Working as a freelancer is a dream come true for many professionals out there. You get to choose your own hours, there’s no boss looming over your shoulder, and you get the flexibility that a 9-to-5 gig could never give you.
If this sounds like the ideal working scenario, the only thing that’s left is to put yourself out there and share your skills with the world.
There are numerous freelance platforms that will help you get started and, lucky for you, we’ve assembled a list of the best ones.
Here are the 20 best freelancing websites to help you find work in no time!
Fiverr is a unique freelancing website in that you can create a gig that you want to work on rather than apply for freelancer positions posted by companies. This way, you can market your skills and services and get found through a keyword search by potential employers. You can also add completed projects on your profile and list your key skills, which is a great way to attract clients and assure them of your talents.
This is another brilliant website, connecting over 5 million clients with talented freelancers. Upwork is one of the most versatile freelancer platforms out there, as it welcomes professionals of any trade and level. You have the option of working on an hourly or per-project basis, and you can make a bid to clients on available postings. This is an ideal way to get started if you’re just entering the freelancing field, and securing work should be considerably easy due to the popularity of this freelancing website.
Freelancer is another popular website with millions of job openings available at your fingertips. You’ll never be short of work here, and you can opt to carry out projects on an hourly rate or as contests, where different freelancers can submit an entry to a single posting. Like Upwork, you approach employers by bidding on a project. However, do bear in mind that if you opt for the free membership, you will be restricted to only 15 bids per month.
FlexJobs is a great site not just for freelancers but also jobseekers looking for remote and flexible work opportunities. You can choose from a large range of projects, and rest assured that you’re applying for legitimate gigs as the site closely monitors new openings. Another big plus is that you have access to useful resources, including skill tests, career tips and partner discounts. If you want to reap the benefits of this freelancer website, however, you need to commit to a monthly fee, which will grant you access to all these perks.
Hireable is a simple, user-friendly website for every freelancer out there. Its interface is similar to regular job search engines, and you can filter your search based on location, job title or any other useful keywords. You can also get personalised notifications and job alerts for new openings based on your skills and preferences. Plus, you can save available gigs and revisit them later as well as keep track of the ones you’ve already applied for.
Guru is one of the biggest freelancing websites out there, helping over 3 million users find freelance work opportunities. Not only can you filter available jobs based on your preferences, but you can also review an employer’s profile to ensure they’re the right fit for you. The site also makes collaborating easy, as you have the option of using virtual workrooms where you can add team members for any project. Another big plus of Guru is their low commission fees, averaging at just 5%, making it the lowest among other freelancing sites.
This one is an especially great option for freelance marketers, SEO specialists and software engineers, but there are also many other opportunities available. PeoplePerHour will match you to the most relevant projects for your niche, and you can make a pitch for the ones you’re interested in. Overall, you’re entitled to 15 proposals before needing to sign up for a paid plan, although you can browse jobs for free and decide which ones might be worth it. You can also get found by employers based on your skills, location and experience.
ServiceScape helps editors, writers, proofreaders, translators and graphic designers practise their niche. As a freelancer, you get your own profile, which you can customise with your skills, experience and past reviews of your work. This helps attract potential employers and reassure them of your capabilities. Once they’ve made up their mind, they can easily reach out to you with all the necessary details of the project they need your help with.
Whether you’re a handyman by profession or you’re just really good at assembling IKEA furniture, TaskRabbit is the perfect website for freelancing your services. Here, you can sign up as a Tasker and take on tasks posted by users, including furniture assembling, line queuing, house repairs, cleaning and moving boxes. The site helps you find jobs close to your location, set your own rates and select the tasks you want to complete.
99designs is a freelancing website curated for designers, as the name cunningly suggests. From logo design to book covers and brand guides, 99designs has a little something for every professional looking to freelance their skills in the creative marketplace. The site gives you the option to either work directly with a client on a particular project or submit proposals through contests. Depending on your expertise, the site categorises its freelancers under different levels which you can gradually move up to, starting from entry-level and going up to top-level designer.
