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Work as a freelancer or hire a freelancer

Work as a freelancer or hire a freelancer
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If you're running a small business, you can't do everything on your own. However, not every situation calls for a full-time employee. You could just have a short-term job like designing a new logo, updating your website or writing that website's copy. And let's not forget about promotional videos and seasonal graphics work.

On the flip side, if you're a looking to make a little extra money or if you're tired of going to your 9-to-5 and want to be your own boss, freelancing might be the best option for you. Whether it's writing, drawing, videos or any other once-off project, everyone could use a freelancer.

Whether you're running a small business or looking to make some extra money, freelancing is a great option for a bunch of different reasons. So how should you go about hiring a freelancer and, if you are a freelancer, how do you find a great project?

Freelancer.com is a great place to start for both those looking for a freelancer and freelancers looking for projects. I'll run you through the process for both.

Hiring a freelancer

First, you will need to create an account. Once that is done, head over to Freelancer.com home page and click on "Hire" and select the appropriate category. Categories range from websites, IT and software development, to writing, graphic design, even data entry and accounting.

Now it's time to enter the details of your project in the appropriate fields, then post your project. (Note that you may need to change the money fields from pounds to dollars.)

From here, available freelancers will bid on your project and you can select which one to hire. Just remember to keep my tips for hiring freelancers in mind.

Getting hired as a freelancer

If you're a freelancer looking for a fun project to work on, you'll also want to set up an account with Freelancer.com. Here's where some things can get tricky. Freelancer.com will want you to sign up for its Plus Membership. Be sure to uncheck the "I want to receive my FREE 30-day Trial of Plus Membership!" and don't enter your credit card information just yet. I would wait and test out the free version and make sure it's for you before you spend the money.

Now, to set up your profile, you will need to select and enter your skill sets, upload a profile picture and select your rates.

Note that there's no place to upload your resume, however, you might want to consider taking an exam. The site has a bunch of exams to take for $5 that will certify you in certain areas. When you pass an exam, your profile will get a special badge to highlight your abilities and will be visible in all of your bids.

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