Want to start a freelancing but don’t know where to find work? We’ve got just the thing for you.
Use this list of 52 freelance job websites to get started with a freelance job that will allow you to work from anywhere in the world.
You may already know that Upwork is easily the biggest player in the freelance jobs field. We have also had a lot of success with it, especially as beginners. However, it’s not the only player in the field and that’s why we have 51 other websites for you to consider.
Tip: Simply signing up to a freelancing platform will not bring you clients. Take the time to create a quality profile or spruce up your resume (whichever is relevant). Apply only to jobs you are qualified for and take the time to write thoughtful, attention-grabbing cover letters.
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Anyway, without further ado, here’s your list of websites for online work.
Upwork (previously known as oDesk) has over 1.5 million clients making it one of the biggest freelancing sites. Upwork is suitable for every type of freelancer. You can find both short- and long-term projects available in hourly and per-project work. There are quite a large number of low paying jobs but professional experience and a good profile can definitely help you attract the higher paying gigs.
Note: Elance.com (previously one of Upwork’s biggest competitors) is now an Upwork company as well.
Freelancer is one of the biggest freelancing site and offers millions of projects. As a freelancer, you compete with other freelancers in contests to showcase your skills. The best freelancer gets the job. Entry level freelancers may find it challenging to get a footing however, many clients are willing to give new freelancers a chance. To know more about Freelancer you can see a full review here.
FlexJobs is an online resource that collects thousands of verified job postings that offer flexible, telecommuting, part time and freelance positions. Flexjobs is quite popular because it filters out scams so you are assured of real jobs. FlexJobs charges a membership fee of $14.95 per month, $29.95 for 3 months and $49.95 annually.
Guru is another online freelancing site like Upwork that connects all types of freelancers with clients from all over the world. Freelancers build profiles with portfolios of work on Guru giving employers a chance to see your expertise. Guru has a daily job-matching feature to help freelancers find new opportunities.
5. Hubstaff Talent
Hubstaff Talent is a free platform that connects freelancers directly with businesses. All you need to do is sign up, fill out your details, then wait for potential employers to contact you. There’s also a job section where freelancers can browse 100s of available jobs.
6. People Per Hour
People Per Hour is based on a bidding system where qualified freelancers bid for a project. Popular industries on the site include marketing, SEO, legal, accounting, design, writing and programming.
Project4Hire is another freelancing platform for all types of freelancers. The site works a little differently from most freelancing sites as you are required to pay 5% of your pay once a project is awarded to you before you can begin the project. In case the client fails to hire you, the Acceptance Fee is refunded to your account.
iFreelance is popular with freelance writers, editors, coders and marketers as well. Interestingly, iFreelance lets you keep 100% of your earnings. This is something many freelancers, especially those starting out, will appreciate.
Skillbridge focuses on connecting highly skilled “elite” consultants with businesses seeking their services for short-term engagements. Freelancers can choose to work remotely or take on specific project work only. Skillbridge stands out because it reaches out to top-tier freelance consultants and industry experts.
OzLance is a freelance website that focuses on connecting freelancers with Australian and New Zealand professionals and business owners. Joining the site is free but members have an option paying a small fee to get accredited for increased exposure. You can find all types of freelancing jobs in oZLance.
ServiceScape is a relatively new kid on the block and is another freelancing marketplace worth checking out. At the time of writing, the site is looking for professionals in the areas of writing, translation, editing and graphic design. There is no bidding or crowdsourcing on this site. Instead clients can buy pre-defined services form individual freelancers by searching the freelancer directory.
For Tech & Creative
Toptal is an freelancing service for software developers and designers. The site links highly qualified developers with top tech companies and startups.Freelancers can also join the Toptal Community to attend frequent meetups and tech events.
13. Envato Studio
Envato Studio which merged with FreelanceSwitch, is a freelance site focused on graphics, website design and programming. The site sets details such as turnaround time and the number of revisions upfront to ensure high quality. You can find one-time or short-term projects on the site, and earn a fixed fee in return.
14. Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow is a community of programmers and the job board is an added bonus. You can search for remote work and freelancing opportunities by location or company. Freelancers can increase their chances of getting hired by getting involved in the site’s Q&A forum.
Freelancermap has thousands of remote IT projects available on contract. Techies can find jobs on the project board where hiring companies from around the world, post the jobs and projects available making.
PowerToFly is a specialised job board that focuses on matching women in tech with freelancing jobs available anywhere in the world. Freelancers have to go through a vetting process and invest in a paid trial that takes about a 2-4 weeks to make sure you’re a good fit.
