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What Exactly Is Freelancing, Anyway?

Aug 17, 2007
If you are looking for the ideal work from home opportunity then freelance work is definitely something you should consider. Freelance employment allows you the independence of working for yourself and choosing your own hours while providing a relatively easy way of getting freelance jobs.

Freelance work enables employees to advertise positions they need freelance workers for and then find the right person with the necessary skills to complete the task. As a freelance worker you are able to give a tender on these freelance jobs and if yours is the best tender for the position and you receive this freelance employment then you will be able to complete the work in the comfort of your own home and set your own hours for its completion.

Freelance employment enables you to use the skills you already have including writing, art work, graphics, computer or administrative skills from the comfort of your own home and get paid for it.

There are many freelance jobs boards on the internet today such as freelanceworkexchange.com, elance.com and guru.com that advertise a variety of positions that freelance workers are able to bid on and that provide plenty of work for anyone entering freelance employment.

The benefit of using these freelance jobs boards in finding freelance employment is that it largely decreases your need for marketing. Marketing on the internet can be one of the most difficult aspects of running an online business whereas if you are able to go to a specific website and just tender, then all you need to know is how to sell yourself and provide good examples of your work.

Freelance employment is also much easier for people who want to work from home but do not have many computer skills to start up their own business online. The only real computer skills necessary in most cases is the ability to browse the internet, send emails and type. You will browse the freelance jobs boards for positions available, either send a message via the board or via email to tender for the position and then will probably need to type your work in (or if you are doing art perhaps use a graphics program or scan your artwork) to send to the person you are doing the work for.

Once you have found freelance employment you will need to agree on a freelance contract. This needn't be very fancy but should include the amount you will charge for the project, the time it will take you to deliver and your payment terms. If it is a long term project you may also want to set some milestones to chart your progress.

Freelance work therefore involves searching freelance jobs boards for positions that you have the skills to fulfill, sending in a tender to do the work and if you are chosen for the position you will set your own hours and work from the comfort of your own home to complete the freelance work. You will also need to draw up a freelance contract with the person who offers you the position including your charge for the work, how long it will take you to complete and your payment terms. If you are looking at working from home this is definitely something you need to consider.
About the Author
Rob Palmer is the Editor of Freelance Work Exchange, the leading jobs site for contract professionals worldwide. Looking for a legitimate home business opportunity? Join Freelance Work Exchange for just $2.95 and get access to thousands of
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