How to profit as a new or established freelancer in the freelance marketplace?
More and more people are turning to freelancing as an alternative to traditional work. Most likely it's because people are finally understanding the myth of job security. Although, the desire ofr more flexible work arrangements may also be a factor.
Traditionally, independent contractors were more likely than workers in traditional arrangements to be over the age of 35, although that number may be flattening out as the workforce matures throughout the relatively new global economy.
Many freelancers (independent contractors) have traditionally been in management, business, and financial operations occupations, although with the increasing popularity of the internet and the huge demand for original content, writers, artists, and filmakers are seeing a larger than usual demand for their services and skillsets.
Most people have heard of the larger freelance marketplaces like eLance.com and Guru.com, but there are freelance marketplaces dedicated to specific niches such as writing, web design and programming that people newer to freelancing may not discover for a while. And even within those dedicated marketplaces there are entire marketplaces dedicated to just a smaller aspect of a market.
Writers may be surprised to find that there skills are more in demand than ever these days. Even during tough economic times, there is often still a huge demand for writers and other freelancers. And while the pay for some of the freelance writing gigues may be on the low side, often the work can be much steadier than traditional freelance writing work (Demand Media is an example of a company that seems to have an insatiable demand for writers).