This is a quick post on how I get freelance jobs.
Setting up Email Alerts on If This Then That (ifttt). Many job sites have RSS feeds e.g. Craigslist, job aggregator, indeed.com, simplehired.com.
Most of my jobs are from Upwork, 1-3 jobs a month, I have 2 contracts that are above 75/hr. I probably make less than $1000 per month from Upwork.
Guru.com – rare but I do go through them once a week or when my leads dry up. These jobs vary from $100 – $500. Probably 1 job every 3 months.
Reddit – subreddit:forhire, I have set up IFTTT for these. I am surprised that there quite a number of leads coming through here but so far my rates are too high for them.
My Products and Website – I get referrals for the product I had on Codecanyon. I got a few job these way.
Offline Referrals – From ex-colleagues, I got a 5 figure deal and retainer from this source.
local recruiting sites – mostly sub-contract work from other agency. The paid is equivalent to a full-time job but it only last 1 or 2 months.
Other online job boards – I set up an automated notification for all the job boards and twitter. There are a lot of jobs here but I have not been able to get any.
Cold email – No success.
As a freelancer, you need to constantly work on your lead source and exploring a new lead source. I probably spent more time looking for jobs than actually working on them so creativity and automation are key.