One of the first questions someone looking to get into freelancing usually asks is “Where can I find work?”. Most of you already know about Upwork and I’ve wrote a lot about getting successful there from creating the perfect Upwork profile to bidding the right way to jobs. But there are also dozens of other freelance websites you can check. A lot of times, these can offer what the biggest player in the field can’t or won’t.
You might have already heard about some of these freelance websites, like Upwork or Freelancer, but there are a lot more out there. So, keep reading this post to find out more about freelance sites that have been flying under your radar and where you might find some good projects to work on.
Here are the 20 best freelance websites to find work on:
Previously known as oDesk (Elance joined later), Upwork is now by far the biggest freelancing platform on the Internet. Most freelancers start here as Upwork usually has something for everyone’s taste. Are you a freelance content writer, designer or a virtual assistant? Then you will probably be able to find remote work on Upwork. Whether you’re looking for a short-term gig or a long-term project to build up your portfolio, this is where you’ll find the most opportunities to showcase your skills and knowledge on the freelance market.
I’ve mentioned virtual assistants, if you want to know what are the best VA companies, take a look at: Evaluating the Top Virtual Assistant Companies of 2017 on Time Doctor blog.
Freelancer has been around for a while now and with over 11 million total jobs posted (filtered for spam, ads, test projects, unawardable or simply unable to be fulfilled), it has managed to carve a niche of its own among freelancing websites. If you have a competitive nature and have no problem testing your skills against other freelancers to show the prospective client that you are the right person for their freelancing project, Freelancer is a good place to be.
Primarily, LinkedIn is a social-networking site that focuses on professionals and businesses looking to connect. It numbers over 106 million active users, many of which include potential clients looking to hire top notch freelancers to help them with their business as well as freelancers showcasing their skills. It’s available in 24 languages and, in my opinion, even if you’re not going to use it to search for freelancing jobs (though why you wouldn’t I don’t know), creating and maintaining a LinkedIn profile is a great way to connect with influencers.
In September 2016, Hubstaff, an American company providing staff monitoring via time tracking software launched Hubstaff Talent, a completely free, no fee included resource for freelancers, agencies and companies to connect for projects in marketing & sales, writing & content, design & multimedia, web development, database & IT, admin and business consulting.
Hubstaff Talent has already amassed almost over 27,000 profiles, including nearly 5,000 freelancers from the United States. The site can also boast almost 1000 agencies and is available in 164 countries across the globe, with a clear trend of growing even more in the future.
Fancy yourself a top-class freelancer and don’t want to bother anymore with overcrowded freelancing websites where clients pay peanuts? Then Toptal should be your next stop for finding freelance projects. However. keep in mind that not everyone can enter. Toptal is a site for the top 3%, the creme de la creme when it comes to freelancing, so be prepared to go through a screening process. If you do, you’ll have the opportunity to work with some big company names.
Initially focusing on North America, Guru has been expanding to other markets in the last few years. What’s great about it is that you can see how much a potential client has spent so far and thus make a more educated decision on whether you want to work with them or not. At the same time, you can create your own portfolio, which includes past jobs and reviews from previous clients for future employers to decide whether you are the right fit for their project or not.
While on other freelance websites, it’s clients that post projects for freelancers to bid for, on Fiverr it works the other way around. Here, instead of hunting for projects clients are posting and hoping that you will match what they need, you create your own “gig” based on the skills you have. You can then put your gigs in different categories, based on keywords to reach more prospective clients.
PPH allows you to bid free of charge on up to 15 projects, before you have to sign up for a paid plan. While this may not seem like a great deal at first, it means that PeoplePerHour is a place for only serious freelancers. If you think you have what it takes as a SEO expert, web designer or copywriter, take a look at PeoplePerHour and you won’t be disappointed. Another good thing about it is that you will get notified for new job openings for free.
