How to Use Social Media to Find Your Next Freelance Gig
I love that technology allows me to live a lifestyle that provides a great deal of freedom and flexibility. I love the freelance lifestyle, and I’m always open to new gigs. While I haven’t had to apply for a freelance gig in a long time, I do keep my eyes and ears open, and I’m usually willing to see what’s available – and sometimes check with my network to see if something is a possibility.
If you are looking for your next freelance gig, you might be surprised to discover that social media might be a good place to find the right fit. Here are some ways you can use social media to find your next freelance gig:
Join Groups on LinkedIn
In the past, I’ve received job offers from connections on LinkedIn. Someone will see my profile or a connection of a connection will ask for an introduction so that we can do business together. Just having your profile on LinkedIn can be a big help when it comes to allowing others to find and recruit you.
It can also help to join groups, though. If you join freelancer groups related to your specialty, you can participate in discussions, be identified as someone worth knowing (and working with), and likely be top of mind when someone has a project in mind. Your LinkedIn involvement can be a great way to see who’s hiring, connect to people and companies you want to work with, and share your qualifications with potential clients.
Facebook Communities and Groups
There are plenty of Facebook communities and groups that can provide you with access to potential gigs. Many people list gigs they have available, and the members of your own network might provide you with leads that you wouldn’t see. Join the applicable groups and communities, participate, and don’t forget to check the pages of the places you would most like to work. When you see a call for a gig, you can be ready.
Don’t forget to be proactive on Facebook, too. If you are looking for a new gig, let your network know. Post it on your own Timeline, and ask people in your communities and groups if they know of something available. Letting others know that you are available for new work can put at the top of mind, and members of your network might have people in their own networks who can help you out.
Other Social Media Outlets
Ultimately, we are more connected than ever. Following certain companies on Twitter and Instagram can provide you with insight into who needs freelancers, and what you can do next.
A key to using social media to land your next freelance gig is to make sure you are participating – and participating effectively. Whether you are building a following on Snapchat or whether you hope to use Facebook, you need to make sure the information you share is informative and relevant, and showcases your abilities. This is especially true when you use LinkedIn. A consistent profile that shows your competence can help you make the most of your efforts to use social media for freelancing success.