I’m relatively new to freelancing, and I’m trying to learn as much as I can about the different fields available. For those of you who are more experienced, where are some good starting places for someone who doesn’t have much experience?
I am in exactly the same boat and a couple here are, BUT many here are not.
I would possibly suggest Odesk, Elance and maybe seeing if you can pick up some loose projects to give you confidence. Then depending on what you were after would depend on what I could suggest.
Many people have been successful on Fiverr. You can create different gigs based on your skills and offer your services on the site. It might take a while for you to build a customer base, but that is going to be the case on any site when you are first starting out. Check out Fiverr and see if it could be a good fit for you.
Fiverr seems like it might work, but I’m not sure what to advertise for five dollars. I do a lot of writing and editing, and I can see proofing/editing 1000 words for $5. Is that a decent rate, or am I cutting myself short?
Sarah that sounds about right as far as Fiverr goes. As to your original question sites like this and other work at home mom forums are a great way to find the best places to try. They will usually steer you well clear of the places to avoid.
Keep in mind that Fiverr takes 20% so you’re down to $4, then whatever PayPal fees you have to pay. In reality, you only end up with $3.50 to $3.75 per gig. With their rule about contacting clients outside the Fiverr environment, it’s almost impossible to build up a private clientele.
I think you have to start with your passion. What are you really good at, that you could do all day long? Then get into a positive mindset about attracting and being open to the perfect opportunities. Don’t take stuff just for money, leave room for what you love and feels like a great fit!