Don’t swear allegiance to a single gig platform, when you could be an Uber driver, a Postmates deliverer, and a WeGoLook Looker, all at the same time.
Attention all freelancers and gig workers!
Does it sometimes feel like you’re spending more time looking for gigs than actually working on them?
Are you reconsidering your choice to work in the gig economy?
Don’t go back to the 9-5 cubicle world just yet. Let's sit down and chat first.
Making it as a gig worker is difficult. On top of the sometimes confusing tax rules and reduced benefits, sometimes it may feel like you can’t find work.
But, plenty of people have created a successful freelancing career, there are tens of millions of them plugging away as we speak.
53 million, to be exact.
With an ever-evolving market, job platforms like WeGoLook are being created. This is good news for you!
It means new opportunities for you to make money.
Below you will find some of the best tips for gig workers looking for more work.
The Freelance Life: Finding Work
So there you are, a fresh new gig worker on the market for new clients.
Ya, you and millions of other workers.
The problem is that there are thousands of other freelancer portfolios, and most of them have paid contract work under their belt.
So, how do you stand out?
The key is to be creative in your job search.
It’s easy to rely on a single platform to find gig work, but there are countless gig platforms you should consider.
Our favorite happens to be WeGoLook...but more on this later.
The point is, don’t limit yourself to just one.
If you’ve taken an Uber ride lately, you’ll notice that drivers also have Lyft stickers in the corner of their windshield.
You need to access as many potential customers as possible as a gig worker, so don’t swear allegiance to a single gig platform.
Find multiple marketplaces that operate in the same space, and use them all. This is a process that has been referred to as platform stacking.
For instance, you could be an Uber driver, a Postmates deliverer, and a WeGoLook Looker, all at the same time.
You can even work in each of these roles simultaneously depending on the situation.
Have downtime with Uber? Sneak off for an hour and conduct a Look on WeGoLook!
Delivering some food through Postmates? Schedule your deliveries around your Looks with WeGoLook!
And so on.
"But My Gig Work is Industry Specific!"
We've heard this one time and time again. The answer 99% of the time is: No, it's not.
If you're a writer, graphic designer, researcher, lawyer, retired teacher, insurance professional, or anything between, there are multiple gig platforms you can find work on.
And, it's not industry specific. As we've learned at WeGoLook, every industry needs asset verification specialists. So there are plenty of jobs for everyone who can drive a car!
Likewise, writers and graphic artists are needed in every business. So are teachers!
We could go on.
The point is, there are multiple niches you can put your skills to use in. You just need to be creative!
It’s one thing to find gigs, but remember that all employment could impact your ability to gain future work.
When working online, you’re working for a community based almost solely on customer reviews and ratings.
Your reputation online as a gig worker, is the new form of capital in the 21st century.
Though many websites offer a 5-star rating system, having anything less than that can affect your ability to compete with other gig workers.
A successful freelancer needs to be 100% client driven.
Everyone expects to be in “good hands” when they hire a contractor. Let them know exactly what your hands can offer.
The key to remember is that you are building relationships, and not transactions.
To do that, it’s important to talk with your client on a personal level. Get to know them; thank them for the opportunity.
If possible, meet them face to face - a practice we preach at WeGoLook.
If your client can connect your email or profile picture to a face, they are more likely to have a positive experience.
Give and Take with the Client
The client-contractor relationship is a two-way street.
Do not be afraid to talk logistics with your clients. Call them, text or email them, and keep them updated on your progress.
This is something we do first-hand at WeGoLook; where clients have access 24/7 to the status of their Look. And they love it!
Always Be Available
One of the largest differences between freelancing and working a 9-to-5 is that you are never done working as a freelancer.
Once you clock out of your day job, people usually wind down. You can do this too, but if you're on a deadline, or a client has questions, you need to be available.
Yes, it can feel like this sometimes.
That is not why you started freelancing. You started freelancing because you got home from work, turned on the T.V. and thought, “I’m bored.”
You never know when you will get an email from a client, and though you may not be able to deliver something right away, you can let them know that you received their request.
You don’t want your client to be waiting, like a nervous teen waiting for their crush to text them back.
No matter what you’re doing or where you are, time management is vital to your success as a freelancer. After all, you are your own boss.
As a freelancer, there isn’t an employer with a duty to give you a check every Friday.
That is your responsibility, and the only way to do that is to expand your customer base.
Indeed, most gig workers have multiple platforms that they work on.
There are thousands of online platforms out there that can help you earn income.
Our best advice: Work every day that you can.