How to Get Your First Freelancing Client or Project

It’s been almost three years since I left my full-time job as a Data Engineer and started freelancing as a full-time gig. My professional growth took a steep upward turn as I was hustling to get my first client or a new project.

More than growth or money, I wanted to find where my interests truly were. Not to mention, working to make my own ideas come to life gave me immense joy.

One question that I often encounter with regards to my profession is,

How did you manage to get your first freelancing projects?

Because everyone knows that getting your first gig is arguably the hardest part of freelancing. This blog post and video (at the bottom) is about building a strategy to start your freelancing career.

Why freelancing?

Who doesn’t want to set up a side income if you’ve got the time? Maybe you want to save up for a car or maybe you want to take a break year. That’s where freelancing comes in.

Not to mention, you can become “your own boss”, work from a beach house in shorts, and at the same time, there is no limit to how much you can earn. You possess control of your growth.

So, here you go!

Five Steps to Follow to Get Your First Freelancing Project

As I see it, there are five steps you need to follow that'll help you get your first gig and establish a freelancing career. Here they are:

  • Identify your skill as a service
  • Define your ideal client or market
  • Build your portfolio and profiles
  • Market your services to clients
  • Capture the results/gaps, analyze the output at each step, and attune your approach to keep growing.

Step 1 — Identify your skills as a service

The skills section of your résumé simply lists down your knowledge in terms of technologies and techniques. But you have to identify what you can do with each of those skills in the real world.

Make it explicit so that the client understands what you can do for them.

Your skills could be:

  • Web development
  • Graphic design
  • Digital marketing
  • Data Analysis

Your services could be:

  • Building high-performance end-to-end websites and web applications.
  • Creating beautiful illustrations and digital artworks for websites, videos, and posters.
  • Helping individuals and SMEs in promoting their products and services online.
  • Crunching data to uncover patterns and answer important business-centric questions to make informed decisions.

You can see the do's and don't's at each step in this infographic:

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Most people struggle with taking the first step. They are not sure if they are ready yet. I believe you’ll never be ready. Just start!

Here’s a tweet from Gumroad’s founder, Sahil Lavingia:

You don't learn, then start. You start, then learn. — Sahil (@shl) January 15, 2021

For the rest of the article, I am going to focus on web development and data science services, but you can apply these principles to almost any service that you have to offer.

  • Look for people who have made a successful career out of freelancing. Study and replicate their process.
  • Learn to use the right phrasing— tell your potential clients what you do and why you are better than the rest.

Step 2 — Define your ideal client or market

This whole blog post basically tries to answer the question, “how do you land your first client?”

There is no freelancing career without clients, but that doesn’t mean you should reach out or pitch your services to just anyone. This won't do you much good, and instead will add to your frustration.

Since you have your niche from the first step, now do some research on who needs that kind of service.

Examples of a few clients may include:

  • Web development — Local stores, fitness instructors, institutes, hotels, creators (hot right now)
  • Data Analysis — Data-driven startups/orgs
  • Developing ML models and apps (DevOps)— Platform as a Service and Software as a Service organizations.

Who are not ideal clients (at least for a first client):

  • Franchise businesses
  • MNCs, heavily guarded corporates operating in stealth mode for their clients (ZS, E&Y, Deloitte, and so on)
  • Look for individually owned businesses for web development.
  • For data science projects and opportunities, first make sure you have a good grip on your fundamentals. Use platforms like codementor to help students with their projects.

Step 3— Build your portfolio and profiles

After determining your niche and your target clients, it’s time to set up your shop. In this case that can be your portfolio website (highly recommended) or profiles on platforms like LinkedIn, Upwork, Toptal, or AngelList.

Portfolio website

An important thing to note here is that you want someone to trust you with their business.

How can you make someone trust you?

You can start by telling your professional story. Portfolio websites are one way to do just that.

