If you have taken the big bold leap into starting an online career as a blogger, then it might be quite daunting as to where you should start. Should you start a website? Well, websites take a lot of time to create, and even longer when you are unsure as to how to approach building one.
For this reason, if you are looking to start an online career, it is a good idea to start off as a freelancer. In layman terms, this is someone that is willing to create content for somebody else for a fee. With this, here are some ways to make money, and maximize it, as a freelancer.
#1 Apply Everywhere
There are many websites out there that provide job listings for those looking to hire freelancers, both in the short term and long term (you only have to Google ‘freelance jobs’ to see just how many there are). For my own situation, I found Problogger’s Job board the best of them all. Since you have to pay a fee to get the job listed, the jobs that are displayed are usually very good jobs, with a high fee in exchange for freelanced content.
#2 Accept Whatever Price For Your First Job
An area of freelancing that tends to be the area where people lose jobs is with negotiating over price. As an employer for freelancers, I see that people massively over-sell themselves and are unwilling to negotiate down based on their experience.
When first starting out as a freelancer, don’t worry about how much you are going to make. It is far more important in getting good experience onto your ‘online CV’ so that when the next job comes around to apply for, you have a good chance of getting it, based on experience and negotiating a better fee.
#3 Always Keep Up To Date
Whatever area you are blogging about as a freelancer, it is vitally important to make sure you are always up to date with what is going on in that area, real time. This will help you ten fold for the following reasons:
- Staying up to date will make your content more valuable to those reading it presently.
- It will slowly make yourself an expert in that field, if you keep reading content about it from experts etc.
- Expert freelancers tend to get paid more.
#4 Always Post on Time
There is nothing more frustrating, as an employer, to find out that freelancers are posting too much, too little or at the wrong times if you have asked them to create ‘X’ amount of content to be posted on ‘X’ days at ‘X’ times.
The idea for freelance work is to push the work of making content to someone else. If you come across as unreliable, there is less chance of you getting a pay rise with your current job, and even maintaining the job in the long haul. If you do freelancing correctly, then you should be able to maintain freelance jobs for years on end.