The freelance software development industry in the United States is booming, with an estimated 5 million freelance jobs.
But many companies aren’t hiring.
And in some cases, they’re offering no benefits, such as health insurance, 401(k) and health care, and they often charge too much for their services.
To help people find work, here are 10 tips to help you get your freelancing business started.
Find a freelance job.
“I can get a lot of work for $10 an hour.
I don’t have a clue how it is,” said John Smith, an 18-year-old graduate student in the University of Texas at Austin who recently started working on a startup called Zest.
“The first day I got here, I was like, ‘Oh, I’m in a position where I’m going to get paid for doing something I’m passionate about.
This is so great.
I can make $10 per hour.'”
Find freelancers in your area.
You can search for freelance jobs through the Freelance.com website.
If you want to learn more about how to find freelance work, Smith recommends using a free tool called Google Glass for the first time.
“Google Glass makes it super easy to search through tons of freelance opportunities and find the right freelancer,” Smith said.
Use Google Glass to get started.
“Just like when you were a kid, Google Glass was the gateway to all the cool stuff I was missing.
You would have to have a Google account to use Glass,” Smith explained.
“But if you were just a teenager, I can assure you you would have had to go to Google Glass at least once to see the cool things you were missing.”
For those who have yet to try Glass, Smith said, “I recommend getting the Google Glass app, and using it to see what’s going on.”
You can also use Glass to find job postings through Google.
“It’s a very easy way to find work.
You’ll see a list of jobs with their full titles, with contact information,” he said.
“And it’s really a great way to see if they’re hiring.
There’s a lot more than a resume, and Google Glass really makes it easier to find the best job.”
Use Glass to create a resume.
Google Glass offers a variety of different job postings.
If that doesn’t do it for you, you can also create a Google Glass resume.
Smith explained how to do it in this video: “The Glass app is a great tool for creating a resume.”
“The Google Glass Glass app can be a really great tool to get into the business,” he added.
“You can create a LinkedIn profile, and then just type in your Google Glass number and hit ‘send’ to have it automatically send you an email with a link to the LinkedIn profile.
You don’t even have to click on the LinkedIn logo on the Glass screen.
It just takes you to the profile.”
Sign up for Glass’s Google+ page.
Google+ is another great way for people to connect with other people who work in the field.
“People can find jobs on Glass and sign up for jobs on Google Glass,” he explained.
Google+, on the other hand, offers more information about each job, but it’s not always the easiest way to search for jobs.
“There’s a really good chance you’re not going to find a good listing,” Smith noted.
“A lot of companies don’t actually have Glass out and about, and that’s where Google Glass comes in.”
Check out Glass’ social networking tools.
“Glass is great for looking at people you might have talked to previously, and seeing what people are up to,” Smith told Mashable.
“In addition, you get a sense of what people do and who they’re hanging out with.”
Use a referral program.
Smith said Glass’ referral program is particularly great for companies that don’t want to use a direct email marketing program.
“They can call up and say, ‘Hey, we need a developer for a project,'” he said, adding that this program has helped a lot.
“One of the biggest things is that they have a referral link.
That means people can go to Glass and they can get their referral and that will lead to their actual job.”
Check your bank statements.
Google has a database of thousands of job listings that it has created for the companies it partners with, which includes many of the companies that have the biggest market share.
“When we’re partnering with them, we try to get their job listings,” Smith stated.
“That way we can be able to see how they’re performing, and also to see who’s working on their projects.”
Smith also suggested using Glass’ “Glassbot” tool to find jobs that might not have been on Glass’ listings.