Finding freelance work with BuiltWith.com is hands-down the easiest way to locate and get the freelance clients that you want. As a freelancer of over 10 years, I’ve managed to entirely steer clear of job boards and sites like Upwork by finding freelance work proactively in the areas I’m well versed in. Nothing works better than showing up as a self-starter ready to do some good work.
A Professional-Grade Tool For Finding Freelance Work Online
Builtwith.com is a premium and robust service with a respectable monthly cost. The cost itself requires you to work at a monetized level while using it. The Pro Account, its most used option, is $495/month. To someone just getting started, this may be extreme. But seasoned professionals know the price of any product or service is relative to what that product or service can provide.
I signed up for BuiltWith.com based on two very important requirements it fulfilled.
- I can save time finding freelance work to the extent I save $500/month in my time spent. Spending less time prospecting is a breath of fresh air.
- The work that I find is better work, allowing me to make more income and easily pay for the service.
In this case BuiltWith covers both in the following ways:
- Time Saver: It narrows down my searching to extremely specific sites. For example, I can find a real estate website using IDX Broker, which is hosted on WP Engine. This would take forever using Google Search.
- More Income: Early in my career I worked on $1,000–$5,000 projects. Now the projects I take on range anywhere from $10,000–$30,000. BuiltWith lets me find clients that more specifically suit my skillset and are at a level to hire at my current rate.
Uncovering New Freelance Work Opportunities
I strongly believe that the best work opportunities don’t exist on job boards or within freelance work websites. It’s better to find someone who needs your help before they even go looking.
This perspective comes from years of working directly with business owners. Often online business owners know their projects need ongoing work, but keeping track of what needs to be done, let alone how to do it well, is so daunting that these projects end up getting pushed to the end of their task list.
This is where you come in.
It’s easiest to explain finding freelance work scenarios using case studies, so let me describe a freelance vocation scenario where you can create your own work.
Finding Freelance Work As A Web Developer
As a web developer, you can build a ton of different kinds of websites, but you tend to focus on one type of platform. I’ll use WordPress in this example because it’s a robust, growing community where I find the majority of my freelance work. Here are the steps you would go through using BuiltWith.com for finding freelance work within the WordPress ecosystem:
- Gather together a few of your best examples of past work, and outline how the client benefited from the work you did.
- Identify several tools that you used on each site. For example your WordPress website may be built using:
- Using BuiltWith.com, locate website owners in your state that are using these options.
- Review their website and see if there is room for improvement. If so, star their listing. Use their contact information to personally reach out for the correct email address and send them a screenshot of their website.
- Send them a quick outline of what you can do and the rate you’d charge for these edits.
It’s pretty amazing the response you can get using a proactive approach to finding your own freelance work. I’ve had a ton of freelance relationships start with a few quick edits to show my capabilities and how I can help. Some have led into five to 10 years of ongoing work. With BuiltWith’s help, you can streamline the most likely spots for success.