Finding freelance jobs online: a matter of methods and tools

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Sandra Arevalo

Founder & CEO

Finding freelance jobs online can be a titanic task give the thousands of projects that are published daily in online freelancing platforms. Among many aspects to keep in mind, being as efficient as possible on the job search could be a differentiating factor for your success as an independent worker.

Freelancers who quickly find those jobs that best match their skills will submit their proposals first, increasing their chances of being hired.

Also, finding suitable projects quickly will give you more time to dedicate to paid activities.

Defining a method for your job search is key to establish routines and focus your energy on the most productive path.

Our posts this month will be dedicated to helping you prioritize and focus your searches, optimizing your time and chances of success.


Review your projects feed

Once you have created a profile in a freelancer platform, you’ll be able to see a feed (as you’ll find when entering in any social network). Your feed is built based on the data you have provided in your profile, so make sure that it’s accurate, from the basic and advanced data until the most differentiating features.

Use basic and advanced searches

You’ll soon notice that the results shown in your feed are pretty broad. So using the basic and advanced search features offered by the platforms can help you refine the search.

You can start with a very general search (kind of what a basic Google search would look like), and move into the advanced search feature (like the one offered by Upwork) to select:

  • the exact phrases,
  • some or all the words that must be included (or excluded), or
  • the specific fields where you want your search to focus on (such as the project title or the required skills).

Define your filters

You can use the filters to continue refining the list you get from simple or advanced searches.

In Freelancer, you can select:

  • The type of project (hourly or fixed budget),
  • the client’s budget, and
  • the client’s location.

In addition, Upwork let’s you also filter by:

  • Level of experience,
  • client’s history,
  • job posting activity,
  • required dedication, and
  • estimated project duration.

Save your searches

If your platform platform allows it, save your searches on your freelancer account to access them directly from your feed. You can also save your searches in your RSS or keep the link (URL) from your results window in a notepad, to paste it in your browser anytime without having to create the full search and filters setup from scratch.

From experiments to methods

You can see now how important it is that you familiarize yourself with the options offered by your platform of choice. Using a combination of the different search methods can help you not miss out on any relevant project. This is key to experiment, define the order in which you want to apply your searches and build your search methodology.
In our next blog post: dig deeper into the next level to rapidly analyzing those filtered jobs from the results overview to define which ones are worth getting a closer look at.

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