It is a fact that freelance jobs have blossomed quite well since its timely advent with the sudden need for use of computers and internet some few years ago. Today, money making opportunities already abound the internet -some are considerably instantaneous (such as that of Google Adsense for bloggers) while others require some hardwork; especially if it is a stable freelance job career that one is looking for.
Having these said, it is also undeniably true that most jobs are already being outsourced. An in-house writer is almost no longer necessary for some small and medium sized businesses as skilled writers for hire already abound the web. This same fact holds true for customer service representatives, programmers, web designers and a lot more. Needless to say, almost any kind of job can already be outsourced, and this is a great advantage for people who are skilled enough to make it through the world of freelance jobs.
Plunging into the waters of freelancing is never easy though; there are a couple of hoops and loops that one has to go through in order to succeed. And as part of our advocacy of bringing you the best freelance jobs all over the web, we will be providing you with your monthly dose of ‘how-to-get-started’ posts that which will help you (especially if you are a newbie) jumpstart your career on the particular freelance job that you chose to do. This month’s highlight will be on new freelance graphic designers. In real life, the how-to’s may not be that easy at all, but they are not that too complicated either. Read on and up your knowledge on your new career a notch higher.
Preparations for a freelance job pursuit
As in most jobs, you will be required to do some preparation in order to be able to be competitive in your chosen field. You are not the only freelance graphic designer in town; and you are still a newbie! What needs to be done?
As a freelance graphic designer, you are expected to be able to deliver quality outputs. This freelance job requires skills on art and its basics. Computer literacy and knowledge on updated design software are also necessary. Therefore the first step is to make sure that you have the required skills to do the job. If you are a self taught designer and you feel you still need to formally attend a short term course or a degree course on graphic designing, then do so! Not only will it help you with future projects; a formal education is also an eye catching qualification that clients look at. However, this is not to say that a formal education is your sole chance to learn— watching free video tutorials will also help. These are available on websites offering online courses on graphic designing or on websites recommending graphic design softwares. Take advantage of them.
After ensuring that you are already equipped with the knowledge and skills to do freelance jobs in this field, it is now necessary for you to do some hardwork and create samples for your portfolio. Your portfolio may be displayed in a hard copy, but the best and more result-driven is a portfolio that is displayed online. Building a website for your work samples is therefore a necessary investment in your pursuit for a career in this kind of freelance job.
Finding freelance job opportunities
Perhaps the best way to jumpstart your career in freelance graphic design and on any freelance job for that matter is to apply on freelance bidding sites. oDesk, Elance and Scriptlance are some of the choices you may consider, but there is a whole lot more. You may also check out www.donanza.com for some search engine feel (and efficiency) in your search for projects.
Your website may also help you gain business. Since your portfolio is already on display there, interested clients may contact you anytime if they like your work. Therefore, make sure to have your contact information posted on your site and also make sure to check your page daily.
Everything is actually as easy as how I made it appear here. It may take some time and effort, but any business and career of any kind will require the same investments anyway! One final note to make— those who are able to make it big in the world of freelance jobs are those who are available for any project possible. Freelance jobs for graphic designers vary, so you might get hit by a feeling of incompetence— never underestimate yourself! All of them are surely still within your scope. Bear in mind that freelance jobs may really be all too customized based on the industry needing it. Jobs which may appear indirectly connected with your expertise such as being a creative director for a publishing company may not ring a bell on you, but it may be a possible project. Therefore, take time to go through each freelance job and to read their descriptions. More choices will always give you better options and better possibilities.