If you don’t have a story to tell yet, create one by working for yourself. You can build sample websites using commonly used themes available online, or you can propose to work on a project for a prospective client for free.

Most people mistake a portfolio website with an online résumé.

A portfolio website is not for you but for the clients that you want to target. It should showcase your services through:

  • Work samples —  websites/applications, reports you have created, conference talks (if any), and so on. If you don’t have any samples, create a few! Develop dashboards/websites, host them, and show that you can deliver high-quality work.
  • Testimonials/recommendations —  ask your former colleagues/bosses/clients to write you a testimonial. TIP: if you haven’t worked anywhere before, do 1–2 free projects for prospective clients and then ask them to write a testimonial. I have done 2–3 free projects where the person referred me to another party.
  • Write Blogs —  this is something that has worked well for me. It is a way to establish your credibility. The blogs should contain relevant and authentic content through which the client can learn something about their business. Start by giving away!

Example ideas for blog posts:

  • How to reach a wider audience with a website
  • What type of business metrics your Dashboard/Reports should contain

Apart from having a website, you should also be socially present on professional platforms like LinkedIn. This will help you look for and connect with prospective clients. It can also give you work ideas, it lets you post updates, and helps you promote yourself.

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You can use the same principles we just discussed above when you're developing your social media profiles.

A good profile can increase your odds of getting an opportunity for various reasons:

  • It shows how seriously you take your work.
  • It can display your work samples and proficiency in skills to offer a service in your niche.
  • It can add to your credibility if you have testimonials or recommendations written by an authentic colleague/partner/ex-boss.

Freelancing platforms

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In addition to LinkedIn, there are a number of platforms that host a complete freelancing ecosystem with clients posting their needs and freelancers bidding to do that work.

A few of the major platforms to look for freelancing projects/work include:

  • AngelList (for jobs at startups)

So, how can you be successful as a freelancer on these platforms?

I’d say there is not one but multiple aspects of a profile that you have to get right. Your success relies on the following:

  • Your proficiency in the skills you have listed on the platform.
  • How well-curated your profile is.
  • Your proposal for the job. It tells the client how good of a fit you are for that advertised job.
  • Lastly, luck! It plays a very small and rare role if you get the first three aspects right.

Here are a few tips to build an attractive and authentic profile:

  • Review projects that you’d be interested in applying for. Note down the keywords and skills that these clients use to describe their needs (skills that you possess, of course). Add these skills (strengths) to your profile that can connect you with the relevant projects. List up to 10 skills.
  • Upload a professional picture along with a short and succinct bio that describes your niche/services.
  • Highlight your best work in the portfolio.
  • List down your certifications if you have any. Add weight to your profile.
  • Be consistent with your skills, complete all sections of the profile, be concise and straightforward, and proofread each section.

Step 4 — Pitch to clients (outreach)

It’s time to get down to business. If you can sell your services and show that you're well-suited to the clients’ requirements and budget, you might win the opportunity.

But first, you need to get clients to propose to. This is where you need to work on your visibility and outreach.

There are a number of ways you can do that:

  • Reach out to clients on platforms like LinkedIn — this is what worked for my niche!
  • Use freelancing platforms —  Upwork (general), Toptal (engineers), codementor (if you’re an expert), and AngelList.
  • If you want to go one step ahead, use Google Adwords (advertise your services) or create a Facebook group for selling services in your niche, in your physical location (city/state).

My approach (not necessarily good for your niche!):

  • I do a lot of research to find organizations that align well with my niche. I mainly use LinkedIn , Twitter , and Google search (browsing) for this.
  • I had categorized the shortlisted companies (~50) based on their domain (fintech, healthcare, Ed-tech) and created a template message, kind of like a cover letter, to go with the projects that they had in the pipeline along with my own ideas.
  • Used to send samples of my work in each domain. If there was nothing to show, I’d start a new project in that domain and send them my GitHub repo to tell them what I was working on.

