I’m very interested in flexible ways of working, not going to an office every day, not working 9-5. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really advocating not getting out of bed and not referring to the ‘oldest profession’, but I use that metaphorically to represent not needing to get dressed smart, leave the house, commute somewhere, and spend many wasted hours to do a core bit of good work. However, I am actually writing this in bed and do spend quite a few hours on my laptop here, because that’s where I like to work, but equally I could be in a park or coffee shop, by the sea, round a friend’s house, anywhere.
So I was pondering the other day if I could do research work online from home and googled ‘freelance research’ and up popped a site top of the list http://www.peopleperhour.com/ (they’ve certainly got their SEO working).
I cannot report any success yet, but, since I joined the site last week, I have been digging around trying to make sense of it and how it could work for me, and it seems to have a lot of potential. There are three ways of selling yourself on there:
- By putting a proposal in for a job of which there are lots that come through daily
- By advertising things that you can do in a fixed time period for a fixed amount of money, called ‘hourlies’
- By your profile being picked by someone who’s looking for your kind of skills and asking you to put a proposal to them.
What I am finding so far is it’s making me think more widely about what I can do. It has always been the difficulty having many strings to one’s bow how to represent that. Currently I am focusing on what things I could do as a package on an hourlie basis but I am trying not to put all the things I ‘can’ do and instead focusing on the things I like doing and want to do more of. I think like anything there needs to be some effort put in to start with to reap rewards later so I will report progress later on.
In the process of my search I found some other sites that I still haven’t fully investigated:
- Work-at-Home Moms http://workathomemoms.about.com/ has lots of links and leads worth a look at
- Sell Your Skills http://www.sellyourskills.net/ a market place for freelance sellers and buyers with a community aspect to it.
- Freelance UK http://www.freelanceuk.com/ all kinds of advice and support.
There are lots more places to look, see: Top 50+ Freelance Market Places Online
If you want to follow other things I find, I am bookmarking ‘freelance’ in delicious.