently on the topics related to Drop Shipping, distributors, wholesalers and trade suppliers.

Comments

  1. Nice post Sasha. Wouldn’t you think that freelancing on places like Odesk and Elance for someone from the western world would simply not be very cost effective as you would be competing against a massive workforce places like Philippines etc who are willing to do it for a lot less?

    I use a lot of freelancers on Odesk for my IM business but the my main motivation for doing so are 1.) Cost 2.) Time.

  2. Though we really emphasize not exchanging dollars for hours, consulting still played a roll in my progression from employee to business owner. I think it’s a great way to transition into being an entrepreneur while you build a more passive business.

  3. Not everyone suitable for a freelance job. And for a start, not all new free-lancer earn as how they earn from a permanent job. The stress level will eventually increase more when they cannot earn to meet ends.

  4. Thank you for this information and the self confidence boost to push me in the direction of writing.

  5. I’m quickly learning the doubled edged sword of freelancing. I love the freedom to be able to turn off the alarm clock and wake up when it suits me. However, the lack of structure is really messing with me – I’m just not sure what to do.

    • Hi Gary,

      I know what you mean. It does take some time to find your rhythm and adapt to the new way of operating. Give it time. It’s definitely worth spending some time learning about time management and productivity.

  6. Hi Sasha,
    In Australia, this is very much the way to go, especially if you have good skills. In our economy, the mining boom has taken a lot of good people off the market and companies are struggling to get skilled people.
    Thanks to the Internet, the retail industry has been changed for ever and that does not seem to be the future. Internet based businesses and freelancing look like the future.

    The Aussie dollar is so strong now, it is feasible for us to use people from the US to now do work like VAs especially when our two cultures are so similar.

    Andre…

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