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Freelance Jobs: What is Freelance Work?

Freelance work is just like regular employment, except you are only performing one task for the company who need the work doing.  Freelancers are self-employed, so you receive the money direct once you've finished the work and you have to declare the income to your IRS or Inland Revenue.

Doing freelance work is a great way to work for yourself, to start your own business, but without any of the cost, overhead or advertising you'd need in many other businesses.

Everybody has a skill they can use as a freelancer.  You might be a proof-reader, or a writer; perhaps you know how to use MS Excel; maybe you're good on the telephone and so can make sales calls to a company's clients.  Every freelance booking is slightly different and you simply choose the ones you can do, contact the advertiser direct and let them know how much you'd want to do the work for them.  It couldn't be easier. 

You don't need a website, nor headed paper/business cards.  You don't make appointments with people to discuss your business... you simply look down the list of hundreds of available jobs and when you spot one you can do you apply and write a simple paragraph outlining why they should pick you, when you can do the work and for how much.

Freelance Jobs: Getting Paid

Many freelance jobs websites guarantee your payment. You register with the site (which is quite often free) - and the job advertisers register with the site. When you contact the advertiser to let them know you can do the work, they pay the fee up front into a system known as Escrow.

Once you've completed the work they simply release the funds to you.  With online freelancing, it's a lot simpler to get paid, I find it quicker and simpler.

If there should ever be any dispute over the freelancing work you did and the fee, then the Escrow system will handle that.

Doing freelance jobs and being paid like this really makes it a quick way to earn money and get paid without waiting more than 1-2 days beyond the work completion date.

You do not have to produce invoices either - this is great because it can be quite time-consuming or even daunting to produce them. You don't have to chase the money or wait months like in most jobs or small businesses; the money is virtually instant once you've completed the tasks.

Trust And Take A Chance

Sometimes you just have to seize the moment, trust people and take a chance. As a freelancer you're using your time. Sometimes you will get people contact you and asking you to do work for them, on a freelance basis. Sometimes it's worth just taking them at their word and seeing if they pay; sometimes the job is too complex to spend so much time on it.

I've taken chances as a freelancer that somebody who contacted me would pay up - and usually they do. In fact, the worst people for paying have been the ones I've met in my local area, I've met them face to face on several occasions - and still they didn't pay up. My most successful freelance jobs have always come from online.

So sometimes, you just have to trust and seize the day.

Data Entry Jobs Photo by: david.orban
Data Entry Jobs Photo by: david.orban

Freelance Jobs: Real Data Entry Jobs

If you're looking for real data entry jobs - and not those adverts/websites where you have to pay a tidy sum to join, then check out these freelance data entry jobs, below.

Most of these are sites where there's no charge to join and to view/apply for the jobs at all - and your payment is guaranteed under the Escrow system.

There's bound to be a data entry job you can do.

These are live feeds, so there'll be between 0-10 jobs showing at any one time.

If no jobs are showing: simply bookmark this page and come back to check later today or tomorrow. There are new real data entry jobs being posted all the time.

Jobs Using Excel Photo by: Till_Zoltan
Jobs Using Excel Photo by: Till_Zoltan

Freelance Jobs: Jobs Using MS Excel

Quite often there is a need for freelancers who have Excel skills to undertake simple or complex tasks using Excel.

They might simply want somebody to copy/paste data from a number of websites into a list in Excel, or they might want somebody to type in data into Excel.

Jobs using Excel are becoming more and more common because the data can easily be imported from an Excel spreadsheet directly into a website. So a company might be wanting to create an online directory of information, for anything like every business in one town, through to all businesses of one type across a whole country. They will hire a freelancer to gather the data into Excel for them, then they can simply pass that to their programmer to drop the data into the database that runs their website.

Finding jobs using MS Excel is easy because these jobs are usually advertised solely on freelance jobs websites. Check out the listings below for jobs using Excel that need filling right now:


Freelance Jobs: Working Women Photo by: Rsms
Freelance Jobs: Working Women Photo by: Rsms

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allexia26 6 years ago

This is a really informative hub


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allexia26 6 years ago

This is a really informative hub


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Midasfx 6 years ago

I will be sure to try out some of these ! Thank you for your hub.


