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Where To Find Freelance Work Online

Updated on July 17, 2013

Welcome Freelancers

The life of a freelancer has never been easier with the help of the Internet and all of the resources we have at our disposable. People can now learn on the go and apply this knowledge to find work online. Freelance work has grown exponentially in the last ten years and people are making a living by finding work online. So how do you go about looking for work online? What are some talents that you can learn to fulfill these jobs? How can a freelancer find more work and generate new client leads? There are plenty of websites that will match freelancers and employers so they can both receive maximum benefits from one another.

Successful freelancers must be highly specialized in what they do. The job market is a lot more competitive because there will be other freelancers from around the world that you'll be competing with. The best way to beat out the competition is to become an industry expert in a field. As a freelancer, it's important to be good at one skill then be okay at a bunch of other skills. Every business wants to generate sales leads to keep them running smooth and the same goes for freelancers, they'll need to keep generating work so that they can remain happy.

How Do You Find Work Online?

If you're a freelancer looking to find work online, the best way to start is by researching online. Before you start to look for online, here are some helpful hints to prepare you for the freelancer world.

  1. Create a Résumé - It's important that you have a résumé filled. Websites will ask you to fill out this information in order for employers to hire you.
  2. Sample Work - If you're a graphic/web designer it's important to have past work, so that employers are able to see your style. This applies to any freelance job.

Websites For Freelance Work

If you are looking for a freelance job, we have compiled the best sites where you can start your career as a freelancer online. Check out our list below and see where your skills and talents can be applied.

  1. Freelancer - Freelancer.com is the world's largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. They have been matching freelancers with employers from around the world for years now and it's a great website to start looking for a job.
  2. Guru - This is one of the largest sites for freelancers including programmers, content writers, and web designers. Once the project is completed, payment is released to the freelancer. Payment is safe because the site makes use of Escrow to protect the interest of both employers and freelancers.
  3. Elance - This site offers a great way for freelancers to earn a great amount of money by showcasing their skills and talents. You can work for a certain project and once delivered and approved, payment is sent. You can also build a good working relationship with your clients online.
  4. oDesk - This is a great place to build an online reputation as a freelancer. When your ratings get higher, more work is available for you. The type of freelance work they look for are programming, web designer, content writer, virtual assistant, and marketing professionals.
  5. People Per Hour - People Per Hour is a great platform for small businesses and freelancers. The type of freelance work they look for are programming, writing, virtual assistants, and graphic artists that are allowed to bid for a certain project. Once it is complete, they will have the payment.
  6. vWorker - vWorker is dedicated to writers, graphic artists, and programmers who wish to earn money by simply bidding on projects they wish to complete.
  7. Freelance Switch - This is another legit freelancing site where freelancers and clients can have a good working relationship. Earn money by completing projects based on your past experiences/
  8. 99 Designs - If If you're a great designer then this website has it all. From logos, business cards, websites, and more they have a job waiting for you. There are many companies and individuals that are looking to hire you so what are you waiting for?
  9. iWriter - This is a great place for freelance writers and get paid for writing. The more you write on this website the higher your rating, which means that you'll be getting paid more and more.
  10. Scriptlance - This website gathers programmers and web designers from across the globe to help earn some cash. Content writers are also a big part of the site and can also find work.



Tips For Freelancers

Since starting my career as a freelancer, here are some tips that I have used to become successful and wanted to share some with the community.

  • Get help from your friends and family to spread the word about what your work.
  • Gather a business email list and send out information about what you do, where you are and what you can offer.
  • Offer promotions for services with your invoices that you send.
  • Network by attending industry events – conferences, association meetings, seminars.
  • Create a business card and always have it on hand.
  • Use social media (facebook, twitter, etc)
  • Become social (on the internet and in real life)
  • Create a blog, it's fun and easy.
  • Give something away for free, whether it's submitting a tutorial as a designer or writing a blog post to a well known blog.

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Why Creating a LinkedIn is a Necessity

The life of a freelancer is great when you have clients consistently asking for your services right? Using social media is a great start to put your services out to the public, but let's just get straight to the point, do you have a LinkedIn profile?

In this post, I wanted to discuss the benefits you'll receive from creating a LinkedIn. I’ll also share some additional resources where you can learn more about using LinkedIn for your freelancing business.

