Using Freelance Websites To TelecommuteWritten by Nell Taliercio
How is your job hunting going? Have you had problems finding legitimate jobs? I donít know if youíve ever thought about using freelance websites to obtain work at home, but this should be something you look into. It might not be for you, but you never know until you try.
So what would benefit be to using a freelance website to obtain per project work at home? The first and most obvious benefit is that you would be earning money to help pay your bills, but less obvious benefit would be that you are gaining valuable work at home experience to put on your resume! There are many employers out there that would rather hire a telecommuter that has worked at home before and if you have no work at home experience on your resume, they may go with someone who does.
However, using a freelance website is a bit different. Many times people posting projects just want to use your services for a short time and for a specific project. They donít necessarily care if youíve worked at home before. Therefore, it could be easier to get a couple projects like this under your belt and then you can place that job on your resume! It will look good to other potential long term employers to see that you have experience working for someone at home.
You might also be able to get projects that you donít have a lot of experience in, but want to do more of to build your resume up. If you want a full time job at home with a company, letís say transcribing, but they all want you to have experience transcribing, it could possibly be easier to get projects off a freelance websites and that way you can build your experience for jobs you really want.
So this sounds great, right? What is downside? I would have to say that downside if two-fold. One, there are going to be others bidding on same project, more then likely, so you still have competition and many times winning bid seems to go to person who is willing to work cheapest. Not always case, but it does happen. So you might not necessarily make what youíd like to.
The only other downside I personally see is that if you want security of a full time paycheck, this might not be way to get it. You are usually working on a project basis and then when that project is over youíre done, but you need to remember all positive reasons for trying this type of workÖI choose to look on bright side and I would rather have one project that paid me enough to cover a bill for month then no projects and no money. Plus, you never know when you may end up with someone who wants to use you on a more part time to full time and/or exclusive basis. I have a client/friend who uses one of these freelance websites to post projects often, and she would be a great person to work for! Iím sure there are many more people like her posting projects that would be great people to work for.
There are many freelance websites out there. You can go to www.google.com and type in freelance websites or freelance job websites and Iím sure you will pull them up. The only two Iíve heard much about are www.elance.com and www.guru.com. Now as with anything, you need to make sure that freelance website is legitimate and fully research how you will get paid and if there are any fees. Here is just some very basic information about elance and guru to help you get started:
Telecommuting Website (part One)Written by Nell Taliercio
"I've heard you talk about building a website to get telecommuting jobs. Can you tell me more about this, and how I would do it?"
If you all listen to WAHMTalkRadio.com, then you might have heard me talk about using a website to help you get a work at home job. Basically, what I said was that in this field, you NEED to stand out from crowd, and you can do this many different ways. One of them is to make a website to showcase you, your skills, experience, portfolio, resume, and more.
I started to answer this question, and before I knew it, answer turned into pages and pages! Instead of overwhelming you with too much to read at one time, I'm going to break this into a two part answer.
Why Build a Website? Your main objective is to stand out from crowd of competition, and this is yet another way to do that. Building your own website shows you're creative, unique, and you are willing to go above and beyond in order to get job.
Think of it this way. You are applying to a job where hundreds of others have applied, too. Now, they won't all be as qualified as you all time, but let's say 100 are. The employer is sifting through resume after resume; then they come across yours. They click on your link, and it opens up... and there you are! With your picture, bio, resume, and all other great stuff I'm going tot talk about below. Don't you think that at very least you would stand out from crowd? You might not always get job because of a website, but it can't hurt, and it will make you more noticeable.
What to include? Here are my recommendations for your website, but remember, you can do as much or as little on website as you'd like. The website needs to reflect you, and therefore you can add to it or remove from it what you would like. ;)
Your Bio - Include a little bit about yourself, your experience, and your skills. The potential employer can get to know you a little bit right off bat.