General Freelance Sites
Upwork: How could we not kick things off with Upwork? This is the largest and most popular freelance platform on the internet, and it’s long been my go-to place for new leads, clients, and work. More importantly, it’s a great place to kick-off your freelance biz.
Freelancer: Freelancer claims to be “the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace”. The focus is its bidding system, where the freelancer who bids at the cheapest price tends to win the job (though, fortunately, that’s not always the case).
Guru: Guru is very similar to Upwork in essence; however, because it’s growing, it’s smaller and not as well known. The best thing about Guru is the fact that the freelancer fees are minimal, unlike Upwork who take 20%. Grrr.
People Per Hour : You might have already heard of PPH from spotting those pesky ads on YouTube playing recurrently in the last few months! PPH matches clients to talented freelancers worldwide, mostly in the creative industries.
Yono Juno: I know, interesting name, right? Yuno Juno provides the client with “direct and unfiltered access” to its community of freelancers. It’s one of the most efficient freelance sites for clients in the sense that it enables them to book a freelancer almost instantly, by showing them who’s readily available to work.
Witmart: Witmart’s website might be basic, but this marketplace offers an array of jobs for freelancers. The most popular services that freelancers tend to provide for their clients include logo design, web design, translation, copywriting, and marketing.
GoLance: Freelancers must pay a 10% fee when they use this site; however, the unique thing about GoLance is that clients receive 2-5% cashback for every dollar that they spend on talent. Therefore there are always tons of clients posting multiple jobs!
Fancy Hands: Fancy Hands match US-based assistants to clients who have a huge to-do list and need a helping hand. The site focuses on mainly virtual assistance work, but clients have to subscribe monthly in order to access the talent pool.
CloudPeeps: provides work for freelancers in all different types of industries, from design, to SEO, to public relations. The site is free to use for freelancers if you’re only going to message 5 clients or less; however, you have to pay for the Business or Enterprise monthly subscription if you want more flexibility.
Hubstaff Talent: is similar to People Per Hour in terms of look and feel. Freelancers are able to browse jobs based on their geographical location, but they can also be contacted by worldwide clients directly if they think they would be a good match, regardless of what country they live in.
Zirtual: Similar to Fancy Hands, Zirtual has a team of Virtual Assistants available to work for entrepreneurs, professionals, and small teams based in the US. In order to be delegated to a client as their VA, you have to apply to Zirtual’s official job postings.
OneSpace: describes itself as “an all-in-one workflow automation platform with a built-in network of freelance talent”. In simple terms, a client develops a task that they can assign to their existing employees through the site, or they can choose to browse OneSpace’s network of 100,000 professionals.
iFreelance: The good thing about iFreelance for clients is that they can post projects for free and there are no transaction fees involved. The bad thing about iFreelance for freelancers? The high quality job postings tend to be few and far between.
Greatlance: When you Google Greatlance, you have to scroll to the bottom of the first page of results before you even find the site (take that as you will). The site might be basic, but they have an abundance of job postings for freelancers to browse through at their leisure.
Project4Hire: Project4Hire is exactly what it says on the tin; this freelance marketplace allows clients to find skilled freelancers worldwide who can help them with their project. These projects can vary in category, from accounting and finance to IT, software and programming.
LinkedlnProFinder: As a freelancer on ProFinder, you get leads mailed directly to your inbox. You can then offer a client a short proposal, which includes full access to your LinkedIn profile. If your offer meets the client’s needs, they’ll reach out, hire you, and start a conversation. It’s as easy as ABC!
Coworks: The premise of Coworks is for clients to attract, hire and build their own team of freelancers via the site. It’s apparently the “#1 freelance work platform for brands and agencies” – and it’s completely free to use!
Work Market: Work Market allows freelancers to “unleash their inner entrepreneur”, through uploading their resumes and finding client assignments in real time. The site’s algorithm matches each freelancer’s skills to the best opportunities for them which creates a win, win situation.
FreelanceMyWay: For programmers, designers, writers, admin support, and more. All freelancers must go through a three step verification process that’s thoroughly reviewed by our quality assurance team. Our focus is quality and efficiency, backed with the best customer support in the industry.
Workhoppers: Freelancers can easily find legit work in their own city thanks to a proprietary matching algorithm that connects professionals directly with companies. No middleman. No bidding. No commissions. Completely free to use.
