Today, more and more people choose freelancing over full-time employment. Whether you are a content writer, a programmer, graphic designer, web developer or something else, almost any job can be done remotely. The fact that over 53 million people in the United States are freelancing and that this number, according to estimates will grow to 50% of the American workforce by 2020 speaks volumes.
If you are looking for independence and the ability to choose when you work, with whom you work and what you work on, then there’s really no doubt you should go for freelancing. Simply put, freelancing is not a fallback for those who can’t find a “regular” job, but a conscious choice. According to this study by Slash Workers, only 6% surveyed freelancers said they would jump back to 9-5 schedule as soon as an opportunity presents itself. The other whopping 94% interviewed freelancers have no doubt in their mind that this is their career.
If you’re a web developer or designer, you should be happy to know that your skills are in high demand today. There are many clients who are looking to hire a person just like you to help them with their website. The only problem is where to find them. Fortunately, as a freelance web developer, there’s no lack of options for finding well-paid gigs. These 10 websites are a great place to start your job search and get hired:
If Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr and platforms like that are where you go when you’re starting to freelance, Toptal is the next level. Because to get in, you’ll have to be better than most. Toptal accepts only the best 3%, so there is a screening process you will have to go through, but once you have successfully passed it, you’ll have the opportunity to get hired as a web developer, UX/UI designer, logo designer, or even a consultant for startups or venture capitals by some of the most fast-forward companies in the world like J.P. Morgan, Zendesk, Udemy or AirBnB.
As a developer, you are likely familiar with StackOveflow. If you’ve never heard of it, which I sincerely doubt, it’s a Q/A site for computer programmers, designers and developers made by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood back in 2008. So, let’s say you are stuck with a certain code or something, all you need to do is post a question on the site and the ever-helpful community will provide an answer.
But StackOverflow is in fact much more than a question-and-answer website. If you know your stuff you can find a job here as a web developer here (among other things). Just sign up for a Stack Career Accounts and you can connect with tech companies from around the globe. From here, you can search a specific job or a company, sort your feed by newerst, matches or salary, create job alerts so you get notified on your email when a job matching your skills comes up and much more.
Dribble offers mostly jobs for designers, but they are not forgetting developers either, so you’ll find plenty of job opportunities here as well. How it works is that companies post projects on the Dribble job board, you click on their job if you like it and apply on their website. You will need to have a Dribble Pro account before you can do that, but this small step can be well worth it if you are looking for well-paid gigs to add to your portfolio.
Envato Studio is a community where clients can connect with WordPress designers and developers to help them with their project. Once a client finds a web developer (hopefully it’s you), they send a brief, explain their requirements to the freelancer and submit a payment. Envato will hold this until the project is successfully done. The client can then manage his job, provide feedback to the freelancer and once satisfied with his work, approve it. At this point Envato releases the payment to the talent.
LinkedIn is a social network where professionals can connect. As a freelancer, not having a profile on LinkedIn means you are missing out on a lot of opportunities. One of them is not being able to use LinkedIn Jobs to find your next gig. What I really like about LinkedIn jobs is that it will tell you, based on your profile and the profile of other applicants, where you are compared to them. This way, you can see what are your chances for a specific job. In addition, you can also create a job alert based on your preferences. For example, if you are looking for a job as an Android developer in California, you’ll get notified every time someone posts a project for Android developers in this state.
But that’s not the only way to get hired via LinkedIn. If you have a great portfolio, some clients will contact you directly with job opportunities. While this is a also a good way to find gigs, I’d recommend being careful and to research the people who approach you this way as some of them might be scammers. Even LinkedIn isn’t exempt from them, I’m afraid.
If you know your way around WordPress and are looking for a job, you should definitely take a look at WPHired. The site only has projects for US and UK, but if you reside here, there will be plenty of chances to work with exciting companies. They are looking not just for full-time employees, but often freelancers or as well.
WPHired has a wide variety of categories you can choose from, so you can find a job as a WordPress plugin developer, programmer, writer, SEO expert, to customize WP themes and much more.
Gigster connects best performing talent with leading brands in the world. Just to give you an idea who you can work with on Gigster, clients here include big shots like IBM, Ebay and many other Fortune 500 companies. Naturally, they are only happy with the best. So keep in mind that high quality is a must if you want to work via Gigster.
And, judging by their Mission Statement, it would appear that the guys over at Gigster see in which direction is the wind blowing when it comes to the nature of work.
In order to start working on Gun.io as a freelance web developer, you will first need to have a Github account. If you do and can show some good repositories and codes in your account, some of the best companies in the world like Amazon, Tesla or NBC Universal might decide to hire you. So, if you want to connect with some of these companies and you meet Gun.io’s strict quality standards, then apply with the site. Make sure to attach your resume, GitHub URL and handle, StackOverflow URL, tell a few things about your work experience and attach your best code for approval.
If you’re a Joomla expert, then Joomlancers is a good place to check out and start offering your freelance services to clients on. The site is in essence a job board where you can see available projects, their budgets (if specified), how many bids there are on it and more details about the job. If you think you’ll be able to help the client with what he needs, simply apply for his project with a short message and a bid.
Most of the jobs on Joomlancers are, obviously, for Joomla experts, but from time to time you’ll also find something for WordPress, Magento, Drupal and other CMS. So be sure to check their job board often.
I already mentioned GitHub when I was talking about Gun.io, but there’s another benefit of joining the world’s number one software development platform. It’s also a good place to find a job. Just go to the GitHub job board, look around and if you find a project you like, apply for it. You can narrow your search by job description, location (country, city, state or zip code), as well as subscribe to get updates every week directly in your email and see what jobs are available.
Are you ready to connect with amazing clients and start working with them as a freelance web developer? Then check out the 10 websites I’ve just told you about. Also, if you are looking for writing jobs, take a look at this post for the 10 best freelance writing websites or this post for the best 20 freelance platforms in general.
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