What is a freelance job?
How to get a freelance job?
Nowadays, there are so many websites that act as marketplaces (places where buyer/ project owner meet the freelancer). They usually charge 5% - 10% transaction fees. Three biggest marketplaces are elance, guru and rentacoder. Elance as the biggest marketplace has hundreds of new projects every month, their project price is the highest, but its membership fee is also the most expensive ($11 - $199/ month). Guru and rentacoder charge lower membership fees (rentacoder is even free), but their project price are much lower than elance. There is one similarity between these marketplaces; they indeed have thousands of projects but just 40% of them that are eventually awarded.
How much can I make from a freelance job?
How much you can earn from freelance jobs depends on many factors. A small project such as web development costs $100 - $300 per project and can be finished within 1 - 2 weeks. Book reviewing project costs $100 - $200 per books (if your client is satisfied you can get this kind of project every week). Data conversion, such as converting PDF to HTML files, costs $3 - $5 per file. This type of project usually is given in a bulk (about 100 - 200 files per project). So you still get huge income. But remember, you can also earn $0 if you do not do any efforts to win a project (by bidding too high) or violating the agreements (can not meet the deadlines, the completed software is full of bugs, charging additional fees, etc).