I'm interested in web design and development, however I'm new and not confident enough to take on clients myself. However, I know enough that I could help a Consultant-developer now who is busy and needs someone to do setup work for them to help them. There have to be consultants who are very busy and need freelance assistant help; how do I find them? I don't want to work full time for a company; I want to freelance and help out consultants a few hours here and a few hours there would be wonderful.
This may sound overly simplistic - but I'd suggest just asking a few. Assuming you want to find someone local that you can work on site with - just seek out a dozen or so and ask them. If an individual says no, ask them who else you should ask in the area.
They shouldn't be hard to find. Said differently, if they are - they probably aren't busy.
One good platform for this is LinkedIn. You can search based on people’s job titles and get quite targeted in your approach. I’ve recently had quite a few proposals coming in from personal and virtual assistants, both individuals and companies. I’m not looking for this kind of support at the moment but I will keep their details on file for future reference.
You can also offer your services on freelancer platforms like Upwork, applying to job postings that fit your expertise and the job scope that you’re looking for. There are opportunities here for web development support on projects where they maybe just need an extra pair of hands.
In the meantime, how can you build your confidence so that you can take on bigger projects in the future, if that’s something that you would like to do? Is it a question of filling your skills gaps, getting more projects under your belt, or simply having more time to consolidate your knowledge?
Get in touch if you’d like to discuss the specifics of your skills and experience and how you can best move forward in your career.
You may have some luck on Reddit's /r/freelance.
Another idea would be to hit local meetups for the web industry and talk to the people there. You'll get a sense for who's busy, and who you might be a good fit with.
Also, look at industry publications and see who's writing for them. These are typically very bright, very busy people. Try to become useful to them and you could end up getting an excellent education under their care.
The key is to remember that busy freelancers are always worried about wasting time, so you have to overcome the initial fear that it'll take longer to show you how to do something than for them to just do it themselves (and the subsequent fear that you won't stick around long enough to recoup the training costs). If you can empathize with that and come up with solutions and systems to PROVE that you will save them time, you'll get a lot further.