By Lynne Gowers on 22nd September 2015

Freelancing and freelance work

Winning new clients is an exciting part of freelancing. How often you’ll need to generate new business will depend on the nature of your work, employment opportunities and operating practices in your sector.

Whatever type of work you do, however, one principle remains the same: learning to use the tools available will help you find the best jobs at the right time at the lowest cost.

How to find freelance work

There are many ways to find freelance work. In most cases, getting the best from them starts with a great CV.

Your CV is your opportunity to show your skills, knowledge and experience to recruiters. Keep your CV up to date and tweak it to reflect every role you apply for.

Also, be sure to stay in touch with recruitment agencies. As well as the major high street names in recruitment, there are many that specialise in niche markets and/or fixed term contracts. With a good recruitment consultant on your side, you’ll have an unofficial sales person working for you in the background.

Another tip is to monitor internet job boards and upload your CV to their databases. There are job boards for almost every market sector, while aggregators provide search results from multiple sites and also end employers. A CV database is an online resource that allows you to upload your CV to a site where employers go to find candidates.

Freelance jobs in the UK

Many freelance jobs in the UK can also be found specialist websites for freelancers. These include PeoplePerHour, Guru, UpWork (formerly oDesk) and Freelancer.

Finally, keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and check the site regularly for opportunities. As well as an ever-increasing community of hirers, recruiters and influencers, LinkedIn is home to many groups that you can join to help you spread your message and win more work.

For more information on how you can find freelance work, check out our knowledge base, or alternatively you can download our guide to finding work by clicking the link at the top of this page.

Written by Lynne Gowers
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