The freelance world is calling your name, and you’ve made up your mind, isolated your skills, and now you’re ready to get working. Hold up though, where exactly do freelancers find gigs?
Do not let this little hiccup become a roadblock, because no matter what level of experience you have, there are TONS of freelance job sites out there to find great clients and begin your freelance journey. The best news? I went ahead and researched them for you, so all you need to do is choose which is the right fit for you and start building a profile! Not a bad deal, right? Below, there are 15 of the best freelance job sites out there, as well as a separate Twitter job board list, and a few of my favorites from LinkedIn. Remember when I said I would never leave you hanging? Boom!
Before we jump into the lists (I know, I know, I’ll be quick), let’s talk about a couple things that you should have figured out BEFORE you begin applying!
- Figure out what you want to be doing. Don’t jump in without a game plan. Applying to any and every job just because is a waste of your energy! Focus on your niche or area of interest.
- Set your rates, or at least have a pay range. You know what you’re worth, and you will be surprised at the number of clients who know it too!
- Have a portfolio put together so that you can showcase past work. If you have never freelanced before, use your website. It also never hurts to ask around to friends and family who own businesses. See if they need any help, and use them as a starter to your portfolio.
Ok, now the good stuff!
15 Best Freelance Job Sites
Upwork– Upwork is the pinnacle of all Freelance job sites. It is easily the most popular “bidding” site, with hundreds of new jobs posted daily. As a freelancer, you bid on the job you want with rates, a proposal, and a great hook to let the client know why you’re the perfect fit. There is a lot of competition here, and you are generally bidding against 10-20 other freelancers for one job. Keep in mind that you won’t win every job, but if you stick with it and bid regularly, it pays off. Check out my Upwork guide here.
Freelancer– Freelancer has a HUGE database of clients and freelancers. You have the ability to bid on jobs, enter contests, and locate jobs local to where you live. With over 12.6 million jobs posted, there is something for anyone who is qualified. Again, this site is competitive but stick with it and it will pay off.
ProBlogger– ProBlogger in itself is an awesome resource, but the job section is the bread and butter! There are tons of reputable companies that post freelance writing, editing, and proofreading jobs daily. Be prepared to submit an application with a catchy, well-crafted pitch. It’s worth putting in the effort though, as a lot of these jobs offer long-term engagements and higher pay.
Fiverr– Fiverr is another super reputable site, and it does things a little different. On Fiverr, you set up a freelance shop and clients come to you. There are no bidding wars to be had, and no proposals to write. This doesn’t mean that beginners will struggle, jobs pay anywhere from $5-$500 with enough work to go around.
People Per Hour– People per hour is a great resource for those looking for writing, web designs, and web development jobs. There are over 1 million people looking to hire, and freelancers from around the world, there is more than enough work to go around.
Guru– Guru is an excellent site for newbies, because of the way they tier jobs. You can specifically look up fixed jobs for entry-level freelancers, and with lower fees than Upwork, it is less of a hit in your pay. They have several paid packages to choose from but also include a free membership. Unfortunately, you get significantly fewer bids per year with the free account, and they charge you to take skills tests.
CloudPeeps– CloudPeeps has an extensive application process, but it’s worth taking the time to go through it. They offer a really cool community of like-minded freelancers, called Freelance Friday. They have several different ways to connect with clients, but above all else, I love the workplace and supportive vibe they promote. It’s hard to find a community that really wants you to succeed, as opposed to looking at you as just the competition.
FreeeUp– FreeeUp does things a little different than most freelance job sites. Instead of bidding, they pair you up with a client based on the client’s needs and your skill set. There is an application process before you are accepted into the community, but for the opportunity to spend less time bidding and more time actively working, it seems like a no-brainer to take the time and apply. I actually just discovered FreeeUp through researching for this post and will be applying as soon as it’s published!
Freelanced– Freelanced calls itself “The freelance social network.” It’s a great resource for beginners to start out. I like the way they show the exact number of applicants bidding for each job, making the bidding wars less of a mystery. They also offer a broad range of jobs, from web design to painters, there is a taste of everything.
Toptal– Upon first look, Toptal is a bit intimidating. They only hire the top 3% of freelancers worldwide. Don’t let that scare you away if you are confident in your skills but lack the experience on paper, it’s still worth putting through an application. Toptal works with big-name companies, including Airbnb and Pfizer, which speaks a lot about their reach.
Crossover– Crossover, like Toptal, works with a higher class of freelancer. They have a rigorous application process, but the promises of getting matched as 1 of 5 options to a Fortune 500 company if you are accepted, is pretty enticing. They are trying to vet out the under qualified and make a more lucrative job field, offering higher pay and long-term engagements.
Hubstaff Talent– Hubstaff Talent is free for clients to post jobs, and they have a pretty good turn around daily. Great place for beginners to start.
99 Design– 99 Design is the hub for graphic designers, web designers, and all the fields in between. They also have a feature called “Projects” where past clients can request you specifically for a new job. That’s not something offered everywhere, and excellent for growth and client connections!
Freelance Writing Jobs– Freelance Writing Jobs is one of the largest online communities for freelance writers, and rightfully so. They offer thousands of job postings in a multitude of different areas. Content writers, bloggers, proofreaders, and editors will definitely get a lot out of the offerings here.
Jobspresso– Jobspresso offers a host of jobs in fields across the boards. Whether you are customer service focused, or a seasoned artist, there is a job posted here for you.
Whew! Did ya’ll absorb all that juicy info? Like I’ve said before, there are so many great resources out there. Someone asked me recently if I believe the freelance field is becoming oversaturated, and I just laughed. No one says that about bank tellers. Seriously, there are more than enough jobs to go around, you just have to know where to look!
Bonus time! I am a Twitter lover to my core, and I don’t care what anyone says! Twitter has brought me awesome job leads and great connections, more than Facebook and Instagram combined. I’m a huge believer of mastering one social network at a time, and Twitter has been my choice since the beginning of my TVC journey. Shameless plug (come follow me friends!) and follow these accounts for daily remote and freelance job postings!
We covered a lot of super helpful information here, and I hope that this makes breaking into the Freelance game a little less scary! Did I miss any? Is your favorite not on the list? Leave a comment below and let us all know! Happy job hunting!