Making the Most of Freelance Job Boards

Freelance job boards are a great place to start when looking for online freelance work.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of websites that post legitimate work at home jobs for... freelance writers, designers, programmers, photographers, editors and proofreaders, translators and others.

Whatever your skill, there are companies that outsource looking for that skill, so now is the time to find a job board and make the most of your experience.

How To Choose A Job Board

The right job board for you will depend on the kind of job you are looking for.

There are many job boards that cater to a worldwide audience and offer jobs in 20 to 30 categories and several sub-categories. For example, a typical freelance writing jobs board might categorize work by sub-specialties such as writing press releases, writing marketing copy, translation, editing, proofreading and more. Freelance jobs boards catering to web designers and coders might segment the jobs available by the different types of coding required (PHP, Flash, HTML and so on). 

Search for a job board that matches your skill set, then check online to see if there have been any warnings about the site from other freelancers. If not, then you are ready to take the next step and set up a profile.

Freelance Job Boards Can Help You

Creating Your Profile

It is important to fill out your profile carefully when using freelance job boards.

Include samples of work, testimonials (if you have them) and links to other places where you have a professional profile. This helps potential clients to take you seriously. Contact details are also extremely important. Many clients want to communicate with you before allocating a job. Sometimes this is done through the site, but often clients may use instant messaging software or the telephone.

Getting Paid

A key issue when looking for online freelance work is how you will get paid.

Many jobs boards have an escrow system, where clients pay the money in and it is released once you have completed the job. These are the best job boards to choose as payment is guaranteed. Other job boards simply enable you to make contact with the client and it's up to you to negotiate payment terms.

Many people doing online freelance work choose to take a deposit, so they are sure they get paid for at least some of the work they have received via freelance job boards.

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