There are a lot of places to find gigs. There are placement/employment agencies that require part-time or short term project workers that hire freelancers. Find these in your yellow pages, make phone calls and mail them or email them a cover letter and your resume and specify the type of work you are willing to take on, as well as your rates.
The Internet is BOOMING with freelance sites where buyers of all kinds of service, programming, and writing can be found. On such websites, buyers post bid requests at either closed or open auction, and sellers (coders and writers) write bids of proposal and state a price they would charge. Negotiations can go back and forth, and if you are right and lucky, work will soon fall your way.
Get used to rejection.
One site that I use is https://www.peopleperhour.com/freelance-jobs, and the average bid there gets so manyoffers within 24 hours. If everything were equal, that means the average freelancer would win about 8 % of his or her bids. That’s a LOT of rejection. Some buyers will go for the lowest bid only; others look at your work history and rating. Some are impressed at the eloquence of your bid proposal and or enthusiasm for the job. Each one is different.
I win 19 % of my bids, which is above average, I would think. I attribute my success to the fact that I am a writer and have a few secret techniques that I use to sell myself.
Not only these sites give you gigs. There are also plenty of other ways to seek out work. One such place is forums, copywriting forums, or general webmaster forums where people look for content writers, for example. The pay by getting work in forums is not always great, but it can definitely be a good place to start out, sort of like a launchpad.
It can be useful for building your reputation and getting yourself known. If you are a content writer, one of the best ways to get a lot of repeat work is by seeking out permanent posts as content writers for major websites. The pay can vary greatly depending on the length and amount of research time taken to produce high-quality material.
Write coherently and in good English. User capital letters at the beginnings of sentences and proper grammar and punctuation. This is business, not a chat room or an IM session. Have form letters of different types that you can customize for each bid. Most bidding sites allow you to post a resume. Do so, and keep it honest and up to date. Typically bid periods expire on a certain date, after which the buyer selects one bidder for the project. This bidder, if he sees that the bid period has expired and has not been awarded yet, sends a follow-up note to the buyer expressing interest in whether or not I am still in the running. I do this regularly, and it impresses the buyer and sometimes results in winning the project.
Own Web Site
Many freelancers who are full time at it have their web sites with samples of their past work and testimonials from satisfied customers or clients as we prefer to call them. It establishes you as having more credibility and being a real business instead of some part-timer or a student trying to make a few extra bucks on the side.
Have business cards printed and go to trade shows and make yourself known? Advertise your services in local news publications and free circulars if the nature of your business is aimed at the general consumer. Also, don’t forget to build your own email list