Established and experienced freelancers are unlikely to use Google to find paid gigs. They already have a collection of their favorite job boards that have proven to be effective for them and which they frequent. However, what has worked for some people might not work for you.
If you are just starting or if you want to broaden the job sources you are currently using, Google is a great place to browse.
No matter how great Google search is and how accurate results are, more often than not the key is in digging deeper. The freelancer who succeeds is the one who knows how to find what others can’t.
This post offers a collection of tips and advanced search operators that freelancers can use for market research and tracking gigs.
Use the search tips listed in the post to:
- Get the full understanding of rates being offered. Google will find both new and old (closed) offers, but the variety of search results will give you an idea of the average project budgets and the approximate number of freelancers generally available to do the job.
- Find most recent offers. There’s a tiny option in the left-hand of Google’s sidebar with search options. It lets you see results from the past 24 hours. This means you can play around with the search option to discover recent gigs and also (which is also important) find new places where these offers get published.
- Create a Google Alert (or several Google Alerts) to get notified of new gigs in your niche.
Being a freelancer has always been a dream of mine. I was raised with the value of hard work, but was always told that to really succeed and get ahead in life, I needed to start my own company and be my own boss.
Now that I’ve started my own company and am essentially my own boss though, what’s next? Do I continue freelancing forever? Do I continue narrowing my niche and raising my fees?
Before trying to figure out how to make it to your dream job, you need to first figure out what it is. Not only what it is, but how long you’re going to do your dream job and what’s next after you achieve your next dream.
For this post, I’d like to get a little bit personal and talk about how I’m starting to shift my business, and what you can do about yours.
Three decades ago a Hollywood screenwriter named Syd Field published a book explaining his “paradigm”–a firm and effective classic three part story structure that riffs on the framework first formalized in Aristotle’s Poetics and forms the basis for virtually every modern movie from Silence Of The Lambs to Avatar.
The storytelling geometry of the Syd Field Paradigm not only applies to motion pictures, but also can form the basis for powerful and compelling blog posts that will captivate and motivate your readers.
Whatever the subject of your blog post, applying the Syd Field Paradigm means that your reader is taken on an alluring journey consisting of a crescendo of anticipation leading to a satisfying conclusion.
In this post, I explain how to create effective freelance blog posts using this principle.
One of the best investments I’ve made into my business wasn’t a fancy gadget or a shiny new toy. It was my office.
It’s interesting to see how many freelancers just work wherever they can, be it the local Starbucks, a spare bedroom or even the kitchen table. From my experience though, it’s extremely important to have a nice dedicated space, preferably filled with your favorite things.
While I don’t do any sort of graphic design, interior design is one of my favorite hobbies so I thought I’d share some tips and inspiration with you.
(That’s my office in the picture to the left).
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