Friday, June 03, 2011

Freelancing on the Web - What Can You Offer?

If you want to embark on working as a freelancer on the Web, you should first ask yourself, "What can I offer to the online community?"

At some point, this seems to be the most difficult question. Several people are not yet fully aware of their skills and potentials.

On the other hand, some people are quite confused as what to offer the WWW. They are what you call "Jack of All Trades and Master of None". But I'm telling you, this is not what you need. If you want to succeed on online freelancing, you have to have a "specialization".

To answer the question above, think about your skills. Are you good in writing using the English language? Can you translate effectively? Do you have a comprehensive knowledge on how to create a website? Is your course related to programming?

If you have answered yes to one of the questions above, then you're one step closer to being a freelancer. Otherwise, you can still ask yourself a few questions.

What is your hobby? Do you like taking photos? Can you communicate (verbally) well in English? Are you good in sales talk? Are you familiar with bookkeeping?

If you still haven't answered a yes to the questions above, don't stop. Be creative on answering the question, "What can I offer the online community?"

The online community, or perhaps online companies, are always looking for creative people.

Popular Freelancing Jobs

Just to give you an overview of what online companies and communities are looking for in the web, here are some of the most popular freelancing job categories. Please note that there are still sub-categories under each. If you really want to "specialize", make sure to dig deeper into these broad categories.

  • Writing Web Content, Blogging and Translating
  • Programming
  • Developing Websites
  • Customer Support
  • Administrative Services (e.g. managing virtual work teams)
  • Bookkeeping
  • Design (e.g. designing logos and websites)
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Networking and Information Systems
  • Financial Consulting
  • Business Consulting

There are probably a lot more. So again, make sure to be creative and do proper research. And most importantly, be able to assess your personal skills, potentials and interests. Knowing these will lead you to a fun and fruitful freelancing career.

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