Matching Your Skills to the Internet Freelancing Market
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Comparing Your Skill Supply to Marketplace Demand
Once your list of skills is done, and you’ve spent some time thinking about what you can do and want to do, conduct research on some of the online freelancing sites. Look around at different marketplaces to get a feel for the kinds of projects they list, and read project descriptions to get more familiar with what clients are looking for. As you read the listings, think about what the client wants, and how it compares to what you have to offer.
This process is essential because it allows you to determine if what you like to do and what you know how to do are in demand by those with money to spend. The familiarity you gain with the projects available and the work that clients are looking for will also help you get going when you are ready to start bidding.
If you find plenty of projects that suit your skills and experience, you should feel a boost of confidence in your ability to be successful as a freelancer. If not, you may need to adjust your plans, or expand your horizons in terms of the types of work you plan to do.
I urge you to keep an open mind during this process. Don’t spend a lot of energy trying to talk yourself into thinking you can do work that you know you don’t have the right background or aptitude for, but be receptive to slight changes in the kind of work you’re after based on what clients are asking for. I did this during my early days as a freelancer, when I found that I could apply my programming skills to solving a class of problems I had never even thought about before: data entry and conversion. This has ended up being a big part of my freelancing business to this day.
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