Taking the plunge, leaving your company, and going freelance is a major decision. All kudos to you for going for it. Working freelance and/or working from home can have major benefits to your lifestyle, work life, and income, but there are cons too which you should consider like health. Overall, if you do not mind doing your own taxes or paying someone to do them, then you have the chance to live your dream life.
By joining a recruiting company, you put forward all of your skills, job history and let them find the work for you. The quality and quantity of work can vary; especially for new workers. However, the great thing about recruiters is that if you impress them and their clients, you’ll rise to the top of a queue for a new job. Recruiters look after their best workers and associates because they keep their own clients happy and the revenue coming in. Companies such as Abrivia offer a wide range of job types within different industries allowing you to grow your skills and deploy them better.
A modern twist on the recruitment company, these sites post jobs by employers, but also give freelancers the ability to create profiles and bid for the work. These companies manage both the bidding and the payment processes meaning they can take their slice of the income. They often have devices to make sure someone passes basic quality controls. The downsides have often been said to be a lowering of the overall price of work as freelancers fight to win the contracts. That being said, many employers value quality and if you can impress them, they often come back to you first.
Ranging from industry-specific sites to a bit of anything like Craigslist, these sites just list jobs and let you contact the employer directly. Such sites make money from the employer advertising on the site rather than from deducting money from the employee’s wages. That being said, quality control is much lower, payment is not guaranteed for work done, and you are less sure about who the employers are.
The least passive of the major options. If you have a skill, be it web design, content writing, legal advice, PA, PR, HR, and more to offer companies, you can attempt cold outreach. Whether by email or by phone or in person, you are pitching your skills to companies in the hope they need them on a short or long term basis. Such outreach often works best with smaller companies who cannot hire someone full time but can use a few hours of work or a specific project to help them grow their business.
Written by guest blogger: Jenny Holt