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5 Tips for Finding Freelance and Work from Home Jobs


Freelance and work from home jobs are available in every line of work, and you can find them on the Internet or offline using traditional marketing strategies. Think about your approach to finding work, and let the following tips be your guide.

1. Online Job Boards

Your primary approach to finding freelance and work from home jobs should be searching job boards. Your best approach is to find a job board that addresses your industry and community. For example, if you're a software developer, find job boards that list only software development jobs. The mega job boards don't list smaller opportunities. If the job boards you frequent don't list many jobs, then you should search the major job boards that list jobs in every industry.

2. Offline Job Boards

Don't forget the little job boards spread throughout your local community. It may not be worth it to take a trip around town to search the boards, but you should take note of them when you're running errands. For example, look at the community bulletin board every time you're at the grocery store. Some brick and mortar businesses don't have an interest in recruiting freelancers online, and would rather take a local approach. Business owners place "Help Wanted" ads on local boards, which could turn out to be an opportunity for a freelance and work from home job. You can miss it if you're not paying attention.

3. Forums

Some of the best leads you'll get for freelance and work from home jobs are from visiting and participating in forums. Become a member of forums that cater to your industry. Look for threads that list job opportunities. Consider starting a thread asking for leads and tips from other freelancers. Many forums are full of people willing to help you, and will provide you with leads and insider information on some of the companies you're hoping to work for. Avoid stale forums where there isn't much discussion happening. Find ones that look active, to get responses to your questions.

4. Business Networking

An entrepreneurial approach to finding freelance and work from home jobs is to network with local business owners. Invest in stationery and business cards, and send a letter introducing yourself to a target group of business owners. Request a phone meeting at their convenience in the letter. The hard part is to follow up with a phone call, which is why many work-at-home moms prefer sending emails and resumes online. That works out in your favor, because there's less competition using this approach.

5. Bidding Sites

Using online bidding sites to find freelance and work from home jobs is often not a good idea. Many websites charge a large percentage every time you get paid, plus a monthly fee to have access to job ads. They are good to use if you want to find large projects, which don't get listed on job boards or in forums.

Think of these tips as approaches to help you find freelance and work from home jobs.

Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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