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Freelance jobs have really become popular during these tough times. Companies can get essential work done without employing a new member of staff - and freelancers get to build themselves a full-time income that they are in control of... some of them while they're looking for an elusive full-time employmnet and some because they don't want to have to reply on an employer for their income.

Freelance jobs can quickly be turned into full-time work because people come back to you to do more freelance work for them.


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Kulsum Mehmood 6 years ago from Nagpur, India

Hi earner. Thank you for sharing this valuable information with us. I was actually looking for this type of info and this hub is just the thing I needed. I have book-marked this hub. Thank you.


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Artemus Gordon 6 years ago

I do a lot of freelance work through various sites. Many are full of low ball bidders which make it hard to earn a living. But if you are US based and willing to talk on the phone you can get jobs willing to pay more for your service.


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BlazeTheVampire 6 years ago from Eastern Michigan University

I gave oDesk a shot, but it seemed like the pay rate was just too low for me. Living in America and attending college means that I can't afford to waste my time writing 3 articles for $10. I've sort of given up on the "finding a job online" thing because of it.


scheng1 6 years ago

Good to know. I stick to writing at the moment


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Not all freelance jobs advertised pay well, but I've made some small studies of the advertised rate versus the winning bid rate and in a lot of cases they are a lot higher than the initial advert indicated.

As a new freelancer you have to ignore the rate to some extent and put a rate you're prepared to work for and write a compelling application paragraph that sets you above the others. Remember your competition will often be people who simply write "I'll do it", which is hardly competition for a pro.

The benefit of freelance jobs is in the power of the introduction. Once you've done some work for somebody they quite often come back to you, at which point you can set your own rate. Using freelance sites simply as an introduction to clients proves a worthwhile exercise for many. Others treat it as free advertising as they're building a contact list and exposure.

I saw a study somebody else did over a period of time and their finding was that many freelancers have themselves a list of clients they can just work for full-time after just 11 bookings.


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jaybojas 6 years ago

great hub. very informative. will try out some. wish me luck:)


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good luck jaybojas

To break into freelancing so it provides you with a great income, you have to bite the bullet and commit regular time to bidding for projects and accepting that some will be duds, but you'll meet a lot of great people along the way who will give you higher paying freelance jobs - and introduce you to other people they know where you can really go to town on stating your required price :)


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ODDJOBSMOM 6 years ago from North (Minnesota)

Thank you for this compelling hub. Instead of just chattering on-line, I think I'll try your suggestions.

Get paid to do what you'd do for free, right?


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iplanes 6 years ago

This looks worth a try


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knell63 6 years ago from Umbria, Italy

Good informed hub,

I write freelance and use the likes of oDesk and Elance. You do have to trawl through the adds though as there are a lot of cheapskates out there expecting to pay a dollar for an hours work. I can make ten times that sweeping floors and there is no imagination required.

However if you avoid the idiots, you can find some decently paid work online. Making approaches directly to magazines and sites sometimes gets you a better rates.


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi knell63

Yes, there are a lot of cheapskates out there, but you can avoid the idiots. Again, like most things, it's a question of perseverence. If somebody thinks they can sign up right now and immediately spot a high paying job and win it in the next 10 minutes, they're mistaken. But, if somebody signs up and devotes 15 minutes twice a day to searching through the listings and applying, then they'll find success. Consistency and persistence win the day every time with freelance jobs.

Making approaches directly to magazines and websites might get you some better rates, but they are still likely to ask of your experience and having a wide experience of where you've obtained your freelance work - as well as a portfolio and some testimonials from satisfied customers will put you streets ahead of those that try to jump the queue.


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Rickrideshorses 6 years ago from England

I had no idea people could do freelance data entry work from home. Thanks.


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upal19 6 years ago from Dhaka

Of all the outsourcing freelance sites I've found rentacoder the topmost one. Everywhere there are people wanna get their job complete without spending reasonable amount of money. they are tricky too. So, a freelancer should always be cautious of those people.


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missmarsh 6 years ago from USA

Thanks for the great hub on data entry jobs I can do at home. I've been looking for info on this. Very helpful!


