I read a lot of articles when I decided to make the transition to self employment. Today, I thought I’d share some great words of wisdom I found along the way. If you’ve already made the leap into freelance work or are considering do so, then these resources are all helpful.
*12 essential steps to starting your freelance business – Regina’s blog is so helpful, seriously you need to read every post because there is just so much useful information to digest.
*How to make money from freelance blogging – particularly helpful is you already have a blog and are considering branching out.
*100 sites that pay you to write – lots of websites that will pay for your writing. Lots of food for thought here.
*UK freelance tax and self employment – I struggled to find up to date advice on tax returns but this post helped me so much!Remember you need to declare your earnings if you undertake any freelance work.
*The money shed work from home toolkit – a list of resources you may need and links to some work from home opportunities.
All these make a good starting point for those new to freelancing or those thinking about working from home. You’ll find a lot of information on the web and it can be completely overwhelming. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some genuine work from home opportunities – writing and otherwise, creating a portfolio, organisation tips, the best freelance job sites, setting up a blog for freelance purposes, money saving tips and how to create the perfect CV. If there is anything you would like me to cover then please let me know in the comments below.
If you’re looking for writing work then knowing where exactly to look for opportunities is a massive help. I’ll cover freelancing sites in a future post but this post will focus on platforms specifically for writing. I have mentioned job sites before and that’s definitely one place to look – you’ll find both paid and unpaid opportunities on sites, such as Indeed. However, these are some of my favourite sites and good places to look for writing jobs.
*Be a freelance blogger – not as many jobs as other sites but genuine opportunities and I also highly recommend signing up for Sophie’s emails updates from her blog
*freelancewriting.com jobs – loads of opportunities from various sources including freelance sites.
*morning coffee – same website as the site above but receive an email daily with jobs.
*problogger jobs – some great job vacancies on here for various writing and blogging jobs.
*copify – you need to apply to join this site (its not something I’m signed up to at this moment in time) but you can receive decent pay if you’re successful.
*writerbay – another site you need to apply to before you can start work.
*write words – a few different job opportunities on this site and also writing competitions.
*writethismoment – a paid membership site so I cant comment on the type of jobs available but it may be a site you want to consider.
*academicminds – jobs for academic writers.
Sometimes as a freelancer (or even if you’re not) every little bit of extra money helps. One way you can earn a few extra pennies is by searching the web.
Qmee is a platform that rewards you for searching the web via Google. You add a widget to your toolbar and then conduct your normal activity on the web. I should say that this definitely isnt a get rich quick scheme or anything of the like. You generally earn a few pence for certain terms that you search for. You dont earn money on every search so it does take time to build up a decent amount.
How it works
Say for instance, I wanted to look for some bedding and I typed ‘debenhams’ into the search bar. A pop up may then appear on the left hand side of the screen with a cash reward attached. If I clicked on a link appearing it that pop up, I would receive the cash amount stated and it would appear in my account.
You can also earn rewards on ebay searches, amazon and bing too.
As I said, paid results don’t always appear for every term you search so its best to just do your normal web use rather than to try and rack up rewards by searching for every term you can think of.
How are you paid?
You can cash out via Paypal and it normally appears straight away.
Does it cost to join?
No, its completely free to sign up
Is it worth it?
To give you an idea of what you can earn, I signed up in September 2014 and cashed out around £5.50 in January 2015. As you can see, you’re not going to get rich but I do think its worth signing up as you don’t have to do anything and it hasnt slowed down my computer or browser. Once you’ve added the widget, you just use your browser as normal.
If you want to sign up, you can do so here