rock bottom not too long ago, it hasn’t necessarily been climbing up by any means. If you’ve been spending your time applying to jobs and still have yet to find one that actually comes through, then it might be time to turn to picking up some gigs so you can have some extra income while the job search continues.
To be a “freelancer” means to be self-employed and not committed to one particular employer long-term. Usually freelancing requires some skill but usually can be picked up if you have an interest or some background in the field. There are different opportunities available in different fields. Usually the main areas for freelance involve arts and music, event planning, tourism, journalism and computer programming.
Freelancers are able to usually set their own rate per project or per hour – this is usually negotiated with the employer before the project is handed out. Employers seek freelancers oftentimes because they don’t have to give them a salary with benefits or plan on having them in office long-term. Nowadays, a lot of freelancers have the software necessary to be able to work remotely, as well.
As freelance has grown in popularity, the best site to find freelance work is Craigslist, which has a section on their site titled “gigs.” Within the gig section of this site are specific subsections – crew, talent, writing, event, labor, domestic, computer and creative. By clicking on any of these sections, you are then able to see postings from employers whether self-employed or part of a company. Jobs range in difficulty and the amount of time for employment. For example, in writing, someone might need something transcribed, which could take only a couple hours, or someone might need a new writer for his or her blog, which is more long-term.
If you know what you have in mind that you’d like to do and you have some skills in that area, freelancing might just be for you.