I landed my first freelancing client via Udacity in 2016. It was because I was one of their alumni and they launched a new platform. My proposal suited the client’s needs and I got hired. I consider myself fortunate in that regard.

It got easy after that:

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Step 5 — Capture the data, analyse them, and attune your process

You might land your first project in a day, in a month, or in 6-months. Either way, an integral part of the process is to keep improving.

You might fail at your first attempt but use that failure to get better at it.

Capture the data:

  • The number of projects/clients you reached out to. How many responded, got interested, rejected, or went ahead.
  • Why your proposal got rejected. Request a comment from the client.
  • People who are successful in your niche, what are they doing differently?
  • What’s new in your niche? How are people operating?

Analyze the data:

  • The gap between the requirements of the project and your portfolio — see what’s missing.
  • Understand each data point you’ve captured, funnel the type of clients whom you had more chances to convert.
  • Create a separate category of clients for whom you have to bridge a gap between their requirements and your expertise.

Attune your process:

  • Start working on new projects to attain new skills or master the ones you have enlisted.
  • Restructure, polish and attune your profile to the client’s needs.
  • Re-write the proposal emphasizing their needs and your services along with your work samples and numbers/statistics (if applicable).

If you are spending 2 hours a day on creating proposals and pitching to clients, then spend at least 3–4 hours on polishing your skill. Your strategy will only work if you have that curiosity to learn and build every day.

Stick to these principles and it’s only a matter of time before you land your first freelancing client.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

You can also watch the video on this topic on my YouTube channel:

If this tutorial was helpful, you should check out my data science and machine learning courses on Wiplane Academy . They are comprehensive yet compact and helps you build a solid foundation of work to showcase.

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Doesn’t the life of a freelancer sound amazing?

Freelance experts set their own hours, job locations, and prices. They can work from home, on the beach, or while on vacation.

While juggling remote freelance jobs isn’t for everyone, it certainly comes with a few undeniable perks. And when it comes to income, you may even find that working as a freelancer pays more money per hour than your typical entry-level office job.

If you have the stamina to work for multiple clients and the self-discipline to meet deadlines, then life as a freelancer could be your calling.

The Most Popular Freelance Specializations

What Does It Mean to be a Freelancer?

Freelancing means you work for several companies on a flexible schedule instead of for a single employer at preset hours. Freelancing jobs can either replace your full-time income or just supplement it.

If you enjoy your job or like working in an office, then freelance work may be your answer to earning more money in your spare time. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a way out of your current job or want to be in control of your time and schedule, then you may just be destined for the freelance life.

Related: 25 Online Jobs That Are Legitimate, Easy, and Flexible

Top 5 Freelancing Sites

Top 5 Freelancing Sites

If you’re new to freelancing, then you may not know what jobs suit your skills. Even beginners can find lucrative jobs and gigs online to work from home . If you’re unsure where to start, then here are some great freelance job sites to scope out.

Keep in mind that it can cost to find quality jobs, but the payoff is the opportunity to find consistent freelance work in your area of expertise.

1. FlexJobs

FlexJobs is a trustworthy site filled with freelance jobs in every niche. While it comes with a small monthly membership fee to view the jobs, you never have to worry about scam offerings on this site. Real people test every single listing on FlexJobs before allowing it on the platform, which saves you time in the long run. Learn more in our FlexJobs Review .

2. Freelancer

Freelancer is another freelance job site packed full of opportunities perfect for launching your remote career. The platform is free to view and you can apply to a maximum of eight jobs per month. If you want to bid on more projects than that, you’ll need to sign up for a paid membership. For each project you complete, Freelancer keeps a 10% job fee or $5, whichever is more.

Upwork connects freelancers with hundreds of thousands of clients in numerous niches. From photography to customer service to interior design, there’s hardly a limit on the types of jobs you can find on Upwork. Like other freelance job sites, Upwork charges a fee for its services. Expect to pay up to 20% of your earnings to the platform on each job you complete.