Freelance Sites for Writers
TextBroker: As a freelance writer, TextBroker connects you to thousands of orders “to help you convert your writing talents to cash”. Its clients are high in quality and there is always a diverse range of orders available to work on.
Contently: Contently has a unique focus of content marketing and uses a data-driven approach to help remote content marketers find work. Boasting a network of 100,000 fellow journalists, videographers, graphic designers, researchers, and photographers, and high-quality job postings – it’s very tempting to sign up!
iWriter: iWriter functions a bit like TextBroker, where clients create “orders” of custom content that freelance writers can assign to themselves. The whole premise is fast and easy, with plenty of orders available at any one time.
Writer Bay: The Writer Bay approach is one of the most straightforward out there for freelance writers. It involves choosing a project, submitting the project on time, shooting it over to the client and then getting paid for it. A big benefit of the site is that it offers Writer Support Team assistance 24/7, should you have any issues.
Reddit: Discussion-based site Reddit isn’t used primary to find work; however, some subreddit communities sporadically post jobs and assignments for freelance writers to apply to. In my opinion, it’s best to subscribe to these specific subreddits, otherwise the jobs are difficult to locate.
Scribendi: Scribendi offers proofreading and editing services to clients. You can apply to be one of their editors; however, they give preference to freelance writers who are available full-time. Oh, and you have to be able to commit to at least 10,000 words per month.
Writers Access: Writers Access help over 25,000 businesses collaborate with 15,000 freelance writers. It is an “award-winning content creation platform” where freelance writers are paid per word according to their star review rating.
Contena: Contena is highly thought of amongst respectable freelance writers in the industry. This platform gives freelance writers all the tools and resources that they need in order to successfully launch their own business, including linking them to high-paying clients. However, pricing plans start from approximately $400 per year.
Constant Content: Constant Content allows clients to search for and buy articles that have already been created, as well as post requests for new custom content. This content ranges when it comes to form, subject, and length, which means that there is always a variety of work available for freelance writers to get their teeth stuck into.
copify: Copify is a UK-based platform for agencies and small businesses to connect with freelance writers and order content. New freelance writers can select an order, complete it and get paid for free; however, they are limited in the amount of work that they can undertake unless they upgrade to a different pricing plan.
Love To Know: Love To Know is not the average freelance writers’ platform. The site focuses on providing high quality, useful information on a wide range of topics to its readers. If you’re a freelance writer, with expertise in a certain topic, you’re invited to apply for related assignments. These assignments could include editing existing content, looking over content for accuracy, and developing new content.
Online Writing Jobs: Online Writing Jobs: “where great writers meet great brands!” US-based freelance writers can use their unique knowledge and expertise to write content for clients via this site and get paid up to $50 per article. But first they have to apply to be one of their writers.
Freelance Sites for Designers & Developers
Envato Studio: Envato Studio hosts a community of designers, developers, and creatives, where clients can hand-pick the talent they’d like to work with on their individual projects. They have 3,000 services that they offer and accept freelancers worldwide to cover those services.
99 Designs: 99 Designs is one of the top freelance marketplaces for graphic design, which includes the creation of logo, packaging and websites, amongst other forms. It’s attractive to clients as, if they’re not fully satisfied with the work produced by a designer, then they will get 100% of their money back.
Design Crowd: Design Crowd has over 500,000 graphic designers as part of their online crowdsourcing platform – from 124 countries. Wow. There might be hundreds of different types of jobs in a variety of categories, but it’s also super competitive. So get your game faces on with those applications!
Toptal: Toptal is a US company based entirely online. It links skilled freelance software engineers, designers and finance experts to clients looking for help with their projects. Toptal claim to host the “top 3% of freelance talent” which means that the platform is fairly exclusive.
Codeable: Codeable has a USP of offering WordPress services to clients using their network of freelance web experts. From theme design or installation, to custom plugin development, they claim to host the best talent when it comes to WordPress and there are a numerous jobs available to keep web experts busy.
Hexi Design: Hexi Design, similar to Design Crowd, focuses on linking freelance graphic and web designers to client projects that will suit their particular skillset. You have to compete, like with most of these marketplaces, but the jobs are reasonably well paid compared to some of the other sites.
Coroflot: Coroflot might be one of the smallest marketplaces for freelance designers, but that’s because they’ve got a rigorous hiring process. If you want to be matched with top clients via their site, then you have to submit a portfolio of your previous work and meet specific qualifications.
