Working in an office? For many of us, the answer is a resounding “no, thank you”! According to a 2020 Upwork survey that included 1,000 hiring managers, it was predicted that almost 30 percent of the American workforce would remain remote through 2021 and that by 2025, “36.2 million Americans will be remote, an increase of 16.8 million people from pre-pandemic rates.” Though it may be a new way of life for many, remote work isn’t novel to the creator entrepreneur, as evidenced by some of the best freelance websites continuing to churn out opps today.
For the person who makes their own schedule, it’s important to not only stay organized but secure jobs that utilize your skillset without robbing you of excessive amounts of time and your health. Whether you’re plotting a transition to freelance employment, contemplating a side-hustle or looking for a one-time opportunity, here are the best freelance websites to sign up for. (And don’t forget about our weekly job board for freelance remote listings!)
You’re likely already familiar with LinkedIn, a name that is practically synonymous with job-hunting. The recently-launched Services Marketplace elevates its illustrious profile, by connecting freelancers directly to brand and business partners.
Upwork is another award-winning choice that allows users to browse the Talent Marketplace for experts in a multitude of categories; writing, administration, finances, and marketing, to name a few. The site also has guides for getting started on the site as a freelancer and tips for success.
If you’re a graphic designer looking to put more experience on your resume, Designhill offers a range of ways to get hired, including design contests, one-to-one design projects, and a profile where you can list your services and skills.
Toptal is known for its exclusive admission; of the thousands of talent applications submitted each month, fewer than 3 percent are typically accepted. If you want to promote your freelance services here, be prepared for a comprehensive screening process, which takes 2-5 weeks to complete.
Some of the world’s top companies peruse this website for freelancers who can get the job done from home. For job seekers, We Work Remotely offers a list of remote companies, top remote job searches and tips for getting hired.
In addition to searching Fiverr’s database for freelance help, job seekers can also become a “seller” by setting up a free profile. Choose from over 200 categories to describe your work or get creative with your own unique spin (as long as it’s legal and complies with Fiverr’s terms).
The name says it all! PeoplePerHour wants to “debunk the 9-5 work model” by allowing freelancers to promote their skills for hire on smaller projects and tasks.
It cost zero dollars to sign up for this website where you can be hired as a freelancer, hire a freelancer, build a freelance team, and pay them, all in one spot.
Here’s another straightforward option: complete your profile (photo included), search for jobs that suit your skillset, pitch the company you want to work with, and get started (if you’re hired).
If you’ve got tech skills, bookmark this site. Here is where software engineers, WordPress developers, product designers, and other similar experts can find gigs with no long-term attachment.
Whether you’re a creative or looking to hire a creative, Creatively is known as one of the best job sites for all job types, including freelance.
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