4. SolidGigs

SolidGigs offers an interesting business model for connecting freelancers with clients. Instead of sifting through job sites in your spare time hoping to land a respectable client, SolidGigs sends job lists to your email for a monthly membership fee of $19. If you secure at least $500 worth of jobs every month, that works out to less than 4% in fees. That’s far less than most job platforms these days.

You can get your first month with SolidGigs for only $2 and give it a test run to see if the leads are worth it. If you don’t like it, just cancel your membership before you’re charged the first $19 payment.

Yet another massive freelance job platform, Fiverr doesn’t disappoint when it comes to finding freelancing jobs. Sign up for a free account on Fiverr and look through the services that others offer. You can get some great ideas and craft your own services and pricing around your competition.

Fiverr is a bit different from other freelance job platforms. Instead of applying to and bidding on jobs, you create a service page, called a “gig,” for clients to find you. Choose your price or offer multiple price points for different levels of service. You’ll pay 20% of your earnings to Fiverr for using the platform.

50 Job-Specific Freelance Websites

Average Freelancer Hourly Rates

Hearing about general freelance opportunities is one thing, but knowing exactly where to find freelance work is another. This list of job sites for freelancers will help you explore the specific opportunities in your area of expertise.

Pay: $50 to $500+ per article

From short blog posts to in-depth articles to online reviews, there are boundless opportunities as a freelance writer. With the endless hoards of content on the Internet, freelance writers have a wide selection of clients to choose from. There are freelance jobs available to write about personal finance, self-care, parenting, DIY and crafting, and so much more.

While it takes some prior skills and knowledge to become a freelance writer , it doesn’t mean you can’t dive into the trade with no past experience. If you’ve written papers in school, opinion pieces on social media, or detailed responses on forums, or you’ve taken online writing courses , then there’s probably a place for you in the freelance writing world.

If freelance writing sounds like something you’d like to do, start by creating your own online portfolio. This could be in the form of a media package you send to potential clients, a list of writing samples you’ve already published online, or a personal blog with your own written stories. Starting a blog is a great way to showcase your writing and impress new clients.

Where to find freelance writing jobs

  • Freelance Writing
  • Freelance Writing Gigs
  • Journalism Jobs

Proofreading

Pay: $10 – $45 per hour

A freelance proofreader spends time reading and correcting anything from new book drafts to court documents.

You don’t need a degree in English to land high-paying proofreading jobs. However, you do need to prove your skills and work toward perfecting your own spelling and grammar mistakes. It takes a strong understanding of the English language and attention to detail to be a successful proofreader.

Caitlin Pyle is a freelance proofreader who started out in the profession earning $43,000 per year while proofreading from home on a part-time schedule. She found a lucrative niche proofreading for court reporters and now teaches others how to do the same.

Caitlin offers a free video training for anyone interested in proofreading  as a side hustle or career. The training includes five signs that proofreading might be a good fit for you as well as how you can start booking clients immediately.

Where to find freelance proofreading jobs

  • ProofreadingServices.com
  • Scribe Writing

Pay: $14 – $22+ per hour

Whether you’re an easy-going native English speaker or a math whiz who enjoys helping students study and complete homework assignments, there’s probably a freelance tutoring position that needs your skills. There are many topics where people need tutors, and it’s not only in academics.

While academic tutoring is the easiest area to find jobs in, it’s not the only option. Market your skills locally and offer to tutor in couponing, golf, horseback riding, or any other area of expertise you enjoy teaching.

The nice thing about freelance tutoring jobs is that you can find them both online and in your local area. If working on the computer is not something you want to do, then set up local tutoring appointments to get out and meet new people. The main requirement for tutoring is that you know your subject well and you know how to teach it to others so they’ll understand.

Where to find freelance tutoring jobs

Virtual assistant.

