Top 7 Freelance Job Website Tips for Newbies

Livia Smith

When it is one’s first time using a freelance job website, it can be a very intimidating experience. Signing up is usually simple, and one can begin searching for job opportunities in a matter of minutes. However, just looking at the profiles of other freelancers can be discouraging because the majority of them have already won a large number of bids. A newbie appears to have little chance of ever getting a job on these sites because he or she does not even have a review to show off.

Do not be discouraged by the number of missed contracts; instead, believe that you will triumph. The key is to put yourself out there and be the best. Based on my experience with a variety of freelance job websites, I thought someone out there might benefit from some pointers on how to gain an advantage over the hundreds of thousands of job seekers. Here are seven of my personal recommendations:

1. Learn everything you can about the job site

  • To become more knowledgeable, read as much of the information available on the website as possible.
  • Perform additional searches outside of the site to see what others are saying about it.
  • This independent search will help prove whether or not the website is genuine to a high percentage of people.

2. Promote yourself to potential employers (s)

  • Based on your education and work experience, your profile should contain as much positive information as possible.
  • Be truthful and self-assured in your abilities.

3. Go through the Frequently Asked Questions section.

  • Make use of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link on every website; it contains very useful information.

4. Know the Job Requirements

  • Take the time to read and fully comprehend the job specifications listed for a specific job.
  • If you are unsure about an issue, seek clarification from the “Help” or “Contact Us” sections.

5. Conduct background research on the employer.

  • Conduct research on the employer, such as whether he or she has a verified contact address, payment method, and so on. It is not a pleasant experience to complete an assignment and not be paid.
  • Read the reviews about him/her on the website, if they are available.

6. Create the best Proposal possible.

  • This is your opportunity to make a good first and lasting impression on your prospective employer, so make the most of it.

7. When in doubt, seek advice/consult HELP.

  • If you require assistance or clarification on any aspect of the job, please contact the Help/Support team.
  • Some websites offer online chats, which are also beneficial.

I hope the advice provided above was helpful. Thank you for your time.