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

I'm 'celebrating' my first year as a freelance writer, mostly academic write-ups. I still can't quit my day - job over freelance writing but yes, it can be quite lucrative (especially since we have a high exchange rate here). Thanks for the hub earner.


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eswimmer 6 years ago

that‘s quite right


notorious_HAI 6 years ago

Awesome hub. I've been thinking about it for some time. Maybe I should stop thinking and start doing :)


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Mitch King 6 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

At first I had to take jobs that payed too little on these types of sites. But after building up credibility I was able to raise my rates enough to do this work full time.


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terrowhite 6 years ago

I would love to explore these things.. thanks for the info..


Jawa Lunk 6 years ago

I tried a few of the freelance writing sites, I was on there for a few weeks, and the one I used charged you for applying for jobs. Whether you get a call back or not, you had to pay to apply.

They only ones I got call backs on were spammers and SEO companies looking for people to re-write pages of keyword filled crap and post it on multiple blogs.

The only almost legitimate company that contacted me was a realestate job for posting houses pictures and information, but the website they used was so complicated, even though I design and build websites, it still took a good hour for each post, and they wanted to pay $3.50 per post LOL

My question would be, are you just writing this hub about freelance sites, or have you actually participated ??


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earner 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jawa

It can be hit and miss with some sites - and every site will go through good periods and bad periods. The key is to be tenacious and keep looking. Maybe you'll be lucky in your first few searches, maybe it will take a bit longer.

Everybody is in possession of a different set of skills and there's no telling what skills will pay the most in the long run.

Geographically, your language and location can be key too, in terms of reward versus local living costs.

However, the tenacious freelancer will win through in the end. If you're looking for a "real job", you'd buy every paper and apply for every job advertised - and, if you scan through any newspaper, you'll be able to spot the jobs which you aren't interested in ... with freelancing it takes a bit of time to learn to instantly recognise these in the online world, but you will find you can quickly scan through and evaluate them.

I found one freelance job paying £18,000/year just because I applied even though I expected it to be some "catch", well, it wasn't and I landed the job; I guess most others looking just didn't bother, or wrote a poor resnse to the bidding.

But, whatever your location, skills and expectations, there's something for everybody and those that continue to search the listings will always come out with some good contracts under their belt.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Thanks very much for this good info. Helpful comments too.


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chinemeremz 5 years ago

Nice hub, but Freelancing to me is more of slaving (sorry if I sound immodest) but the thing is that I'll rather take out that time for freelancing and write for my blogs or update my hubs with new info. Though I know of a few people earning big from this, the thing with these set of people is that there are established writers and programmers, not green horns and rookies like most of us reading this. Congrats for landing a job worth a whooping $18,000. Hope you send me and other hubbers some lady gaga tickets lol. Thanks for sharing and I wish you more luck with your free(slave)lancing!


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Dumbledore 5 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

Freelance opportunities can be very lucrative but the perspective freelancer still needs to perform due dilligance to investigate the opportunities. Many are scams, as you state, these are often sites advertised through SPAM.

One other concern for the perspective freelancer to pay attention to is intellectual property rights. If an opportunity requests that the freelancer copy material from the web, there may be a matter of copyright infringment to deal with and the freelancer may be liable for any damages.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great information. There seem to be more freelance jobs out there than I realized. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.


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LedToolZ 5 years ago from Memphis, TN

great hub!!! very helpful...thanks


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Daggz 5 years ago from KE

great hub! i have also realized that there are sites like espring content where one is not required to bid. these can be quite helpful if you are not willing to keep competing with others for new jobs every other day


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sirsarac 4 years ago from Italy

Really helpful, Thanks!!


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I was doing freelance before, myself as a graphic artist and the bank just drained my savings with their fees, so I closed my business account. There are several freelance jobs working from home that I need to recheck and rethink. Thanks for this hub of yours!


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srisaifeeds 4 years ago

Useful Hub.Thanks for sharing!!!


prahlad 4 years ago

I need work immediately. data entry or copy pest. or online servey. please send message quick.


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prain 4 years ago from asannagar of nadia of west bengal of india

I have get job from your website until now. What can be comment?

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