If you’re a freelancer just starting
out, contract jobs can
be great opportunities for getting your foot in the door, finding new
and getting work experience to add to your professional portfolio.
jobs are available through a variety of websites and allow you to bid a
reasonable offer and receive work on a per-project basis. Whether
writer, administrative professional, website designer or graphic
can find work by looking for and bidding on contract jobs.
How do Contract Jobs
Contract jobs that are offered online
are listed by their
category such as if it is for data entry, writing, graphic design, or
types of jobs you can do from home and get paid for. Typically, the
posts the contract job will describe what the job entails, how long the
contract is for, and the price they’re going for. Whether or not they
starting or maximum price, independent contractors such as yourself
bids along with some information about yourself and experience with
of work. If your bid is accepted, the client will then forward more
information about the job, when it is due, and how you will get paid.
Where to Bid for
When searching online for contract
jobs, you will find a
variety of websites offering contract jobs for freelancing
of the most popular websites include Odesk.com, Elance.com and
you will find is that the way each site works as far as your profile,
and getting paid, is slightly different. It also helps to sign up for
one site because jobs on Odesk for example, will be different from jobs
Elance. When finding a contract site, pay attention to their rules and
guidelines and be sure you follow the terms and conditions.
Tips on Winning
Contract Job Bids
As you begin viewing the various jobs
these sites have
available, you will notice that the competition can be fierce. You’re
against dozens or hundreds of other freelancers hoping to achieve the
contract. The following tips will help improve your chances of winning
the Subject Line. Avoid using “Re: Sports Writer” taglines
client undoubtedly has about 50 to 100 others just like it. In order to
out, you need to be more creative with the subject. Choose a phrase
explains what the bid is for while standing out from the typical
You’re a Real Person.Be available for Skyping with a client
speaking to them over the phone by providing these details. They want
you’re a real person and it helps to connect better.
Complete profile. Before attempting to bid on
contracts, fill out your
profile completely. This means going beyond your personal and basic
information, and adding a professional resume and providing samples,
detailing your experience and education.
too Low.It can be tempting to bid as low as possible just to
get the job,
but this can actually hinder you. Some clients will see a low bid and
you don’t provide quality work and may pass you up for someone with a
Exceptional Work. When you begin winning bids, it is vital
continue producing quick and efficient work with zero errors. You
be available for clients who need emergency help and fast turnaround.
help you in the long run.