We’ve all been through some serious changes in the past few months, and many of us are locked inside our homes either for the entire day or for a large amount of time during this coronavirus pandemic.
The same is true for myself, my family, and my friends. Although we talk to each other on a daily basis and send as many jokes about the current situation that we can find, COVID-19 is obviously nothing to joke about. We send each other jokes to laugh and lift our spirits as much as possible, so that we can push aside the underlying fear that has taken hold of us.
If you’re a freelancer going through this situation, please leave your tips below for others! Likewise, if you are someone who is looking to join the freelancing world at this particular point in time, please feel free to leave your questions below and I’ll be happy to help!
Current Freelancing Situation and Advice
So far, although I have received messages from clients who sent a reasonable warning about the possibility of there being a serious drop in work quantities, this has not yet happened so far. Because most of my freelance work is for online purposes, and since many people around the world are locked inside their homes at the moment, the situaton is still stable.
My Areas of Freelance Work:
If you’re interested in the kind of work I do and which is still bringing in a stable income despite the current situation, my areas of work are:
- Content Marketing
- Social Media Management
- Writing (both fiction and non-fiction)
- Editing (all types of content)
- SEO Management
These sources of work seem to still be stable in the current coronavirus situation. However, if you have any advice for more areas of work please leave it below and I will edit your advice into this post with credit to you, of course.
Upwork is a huge source of clients
For me, Upwork remains a huge source of clients and I put a lot of effort into my Upwork profile and the quality of work that I produce there.
I know that people have mixed feelings about this platform, but for those who are still trying to break through or who want to start freelancing work Upwork still has a lot of work on offer.
My current displeasure lies in the fact that you still need to pay for connects (the tokens that you use to apply for a job). In fact, because I feel that they should be free in this particular situation I reached out to Upwork on Twitter and received a reply:
Hi Jelena, the safety and well-being of the Upwork community is our number one priority. At the moment, we aren't aware of any plans to make changes to Connects or offer free ones. We'll continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 closely and certai… https://t.co/oX8H3pM9SE— Upwork Help (@UpworkHelp) March 27, 2020
Make of this what you will.
Making the most of my blog and podcast work
I’ve stalled in both of these areas recently, but am picking it all up again now that I have extra time when I complete my work. Both my blog and my podcast are a joy for me to update, and I hope that they will be a source of useful information for others.
And no I don’t have any special gadgets to do this. I manage my website on either my desktop or my laptop, and I record my podcast on my phone mic. You don’t need high tech to start something and you certainly don’t need perfection to maintain it!
I would strongly advise everyone to make the most of their professional online presence. Freelancers are already familiar with this I’m sure, but for those of you who may now be looking for online work options, your website and/or social media is an important source of information about you.
For example, use the About page on your website to provide your skills, education, previous experience, and anything else that you think would genuinely help you to find work online. I haven’t sent a CV to anyone in about 2 years because I simply send them a link to my About page and have never had any problems getting work.
It’s super easy to update and link to work.
Likewise, make the most of your blog. No matter which skill set you have, when it comes to finding freelance work, you blog is a great portfolio of your skills.
- Upload your work examples.
- Talk about a project and how you handled it.
- Share your knowledge with others. Not only because this is a kind thing to do, but also because it shows potential clients that you understand your own profession.
- Upload sample templates of how you manage work or how you organize a team.
- Create an infographic that shows your work process start from finish.
This is not the time to worry about someone ‘copying’ your work. Focus on yourself and what you can bring to the world of remote work, which may last a lot longer in the current coronavirus situation than we are prepared for.
Improve Your Skills and Learn New Ones
Luckily, at least the Internet is there for us during this coronavirus pandemic.
There are many websites and YouTube courses that will teach you any skill you can possibly imagine – for free. A simple Google search will give you everything you need.
If you can, use this time to work on yourself and to expand your work options both for now and for the future. No one can predict how this is going to end or what the economy will look like when this is all over, so it’s best to prepare. And no, you are not too young or too old or not educated enough, or whatever else you think is holding you back from succeeding. Persistence is key in everything.
Stay inside, stay safe, and leave your suggestions and advice below!