Recent estimates tell us that over 30% of the U.S. workforce today is freelancers. Not too surprising to those of us enjoying the lifestyle and benefits that come with being an independent worker, over 75% of those polled would like to find freelance work.
Working from home isn’t for everyone, however. It requires discipline and motivation. It’s hard work and some long nights. But, it’s making dreams come true for those with the right personality and perseverance. For most of us, it is worth paying your own taxes and health insurance to enjoy a flexible schedule and no income ceiling.
If you have what it takes and are willing to take some risks for huge rewards, here are five ways to find legit work-at-home opportunities almost any day of the week.
Facebook Groups – If you want to find freelance work quickly, I’m a huge advocate for Facebook Groups. There are closed groups for every type of blogger and online business owner. Every day I see people asking for help and referrals. Get into these groups and start offering your expertise when appropriate.
- The Careful Cents Club
- Facebook for Freelancers
- VAs for Hire
- Virtual Assistants for Bloggers
- VAs for Hire and Pinterest-Friendly Contet for Bloggers
- VAs Buy, Sell & Barter
- Social Media Managers
- Social Media Jobs
FlexJobs – This is one of the few job boards that researches their leads thoroughly and remains affordable. Their focus is telecommuting and flexible gigs, so a lot of the noise from traditional employee listings is already eliminated. The subscription costs less than $15 per month (less than $5 per month if you join for a year). You can recoup that cost in less than one hour should you find a good-paying gig through the service.
The One-Two Punch of Guest Posting – For so very long, people were guest posting for the purpose of SEO only. They didn’t care so much about the valuable leads they could get by guest posting in the right place. Where they fell short, you can find success.
There are several sites that will pay for your expert guest contribution and still allow you an author byline and link back to your site. This author bio should not only introduce you to readers, it should also tell them what you have to offer them and have a strong call-to-action. Most guest posters today are finding the greatest number of leads comes from having a dedicated landing page to send these new visitors to as opposed to the homepage of your website. Check out Gregory Ciotti’s strategies that helped him gain over 36,000 subscribers from guest posting. You can be sure more than a few of those turned into paying clients.
The key is choosing the site(s) on which your target clients visit, choosing a topic for your article that speaks to both their needs and aligns with your offerings, and hooking them with a strong call-to-action.
Google – When I look at the most successful entrepreneurs and freelancers around me, I immediately see what sets them apart as those who do versus those who want. They didn’t sit around on their haunches. They went out and got it themselves. They decided who they wanted to work with and they made the first move.
Do you want to work with Etsy shop owners? Real estate agents? Dentist offices? Get specific. Google those in your community and surrounding areas. Craft an awesome pitch and get busy. Gina offers these tips and an awesome template.
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