48 Hours Logo: I wonder what this site is all about? (Heavy sarcasm.) Yes, that’s right. A business or individual can submit their request for a logo and talented freelance graphic designers will turn it around in 48 hours. The premise might be simple, but there’s plenty of work available, and pay starts at $29 per logo.
Top Coder: Top Coder focuses on being a top crowdsourcing platform for design and rapid prototyping when it comes to coding. From app design and development, to the creation of algorithms and analytics, Top Coder is not for the faint-hearted! Only apply if you class yourself as a “top coder”. Heh.
Crew: Crew claims to be “the perfect companion” for a client’s design or development project. The nature of the work available for freelance designers and developments includes the creation and adaptation of apps, websites, logos or brands. The catch? Apparently the waiting list to join the site is looong.
Gun.io: You must be a verified professional freelance developer in order to undertake work via this site. They are “not like those other crappy freelancing sites where you’re competing with offshore code sweatshops”. (Their words, not mine.) They claim to have the best freelance opportunities on the internet and also provide training to those accepted into their talent pool.
Crowdsite: Crowdsite say that they are the “#1 agency for design and creatives”. Based in the UK, clients post their requirements through “contents” which fall into either the design category (logos and flyers) or the brainstorming category (name and slogan finding).
Folyo: Folyo allows clients to find the right freelancer in 30 days – or they get their money back. Projects get emailed to “perfectly-matched” freelancers in the design and creative fields, and then the freelancer can get in touch with the client if they want to work with them. Sounds great, right? Be mindful. There’s a one-time fee for both clients and freelancers to join the site. And this fee is pretty hefty.
OnSite.io: OnSite, like many of these sites for freelance designers and developers, is strictly invite-only. You must submit an impressive portfolio of work to be able to join, but the benefits of having high-paying clients providing you with high-quality projects would make it worth it.
Gigster: Gigster is all about the tech! If either website design, app development or custom software is your thing, then sign up to Gigster. They use artificial intelligence to match freelancers to projects for some of the top clients in the US industry; however they, too, have a solid screening process.
Joomlancer: Joomlancer is one of the most easily accessible freelance marketplaces in the sense that you can simply join and start bidding on jobs. All the jobs are pretty tech-heavy, so this one’s only for you if you’re a talented freelance software developer.
CrowdSPRING: CrowdSPRING is a site purely for freelance graphic designers and creatives, as the types of work involved include logo design, web design, graphic design and idea generation. It’s free to join and straight-forward to use, so what are you waiting for?
Juiiicy: Juiiicy is a bit different to all these other sites because it hosts a private community for freelance designers. The premise of the site is that designers are able to refer and/or receive work from each other – but it’s not a walk in the park to get in.
Talent Cupboard: Talent Cupboard works with freelancers to improve their employability in the design, development, and marketing fields. From creating your own digital CV, to learning tips from their blog, to finding your perfect client – the site aims to help you every single step of the way.
WorkMob: WorkMob is strictly for freelance developers and has a focus on networking. The site aids freelancers by connecting them with potential clients, as well as working freelancers just like themselves.
10x Management: The concept of 10x Management is to “find the best contract tech talent and match them with the world’s most amazing companies”. This “tech talent” includes freelance developers, coders, data scientists, cyber security experts, designers, and others; it seems that if you work vaguely in this field, you’re all set.
Freelance Sites for Micro-Jobs
Fiverr: Fiverr claims to be the world’s largest freelance marketplace for budding entrepreneurs. The premise is simple: create a gig, deliver satisfactory work to your client, and then get paid for it. However, like Upwork, there’s a service fee of 20%.
Speedlancer: Speedlancer works exactly the same as Fiverr; but, as a freelancer, you can also create a “bundle of tasks” – in addition to an individual task – for your client to purchase. Each bundle contains multiple services mainly in the fields of design, tech, and writing.
Amazon Mechanical Turk: Mechanical Turk gives “business and developers access to an on-demand, scalable workforce.” Freelancers work on the platform through a series of HITs – Human Intelligence Tasks – and get paid upon completion of each HIT. With up to 500,000 HITs available on a daily basis, there’s certainly no shortage of work!
Task Army: Anyone can become a freelancer with Task Army, but you have to be able to answer clients within a short amount of time, or else your account will be deactivated. The majority of the work is one-off tasks, ranging from article production to undertaking virtual-assistance-style admin.
