If you’re (or want to be) a freelancer, you’re constantly doing a tricky dance of working for one client while courting new clients. It’s a delicate dance because you need to provide consistently high-quality work for your existing clients while simultaneously courting new client. When you’re first starting out, the dance, alone, can be exhausting. So, let me help. Here are 10 Go-To Places To Land Your Next Freelance Job.
10 Go-to Places To Land Your Next Freelance Job
Here we go. These are sites that I’ve used or explored for my personal freelance business. I hope they help you find the right site for you so you can find your next freelance job.
Upwork is a job site that helps you create a profile and you can apply for jobs for free. While you CAN apply to freelance projects for free on Upwork, it seems like job seekers on the free subscription package require an invitation before from a job hunter. It’s a bit cumbersome. I’ve heard it’s possible, but I just purchased the $10 subscription, and out of 6 bids, I got 2 jobs within two weeks. For freelance jobs from home, Upwork has been pretty helpful. The downside is that they require you to conduct your communications through their portal, and they control your payment.
However, on the off chance that a client isn’t ready to pay you, Upwork does protect you from the risk of not getting paid and that, alone, is helpful.
Flexjobs is a job portal that advertises full-time, part-time, contract, telecommute, and remote positions. With a freelance business, you have to be careful with Flexjobs. It’s important to really read the staffing requirements because some of these jobs require, even telecommuting staff, to report in person to the main office.
Freelancer is similar to Upwork, I signed up for Freelancer at the same time I signed up for Upwork. They had a ton of writing jobs and at a quick glance, I saw a few web development and personal assistant jobs.
I didn’t apply to many jobs through Freelancer because your whole profile is listed for every job you apply for and that seemed a bit invasive. But if you’re looking for a free job site and you don’t mind sacrificing a little bit of privacy, it’s a great opportunity to find your next freelance job.
Indeed is a fantastic website for local jobs. In some cases, you don’t even need an Indeed profile to apply. While they have a TON of available jobs, most of them are conventional, 9-5+, and require you to work at their location. They do have some telecommuting jobs, but I haven’t been super successful on that front yet. I’m not convinced they’re the best place to find a freelance job, but there are jobs available. So, I’ll keep trying.
If you’re a techy, then Guru is the place for you to find your next freelance gig. While Guru has writing, sales, and admin jobs available, their key differentiator is their technology, art, design, and engineering jobs. They have a ton! So if you have a technical skill, this is the place to get started with your freelance business.
6. Working Nomads
So, this is my next adventure. I really want to try out this job site. If you’re a stay-at-home mom or you’re a traveling nomad, looking to finance your next trip, Working Nomads is the site to find your next freelance gig. Working Nomads is a job site that only hosts remote jobs.
For you writers out there, Problogger has a job site page. I’ve never pitched to any of their jobs, but I keep an eye on their list. It’s a great place to pitch for bloggers, content developers, and technical writers. Most of the jobs are freelance and contract positions.
As Bloggingpro says, “they do the work for you.” For writers, Bloggingpro finds all of the great writing jobs online and puts them in one place (Bloggingpro.com/jobs/) to help writers find their next great freelance gig. You don’t have to have a login to find a great job. You just have to keep an eye on their site and develop a great pitch.
9. Craigs List
So this is not my favorite option; there are some shady characters on Craigslist. But, if you’re careful, there are some legitimate freelance jobs on Craigs List. If you’re just starting out, a few little jobs from Craigslist will help you build a freelance portfolio.
While you’re pursing job boards, you could be proactive and launch a Fiverr business to sell your services. Fiverr is a really popular place to find high quality (and inexpensive) services. Just because you’re on Fiverr doesn’t mean you can only charge $5. I’ve worked with contractors through Fiverr who have packages for over $100. It just depends on what services you offer; how good you are, and how well you promote your services.
At the end of the day, you can pursue any, all, or none of these options but they’re all great options to help you find your next (or your first) freelance job.