How to make it as a freelancer

In a struggling economic climate, more people find themselves carrying two or more job titles. Increasingly so, independent professionals are using mobile technology to create ecosystems of work they enjoy. Who says you can’t drive an Uber in the morning, design websites all afternoon and cater your own food company at night?

“Freelancing full or part-time is an appealing way to secure multiple income sources, but it’s not always easy to get established and make the money you want,” says Melina Lewis, Head of Business Development at mobile commerce and networking app Chat Find.

Once stigmatised as an inability to secure permanent employment, the word “freelancer” is starting to shed its negative connotations. The Old Mutual Savings and Investment Monitor survey for 2017 found that 37% of 943 working respondents reported having more than one job, with many branching out from their primary career with an unrelated offering.

Mobile commerce apps are embracing the trend, “Freelancers and businesses can now create their own mobile shopfronts, where they showcase their skills and services, and make themselves available for other users to contact and endorse,” says Lewis.

The Chat Find app, which is available for download on Android and IOS, offers business owners and freelancers invoicing, secure mobile payment and direct chat capabilities. It allows users to search for specific services, within broader categories as well as exact geographic locations.

In the process of getting local businesses and freelancers on board, Lewis and her team have gathered insight on how individuals can best market their services. See some of her tips below:

  • Get your name out there: A presence on sites like LinkedIn and industry specific portals is key. These platforms lend credibility and provide a wider online presence.
  • Grow social: Social media is a powerful platform for freelancers, offering the ability to target specific customer groups and build your brand creatively. That said, in order to be seen, posts need to be boosted for a fee. With this in mind, make sure to read up on how to get the most bang for your buck.
  • Go mobile: South Africans increasingly use their phones to search for services and contact providers. While websites are good repositories of your past projects, they can be cumbersome and difficult to navigate from your phone. Make sure your customers can view your profile on their phones and get in touch instantly. The easiest way to do this is to create a Chat Find profile – over and above putting your service offerings out there, you can invoice clients directly from the app as well as build new business relationships. All Chat Find posts can be automatically shared to Facebook – so it’s one post, that appears in two places.

Signing up and posting on Chat Find is free, there is no mark-up on payments or sales processed through the app.

Chat Find is Perfect for the Holiday Season

It seems another year has flown by and 2016 has been a very interesting year for our users across the world. This year has been a big year for global politics, emerging-economies and a massive year for the tech industry.


It is the tech industry and its progressive development that interests us most. This year has seen a seismic shift to taking functional technology to mobile including various types of payment platforms, life tools, wearables and services that encourage human connections to solve human problems. It is certainly an exciting time for everyone interested in tech. This being said, technology is just an applied extension of people and their needs, and it is the people that really matter.


With the holiday season upon us, many of our users will be taking some well-deserved time off to spend with family and friends, while others will be traveling the world looking for fresh experiences in countries new to them.

Luckily, whatever you are up to, Chat Find will be there to make things easier. Here are 5 ways to use Chat Find in the holiday season:


  1. Use Smart Search to find products and services in new places that you are visiting. Whether this means tracking down the nearest suitcase shop in New York, or finding a good burger in the heart of Cape Town, Smart Search allows you to explore new places and find exactly what you are looking for.
  1. Find seasonal Deals in your area and find gifts at great prices
  1. December is a month full of entertainment. You can check out restaurants and cafes near you and message them directly to confirm a booking for you and your friends.
  1. Keep your Followers up to date with the interesting things you are getting up to by posting in Stories daily!
  1. Check the “Around Me” tab wherever you are to find relevant events and activities that you could attend with your friends or family.


With 2016 drawing to a close, we just want to say thank you to all of our users and businesses who have contributed to the rapid growth of Chat Find this year. We will keep working to make sure that Chat Find can be the best platform available, and we are excited to see what 2017 holds. Happy festive season, and all the best going into the new year!