Finding freelance jobs online
Last August, the box representing my job went away. Fortunately for me, there was a new box–a better box. Still, we’ve reached an age where boxes and jobs are more and more transient. At some point in your life, you may have to make due with what you can find until the next “real” job pops up.
The Internet job market has quietly evolved in the past ten years. Last time I had to look, Monster, Dice, and a handful of other job boards were the place to be. Now, there’s no shortage of places to find online jobs, some of them for writers: permanent and freelance.
Elance is a virtual job fair for temporary work. For writers, that can include work such as writing news releases, manuals, even creative writing. As of this morning, there were 746 jobs listed on Elance for writing and translation. Many of them pay less than $500, so you aren’t looking to build a career, but you can write proposals for jobs on Elance and when you get the work, you start to build a portfolio and a list of referenceable clients. Click here for a tutorial on how it works.
We’ve written a lot about LinkedIn as part of a social media presence. You can also search for jobs there. If you click the Jobs>Find Jobs link at the top of the page, LinkedIn displays a list of suggested jobs, based on your profile. For me, the jobs were heavy in technical writing, which is my area of past strength. There’s also a full jobs search function.
Twitter is unique and mysterious to many people, but one thing it’s very good for is posting a stream of unique pieces of information, such as job postings. @jobshouts is an all-purpose job-listing service. Click here for an article that displays a list of 15 good Twitter feeds for freelance work.
Finally, here’s an article that lists 41 options for finding freelance jobs on line.
For most people, I hope this is the most useless thing I’ve ever posted. If you need it, I hope it helps. If you have additional suggestions or experiences, please post them in the comments.