Work at Home Jobs Through Freelancer & Odesk
The work from home phenomenon is incredible, and many people are turning to the internet to make money online. One of the reasons for its success is because technology has changed so much in recent years. For example, we are now able to connect all over the world, and this has allowed us to remotely work in different locations. Two companies that have done very well are Freelance.com and Odesk.com. Both offer a way for people to connect from all over the world, and hire people where labor is cheaper. When you start searching on these networks, you’ll see more than a handful of data entry jobs which can earn people a decent living. This again depends on how many hours you can work daily.
Some the best work from home jobs I’ve had in the past are content writing, graphic design, social media posting, etc. I started getting involved in this industry after I saw the expansion of the internet and noticed how people needed content written often. Bloggers always need articles written, and high quality is one factor which Google looks at when ranking websites. The better the content, the more engagement and this is a signal to Google that you offer value on your website. Personally, I have made a decent living working from home, and would encourage everyone looking to earn money online to give it a try.
Today, I’ll be talking about my experience with Freelance.com and Odesk.com. I’ll be exploring some of the best jobs available on their networks, and what you should focus on when getting started. First, below is an infographic analyzing how many freelancers are scattered throughout the world. This infographic looks at different aspects of people involved in freelancing.
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You’ll notice a cool fact on this infographic, and that where many of them live. Asia accounts for nearly 40% of freelancers, and it’s important to note that this is a “hiring” number. Because work is so cheap in Asia, many people from within North America will hire them for coding, designing, etc. However, much of the content writing is done within North America because of English being the first language. This means much of the content writing will be done, and published from down here.
Now that you know this, you can understand when I first got started with freelancing it was through writing content for others around the world. Here are some other cool jobs you can bid for on these two platforms.
This is one of the best ways to earn money through freelancing. As mentioned, when you are a blogger you are looking for the best type of content for your website. English being the first language for content, you can make enormous money bring hired by someone who can’t write in this native language. Many of them are willing to pay top dollar for high quality content especially after the recent Google update. However, when you start bidding for these types of jobs, you must make sure of the following:
Experience – you want to write content with experience because this will improve your overall success rate. If you write engaging content, then you’ve just improve your chance of getting hired again.
Structure – by this I mean your grammar and punctuation should be on point. High quality content is only valuable if the readers can pull out the substance. The only way to do this is by making sure it reads smoothly, and is not cluttered.
Keyword research – if you have read my other content, then you know optimizing is key so make sure you have the right keywords in the right place. Make sure you use brand, long-tail and LSI keywords within the content before publishing.
If you know anything about SEO, then you know that link building is key so having this skin can earn you big bucks. Your value increases more when you have a network of other bloggers you are an authority within your niche. This means you can reach out to them, and have them publish your content on their blogs building a value backlink back to a specific site. You can be anywhere in the world, and be involved with link building because all it takes is knowing people, great content and knowing the right keywords to build anchors with.
However, here’s some advice,
Never sell yourself short because a link has value so get paid top dollar for each link you build. Doing a great job means word will travel leading to further link building opportunities from other bloggers. Just make sure you understand the value, and stay clear from back-listed backlinking methods.
When I first got started online, I spent a lot of time designing logo’s, banners and even images for content. Since this is a skill that requires experience many people don’t know how to do it professionally. If your good at it, then it can be a great way to earn money working from home. What’s even better is that with each graphic you design, you’ll be able to add it to your portfolio showing people what you can do for them. This makes it easier for you to acquire work going forward earning you more money through each job.
Head over to Freelance.com and Odesk.com to find relevant work skimming through each one. This will give you a better idea on how much money you can make and what’s the average bid per job. It’s just a great way to do research before getting started so you cover all the corners.
If you have been blogging for time, then you can make a decent living off email marketing. It’s one thing to email your list with your content, but you can turn this into a business by emailing for others. This is known as solo-ads and has been lucrative for many online marketers. If you go on both these platforms, you’ll see many people looking for email marketers to send to their list. If you have experience within this niche, then get a proposal ready and start to connect with others to see if you can turn this into a business.
Some of the best work at home jobs are freelance so it’s important that you start taking part in the trend. Head over to both these networks, and register an account for free. Take a few days to setup your profile because many of the people will check out your profile before hiring you. You can also Google “freelance tips” and the search engine will provide you with a list of strategies to get started.