Being your own boss is the dream for many, and freelancing gives you the flexibility to call the shots, as well as earn a potentially full-time income. As the trend for freelance work gains popularity, there will be no shortage of online sources to help you with advice, networking opportunities, and jobs. With a wide range of options to choose from, however, it can be overwhelming for the first-time remote worker.
Here is a list of the best freelance websites, along with the traits that make them stand out from the rest.
This site is designed to connect talented web and mobile developers with startups and established businesses hoping to take their tech to the next level. There is no limit to the number of projects freelancers can take. You’ll be assigned a product manager to help you get work done and keep the communication between you and the client a streamlined process. Gigster looks for proven engineers from top institutions that want to be rewarded at each milestone in the development process.
Whether you are looking for project-based work or are willing to go full-time, Hired is there to match top companies with the freelance talent they are looking for. Unlike other platforms, Hired prides itself on a proprietary algorithm that claims to match developers and designers with projects that are best for them. Instead of spending hours bidding or applying for the jobs you want, workers will receive pitches from brands, with over 75% of candidates accepting the jobs they receive from the platform.
Originating as a destination for developers to find freelance work, Toptal now offers networking opportunities for developers and financial professionals. Freelancers go through a series of tests and skills assessments before they start (including language tests, problem-solving assessments, and live-action screenings.) Workers can set their own rate and are assigned a project manager for handling client communication.
$30 million in projects have been sourced through the Crew platform, with freelance designers, developers, and artists using them increasingly over the past 3 years. Crew doesn’t market itself as a budget provider and may have a waitlist at any time for new talent hoping to apply. An updated portfolio and a willingness to take on challenging projects is helpful in getting new work. Vetted and accepted talent can expect to work with big brands such as Uber, Eventbrite, tinder, Dropbox, and Apple.
Like other top freelance sites, Guru accepts developer and designers, but it also shares opportunities for writers, translators, finance, legal, engineering, and so much more! Jobs are posted every hour, so it’s best to complete your profile thoroughly and set it to notify of daily job leads. Based in India, there is much competition for work, and many of the professionals are located worldwide.
This site showcases the top freelancers in each service category, so it’s possible to make a lot of money with a job well done. Freelancer also offer contests, giving you the chance to compete against others freelancers. If you win, you get the contract, guaranteed payment, and noticed by everyone! (Entries on some are quite low, so your chances are pretty good.)
Perhaps one of the most well-known sites for the freelance gig economy, Fiverr has over 3 million jobs (or “gigs”) listed at any one time. Freelancers set up their profile, then sit back and be chosen from the marketplace. Jobs start at just $5 for simple tasks, but established workers can charge much more. By making jobs more complex, and charging for add-ons, it’s possible to earn a full-time living on this platform – doing about any task you can imagine. Workers can also earn tips and repeat business without going through any bidding process.
Work as much or as little as you want with this wide-ranging website. For a small fee each month, Upwork freelancers can earn the right to bid on a variety of freelance projects, ranging from a few dollars to thousands. Projects of every size and scope are advertised on this website, and free skills tests are offered to show you are qualified and to give you a chance at higher-paying jobs. Work is offered at project or hourly rate, in variety of industries.
This platform for writing professionals doubles as a portfolio service. Freelancers can create, store, and share stunning portfolios on Contently to showcase their work, then put their name in the running to be hired for writing jobs. While not everyone is picked, it’s a great free service. Over 100,000 award-winning journalists, videographers, graphic designers, and photographers use and love this site. The writers who have gotten hired boast that it pays very well.
This geographic-based service hopes to pair freelancers in major metro cities with businesses looking to hire. LocalSolo focuses on providing the best jobs to professionals who are open to meeting in person or on-site with the hiring company. By building an in-person connection, there is also the potential for creating repeat business opportunities and long-term relationships for freelancers. To see if there is a network in your area, simply visit the homepage and search by zip code. (New metro areas are being added regularly.)
Developers can create a profile on Hirable to let companies know their specific talents, skills, and experience. Then, Hirable puts the word out to get you matched up to opportunities that are a good fit. At the moment, they claim to only work with the top 2% of talent, but putting your application in is the only way to see if you’re qualified. Expect to get top-tier contracts from this exclusive group of freelancers.
YunoJuno is a top destination for creative and tech freelancers in the UK. It is currently free for freelancers, as the hiring companies foot the bill for costs. It boasts easy timesheets and payment within 14 days for completed work. Matches happen very quickly (with some freelancers being hired within minutes of posting!)
This platform is very popular among companies looking for new logos and design elements. Designers compete for every project, with the best design getting the work and the payment. Even if you don’t win the bid, freelancers have raved about the practice and portfolio additions they’ve gained from the process. Winners have gotten repeat work through 99Designs, as well, and many of those have gone on to get permanent, full-time jobs.
Another UK darling, this site focuses on every stage of the web project. From design to coding to social promotion, PeoplePerHour will crowdsource each task with only the most qualified freelancers. There is even a local freelance directly for those businesses who choose to work with their professionals in person.
While anyone can apply to be an Onsite freelancer, most projects are invite-only. The platform is free for businesses looking to hire remote workers. They accept portfolios from anyone, but most of the work seems to be coming from Europe. Much of the projects are very design-heavy and require onsite collaboration.
New hiring companies are popping up every day. With so many platforms to choose from, the right freelance opportunity is sure to be found. Which of the best freelance websites will you start with?