Freelancer Tips: Best Websites For Finding Work
It is a daunting task, whether you are a new or experienced freelancers, to find the best way of connecting with new clients. Most experienced freelancers have already found what works best for them, though occasionally they may want to branch out and try something new.
New freelancers however, can find themselves lost and uncertain what direction to turn when looking for work. These are the people most likely to learn all of the lessons the hard way and to struggle to find enough work to make freelancing a viable career. We’ve carefully compiled a list of some of the best places to go to find freelance work.
eLance boasts millions of members and therefore has an excellent pool of potential clientele. However, a lot of clients means that there are a lot of other freelancers and therefore a lot of competition. One of the best things about eLance is its diversity and a lot of freelancers feel eLance has more higher end clients.
oDesk is a site that is great for the beginning freelancer and even many experienced freelancers claim it is where they get their highest-paying and most consistent jobs. It offers a great deal of lower-end jobs though, as well, giving newer freelancers a good opportunity to build experience and add to their portfolio. Most freelancers try both Elance and oDesk to decide which works better for them.
Because this site has been around longer than the others and is the largest freelance site, there are countless jobs to be found and a very strong member base looking to hire freelancers. However, many freelancers say this is not a great site for those looking to make good money and that most higher end clients will avoid the site. It is recommended for those perhaps in places like India or Pakistan and many of those freelancers find that they can get the most work from there.
A creative concept where, if you’re willing to do something for $5, you can probably find good work. This is a good site for article writing, logos, keyword research, and anything else people are willing to do for five dollars. The downside is that if you think your time is worth more than $5, this probably isn’t the site for you unless you’re skilled at upselling extras that can net you more.
This site is geared toward higher paying clients and higher end jobs. It’s great for those who know that their skills are worth the money that they are asking for and can end up being a lucrative choice for those who prove it. It can be disappointing for those with little experience however, and therefore should possibly not be a new freelancers first stop.
This is not the site to join if you are hoping to make the most money on each of your jobs. However, MicroWorkers has a lot of small, easy tasks that pay very little, but also take very little time an effort. An hour of working can net 10 dollars or more, so while it might not be the career goal of most freelancers, it can be a great way to earn a few extra dollars if the work you really want to do is temporarily slow.
This website is, as it’s name states, targeted toward freelance writers. What makes it unique is that rather than applying, getting chosen by a client, and then doing a job, you can pick a job to do and have two hours to do it. Then the client chooses whether or not to accept your work. This means you may not end up getting paid and you start out making a lower amount of money than you may like. However, if you’re careful about the jobs you pick and build a good reputation, it could be a lucrative means of getting work, especially when you are struggling to find work elsewhere.
Ultimately, as the freelancer it’s up to you to try different things and find what works for your needs the best. What site you like the most might be one that someone else hates and refuses to ever work on again. What someone else touts as the best site for finding work might be a place that just doesn’t work for you. The above are some of the most popular and reputable sites and definitely worth trying out.
Don’t forget about self-branding!
Finding paid gigs is great but remember that your personal brand is what will once allow you NOT to look for work. Here are some tips for branding yourself for the bright freelance future:
- The ABCs of Personal Branding
- Mom’s Self-Branding: Personal Name or Business Name?
- Author branding: Types of Rich Snippets
What’s your favorite place to find freelance work? Where will you never go back to? Let us know in the comments!