“Side hustle” seems to be the buzzword of the moment (just like buzzword seems to be). If you have a successful hobby, have visions of running your own Brexit free empire or you simply just want some extra cash it can be a pretty fun idea to play with.
So how do you start said side hustle? There are many options, many people start by making things for their friends and colleagues, but one of the most common method is via freelance websites. If you haven’t already heard of these, these are websites designed for all kinds of freelancers. Most allow any type of freelancer, but as you will see, some are more specialised for certain freelancers, which many argue is a better way to get good, potentially higher paying jobs.
UK centric company. Peopleperhour (PPH) accept any type of freelancer as long as you make it through the moderation team. You can apply to up to 15 jobs free per month, there after you have to buy credits to apply. You can create bundles which you sell, e.g. for £10 I will proofread a 500 word segment. This is great, especially if you get traction with customers. It’s also worth noting PPH do register you as a top seller if you are turning around a lot of business. Like any search engine, this means you will appear higher up the seller list when buyers are searching for freelancers. It is also worth noting that PPH commission is around 10% per job.
The more international version of PPH, most freelancers can find work here because there is such a variety of jobs. Once you have applied and passed you can start applying to different jobs which are usually pretty high paying. The fee that Upwork takes is a little higher than PPH, but it is staggered per client meaning the first $500 you earn with just one client they take 20%, from $500 to $10,000 they take 10%, and then above that it drops to 5% (again this only applies if the earnings are from the same client everytime).
The biggest freelance platform worldwide. It caters to most freelancers, but you are likely to see a lot of other writers, developers, designers and editors. The idea is once you have created a profile you can create the gigs that you are going to sell. A bit like the others except it’s a bit more specific to you. You can charge anywhere from $5 to $10,000, and Fiverr takes $1 for every $5, so 20% of every transaction. This is pretty high in comparison to other sites, but on the plus side they have a Learn section which teaches freelancers how to really sell their services.
If building Ikea furniture is your calling Taskrabbit is perfect. It’s focused on mainly physical jobs such as cleaning and moving, but it does also list jobs for the likes of virtual assistants. It cost’s £20 to register, and you have to physically go to a meeting and prove your identity, but it notifies you by text when there is a job nearby. They take a 15% fee for each job.
One of the staple freelancer roles is a graphic designer, as such DesignWorks came up with its website purely for Graphic Designers. It’s a simple system in which Designers can either apply for jobs, or they can enter design competitions which companies post. The competitions involve putting forward a design for a brief which might then be chosen by the company. DesignCrowd take a 15% commission.