Freelance : Chose your area and prepare yourself

There are many type of freelance works.  From accounting to copyrighting. Data entry to server based api development. Php to java. So first decide in which field you want to dive in. Check which skills do you have.  Which skills you are lacking.

You may decide in which field you will work based on two things :

1. Your previous experience and study

2. Statistics on current market

If you’ve studied accounting then you may search for freelance jobs related to accounting. LLB degree holders can look for jobs related to legal support. Additionally, Those who are studying or just finished software engineering can search for programming job. Furthermore, if you have some computer literacy and good English communication skills, you can get data entry related jobs. Other areas may include translation, admin and logistic support, copy writing etc. In addition you can think about photography, customer support, training etc.

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Prepare yourself

If you think that your skill is not enough to do freelancing, don’t worry. Sit back and relax.

There are many online courses that help you to improve your skills. Some courses are free and for others you have to pay.

Three online learning sites are: coursera.com, edx, lynda.com.

My career started to dramatically improve after learning from lynda.com. And now I’m learning from coursera.com. One good thing about coursera is that you can access most of the courses for free. Just enroll for a course. when they ask for payment or purchase, select “Audit Only” option.

They will charge you only when you need certificates from them.

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