The first thing you'll want to do is complete your LinkedIn profile. They just recently added a way to showcase your work in a "portfolio" section. This is the best way to get noticed and gain the attention of others who're looking for your work. Who knows you might actually end up getting hired! Also remember to add your contacts that are already on LinkedIn by linking your Facebook profile, email contacts, etc.

LinkedIn Features Freelancers Should Use

Here are several LinkedIn features you should be taking advantage of if you want to use it to market yourself as a freelancer:

  • Groups. LinkedIn has a ton of professional ground that provide a great way to network with other professionals. Once you've joined a few groups, check them to stay up to date. Contributing to these groups can also help get you noticed.
  • Jobs. LinkedIn will match your skill set to jobs people are looking for. They will send you updates on new jobs via email and you can be certain that you'll find freelance jobs listed.
  • Companies. Following companies on LinkedIn is a great way to get your foot in the door. Try this feature out and add some of the employees to get in touch with them.
  • Answers. LinkedIn has their own Q&A tool. Answering questions is a great way to get noticed by an audience of professionals.
  • Skills & Expertise. Listing out your skills and expertise will allow you to enter some keywords for your skills so that you can be found more easily.
  • Portfolio. Adding your past work to your portfolio is a new feature on LinkedIn and works great to help get your work noticed by other business professionals.
  • Recommendations. Getting recommendations from other professionals who've worked with you is an excellent way to stand out on LinkedIn. Make sure that you ask people who you've worked with in the past to recommend you on LinkedIn and make sure to return the favor.

Of course, there’s a lot more you could learn about using LinkedIn effectively.

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    • KickStart1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Armstrong 

      5 years ago from San Francisco, California

      Thanks everyone for the kind words!

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      Monty 

      5 years ago

      Very Nice article and I really enjoy being a freelance programmer. I do all my work over the internet. I use freelancing platforms like 99hours.com/ they have a great escrow payment system and bidding system that is reliable and safe. I must admit, when I first started, it was a little tough, but with sheer determination I’m now an independent programmer and web designer.

    • Brilqntin profile image

      Diana 

      5 years ago

      hey, you know you didn't actually approve my comment, right? just saying because you say "Brilqntin, i enjoyed reading..." but nobody else can see that I (Brilqntin) has written something and what :-)

      anyways, don't approve this comment - just delete it, it was to give you headsup about the previous comment being invisible for everybody but you ;-)

    • KickStart1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Armstrong 

      5 years ago from San Francisco, California

      Thanks for the tips :) I will make sure to add your suggestions a.s.a.p. I just think that as a freelancer no matter if your starting out or not, it's important to find something that your good at. Whether design, SEO, marketing, social media, etc... And if your not good its important to enhance those skills then become a freelancer. Brilqntin I enjoyed reading your hubs and definitely learned a thing or two :) Thanks.

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      Mark S 

      5 years ago

      I tried Odesk before but I wasn’t that satisfied with their process. Maybe it was my client, but after all I cancelled my account and took another journey in looking for another sites where I can find a job. Fortunately, I got a liked page on Facebook and it was Staff.com. I tried the site and they have a better way of recruiting people who can work for international clients. I couldn’t even imagine after the next day I posted my resume someone from Staff.com called me up that I got a job already.

    • Brilqntin profile image

      Diana 

      5 years ago

      Why do you imply life of freelancers is easy? Yes, once you have proven yourself it can be very easy but if you are just starting (and I think you target just those readers, the newbies) it couldn't be more far from easy. But anyways - my 2 cents on your hub.

      About the resume - if you work on websites like oDesk, Elance, etc. you probably would never have to send out a resume - I have written a hub on the topic of freelance resume, check it out if you're interested.

      ODesk has guaranteed payment policy for hourly projects - just wanted to add I to your list since it is the biggest advantage in my point of view. I've been working on oDesk for years, primarily by the hour and I have never missed a payment :-). I have a hub about oDesk, too - if interested.

      If i am not mistaken, Script lance was recently acquired by freelance.com

      And last but not least - I wanted to vote in your poll but the choices are incomplete - I am a marketing consultant but there's no such answer, there is no 'other' either :-)

      Thanks for writing and sharing this hub - you can try and elaborate on many of the things in different and separate hubs... It can turn to be great :-)

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