For which audience this article is useful?
Well, it’s informative in all aspects and can help everyone in releasing that they could also have done something like this before. Anyhow, this article will help all FREELANCERS out there, who are seeking part-time freelance or home based jobs; yes, I know there are lots of portals for getting jobs such as Freelancer.com, Elance and oDesk.com however everyone knows about them and it makes them highly saturated platforms, where you are not alone to do particular task, there are always replacement and hence payout rate is lower that few workers won’t prefer working at.
Wait! Wait!, I don’t mean you shouldn’t visit those portals, I only mean that there are lots of people over there already and often it’s difficult to get a project so why not use alternatives (or should I say, UNIQUE ALTERNATIVES) for getting freelance projects!
Ok, so it started back when I looked all over for freelance projects for more than two months and couldn’t get even one as I didn’t had any of their exam passing certificate and was limited only to 8 bids at a time, they allows adding few skills and blah blah… though I manage to contact few employers however none of them wanted me to work as they thought I was asking high amount and there were people ready to work at even 1/3 of what I was looking for. I promise, I wasn’t unfair and was asking only for market standard rates but there are always people from Middle East regions like India and Bangladesh who are ready to work at almost free.
Anyhow, let’s just NOT talk about those portals; so I started searching for new places where I can get few freelance projects and I came across Craiglist.com – most of the people out here may already know about Craiglist however only a fraction have actually utilized it as I have done it. Craiglist is one of the pioneer CLASSIFIED POSTING (C2C) platform and it has thousands of posting from all countries on daily basis, these posts contain selling requests, purchasing requests, job offers, services, advertisements and other sort of stuff. They have separated their lists into [ Countries -> Category ] and you can visit any country’s section and start searching in individual categories; think of having more than 200 countries listed in a website and everyone has 5 categories and every category has thousands of records, updated on daily basis. AH! Too much data (Clue! This can be used for SEO purpose as well, however I ain’t changing my directions).
This was the point that actually attracted me; see, if there is a lot of data, there might be good jobs as well so I make a script that would go through all countries, select particular category/term and acquire all lists in to a single sheet and once it’s done, further filtration is possible using Excel. I had 79k data for the first time, took around 1.2 hours and after adding filter “Contain data – Content writer” it showed only 133 records, after adding further filters I got only 28 records and manually checked them and contacted only those which looked useful to me. Fortunately, I received response from two of the employers who were searching to outsource content writing and I got one small contract that very same day when I created the script – worked for me, it can work for you as well at-least it motivational for me!
By now, I have extracted hundreds of thousands of records since I am doing it from a week and believe me, thousands of records are posted daily at Craiglist, and this list will never end as well as chances of getting FREELANCE projects.
Script is ready and it costs only 50$, if anyone out there needs it – contact me directly otherwise make your own script, it’s easy with iMacro Scripting.