There are countless ways to earn a little extra cash on the side these days. Many of us want the freedom and flexibility a small side income can bring. Want to save more for an upcoming trip? Want to have a backup plan in case the worst happens and you get laid off? Or best of all, want to work from anywhere in the world with a combination of side gigs? These are all attainable and not only that – the jobs aren’t that hard to come by.
The quickest, more effective way to earn a little extra income on the side is to freelance. There are a number of websites out there that help connect both experienced and aspiring freelancers with people or business looking for some remote help. Maybe you’re thinking, “But you need to be skilled at something. I’m not particularly talented at anything.” Not the case. Many people are looking for help simply staying organized or entering data into spreadsheets. Now, while these may not sound like glamorous jobs, you can see them as stepping stones.
The more jobs you take, the more reviews you’ll get, and the more leverage you’ll have to command better jobs and better pay. People just want someone they can trust. If they see you’ve been trustworthy in the past, they are 100 times more likely to put their trust in you now.
Sites like elance.com, odesk.com, guru.com, and even Craigslist are all chalked full of jobs just waiting for you. I myself, right now, am a beneficiary of odesk.com. I am sitting on my couch at home writing to you about how this is a real an obtainable goal because I know first hand that it is!
Start by setting aside a few hours to complete your profiles on all these sites. When I first started, I spent maybe three hours setting up my profile on oDesk and Elance. You’ll set a profile picture, write a short bio, add in some work history, maybe a section on goals in life. Then you’ll select the categories you’re qualified to freelance in. There’s everything imaginable from responding to emails, to coding software, to data entry (I mean, come on.. who doesn’t know how to copy and paste?!). And for you writers out there, there are tons of writing gigs. On a countless number of topics too.
Here are tips I’ve picked up along the way: Be friendly and positive and keep an open mind. Be responsive – people don’t like waiting around all day for you. Most importantly, be honest, not only with the potential client, but with yourself. Can you really handle that amount of work? Are you really qualified to do that job? Are you satisfied with that pay? The more open and upfront you are, the more happiness you will have in your freelancing.
So if you’re looking for a little extra income on the side and don’t know how to do it, check out those sites. Who knows, you might be launching a whole new career for yourself as a virtual assistant to a high-rolling CEO.