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Taming the Online Job Marketplace

Online-marketplace-articleAt first glance, the online job marketplace doesn’t appear to be a very lucrative choice for freelancers. Many of these services — which operate as either job boards or bidding sites — require constant vigilance and constant competition for low-paying writing opportunities. While the sites may require some effort, they do work:

If the convenience, user-friendliness and affordable access isn’t enough to draw in the hungry freelancer, the volume of opportunities should be. Elance-oDesk alone paid out $750 million to freelancers in 2013, demonstrating the vastness of the cyber workspace.

If you treat the initial gigs on offer as a chance to prove your worth, you have a real opportunity to cultivate clients, leading to more consistent and higher-paid work. For our latest  “Get a Media Job” feature, we spoke with insiders and seasoned users of sites like Elance and Thumbtack to learn the tips and tricks you need to master the online job marketplace.

For more, read: What You Need To Know About Online Job Marketplaces

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