How to Earn Extra Income as a Freelancer

How to Earn Extra Income as a FreelancerAre you trying to get a new business or blog off the ground? Are you trying to make the transition from having a job to owning a business? What can you do to get through a dry period while you’re waiting for your new gig to make money? Performing freelance jobs for others is a perfect way to fill in when you need extra income as you’re building your business or blog. Many people do freelance work full-time as their business, but you can take small jobs on an as needed basis to get through any tough times while growing your business.

There are several great websites like Elance, Odesk, and Witmart where you can sign up and bid on jobs that match your skills such as web programming, creative writing, data entry, sales and marketing, graphic design, tax services, customer service, research, transcription and many other types of jobs.

When you promote your services through these websites you can bid on as few or as many jobs as you would like and you may quote whatever you wish. You don’t have to work full-time or even consistently in order to be a member of these sites, and you don’t have to take any jobs you don’t want. In fact, you may just want to bid on jobs occasionally when you’re experiencing slow periods or downtime with your blog or business.

Look for jobs that will fit with your schedule and that will pay frequently or within a short timeframe to keep your cash flow going smoothly. Some projects may take a month or two and if bidding on those you’ll want to request frequent small payments, or you could look for shorter jobs that can be completed within a week or so where you’ll receive full payment when you’re done.

I recommend setting up a free account with one or two freelance websites so you can slowly build up good feedback and relationships with clients over time. The beauty of performing services through a freelance website is that you can find paying customers rather quickly for an infusion of cash whenever needed so you can focus on building your blog or business without worrying about how to pay the bills.

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  1. I would love to do something like this.

    • Great! It’s a lot of fun, and so convenient to be able to work from home. I would recommend simply picking one of the sites listed, sign up for a free account and setup a profile then start bidding on jobs!

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