Finding freelance photography jobs online can seem more challenging than finding writing or graphic design jobs. But with the right job search strategy, you can find plenty of amazing work. The key is knowing where to find the best opportunities so that you can really hone in on those rather than wasting time aimlessly searching. Below, you’ll find a whopping 36 different places to find photography gigs, broken into easy-to-digest categories.
With freelance job boards, you get a specialized focus on contract jobs. These work well for the virtual photographer, as there’s rarely a way to filter by location. So, if you want to focus your search to online opportunities, this is the place to start.
As you know, photojournalism is a specific specialty of photography. In order to grow in that career, you need to build up a strong portfolio of news-related work. Journalism Jobs makes that a lot easier.
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Another fun way to find freelance photography jobs is through individual company websites. Some of these look for volunteers, while others require a lot of experience. There are plenty of other websites out there that aren’t promoting their opportunities. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your search and proactively reach out to the companies you’d love to work with. As with applying for any job, make sure your pitch (and your portfolio) is very tailored to their brand and content so they can immediately grasp where you fit in and what you could contribute.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your search and proactively reach out to the companies you’d love to work with.
Photography careers aren’t always launched from having your portfolio discovered, though an up-to-date portfolio is always worth maintaining. Sometimes there are freelance jobs on these boards, other times you could convince employers to hire you as a contractor. And maybe you’d even enjoy a more traditional photography career. These can be very profitable in your job search, even if they aren’t as specialized.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Indeed. You’ll find everything from entry-level positions to contracts to full-time photography positions.
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Photography careers can take several different paths–just like any industry. Landing the right gig is just the thing you need to start heading in the right direction. Continue your job search on a regular basis so that you’re never depending too much on one client. I use time tracking to make sure that I’m not spending too much (or too little) time on the freelance quest.
Do you have a favorite strategy for finding gigs? Comment below with your best spots!
This is an archived post from the FreshBooks Blog and was originally published in April 2016.