Toptal has a stricter screening process than other freelancing websites and is exclusive to highly experienced freelance professionals. Indeed, Toptal is infamous for only accepting 3% of applicants, all of whom have to go through extensive interviews and tests before joining their select pool of talent. Nonetheless, once you’re in, you get the opportunity to work with prestigious clients, including the likes of Airbnb and Shopify. And as the crème de la crème of the global freelancing community, you’re also entitled to above-average compensation.
12. College Recruiter
If you’re a student or a recent graduate on the hunt for entry-level freelance work, College Recruiter is the place to go. You can browse through available opportunities based on your degree, level of experience and industry of choice. This is a great way for you to get some work experience while you’re in school or develop your professional skills as a graduate, and perhaps even land a more permanent role in the long-run.
CloudPeeps is a freelancing job site focused on the marketing and social media fields. Like Toptal, CloudPeeps has high standards for freelance candidates, meaning that you’re more likely to get accepted if you have extensive experience in the industry. However, due to its more exclusive community of freelancers, it’s easier to land a gig once you’re in. CloudPeeps also boasts a higher quality base of clients, including L’Oréal, Zappos and Lyft.
SolidGigs saves you from the exhausting hunt for new client jobs by sending you a tailor-made list of openings on a weekly basis. Not only are you offered the opportunity to grow your business and get steady clients, but you can also develop your professional skills and perfect your craft. While there is a monthly fee for its services, you get your money’s worth with access to online courses, a resource library and other useful tools that will make your job that much easier.
Mediabistro is the perfect fit for independent professionals who specialise in media. Once you join, you get unlimited access to helpful courses meant to help you sharpen your skills and build on your expertise. If you opt to become an unlimited member, meanwhile, you also get your pick on useful freelance tools, discounts to industry resources and events. Plus, you get to choose from curated listings that are tailored to your skills.
Designhill is another creative marketplace that caters to freelance designers looking for work. The platform’s interactive features allow you to receive live feedback from your clients and speed up the process by simplifying communication. As a freelance designer on Designhill, you can showcase your portfolio, making it easier to win over potential clients, while you can also participate in competitions by contributing to posted projects.
With Aquent, you can work remotely or on-site and find contract-to-hire jobs. You can filter your search based on location and keywords, and find the best creative, digital and marketing jobs in your area. Aquent is also devoted to the professional development of its members, offering them the chance to complete online courses and practical training that is bound to boost their performance and help them hone their skills.
18. The Creative Group
The Creative Group helps independent professionals find work in photography, marketing and copywriting, among others. The site is part of staffing agency Robert Half, and you can simply filter your search to find full-time or contract-to-hire positions that you can apply to. And if you want to polish your application before sending it off, you can even submit your résumé for a check beforehand!
With LinkedIn’s freelancing platform, you can receive leads for work, bid on projects and form professional connections with potential employers. Before you can join LinkedIn ProFinder, however, you’ll first need to set up a professional LinkedIn profile. Once you’re accepted, LinkedIn will start matching your expertise with different requests made by LinkedIn members, and if a job takes your fancy, you can respond with a brief proposal and your terms. Bear in mind that your first 10 proposals are free but will then have to upgrade to a monthly membership plan.
20. We Work Remotely
We Work Remotely prides itself for having the largest remote work community worldwide. As a freelance professional, you can find full-time or part-time employment with global companies by browsing the available categories on the site. You can also receive daily listings via email, so you’ll always be in the loop for new positions and projects that may interest you. We Work Remotely is also very focused on promoting its community of remote workers, often hosting networking events and meetups in various locations.
As an independent professional, you have many freelancing websites available at your fingertips. And with many companies now choosing to outsource their workforce, the opportunities to find meaningful work from the comfort of your home are more than ever. Indeed, regardless of your niche, industry or professional goals, there’s a site and a job for every freelancer out there!
Have you ever used any of these websites before? Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below!
This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published in June 2015.