Yesterday we talked about how to get business clients. Today is all about where to find freelance work. There are a number of ways to stir up new interest. And, there are dozens of sites dedicated to telecommuting positions. Personal preference will likely determine those best suited to your needs.
If you have an online presence, you may be familiar with PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns. Google AdWords credits are occasionally sent out by hosting providers and other subscription-based sites. You can use these credits to drive search traffic to your freelance website with a PPC campaign.
Online Job Boards
There are several online classified job boards. Some of these offer listings for all telecommuting categories. Others are specific to a certain industry.
Crazedlist (use to search multiple Craigslist cities at once)
journalismjobs.com – Select “Telecommute” for Location
Web Design and Programmers
DesignCrowd – There are both projects accepting bids and contests here. Make sure you are in the right category.
crowdSPRING **Newly Added**
Most industry-specific forums have a Services section. You may be able to list your services and/or respond to requests for services. You can also search for similar forums by using the following as an example search term related:http://www.wickedfire.com.
VirtualAssistantForums – has both a Services Required folder and a RFP system. You must have 100 posts to be able to view RFPs.
Freelance Directories and RFP Systems
The majority of directories offer free listings. RFP systems are typically subscription-based.
Gig sites specialize in one-off projects. These projects can turn into long-term clients. Review the site’s TOS before attempting to take your relationship offsite.
Bounty It – This is another site with both projects and contests.
TaskArmy **Newly Added**
Your clients don’t need to come from the Internet. Going local is big right now.
Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Networking Events
Ask your existing clients, family and friends for referrals.
Where is your favorite place to find freelance work?