17. Smashing Magazine
The Smashing Magazine freelance job board is a great resource for web designers and developers to find freelance jobs. Jobs vary from UX developers to product designers and everything in between.
18. WordPress Jobs
WordPress Jobs is the official WordPress job board where freelancers can find WordPress related gigs such as plugin development, theme customization, WordPress-site optimization among others.
Krop is freelancing site for techies and creatives. It allows freelancers to upload personalized websites showcasing their skills to employers. The site features a mix of full-time, part-time and freelance work, searchable by location and keywords.
WPHired focuses on providing freelance jobs for WordPress developers. Developers can find freelance, internship or a full-time positions in design, plugin development, theme development and more. The occasional WordPress SEO or copywriting jobs also crop up on the site.
99Designs is home to a variety of freelance designers. Designers showcase their work (logos, banners, website designs etc.) on the site and compete in design contests hosted by clients. Designers whose work is picked by clients are then paid a pre-determined amount of money.
DesignCrowd is another crowdsourcing marketplace for freelance designers looking to make money online. Jobs on the site include designing of logos, websites, brochures, posters, flyers, illustrations, stationery, business cards among others. To earn money you have to participate in a design contest and if your design is accepted you win the award money. Some clients will offer a base payment for just participating in the contest.
Behance is now part of Adobe and attracts millions of creative professionals in advertising, animation, architecture, computer animation, art direction, character design, cinematography, copywriting among others. Creatives can showcase their creative work by uploading their online portfolios.
Dribbble is a “show and tell” for designers.”Creatives can showcase their skills and work on the site for potential clients who might want to hire them. The job board also lists a variety of remote/ work anywhere opportunities.
Squadhelp is a crowdsourcing marketplace where creatives can earn money by creating company names, taglines and slogans, business logos, viral marketing materials,and more. The site involves participating in contests posted on the website. Members or contestants compete among each other to complete the branding project. The participating client then selects a winner who is awarded a predetermined amount. The site is open to everyone.
26. The Loop
The Loop is an Australian community for creatives. Freelancers can create portfolios of their work to apply for a variety of Australian businesses. The site offers a number of location-specific jobs, but its gigs section is full of remote work opportunities for writers, photographers, marketers, designers and more.
CloudPeeps is a job board for experienced marketers. The platform helps freelancers and clients work together on a variety of marketing projects ranging from SEO to copywriting, strategy to content and everything in between.
For Micro Jobs
Fiverr is a little different to your average freelance job-listing website. Instead of having companies post their projects so freelancers can apply, the site has freelancers create “gigs” based on what they’re best at. It’s the ideal site for anyone who offers small tasks (‘gigs’) that can be done quickly. These “micro jobs” could be anything from reviews, blog comments, voice overs, drawings, logo design and so much more. Fiverr projects used to be priced at $5 (hence the name) but this is no longer the case.
Damongo is another micro job market with gigs from freelancers and clients around the world. Once you have a bit of experience on Fiverr, expand your reach with Damongo as well.
For Writing & Media
30. Freelance Writing Gigs
Freelance Writing Gigs is a global freelance site for skilled writers, editors, bloggers, publishers or any combination of thees skills. There are thousand of jobs for freelancers who have a flair for writing.
31. Problogger Jobs
Problogger Jobs is an online job board for freelance bloggers. The site is updated regularly, improving the quality and chances of finding meaningful work. Because the site targets bloggers, the majority of the jobs available are blogging-related, but once in awhile you will find other writing jobs too.
32. Text Broker
Text Broker is an online content mill that posts a variety of freelance writing jobs. The site has writing opportunities for freelance writers with all experience levels including beginners. However, membership on the site is open to US citizens and residents only at this stage.
33. Naming Force
Naming Force is for you if are talented at coming up with catchy names that can be used by companies. To earn money on Naming Force, you need to find a contest submitted by a client and submit names. Registered members referred are then asked to vote for their favorite name. The client reviews the top names and picks the winner. The winning namer earns about $50 -$500. Naming Force only allows members from the U.S. at this point.
SloganSlingers is a site where writers can submit slogans or taglines to slogan competitions added by clients. A cash price between $55 – $999 is awarded to the writer of the best slogan. The site is open to anyone and is free to join.
GetASlogan is another slogan writing site where members create slogans according to a client’s’ needs. A clients requests for a slogan and interested ‘sloganeers’ (members) can submit slogans and the client then picks the one they like best. To qualify to participate in slogan submission, you have to write a couple of slogans which are ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd. After qualifying you can earn between $5-$25 for every ‘winning’ slogan.
