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Did you know you can make money easily as a freelancer?
As a blogger, I am always trying to find new ways to earn income. In fact, most successful bloggers do not rely on any “one” income stream but instead, spread their basket of “eggs” over many different methods.
One really great way of earning income, especially in the beginning when your blog is still in its early growth, is by offering your skilled services as a freelancer for other blogs, brands, and companies.
Doing freelance work is a great fit for new bloggers because they often times haven’t yet created their own products or don’t have a large enough following to offer a profitable service. It can also help with some of the costs of running your blog until you start making consistent income.
What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is basically anyone that does work for someone else and is not committed to one employer exclusively. This means that you can work out the terms of your arrangement on a job-by-job basis.
You may build a long-term relationship with more jobs in the future, but if you aren’t happy with the arrangement, you don’t have to accept another job with them. You also have an opportunity to negotiate your rates and make adjustments to your fees as you become more experienced.
The best part is that you can do almost anything as a freelancer. Find skills you like or that you excel in and offer them to companies that require those services. Some work to write posts for other sites, write sales copy, create graphics, set up websites and help with business management as a virtual assistant. The options are literally endless.
How do you find work as a freelancer?
There are several places to find freelancing opportunities including Facebook groups, websites, and job boards. There is always someone posting for help on one thing or another on social media.
One new hot new platform for bloggers to find freelance and creative work opportunities is eFAAH.com which works to match brands with people looking for freelance opportunities.
You can find all kinds of jobs such as blog writing, SEO help, Pinterest jobs for managing accounts, creating pins and descriptions, graphic creations, and even sponsored post opportunities.
It is also a great opportunity to post as a brand looking for guest posting if you are looking to increase your content and offer information to your audience from industry experts.
How to Apply for a Job on the eFAAH Job Portal
Applying to the eFAAH blogger and freelancer website is super easy and totally free for job seekers. To apply, simply head over to efaah.com, click on “Bloggers and Freelancers” and “Create Account”. The signup process is easy and asks for some registration information so that brands can contact you if they are interested.
You can also submit your profile so that it shows in the public search results. You’ll also want to include a profile picture (after all, this business is a relationship one). There is also an opportunity to create a profile summary with all your previous experience, which is a great place to share not only your work but any work or collaborations you have done with other brands.
Once you are registered as a candidate, you can access your dashboard for all the information that a potential employer might see. From here, you can upload a resume (this is a great place to include an updated media kit), view your applications, see any bookmarks you might have created for jobs that you liked, see alerts from potential employer matches and view your membership details. All in one easy to access place.
How to Find Jobs on eFAAH
Finding freelance work on eFAAH is super simple. You can simply scroll through the thread to see if there is a job that might fit your skill set and contact the brand directly. Or, once you are logged in, click on the FIND JOBS button at the top.
You can do an advanced job search through keywords, locations, job type, job category or when it was posted. After you’ve chosen your search conditions, any matching responses will be shown in a thread list.
To apply for a job that you are interested in, simply click on the listing to read more about the company and the job specifics. The listing will include what brand is looking for, what the requirements are and how you can apply. You can bookmark the posting to review in the future as well as use a direct link to visit the application site, or in some cases, apply directly from the listing.
Even without an account, you can see all the available jobs that have been posted by companies. However, you’ll want to sign in and create a profile with a resume or media kit so that potential employers can readily see your information to find out if you are the right fit for their brand.
You never know when someone might be looking for someone with skills that you might possess so proactively having this information available to prospective brands is smart.
How Do You Get Paid as a Freelancer?
Because the job contracts are created and agreed upon by each party, all the terms, including payment are handled directly by the brand company. They will pay you directly for your work dependant on the agreement.
Due to the intricacies of each situation, it would be wise to have a freelance contract drafted by a lawyer or have a lawyer familiar with freelance work to review your contract before signing.
My good blogger friend and lawyer, Amira from a selfguru.com has a template just for freelancers, which will help you cover all your bases and help to keep you protected from lawsuits.
Tips to Getting Noticed by Brands on eFAAH
- Have a professional looking headshot. Using a logo will work as well but seeing a face is much better as it is more personalized. You don’t have to hire a photographer either- taking a selfie in front of a window with natural lighting or outside on a sunny day will work just as well.
- Spend some time creating a killer resume or create a media kit that includes all your work history. You can create a media kit for free in Canva– they even have some beautifully designed templates for you to get started
- Write a compelling profile that gives a quick overview of your talents and how you can help a company so that they will click on your resume or media kit. Think of it as your “elevator pitch”
Boosting your income as a freelancer doing things you already love is a great way to build your blogging and business portfolio. Using a job board like Efaah.com makes the whole process easy to find great employers and brands who are looking for someone with your skills.
Think of it as a “Tinder” for bloggers. Perfectly matching bloggers and ambassadors with brands.