Gig Bucks: Freelancers in any field are welcome to join Gig Bucks. The tasks are extremely diverse – from increasing social media followers, to creating lyrics for a musician’s song. But don’t expect to be paid much per task. The typical range is $5-$50, with most tasks listed as $5 for completion.
Fourerr: Fourerr goes one step further than the micro-job based sites I’ve covered so far. Instead of the usual marketplaces where people buy and sell services, freelancers on Fourerr earn rewards just for using the site. Oh, and the starting price for selling services is $4.
Taskr: Taskr is an India-based platform with all prices for tasks on offer in the native currency. Any freelancer can join Taskr, but the most popular tasks listed tend to be in the graphic design, marketing and tech industries.
Gig Dollars: Gig Dollars is a site “where outsourcers and freelancers come together”. It is very similar in look and feel to Gig Bucks, but the highest paying tasks are up to $200, which beats the top range at Gig Bucks.
Wiirk: Wiirk might be a freelance marketplace based in London, but they trade in the currency of Euros. (Yeah, I don’t quite understand it either.) Like Fiverr and Fourerr, you can sell your services depending on your special talents. The scope of work is on a more grandeur scale than Wiirk, with services ranging from finance and accounting, to business and tutoring.
Damongo: According to Damongo, they’re the “#1 online micro-jobs website”. Ever. (Go, them!) Freelancers can list their individual task services in the business, graphic design, online marketing, programming and tech, video and animation, music and audio, and writing and translation industries for $5+.
Gigblasters: Gigblasters is the first site I’ve come across that describes itself as “a fun micro-job site”. How’s it fun, I hear you ask? Some of the tasks seem quite bizarre. Freelancers can list any task for clients to accept, such as “I will do a mini crystal therapy session for you for $10”. Yeah, really.
Findeaver: Findeaver, unlike Gigblasters, is more business-related. The homepage of the website serves as a live stream feed of services that freelancers have to offer for clients. Findeaver claims to host experts in relation to SEO, resume writing, logo design, marketing, and blogging, amongst other services.
Zeerk: Zeerk is yet another freelance marketplace where you’re able to sell your services. The price points for these services range from $3-$300. It’s free to register, but the site takes a 10% commission.
CrowdFlower: CrowdFlower focuses on offering software as a service for potential clients from its pool of freelancers. It covers “training data, machine learning, and human in-the-loop in a single, essential platform for data science teams.” Er. Hopefully that makes sense to all you freelance developers?
Job Boards for Freelancers
ProBlogger Jobs: ProBlogger Jobs is one of the highest quality job boards for freelance writers on the internet. (Well, in my humble opinion.) Multiple jobs are posted daily with lengthy, detailed descriptions of what exactly the client is looking for – and the plus point is that each job is free to apply to! Score.
Be A Freelance Blogger: Be A Freelance Blogger is run by professional freelance writer Sophie Lizard. Not only does she share her expertise through detailed blog posts, but she also has a job forum where members of the site can post job listings for free.
Freelance Writing Jobs: FreelanceWriting.com is a great resource for freelance writing beginners and experts. Jobs are posted daily on its job board and there are plenty of opportunities available; however, these opportunities are only based to applicants in the US.
BloggingPro Jobs: BloggingPro is run by the folks behind ProBlogger, which means that the job postings are just as high in quality and meticulous in detail. The only difference? BloggingPro doesn’t seem to be updated as regularly as ProBlogger.
Canadian Freelance Writing: This job board posts listings every 2-3 days in full on the homepage, so you don’t have to spend aaages right clicking opportunities that look suitable and having them open in new tabs. It certainly speeds up the process, but the site only accept Canadian applicants. Sigh.
Contena: A lot of professional freelance writers rave about Contena, as the team behind the site dedicate their time to help beginners develop their freelance writing businesses. It seems like one of the best out there; the only downside is those hefty membership fees. (We’re talking hundreds of dollars!)
Craigslist: Craigslist is surprisingly effective for scouting out decent freelance gigs. If you’re based in the US, you can search according to your nearest city. If you’re not based in the US, have no fear! There are also worldwide opportunities posted daily.
Dribbble Jobs: First thing’s first: that extra “b” in Dribbble jobs is intentional. So now we’ve cleared that up – Dribbble posts freelance jobs for designers who are based all around the world. It might be free to apply for jobs, but you have to pay to post a listing.
