It has been over four months now since I left my full-time job to work for myself as a freelance writer and business owner. While it hasn’t always been easy, I have fallen in love with the lifestyle. I can work from home in my pajamas (sometimes I do), I set my own working hours, and I control my own destiny by choosing who I want to work with.
It didn’t take me long to realize that some clients and freelancing platforms are not worth the effort. When I happened to find FreeeUp, I knew I had hit the freelancer’s jackpot. It has been quite the pleasure working with the quickly growing company, and I’d love to share my experience with anyone out there considering becoming a freelancer in the FreeeUp network.
How Freelancers Find Work
A large part of any freelancer’s time will be spent looking for work. That is the nature of the job, at least until you make a name for yourself. There are several ways to search for work including job boards, freelancing marketplace platforms, and cold pitching.
- Job Boards
Job boards are fairly common in the freelance market. They are a decent way to break into the freelance world because there is typically a high volume of work that flows through the sites on a daily basis. This is exactly where I started. While I do occasionally still check the job boards, this is no longer where I get the majority of my freelancing work. In my experience, the work I got from the boards was low-paying, and the competition was high (especially on the free boards).
- Cold Pitching
Cold pitching new clients is a great way to reach out to those businesses that do not know you exist. The work I get from cold pitching tends to be lucrative and long-term. However, cold pitching is time-consuming. Before I write a pitch to a prospective client, I have to research the company and decide how I can improve their business. I then have to market myself and prove that I am worth the investment. The conversion is low and often takes months.
- Freelancing Platforms
Freelancing platforms have increased in popularity as more companies and entrepreneurs have decided to outsource tasks to remote workers. These platforms are great because they connect businesses directly with freelancers looking for work. I connected with FreeeUp about three months ago and have had a steady stream of work come in as a result. While all freelancing platforms are not created equal, I have had nothing but good experiences with FreeeUp.
Why I Love Being a Freelancer in the Freeeup Network
Because I am part of several freelance networks, I have heard many horror stories about working with large freelance platforms. From rude clients to companies that did not stand behind their workers, I have heard it all. I began my relationship with FreeeUp by contributing to their site’s blog. I was skeptical about joining the platform and offering my services through their site. After a short time working with the company, however, I changed my mind, and it has been the best decision I have made as a freelance writer.
- The Culture
The difference between a good experience and a terrible one often lies in the culture of the businesses you work with. FreeeUp has an amazing culture, and it shows every day. The company genuinely cares about both their workers and their clients. They have a process laid out that protects both parties in every single transaction. They have policies in place covering how clients will interact with freelancer workers, payment methods, and dispute resolution. FreeeUp will help me resolve any issues I might run into (although I have only had good experiences thus far).
- The Work
Once I began working as a freelancer in the FreeeUp network, the work began to flow in right away. I set my rates and let FreeeUp know exactly what type of work I was most interested in. They are aware of each of their freelance worker’s skill sets and knowledge base. Therefore, they can easily match new clients with the perfect worker. They also encourage their freelancers to branch out and try new projects if that is something they are interested in doing. The beauty of the company’s business model is that you can grow as much as you desire as a freelancer in the FreeeUp network. If you want more work, they will help you find it. If you only want to work a few hours, that is okay too.
- The People
Every single person that I have interacted with since becoming a freelancer in the FreeeUp network has been nothing short of amazing. From the CEO and Chief Content & Marketing Officer to the HR personnel, everyone has been helpful and pleasant. They really do care about their workers and want them to stay happy. As a freelance worker, I only work with professional and friendly people. FreeeUp has high standards and only hires people that fit into the company’s culture.
My career as a freelance worker has exploded. I fully expect that it will continue to expand based on the rapid growth I have experienced from being a freelancer in the FreeeUp network. If you are a freelancer out there struggling to find work or you just want to find a platform with a great culture that brings work to your doorstep, consider joining the FreeeUp platform. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Melissa Ricker is a nuclear engineer and a professional freelance writer specializing in career growth, technical writing and online entrepreneurship. She writes a blog, Engineered Motherhood, for working mothers who need help balancing career growth and time management.