Pay: $19 – $25 per hour

Being a virtual assistant (VA) is one of the most flexible freelance jobs online. Nearly any remote assistance offered to an online business on a per piece or hourly basis falls under the wing of a virtual assistant.

While not every business hires a VA to do everyday tasks, that doesn’t mean the demand for an online assistant isn’t there. From managing social media pages to scheduling client meetings to managing a business’ website updates, there are countless services you can offer.

Don’t get discouraged if your online expertise lies in only one or two areas. Chances are that you’ll find virtual assistant companies or clients who need your skills without the extra bells and whistles. There are hundreds of services that you could offer, but you only need one or two to get your VA business going.

Gina Horkey successfully launched her own virtual assistant business and turned it into a seven-figure enterprise. If you’re already inspired by the thought of this freelance job, you can look into her VA Foundations course that teaches you how to do the same. 

Where to find freelance virtual assistant jobs

  • PeoplePerHour
  • VA Networking
  • HireMyMom.com

Pay: $0 – $30+ per hour

Gaming is one of those freelance jobs that take time to build an income from. If you’re just getting into the gaming niche as a way to make money, you may find the ramp-up isn’t worth it for you. But if it’s something you enjoy doing in your spare time anyway, then it could be a great way to build an income from your talents.

As a professional gamer, you’ll need things like the newest gaming console or a fast gaming PC. You’ll also need a headset with a great microphone for high-quality sound.

Once you have the right gaming equipment, you can start streaming your games on YouTube, Twitch, or even start a blog to review equipment or give tips for your favorite games.

Related: 9 Real Money-Earning Games that Pay You Cash to Play

Where to find freelance gaming jobs

  • Start a gaming blog
  • Create your own YouTube or Twitch channel

Transcription

Pay: $10 – $36 per hour

Transcribers listen to audio files and put them in writing. Common types of files include news interviews, medical appointments, conference calls, podcasts, and more. While there are some online tools that help transcribe audio to text, nothing is as accurate as a real person.

There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to transcription jobs , but the main requirements include good listening skills and fast typing. While there are tools to help with spelling along the way, it’s still good to have a strong understanding of whatever language you’re transcribing, including excellent grammar and spelling.

Where to find freelance transcription jobs

  • TranscribeMe
  • GoTranscript

Pay: $10 – $17 per hour

Data entry is not for everyone. However, if you can perform simple tasks quickly and don’t mind the somewhat monotonous work, then this could be the money-making opportunity for you.

All you need to get started in this field is a computer, an Internet connection, and some basic skills. Attention to detail, organization, and typing are a few skills you’ll be expected to have. You should also know your way around Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and all Google equivalents (Sheets, Docs, and Slides).

When it comes to freelance jobs in data entry , there are plenty of scams or companies that pay next to nothing. Be diligent about the jobs you apply to, and make sure the company is credible.

Where to find freelance data entry jobs

  • DionData Solutions
  • Capital Typing
  • Microworkers

Graphic design

Pay: $25 – $50 per hour

Not every website owner has the talent to create beautiful graphics. In fact, businesses can end up failing if their image doesn’t align with the type of client they want to attract. That’s where graphic designers come in.

Printables, Pinterest images, and advertisements are three common areas that require graphic designers. While not every business hires this task out to a freelancer, it’s still a commonly sought after need. Graphic designers need the ability to use tools like Photoshop, Canva, and other programs. You’ll also need an artistic eye to create beautiful designs.

You don’t need a degree to become a graphic designer . If you have an eye for design but have yet to master the skills it takes to make money in the industry, you can easily learn the skills you need to fill your knowledge gaps. For example, you could take a free Graphic Design Basics course on Skillshare. A simple course can help you decide if freelance graphic design jobs are a good fit for you.

Where to find freelance graphic design jobs

  • Network on Facebook

Website design

Pay: $20 – $100 per hour

A freelance web designer designs and/or builds websites for clients. From e-commerce clothing stores to simple blog design layouts, there are tons of possibilities as a website designer.

