Are you a freelancer, or you want to become one, your services are in really high demand. Are you looking for another way to pay bills, seeking more professional development opportunities or just loves the freedom that freelancing offers? There are sufficient rules for starting up on your own, but as a freelancer, getting higher-paying gigs isn’t just a matter of signing up on popular platforms.
You’ll have to branch out, establish a great portfolio of previous work and maybe even prove yourself through tests that showcase your skills.
Here’s a list of 20 current, active sites you can visit to find freelance job opportunities now.
Upwork: The most popular freelance job site on the Internet today with over 1.5 million clients, birthed from the merger of Ódesk and Elance. It comprises of both short- and long-term projects, hourly or per-project work and expert-level and entry-level engagements. Upwork is likely to have something for you regardless of where you are in your career.
Toptal : With a distinctly different approach than the other services on this list, Toptal is for seasoned, talented freelancers. Passing Toptal’s screening process gives you unparalleled access to meaningful projects with great clients and fair compensation.
Guru: With more than a 1.5 million freelancers on this platform. New freelancers can post jobs for free.
Freelancer: On Freelancer you can apply for freelance jobs and make submissions to design contests. It’s a relatively new platform on the market but already has a huge base of customers and clients.
Fiverr: Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. Don’t let that put you off, you can as well offer services as a professional in your field in Fiverr Pro with the proper requirements.
Damongo: Damongo calls itself the #1 website for micro jobs online! A lot like Fiverr, you can get paid for completing a wide variety of simple tasks related to graphic design, business, music, audio, and more.
Become one of the top freelance writers online, there are plenty of job opportunities out there waiting to get you a byline and more exposure. Here are some job sites just for freelance writers:
Online Writing Jobs: A place to find writing gigs online. It can be blogging, writing research reports, creating feature articles for magazines, and more.
Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs: This platform is designed just for Canada, but as long as you can write using Canadian English spelling, you’re golden!
Textbroker: Founded way back in 2005, Textbroker is a platform that connects businesses with professional writers. Become one of their authors to start earning money through their prestige and network of clients.
JournalismJobs: Journalism Jobs is an online database of open positions and freelance opportunities in print, broadcast, and digital media. Many of the jobs listed are full-time and location-based though.
MediaBistro: MediaBistro is another great job board that writers, editors, and other media professionals can use to connect with magazines and trade publications in their industry. The site features thousands of telecommute jobs writers can apply for.
The Shelf: If you’re a blogger and freelance writer, The Shelf is a good opportunity for you. On the platform, you can connect with other businesses and become an influencer to help them reach the right audience.
Problogger Jobs: Problogger Jobs is a job board for open writing positions as a blogger. You can find regular postings in all sorts of blogging niches.
Local/offline freelance jobs
Of course, freelancing isn’t all about working on your computer! There are plenty of offline contract jobs you can take on to start earning extra money. Here are some sites that are designed to help you find local/offline work:
Uber: Uber has just about replaced cab services in a lot of towns. Sign up for the app and get approved as one of their drivers, and you can start earning cash driving people around your town.
Surecab: Just like Uber, surecab offers the driving job, with a good car you can start making money in no time.
Lyft: Like Uber and Surecab, lyft is an on-demand transportation company. All you need is a good car.
Web design and development
Hirable: Hirable connects businesses with freelance developers for short or long term freelance projects. You’ll need to be pre-screened before Hirable can start connecting you with potential clients.
99Designs: 99Designs is the go-to site on the web for businesses who need logos, websites, and other material designed. Businesses post opportunities and designers submit their creations. If they choose yours, you’ll receive a predetermined amount of money.
DesignCrowd: DesignCrowd is a marketplace people go to get their logos, websites, posters, and other digital designs made. Like 99Designs, you need to participate in design contests to earn money.
Dribble: A job board for designers. Employers have to pay a several hundred dollar fees to start posting jobs, so you know they’re serious (and have some money to spend).