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Making the decision to go freelance gives you a great sense of freedom and opportunity, and it can be great for dads who are looking for more flexibility in work. But once you’ve taken the plunge, are you clear about where all those freelancing jobs are going to come from? Here’s our guide to finding freelance jobs online…
LinkedIn is a great source of work for freelancers in all kinds of discipline. You can register for updates from agencies that specialise in interim placements and freelance contracts.
You can also search job vacancies and offer your services for these. Plus, you can use your own profile to advertise your services.
The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more visible you are, so make sure you regularly add updates and interact with other people’s posts. Link to your website and blogs to keep your profile up to date.
We often think of job sites in terms of finding permanent employment, but as flexible working and the gig economy grow in popularity, you can increasingly use them to find freelance opportunities, contracts and short-term roles.
All the most popular sites let you filter by the type of contract. You can also get a long list of opportunities by simply typing ‘freelance’ into the search bar.
Search UK-wide as a lot of freelance roles are home-based, so the location of the hiring company doesn’t matter.
On these sites clients looking to hire freelancers post work opportunities in a broad range of sectors, and freelance professionals add their profiles to offer their services.
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Many professional sectors also have sites dedicated purely to contracts in that area. Journalism.co.uk allows people to search a database of freelancers by location and expertise, while PR Cavalry is a relatively new site for PR and communications contractors. You can find similar sites for many different market sectors including freelance writing and design.
Most freelancers will tell you that the best source of well-paid work is through your existing network. Being recommended pays huge dividends, so maintaining your contacts is really important.
These days a lot of our networking takes place online – so drop ex-colleagues a line, remind them you’re around and let them know when you’re looking for work.
Consider creating a Facebook page for your freelance business, or at least link to your website from your social media accounts. Everyone you know works somewhere – and it might just lead to your next opportunity.