5 Ways Using an Online Platform Works Well for Freelancers
Did you know that freelancers today have an incredible advantage thanks to the rise of online platforms? These platforms provide freelancers unprecedented opportunities to connect with clients, showcase their skills, and grow their income.
Whether you are…
In your mid-career
Looking to earn extra money
Considering transitioning to freelancing full-time
Near retirement and want to stop sooner while staving off social security, or
If you are retired and need money to supplement your life,
…freelancing is the way to go.
There are currently 100+ freelancing platforms. Some are designed for location-dependent gigs, such as Uber or Rover.com. Others are designed to be location independent. The three largest of these are Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer.com.
Using an online platform can be a game-changer if you're considering being a freelancer, either full-time or part-time. Here are some of the many reasons people choose to freelance:
Rise of the Independent Talent Economy for All Ages. The talent economy is the gig economy with an emphasis on the talent or expertise of workers.
Freedom to work where and when they want
Transitioning to the next phase of life
Flexibility —clients, projects, income
Staying relevant and engaged
Caregiving responsibilities — the need to stay close to home
In this blog, we'll explore five compelling reasons why utilizing an online platform works wonders for freelancers like you.
1. Access to a Global Network of Clients
One of the key benefits of using an online platform as a freelancer is access to a global network of clients. These platforms connect freelancers with clients from all corners of the world, breaking down geographical barriers and opening doors to exciting opportunities.
Whether you have writing, designing, marketing, or sales skills, or are unsure of your many skills and talents (we help here 😉), an online platform lets you connect with clients seeking your specific skills and expertise.
2. Enhanced Visibility and Exposure
Online platforms allow freelancers to showcase their talent and attract potential clients. By creating a compelling profile and highlighting your skills, experience, and portfolio of work (and you have all these things!), you can captivate the attention of clients browsing the platform to fill a need.
Many platforms also offer features like badges, ratings, and client testimonials, which serve as social proof and boost your credibility through algorithms. The enhanced visibility on these platforms
increases your chances of being discovered by clients actively seeking freelancers with your expertise.
3: Streamlined Project Management
Efficient project/time management is crucial for freelancers, and online platforms excel in this aspect. These platforms often have built-in tools that facilitate seamless client collaboration.
From communication channels and file sharing to task tracking and deadline management, these features make it easier to stay organized and ensure that projects run smoothly.
With everything centralized within the platform, you can focus on delivering high-quality work without the hassle of juggling multiple tools or platforms.
Having a strong back office available to support your online work is crucial for efficiency and peace of mind.
4: Secure and Convenient Payment Systems
One of the common concerns for freelancers (it was for us!) is ensuring timely and secure payments. Online platforms address this concern by providing secure payment systems that protect freelancers and clients.
These systems often use escrow services to hold funds until the project is completed, giving you peace of mind and financial security.
Additionally, these platforms handle the invoicing and payment processes, making it convenient for freelancers to manage their earnings and track their financials within a single platform.
5: Community and Networking Opportunities
Online platforms foster communities of freelancers where you can connect, learn, and grow alongside like-minded professionals. These communities often provide forums, discussion boards, teaching modules for upskilling, and networking events, allowing you to exchange insights, seek advice, and collaborate with other freelancers.
By actively participating in these communities, you can gain valuable industry knowledge, stay updated on trends, and foster long-lasting relationships.
Using an online platform as a freelancer offers advantages that can propel your online presence.
From the global network of clients and enhanced visibility to streamlined project and time management, secure payment systems, and networking opportunities, these platforms empower you to take control of your freelance journey.
By embracing the power of online platforms and leveraging their features to showcase your skills, attract clients, and thrive in the freelance landscape, you can earn an income where and when you want.
To learn more about how to work on a platform, schedule a time using our link below to discuss your concerns and what you want to accomplish. We promise an informal and fun conversation!
Be Truthful, Gentle, and Fearless ~ Gandhi
Jeanne 🌺 James