So today I’m talking about freelance business ideas that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
Imagine, being a self-employed home-based female entrepreneur where you can work the hours that suit you?
And if you’re a mom, being a freelancer working from home enables you to work around the kids and earn more money than you would in a full-time job.
Yes, this really is possible. There are literally hundreds of thousands of women doing this right now and I want you to join them and become a member of the home-based freelance entrepreneur brigade!
But no matter what your work or money situation is, and you want to change this current situation, then these freelance business ideas might be the answer to change things and earn you more money simply working from home.
What Exactly Is Freelancing?
To me, freelancing means that you are providing a service to others.
I personally don’t class blogging or running an ecommerce store freelancing. Yes you’re self employed and running a home-based business, but I don’t call these freelancing.
The way I see it is that there are three ways to make money online for solo entrepreneurs:
- Freelancing: Providing a service to others
- eCommerce: Selling goods
- Passive Income: Earn money while you sleep
Of course, being a freelance service provider is running a business as you are essentially self-employed. But what I’m trying to get across here is that there is a difference when making money online as it does fall into two separate categories (as mentioned above).
Freelancing = Service Provider
Freelancing = Trading Time for Money
So in this post I’m going to show you many ways you can earn money from home with your own freelance business, but I’m not going to cover all the ways to make money online with other ventures such as blogging etc.
So just to make things perfectly clear, this post you’re reading now is specifically about online freelance business ideas by offering a service to others.
Use Your Existing Skills
I’ll start by saying that the best freelance business ideas are the ones where you can use the skills which you already possess.
So this is where you want to focus on first. It’s a lot easier, and quicker, to make money as a freelancer using the skills and knowledge which you already have, than it is to learn something completely new.
But don’t worry if you cant think of any existing skills you can use to do freelance work. This is what this post is all about – to inspire you and to help you think deep to find a freelance business idea which suits you.
So for this reason, this post is split into two sections:
- Use your existing skills
- Freelance business ideas without any skills.
Be An Online Service Provider
In my opinion, the easiest and quickest way to make money is to provide a service to other online businesses and entrepreneurs.
This way, you’re guaranteed to receive money once you’ve completed the tasks for your clients.
You won’t be employed, you will be a self-employed, freelance service provider.
The tasks of online service providers vary enormously, but here are some services to give you an idea.
Freelance Online Service Provider Jobs:
IT & Programming
Design & Multi-Media
Writing & Translation
Sales & Marketing
Coaching and Consulting
Finance & Management
If you have skills in any of the above categories then this would be an ideal situation for you to make some money this way. However, if you don’t have any skills, don’t rule this way out to earn money Online – not just yet.
Think You Have No Skills To Offer?
I’m pretty sure that you will have something to offer. You will be able to do very easy, normally repetitive or mundane tasks which the Online business owner either does not want to do or hasn’t got the time to do those tasks and is willing to pay someone else to do them.
Tasks which don’t need a formal skill as such are:
- Email Customer Support – You can type an email can’t you? Then you can do this job.
- Data Entry – You can input numbers or text into a document can’t you?
- Basic Word Processing – You don’t necessarily need to be a trained typist to type basic word documents.
- Freelance Writing – You don’t need to be a trained writer, if you can write a 1000 word article on a subject (which you can research Online), then you could provide a freelance writing service.
So there’s four jobs I’ve just thought of from the top of my head which I’m pretty sure you could do. There will be many other general admin types of jobs which you would be able to do too – you just have to search for them and seek them out.
Freelance Business Facebook Groups
I would also suggest that you join two or three freelance related Facebook Groups.
These groups are full of freelancers giving away their best tips so you can learn a lot of information for free inside these types of groups.
So I would start by browsing through these groups and read the conversations that have already taken place and what are currently taking place. If you find bits of information that are very helpful, then copy and paste these conversations into a Word or Evernote document so you have a swipe file.
Once you get the feel of each group, start to ask your own questions and socialise and network with other members. You’ll not only learn a ton of information but you might even get a freelance job or two helping out other freelancers.
Create a Website Portfolio
To market your new freelance business effectively you really should invest some money and time in creating a website. This will act as your online ‘business card’.
Potential clients will take you much more seriously if you have a website.
You don’t necessarily have to create a blog and write blog posts every week, but you should have at least a three-page website showcasing your credentials.
Six things to put on your freelance website:
- Have your freelance service clearly displayed in your header.
- Display some past client work or other work which you can show-off (your portfolio).
- An ‘About Me’ page.
- A ‘Hire Me / Work With Me’ page showing the exact services you offer.
- Your fees / rates included on your services page.
- A contact page.
This is all you really need. Just get the basics up to start and you can always tweak and add to it as time goes on. Think of this mini website as a ‘work in progress’ because the more clients you get, the more you can add to your portfolio page and then eventually testimonials.
Where To Find Freelance Jobs
Now that you’re aware that there are dozens of service provider jobs which you could do, you now need to know where to find them.
There are a few sites Online which act as the ‘middle-man’ where service providers are seeking jobs and where small businesses are looking to hire freelancers.
Here are some of those sites:
You can sign up for one or two of these sites and start finding work immediately. This is what usually happens on these sites:
- Jobs are posted on the site;
- Service providers (you) can then put forward a ‘bid’ for a job;
- The job is offered to the best candidate;
- The service provider carries out the advertised task;
- Payment is then forwarded via the website where the host site takes a percentage of the funds.
The best thing to do is to click onto each of the above sites and have a good dig around to find out how they work and how they can work for you.
However, be warned in that these are bidding sites and you won’t get paid much for your work as the competition is fierce. Having said that, these are a good place to start because you can get one or two jobs under your belt (albeit, low priced gigs) and this will:
- Give you an understanding of your competitors
- Give you experience
- Give you client examples to display on your portfolio
Once you have the confidence, you can start cold-emailing prospective clients and offering them your services this way.