Are you looking for a freelance gig? You’re in luck. Whether you’re trying to make extra money on the side or build a full-time freelance business, there are plenty of employers seeking workers just like you. How do you find these jobs? One way, according to Brie Reynolds, director of online content at FlexJobs, is through word-of-mouth. If you do an excellent job on a freelance project, others will take notice and may sometimes recommend you to their colleagues. “If a freelancer is doing a good job with clients, they’ll likely recommend the freelancer’s services to other people and companies. Using word-of-mouth is a fantastic self-marketing technique that lets people capitalize on their networks, and make good use of the contacts who are familiar with their work and their career achievements,” said Reynolds.
Don’t forget social media. It’s more than just a way to connect with old friends and keep up with the latest news. Social sites may be the ticket to finding your next job assignment. “Social media is both a direct and indirect way for freelancers to find work. Directly, they can reach out to companies and brands they’re interested in working for through social media to pitch themselves and their talents. Indirectly, they can use social media to network with potential clients, showcase their previous work, and build their brands and reputations,” Reynolds said.
FlexJobs searched their database of more than 40,000 companies and picked out the top companies (except for staffing agencies) hiring freelancers since Jan. 1, 2016. Here are the top 10 companies hiring freelancers in 2016 according to FlexJobs.
About.com writers are able to create a flexible schedule and work from anywhere in the United States. Depending on the topic, freelancers can earn anywhere from $800 to $1,000 a month, according to Freedom with Writing, an information site for writers. If you’re interested in freelancing with About.com, your best bet is to visit the website and apply online.
2. BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is responsible for building the BBC’s profile globally. Full-timers and freelancers are both charged with helping to get the word out about BBC content as well as look for and create fresh content. Content production, home entertainment, sales, distribution, and licensing are among the company’s specialties. Find out more when you visit the BBC’s career page.
3. CompuCom Systems
CompuCom Systems focuses its business on IT solutions. Anyone looking to work for the company is charged with having not only outstanding tech skills but also polished communication skills. “You have to be sharp and receptive to feedback. Be willing to put in the time and effort and make yourself accessible. Work well with others, listen and apply what you learned and you’ll go far,” said CompuCom Technical Recruiter Kris Minkel.
4. Carolinas Healthcare System
Carolinas Healthcare System earned Flexjobs’ award for being one of North Carolina’s best 100 companies for flexible jobs. The Charlotte, North-Carolina based employer is comprised of a group of medical centers, hospitals, and health and wellness providers. Get more information on the company’s career page.
Edmentum was named one of Flexjobs’ best 100 companies for flexible online education jobs. The company provides educational tools to more than 8,000 school districts across the United States. Learn more about Edmentum’s available freelance jobs when you visit their website.
Appen focuses on global language and speech technology. Some of the services it provides include speech data transcription, data annotation, and data collection. If you’re a translator, Appen may be one place worth looking for freelance work. The company often hires home-based translators and transcriptionists.
7. LanguageLine Solutions
LanguageLine Solutions was named one of Flexjob’s best 100 companies for flexible translation jobs. A few of the services provided by LanguageLine include in-person, phone, and video conference interpreting, and document translation services. LanguageLine features a list of current open positions on its Facebook page.
8. Haynes & Company
Haynes & Company is a research and analysis agency that provides clients around the globe with analysis, research, and consulting services. Employees enjoy several flexible options, including telecommuting and freelancing. You can find freelance positions on the Flexjobs website.
GradImages specializes in high school and college commencement photography. The company’s team is comprised of client relation specialists, regional field teams, and customer service representatives. Available openings can be found on their website.
VMWare is a Palo Alto, California-based software company that helps businesses with streamlining their IT operations. The company provides services including cloud and virtualization software, networking, and security products. VMWare features a list of current open positions on its websites.