*First published on May 3, 2010 at my old blog: The Digital Servant
A stay-at-home mom looking for something to do in her spare time while her child is taking a nap.
A student who has been eyeing that MP3 player for months but can’t afford it.
An employee who is getting tired of commuting to and from work every day.
Someone whose hobby it is to write, blog, draw, video edit or design websites and would love to be paid for doing it.
An insomniac who spends long nights, staring at the ceiling, waiting for the sleep to come.
If you are one of these people then you might want to consider doing freelancing work online.
What is a freelancer?
According to Free Dictionary, “a freelancer is a self-employed person who is not employed continuously but hired to do specific assignments.”
A couple of years ago, when you hear the word “freelance”, you’ll immediately think of writers or artists. Nowadays, freelancing is not limited to these professions anymore. With the fast paced technology like the internet being a part of our society, it is easy to understand why online freelancing is such a hit.
One of the best online freelancing hub in the world now is oDesk. On oDesk, you can find people from all over the world (in oDesk term: Buyers) posting thousands of job opportunities EVERY DAY looking for qualified people (in oDesk term: Providers) to work for them. Work varies from web designing to blogging to data entry jobs to handling their facebook/myspace pages for them!
I’ve been with oDesk since October 2009 (specializing in Admin Support) and I am loving it! Freelancing rocks!
Of course it is not roses and sunshine in the world of freelancing, there will always going to be pros and cons. I’ll be posting them in my future blog entries, as well as tips and tricks in and around oDesk.
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