How to Win Freelancing Jobs on Forums
If you are working in the internet marketing field, the most common way the earn money involved delayed compensations. Do the work now, reap the rewards later. That is not always ideal, however. sometimes, you need money right away. For that, the most reliable way to go is to write articles at a content mill site but let’s be realistic, most people don’t have the patience or experience to pick that up out of the blue, plus it really sucks if you don’t have the knack for writing. So where does that leave you? You need money now but can’t write articles? Well, you turn to the freelancing sites and pick up odd jobs.
You mean like Odesk? No. Unless you already have an established account there, you are not going to be able to get a decent paying job right away. To find this, you have to scan the IM forums. Most of those sites have freelancing sections where you can find just about any kind of work. Best of all, you don’t have to “earn” or establish a reputation to get started. All you have to do is show them that you are the man or woman for the job.
In this article, we will give you some pointers on securing jobs in this way.
First, be what they are looking for. Don’t lie, don’t say you can do something that you know you won’t be able to do, but make sure you tell them what it is you can do as long as it related to the job that they are looking to hire you for.
Contact them as directly as possible. What I mean is this; If they have a Skype address listed anywhere, bypass the PM and thread post and Skype them right away. If they have an email, email them as the second option. PM is the 3rd option. Ask them to contact you through Skype or email as soon as they can if you have to PM them through the forum. The last thing you want to do is post in the thread. This does 2 things, it blends you in with everyone else in the thread. For example, you would be the only one to take the initiative and find his Skype, but you are only one of many who would post “I can do this for you” in the thread. The other thing it does is it bumps the thread back up to the top which makes it visible to other visitors which increases the likelihood that more applicants go for the job.
Be ready to start now. Be low maintenance. You don’t need to set the job up, negotiate and agree to start sometime between Tuesday and next Wednesday. You are not a cable installer, you are a freelancer that is trying to lock down a gig. Keep things simple and be ready to start the job right away. You don’t want to give him time to find someone else while you take your time getting to work.
That is just a few things to keep in mind when you are trying to secure freelancing gigs through IM forums. I will have some more tips and tricks for you in the next addition.