Many people who work regular jobs dream of
becoming independent freelancers. With conventional freelancing, this can be
very hard to do, but the Internet is changing everything. The last few years
have seen the rise of a whole new type of freelancing based around the use
of freelancing marketplace websites, which make it far easier for
independent workers to find clients, and thus start freelancing careers.
Online freelancing, or Internet
freelancing, is growing at a tremendous rate, with some marketplace
sites doubling in volume in just the past year. If you’re interested in
becoming a freelancer, there’s never been a better time to give it a try.
But do you really know what's involved in the freelancing lifestyle? What are its pros and cons
of online freelancing, and
how do you know if it makes sense for you personally? How do you undertake
this endeavor in a way that will maximize your chances of success?
There's never been a resource on the Web to
answer these questions, to provide advice and guidance to the thousands of contractors who decide to
become online freelancers every month -- until now. The Online Freelancing
Guide is dedicated to providing essential information to help you build your
freelancing career. The detailed information it contains will assist you in understanding
what online freelancing is about, learning how to use freelancing sites effectively,
and finding and completing projects for satisfied clients.
On the left side navigation bar you will find
quick links to the various parts of the site. The upper box green buttons
that link to information pages about the site, including testimonials
and answers to frequently asked questions. If you have
questions or comments about the site, you can also feel free to contact me
with your feedback. Need freelancing work done? Consider
hiring me to do it. The purple box below these buttons contains direct links
to the current content on the site, with the large blue "Site Content"
button taking you straight to the site's table of
Thanks for visiting, and check
back often for updates!
February 1, 2012:
January 30, 2012:
Chapter Five: I'm happy to announce
the publication of the most recent chapter of the Online
Online Freelancing Proposals and the Bidding Process. This is the
largest chapter of the Guide, covering the all-important topic of how to
write and price proposals. The first three sections are devoted to helping
you develop the skills you need to be a good proposal writer; it includes an
overview of pre-bidding and bidding steps, an explanation of the goals of
proposals, and a list of specific suggestions for writing effective bids.
The remaining three sections contain my ambitious attempt to explain how to
analyze the value of projects and determine bid prices in a way that
balances the desire to earn as much money as possible with the need to avoid
being outbid. This includes a detailed explanation of the economic
principles behind bidding, a discussion of static and dynamic pricing
models, and an exploration of specific pricing optimization strategies.
Note that with this update, the Online Freelancing Guide now contains over
250,000 words of content.
Change in Contact Address: I have
changed the contact address for the site, as shown on the contact page. The
new address will allow me to respond more promptly and reliably to
December 13, 2011:
Chapter Four: I'm pleased to announce
the release of the latest chapter of the Online
Finding and Evaluating Online Freelancing Projects. This is the first
chapter that gets into the "meat" of online freelancing, discussing an
activity that most online freelancers spend quite a bit of time on,
especially when they are just starting out. Its pages describe the most
important factors for assessing both clients and projects, and provide many
tips for how to search for projects in an effective way, and deal with
special concerns and situations that are likely to occur. Enjoy!
October 21, 2011:
Chapter Three! It took longer than I
anticipated, but I've just published the third chapter of the Online
Planning and Managing Your Online Freelancing Business. Being a
freelancer involves much more than just doing your freelance work: you are
not just working, you are running a business. This chapter will help
you get your freelancing career off the ground, with four sections that
cover areas such as choosing work disciplines, setting up a work area,
getting computer hardware and software, and building and tuning your online
profile and portfolio. It also contains a section that's a preview of the
rest of the guide, containing dozens of tips specifically for new
freelances. I hope
you find it useful.. and I hope the next chapter won't take as long to get
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