3 Alternatives to Using Upwork
What Is Freelancing?
Whether you want to start freelancing as a side hustle or a full-time job you'll want to take your business seriously. And yes, freelancing is a business. I see so many freelancers that have no idea what they're doing or why they're doing it. They just think that it's a way for them to easily make money from home.
The truth is, freelancing comes in many different forms. You could be freelancing in an office or a virtual environment. But the one thing that never changes is that you get out of it what you put into it. If you want repeat clients, you need to provide excellent customer service. If you want to make a lot of money, you need to put in the work. And if you want to be successful, you need to learn from your experiences and grow from them.
So where should you start? Good question! There are many scams out there that will tell you they are the best, and that you can make a lot of money from their site. Do your research and try not to get sucked into those schemes. Luckily for you, I have been in business for years and I have done my research. I have compiled a list of alternatives to using sites like Upwork and a bit of advice for those that are just starting out.
Start Your Own Website
If you want to take your freelance business seriously, the first thing you'll need to do is create your own website. Of course, when you're just starting out you might not be able to afford a high-end website. Don't worry. There are options for you.
Try creating a free website with wordpress.com. I don't recommend using sites like Wix or Weebly. Those are just website builders. And they can be a huge pain in the you know what.
Your website will serve as your online portfolio. It's a way for you to show off your skills and let clients find you. Even if you are using a site like Upwork to market yourself, you still want to have your own website to direct clients back to.
After you've created your own website, make a page on Linkedin. And if you're new to LinkedIn please be mindful of the fact that LinkedIn is not facebook. A lot of people are joining this networking site and treating it like every other social media platform. That's not what LinkedIn is about.
Don't post selfies on there. Don't vent about your day. Don't join with any other intention then networking and growing a successful business. If you see other people posting things that they shouldn't on there, remember to be a leader and not a follower. This is how you will build a successful business.
After you've created your LinkedIn account. Create a compelling profile and sign up for Linkedin ProFinder. I get tons of leads each and every day from people who have viewed my profile and sent me proposals for work. And the great thing about it is that these leads come to me! I don't have to go and spend hours applying for jobs. Most clients on LinkedIn pay for their account, so they're serious about finding someone that will get the job done. That's what separates ProFinder from sites like Upwork.
If you like Upwork's platform a better alternative is Hubstaff. Their online platform is used by hundreds of remote companies worldwide. Originally Hubstaff was just an online time tracking tool that companies used. They offer time tracking, internet monitoring, a payroll system, and over 30 app and site integrations.
They also have an online platform for freelancers to use. It's easy. You just sign up and create a free profile. You can fill out your profile with innovative content and begin your job search. Hubstaff is like indeed but better and specifically for freelancers.
Learn something new? Drop me a comment and let me know! And feel free to share your experiences with me. I love learning new things.
© 2017 Talulah Roe