You need some technical skills to start designing websites . Sure, there are sites that have a drag-and-drop interface, but you’ll still need to know the basics of web hosting and how to navigate platforms like WordPress.

A great way to start designing websites is to first design your own. Your personal website can serve as an online portfolio where clients can view your work and get a taste of your style.

Where to find freelance web design jobs

  • Hubstaff Talent
  • DesignCrowd

Photography

Pay: 15% – 45% of every image copy sold

Earning money as a freelance photographer by taking pictures for graduating seniors, prom-goers, families, weddings, and other special events. The easiest way to get started is to reach out to friends, family members, and other connections to let them know about your services.

Another way to make money with photography is to sell your images as stock photos. Sites like Shutterstock pay photographers to take pictures, tag them with descriptive keywords, and allow people to license them for commercial and business use. In return, you receive credit and a commission for every license sold. The more in-demand images you post for sale, the more you can earn.

Related: 10 Cool Ways to Get Paid to Take Pictures

Where to find freelance photography opportunities

  • Shutterstock

Is Freelance Work Right for You?

Freelancers in US workforce

Even the best freelance jobs aren’t for everyone. To be a successful freelancer in any niche, it takes self-discipline, hard work, and the ability to meet deadlines. Without these three key traits, working independently might prove difficult or impossible for you.

However, if you want to ditch your office job and be a freelancer, then you can teach yourself the skills you need. Find a job that’s right for you and give it a chance. If you do well, add it to your portfolio and gradually increase your rates. Don’t be afraid to promote your work to friends and family or on your own social media. You never know where your next client might come from.

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Best Places to Find Freelance Work Online

Upwork is the best site to find freelance work

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Freelance work is a form of self-employment, where an individual takes on contract work for a company or client. Often referred to as “contractors,” freelancers are not employees of any individual company and may work independently for several companies or clients at one time.  Freelance work offers more flexible work arrangements, including remote work, and can help business owners control their schedule, workload, and income.

Finding a quality freelance site to book contract work requires understanding what types of jobs are available, the types of clients using the platform, how freelancers get paid, and the fees involved. The best freelance sites offer simple-to-use tools, quick payment, transparent pricing, and security for both the buyer and seller.

Best Places to Find Freelance Work Online of 2024

  • Best Overall: Upwork
  • Best for Graphic Design: 99designs
  • Best for IT: FlexJobs
  • Best for Writers: Freelance Writing Gigs
  • Best for Low Fees: Craigslist
  • Best for Beginners: Fiverr
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Best overall : upwork.

  • No. of Payment Methods : 7
  • No. of Industries : 10

Over $2 billion in revenue earned in 2020 by freelancers

Large selection of professional industries to choose from

Easy-to-use platform with a dashboard to keep jobs organized

Easy to get paid

Highly competitive, especially for beginners

Many low-paying jobs

Upwork is one of the largest freelance marketplaces around, with freelancers bringing in over $2 billion in revenue in 2020 alone. Upwork started in 2015 as the merger between freelance marketplaces Elance and O-Desk. With millions of freelancers and clients on the website, Upwork is the largest freelance marketplace in the world.

Upwork has freelance jobs for almost every industry, including finance, IT, design and creative, sales and marketing, writing, translation services, and more. Upwork works with some of the top companies in the world including Microsoft, Airbnb, and GoDaddy.

Upwork offers many types of jobs such as one-time, fixed-payment projects, hourly projects, and ongoing engagements. Billing and payments are handled on your Upwork dashboard, making it easy to get paid. Upwork also offers payment protection, with hours logged in your dashboard for hourly work, and fixed-fee jobs paid within 14 days if the client does not approve or request an update on work submitted.

To get started with Upwork, you'll sign up for a free account, fill out your profile, upload a resume and some samples of your work, and start browsing for jobs. You can quickly apply for jobs within the platform and track them through your dashboard.

