One of the most daunting aspects of striking out on your own as a freelancer is finding work. For every legitimate work site out there, there are dozens more that are shady at best. I have been doing this long enough to see the good rise above the bad, and to see many sites evolve into excellent work resources. Below is a short list of some worth looking into:
The benefit to this site is the sheer volume of jobs posted each and every day. Whether you are a writer, a programmer, a designer, an accountant, or even a project manager, there are thousands of jobs posted that you can review and apply to. The upside is that Upwork posts both hourly and fixed rate gigs. The downside is that there is stiff competition for many job types, and paying for each bid you submit can be pricy.
When I first started out years ago, Upwork was a site called Elance.com. I set up a basic profile and used my meagre earnings from small jobs I won to eventually pay for a larger membership that gave me premium visibility on the site and access to more bidding credits. This was a strategy that worked well and was cost effective for me, but note that finding work on a site like this takes time – sifting through hundreds of job postings isn’t for the faint of heart!
I love this site because the listings are so beautifully and simply laid out, Each listing will redirect you to the original job posting, which is nice too. The downside is that almost all of the jobs posted are full-time, so if you are looking for one-off gigs, this is probably not for you.
This one requires a lot of discernment to be able to weed out the scams and worthless postings BUT I know a lot of people that have found viable clients and gigs using this site. Start by looking at jobs near you, then I recommend searching their Major Cities listings for jobs in your field and filtering by the telecommute/remote work/contract options. As a rule of thumb, never give more information than your resume, and it never hurts to Google-stalk the company that is hiring to make sure they are legit.
The major perk of this job site is that most of the listings allow remote work. They are also all screened carefully, and there are thousands to review. The downside is that there is a sizable membership fee. But – if you are serious about finding work – this is definitely a viable option.
5. SkillCrush has an awesome, extensive list of other options (I have not personally tried them, though). Check it out here.
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