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Working From Home - Freelancing

Updated on October 5, 2013

What is Freelancing?

Freelancing is more or less synonymous with contracting. The internet freelancer puts his or her services up for display to potential employers with the goal of attracting prospective employers to pay you money to do one off jobs for them. Sounds simple right? Well, with a small amount of work and minimal start up fees (yes, fees, I don't want you to get the idea that this is 100% free) you can springboard yourself into a full blown work at home career.

Getting Started as a Freelancer

At the mention of fees in the above paragraph, I do not want to scare you away from this potential opportunity. I am first going to discuss the website I primarily use for freelancing and how you can go about starting out in the freelancing world.

First, go ahead and go to the link below and create a FREE account. Yes, the account is free, but I will explain how the pricing works and the benefits of actually spending money here. To maximize your potential, upgrading to a higher pricing model will be the most beneficial, but if you are like me and have very little cash to spare, then there are options here for you as well.

Freelancer (Free Signup)

Now that you've made an account, we are ready to get started into this first freelancing website and start looking for potential employers.

How to Land the First Job

Landing your first job is going to be the most difficult part of the process. Most employers do not like hiring a freelancer who has no feedback or work history. The best way to land your first job is to look through the categories of job postings and find something that looks like something you'd hate. I know this doesn't sound fun, but it is the best way to land a job and get feedback. Once you have feedback, then you can start looking for more fitting jobs to your skills and personal preference. If you can afford the extra money, then you should consider investing a few dollars into promoting yourself until you can get some feedback on your profile.

Scammer Red Flags

  • Profile has no feedback.
  • Profile has no verified information.
  • Profile looks brand new.
  • Profile is sloppy.
  • The job sounds too good to be true.
  • The pay for the job puzzles you. (Why so much for so little work?)
  • High pay for low skill jobs.

Beware of Scammers!

This is quite possibly the most dangerous part about freelancing or exchanging money online at all. Beware the scammers! A scammer can ruin your experience in this profession and more often than not sheds a bad light on the legitimate freelancers and freelancer employers.

The best way to avoid a scammer is to know what to look for when bidding on jobs and what not to do.

Getting Paid

After you've landed your first job and completed it with the expertise and finesse that you know you can do, it's time to get paid. Freelancer can direct deposit to your bank account or deposit funds through PayPal. To receive your funds, simply go to the finances section and request a withdrawal. Select your method and then wait until the next payment cycle. Freelancer pays out twice per month, so plan your projects and how much work you want to complete within that month accordingly.


The greatest determining factor of your success in the world of Freelancing will of course be you. Freelancing is a very rewarding and lucrative business, and you can perform the work from the comfortable setting of your own home.

Once again, to sign up to be a Freelancer please visit: Freelancer

Thank you! And good luck in your new career!

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to suggest any updates to information contained on this hub, please email:, comment in the section below, or send me a private message.


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