Smashing Jobs: Smashing Jobs split their postings into three categories: design, programming, and other. Beware – the opportunities available are mostly full-time, which means the freelance jobs are few and far between.
Authentic Jobs: Authentic describes itself as “the leading job board for designers, hackers, and creative pros.” The good thing about this job board is that you can filter it by either job type, skills involved, location, levels, company type, and/or compensation amount. It makes life easier!
Programmer Meet Designer: The purpose of this job site is to find freelancers in the creative fields that can all work together to produce aesthetically pleasing, functional websites. It looks a bit like a forum and, in all honesty, I’m not quite sure how high quality the job posts are.
Stack Overflow: Stack Overflow claim to be “the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their programming knowledge, and build their careers.” It is made up of over 50 million developers so, if this is your field, get involved.
WordPress Jobs: WordPress Jobs post a mixture of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs relating to the subject of – you guessed it – WordPress. Position types include design, development, general, migration, performance, plugin development, theme customization, and writing.
Genuine Jobs: Genuine Jobs link freelancers to various work-from-home, telecommute, freelance and contract opportunities. The job database is updated on a regular basis for freelancers in a variety of creative fields – and is free to use.
Workhoppers: Workhoppers requires you to sign up as a freelancer in order to access their extensive job database. It’s free to join, and the site also provides training to help you market your freelance skills and win more jobs.
FlexJobs: FlexJobs is one of the most unique job boards currently on the internet. Its premise is all about listing jobs that are flexible, whether they’re remote, telecommute, or part-time. They cover a range of industries. Every industry you can think of, in fact. (Now that’s impressive!)
Freelancers.net: Freelancers.net has been in operation since 1999, regularly posting job listings to help freelancers in the creative industries find work. The site is primarily for freelancers based in the UK; however, it posts sporadic opportunities from clients based around the globe.
GitHub Jobs: The GitHub Jobs site is simple in premise and focuses purely on creative job gigs that are based anywhere in the world. Clients have to pay to list their jobs, which are mostly full-time opportunities, and freelancers can apply to as many jobs as they want to for free.
Jobspresso: Jobspresso: perhaps one of the most innovative names for a freelance job board. I like! Not only is the site visually pleasing, but it contains good quality job postings from high paying clients. If you work in a creative industry, you should definitely check it out.
Inbound Jobs: Inbound Jobs has a variety of creative categories to choose from when it comes to your job search. The opportunities tend to be either based in the US, UK, or remote – with a focus on marketing.
Remote Work Sites
Remotive: Remotive allows you to search remote jobs anywhere in the world. The jobs fall into one of seven different categories, including education, engineering, human resources, marketing, product, sales, and support respectively.
We Work Remotely: We Work Remotely claim to be “the best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.” With clients having to pay a decent sum to post their listings, they’re certainly high in quality. However, there doesn’t seem to be too many listings on the site at one time.
Remote.co: Remote.co has one of the most varied job boards I’ve ever seen! It entails opportunities in every field you can imagine, from all different corners of the globe. It’s definitely not lacking when it comes to quantity.
Working Nomads: Working Nomads posts remote jobs for – you guessed it – digital working nomads. The site curates freelancing gigs from all around the world, in a number of different categories, which vary from education to healthcare.
WP Hired: WP Hired, like WordPress Jobs, offer the latest jobs related to WordPress. The jobs are mostly based on the subjects of design, plugin and theme development, are worldwide and are either full-time, part-time, or freelance opportunities.
Remote OK: According to Remote OK, it has “the largest collection of 25,000+ remote jobs for digital nomads.” Updated on a regular basis, it covers the main job categories of: software development, customer support, marketing, design and UX, and non-tech.
Region-Specific Freelance Sites
Twago: Rather interesting in name, Twago is an online platform for programmers, designers, translators, writers and more! A client posts a job, you send them your offer, and – if you’re chosen – you claim the job. Simples.
OzLance: Calling all Aussies! This one’s for you. Ozlance is a freelance marketplace that posts job listings in the creative industries for freelancers based in Australia or New Zealand only. But mostly Australia.
Content Runners: Content Runners apparently “connects people who can write content with the people who need it.” But by “people”, they mean Americans. The jobs look intriguing, but you can only apply to them if you’re US-based.
Workana: Workana was created for freelancers in Latin America. The site has a range of job categories, including web and mobile development, IT and programming, web and graphic design, writing and translation, sales and marketing, and finance and accounting. There seems to be opportunities galore!