7 ways to build a second income through freelancing

Freelancing is the buzzword of this decade. As defined by Dictiorary.com, A freelancer is a person who works as a writer, designer, contractor or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer.

Many freelancers also work full-time, part-time or casual roles, mixing and matching their work schedules to meet the needs of that particular client. Today there are numerous ways to freelance, business-to-business, through a freelancing website or direct to the client or corporation. The opportunities are almost endless, as are the types of jobs you could secure. Almost anyone can freelance, particularly those who are passionate about what they do, enjoy the freedom of not being tied down to one employer and have confidence in their skillsets.

So what types of people can freelance and what types of freelance work opportunities are out there? And lastly, how do you go about securing a freelancing gig?

Freelance photography

Do you like taking photos? Do you have decent personal equipment that sets you apart from the rest? There are many sites online where you can share your photos with a wider audience and then on-sell them for a set rate.

Usnap.com is site you can join, whether you’re an amateur or a professional photographer, to get your photos in front of people that want to buy them. You can receive payment via PayPal and registering and listing your photos is free. iStock Photo is another place you can sell your photography, and you’ll earn a royalty rate of 15% for each photo of yours that is downloaded.

Freelance writing

Probably one of the most well-known ways to gain freelance work is via writing. Indeed.com has many types of freelance work available and has a specific page set up for writers. This is where individuals and businesses list jobs they need writers for, and there are many different types of projects on offer, from large to small, and language/region specific. Also check out freelancewritinggigs.com where you’ll find a job board of listings.

Freelance odd-jobs

One of the newer ways to make money if you’re handy with a toolbox is Airtasker. This is a great site where people list odd jobs that need to be done and freelancers bid for the work. There are all types of jobs listed there from handyman work, to pick up and delivery services to cleaning and even furniture assembly. Jobs range from small “one off” tasks to casual and part-time arrangements. Workible.com.au is another great site, totally based in Australia.

Freelance design

There are many great graphic design portfolio and showcase websites online where graphic designers at all levels can upload their work and skill profile. The Loop is very popular and also contains a job board with hundreds of design gigs up for grabs. Another great site is LocalSolo, a website where designers can hook up with big businesses and contact them directly and agree on a set rate and project scope.

Freelance marketing

Every business no matter how big or small needs to be marketed throughout its sales cycle to attract new business and customers. If you have marketing skills, why not try to freelance those out to companies and small businesses that can use them? Freelancer and oDesk both have pages devoted to matching various marketers with companies and brands that need marketing services. One of the advantages of these services (and freelancing in general) is that you can undertake these jobs and/or roles from anywhere in the world, often working at a time and pace that suits your own needs.

Freelance social media management

These days social media is big business and companies are increasingly seeing the importance of a social media strategy and management, whether they are large or small. Often companies will set up several social media channels and platforms and fail to realise just how much maintenance is involved in capturing and growing an audience. If you love social media and have a knack for business, look to PeoplePerHour or FlexJobs, both of which have dedicated pages to connect social media professionals to companies that need them.

Freelance administration

Love to get people and businesses organised? It’s never been easier to do this remotely. There are admin professionals all over Australia who do this kind of work, often for several clients simultaneously. One particular company may only have a few hours of work that needs to be completed each week, such as diary coordination; online filing and data sorting; booking flights, meeting rooms and accommodation; and even help with presentations and reporting. Check out Guru or Australia-specific Ozlance.

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