MediaBistro is an online job board that connects writers, journalists and editors with popular magazines and trade publications. There are thousands of telecommuting media jobs for qualified freelancers. Freelancers can join the site free or choose the Paid AvantGuild membership at $45/year and get additional perks such as insider information on how to pitch national magazines. Jobs can sometimes be specific to U.S. citizens only.
For Online Tutoring
Tutor.com is a freelancing site for skilled tutors. You can tutor anything on Tutor.com from math to yoga. To qualify to be Tutor.com tutor you will be required to go through the application process that is free of charge. However, due to the rigorous screening process involved you might have to wait up to three weeks to get through the process. Having the ability to tutor multiple subjects improves your chances of being accepted.
38. Chegg Tutors
Chegg Tutors (previously InstaEdu) is a tutoring platform that matches qualified tutors with students who require academic help. The site offers a wide variety of subjects. Any tutor with a postgraduate degree can join the site and teach the subject they are qualified in, earning $20/hr. Tutors are required to have a computer and a Broadband connection and commit to work for a minimum of four hours a day.
39. Tutor Vista
Tutor Vista is another online tutoring service where skilled tutors can find freelance tutoring jobs. As a tutor, you will be required to submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interests and qualifications for the position during the application process.
For Remote Jobs
40. We Work Remotely
We Work Remotely is a job board specific to remote jobs. Jobs are available in design, programming, copywriting, customer service, and so much more. We Work Remotely was inspired by the book “Remote – Office Not Required” by the founders of 37signals.
Remotive offers a wide range of telecommuting, work-from-home and remote jobs to skilled freelancers. Remotive is also good for people who are just starting out in remote working as it offers weekly tips on remote work and productivity.
42. Working Nomads
WorkingNomads (formerly known as goRemotely) curates a list of remote jobs and sends them to members emails. Most members are digital nomads who travel as they work. Job categories on the site include development, design, systems administration, customer service and management.
43. Skip The Drive
Skip The Drive offers a wide array of telecommuting, work-from-home and remote jobs in any category. The site also has an interesting telecommuting calculator that works out how much time and money you can save by working remotely.
44. Virtual Vocations
Virtual Vocations is a job board featuring telecommuting jobs only. Jobs are available for writers, paralegals, designers and others too. The site was started by a stay-at-home mom and is run by a fully remote team. Members can upload a portfolio for which they receive a unique URL, that they can then use to direct clients to their work.
45. Remote.co Job Board
Remote.co’s job board is ideal for those looking for remote work opportunities. Roles are available in tech, marketing, design and even admin roles. Most positions are full time and some are limited to U.S. citizens only. The board is regularly updated with new openings.
46. Inbound.org Jobs
Inbound.org is a forum for marketers to discuss the latest trends in digital marketing. The site’s job board is an excellent resource for remote jobs in marketing, social media, development and more. Sort by remote location to find jobs that are not tied to a location.
47. Remote OK
Remote OK is a job board dedicated to remote jobs. Job categories include web development, mobile development, design, information security and also several non-tech roles.
Jobscribe is a jobs newsletter for remote jobs at tech startups. You can sign up and the site promises you a daily email with jobs in design, development and/or marketing.
For Transcription & Translation
TranscribeMe is an online transcription service that offers transcription work to any interested freelancers. You do not necessarily need previous transcription experience to join the site. The basic requirements include excellent typing skills and strong command of English language, both written and spoken.
Rev provides work-from-home opportunities for translators, transcribers and captioners. Membership is open internationally however there is a strict screening process. Average pay is about $30 per audio hour.
Quicktate is for experienced and professional transcriptionists. Jobs include transcribing phone call recordings memos, letters, legal files, medical files, conference calls among other audio files. Transcribers can select their own hours and work as few, or as many hours as they want.
CrowdSurf is a job site associated with Amazon MTurk (Mechanical Turk) that offers MTurk members more HITS (Human Intelligence Tasks). To sign up for CrowdSurf you need to have an Amazon MTurk account. Crowdsurf is well optimied to ensure members get jobs that interest them more. Members can set their own schedule but are required to maintain at least 20 HITS with a score of 3.5 or higher per week.
If you’ve been meaning to give freelancing a shot but didn’t know where to start…. well, now you know! Use these websites as the launchpad for your new freelancing career. Who knows… your online work may be your passport to freedom?
As always, feel free to hit us up with any questions or comments. We love to hear from you. If you have a favourite freelance jobs site that we haven’t covered – let us know.
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