Most of you know Craiglist as a place to sell or buy household items, but there’s more to this site than it meets the eye. Craiglist is also a good place to find freelance jobs. Since most of the projects include local freelance jobs, it’s always a good idea to apply for gigs in your area so you can meet with clients face to face to see if if you should work on their project or not. If you’re looking for an office setting and something near your place of living, you will likely find it on Craiglist.
With many freelance platforms, one of the biggest problems for clients is finding a reliable freelancer. As most such sites are open for entry to almost everyone, that leaves plenty of space for the less skilled to apply as well. This, of course, lowers the overall quality and is one of the main reasons why some clients still don’t want to hire freelancers. FreeeUp is a freelance platform that uses a comprehensive vetting system to only hire the top 1% of freelancers, thus ensuring the best quality for clients. The company hires over 1,000 freelancers at the moment and has worked successfully with around 6,000 clients from different industries.
One of the biggest concerns you might have on other freelance websites is if the clients are actually legit. On FlexJobs you can put your mind at ease as all telecommuting jobs are thoroughly screened and no scams may pass. Besides a plethora of freelance project opportunities, this website also offers special discounts to freelancers via its partner websites and access to webinars and other terrific resources for freelancers to use.
If you know your way around creating top notch content that builds trust and brand authority, Freelance Writing Gigs is one of the freelance websites you should pay attention to. For bloggers, article writers, editors, proofreaders or anyone else good with a written word, this is a great stop to find interesting projects and earn some money.
99Designs is a freelancing platform that caters to web designers. So while it’s not interested to, for example writers, if you have a knack for designing websites, check out this website for some great freelance job opportunities. There are thousand of design projects to choose from, so expect to find a project to suit your skills.
The Creative Group has a very simple (and true) motto): “Creative is Our Middle Name”. If you think you are creative as well, take some time to upload your resume here and show clients what you can do for them. You can even upload a resume folder from your computer or Dropbox or link to your LinkedIn profile.
If you’re sick of freelance websites taking a piece of your earnings, take a look at iFreelance. While it works on the same principle as most other freelance websites, it allows you to keep all of what you’ve earned working with a client. If nothing else that’s a great reason to try out this freelance platform.
Besides giving you the option to work on site or remotely, Aquent also offers online courses free of charge. Not many freelance websites have that. You can use these to improve your skills or get some new. It’s all about being more competitive on the freelance market. The site offers projects all over the world and you can find them either by location or looking for their keyword.
If you think that you need to be a programmer or a really good writer to get hired as a freelancer, that’s not true. On SimplyHired, you can find freelance work as a Data Analyst, UI Developer, Flight Attendant or a Warehouse Worker. Many companies, even in more blue collar industries are moving away from traditional recruiting processes and they’re all on SimplyHired. If you’re looking for freelancing work, maybe you should be too.
A big problem for many clients lies in how to best communicate to freelancers what exactly they are looking for. If they’re not lucky, their relationship with a freelancer can turn into a back-and-forth until the freelancer gets it right. This is definitely a problem on most freelance websites. On Designhill, they’ve dealt perfectly with this little problem as the website enables employers to give freelancers feedback in real time.
StackExchange isn’t your typical freelancing platform. However, it’s still a good place for freelancers and clients to meet and connect for some collaboration. The site is actually a forum, so if you want to get anything out of it, you need to engage. Be a part of the discussion here. It’s more about building trust here than anything else.
Previously known as CrowdSource, this freelancing platform has since changed the name to OneSpace. It offers clients the ability to manage their on-demand workforce much more effectively than they can on most other sites of this type. With OneSpace, it’s easy to gather a team of freelancers with the skills you need, post projects and maximize your efficiency by using OneSpace’s point-and-click automation tools. In addition, you can also take OneSpace for a 30-day trial run for free and see if they fit your needs or not.
Do you have experience with any of these freelance websites? Were they good or bad? Can you recommend to other freelancers any other sites to check out? Let us know in the comments below.