4 Oct, 2012  |  Written by  |  under Intern Updates

Before this internship, I thought I had a good handle on social media, but after a few short weeks, I am astonished by how much I have learned. Initially with twitter, I went through various modules to learn about how to gain a large following, and the importance of interacting with your followers. From a marketing major stand point, social media makes it extremely easy to select your target market, and attempt to reach them. This seems easy for certain new upcoming markets, but I never thought of deep frying a turkey, as its own niche market. However, as I read more into the subject, I am beginning to grasp how popular deep frying has become, and how much it will grow, in the next couple of years.  Furthermore, I have begun the process of learning how to set up a Facebook page, and how the page can increase your sales, and your following.

I am also excited to finally begin reading about how to deep fry turkey, so I am able to better sell the product.

This internship has really enhanced my social media marketing skills; I am extremely excited to continue with this project, and to learn more along the way.

Our past intern, Burlingtina Vines, has been hard at work getting her own freelancing gigs over the past few months using some online outsourcing sites.

She’s doing very well and applying much of the knowledge she gained from her internship with Intern Profits to help her grow her freelancing business.

She was kind enough to share with us an article on how other interns, recently graduated college students or anyone looking to make money as a freelancer can go about getting set-up with online freelancing bidding sites.

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Three Steps To Get Started Freelancing on Bidding Sites
By Burlingtina Vines, past intern with Intern Profits and Freelancer on oDesk.

Congratulations! You want to make a name for yourself with more experience. You may have successfully completed an internship or you’re moving into a new field. A great way to do this is to work on bidding sites such as oDesk and vWorker. The following are three steps that you need to take to begin your freelance experience there.

First, you need to get your legal house in order. Wherever you live, check with your local government to see if you need a business license. Some cities require you to have a business license to earn any income from home. Furthermore, if you do not have a business license and earn a profit, you could face some stiff penalties. To illustrate, if you work from home without a license in my city you face fines and six months in jail for each paycheck you earned. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Second, when you first join whatever site hide your profile until you are ready to show it. It’s great that these websites want you to start working as soon as you fill out the form, but trust me, you are not ready. Go through the options and hide your profile. Then, complete all of those extra sections. If you do not have any samples to show, go make some!

Third and lastly, take any relevant skill test you can. Some jobs require you to take some skill tests to apply for them. If you do not pass the test the first time, hide your score until you do. These skills also show your ability. Some website charge you these tests, while others do not.

So, start on small projects at online bidding sites. Help small business and make a little money on the side! Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to working from home as a freelancer. You can only go up from here!