Upwork makes it easy to find work but it may be difficult for beginners to land their first gig. With a large number of freelancers competing, standing out may be a challenge, especially if you don’t have prior experience and are still building out your portfolio.

Upwork charges 10% fees. The fees are taken directly from the money earned and are based on lifetime earnings from the particular client.

Despite the higher fees, Upwork makes it easy to get started and has a huge selection of jobs to choose from. It’s the one-stop-shop of freelance jobs sites, with access to almost every type of freelance gig imaginable.

Best for Graphic Design : 99designs

  • Fees : Up to $100 client introductory fee, 5%–15% platform fee, payment fees may apply
  • No. of Payment Methods : 2
  • No. of Industries : 8

Easy-to-use platform for submitting designs

Client contests and 1:1 work available

Lower fees for higher-quality designers

May not get paid when submitting to a contest

Payment only available through PayPal or Payoneer

99designs is a competition-based freelance design marketplace where clients create an online design contest, allowing freelance designers to submit a design for review. Submissions are reviewed by the 99designs client who is holding the design contest, and after the contest has ended, the client picks a winner and awards the designer with payment for the design. 99designs offers 1:1 client design work as well, matching clients with more complex projects with designers.

99designs is best-suited for graphic and web designers that have experience building websites, logos, clothing, and other marketing designs. Contest-based designs are a quick way to compete for a job, but may not get you paid. 

Working 1:1 with a client guarantees payment, but may come with a few hefty fees, specifically a client introductory fee of up to $100 and up to a 15% platform fee taken from your project revenue. Fees are taken directly from the revenue earned and are based on your design tier on a sliding scale:

  • Entry: 15% platform fee
  • Mid: 10% platform fee
  • Top: 5% platform fee

99designs offers payment protection by collecting payment for any projects before the contest or 1:1 work has started. The payments are held in escrow and funds are released to the designer after project work is completed. If the client becomes unresponsive after work is complete, the designer can request payment, and will automatically receive project funds after a five-day waiting period if the client does not respond.

Billing and payments are handled on your 99designs dashboard, but payments are only available through PayPal and Payoneer. These platforms will take additional fees from your earnings.

To get started with 99designs, you can sign up for a free designer account , fill out your profile, upload a resume and some samples of your work, and start browsing for jobs. You can choose to enter a design contest or look for 1:1 client work as well.

Best for IT : FlexJobs

  • Fees : $24.95/month–$59.95/year
  • No. of Payment Methods : Varies
  • No. of Industries : 50+

Quickly find freelance jobs with powerful search engine

Multiple types of IT jobs available

Jobs are highly-vetted

Monthly fee even if you don’t find a job

No payment guarantee

Must negotiate rates

FlexJobs is an online job board for remote workers with a steady stream of freelance IT work available in multiple industries. Founded in 2007 to help workers find better work-from-home jobs, it has grown into one of the top marketplaces for remote work.

FlexJobs offers access to traditional full-time jobs but with a few clicks, you can quickly filter to search only for freelance jobs. While FlexJobs covers a huge variety of job categories (including finance, design, writing, and more), it has several hundred job listings specifically for freelance work in computer and IT jobs. FlexJobs prides itself on its vetting process, only listing highly-qualified jobs to avoid low-paying gigs and scams. In fact, FlexJobs spends over 200 hours a day vetting jobs, researching companies, and ensuring that scammy jobs do not show up in its listings.

FlexJobs is more of a job search website than a freelance marketplace platform so the cost to users is structured differently. Instead of charging a per-job fee like most freelance marketplaces, FlexJobs charges a subscription fee for access to job listings. The subscription options are as follows:

  • One-week trial: $9.95
  • One month: $24.95
  • Three months: $39.95
  • One year: $59.95

Since FlexJobs does not manage the freelance job for you, payment details are all negotiated directly with the client, including the total amount to be paid and payment method.

If you are an IT professional looking for freelance remote work, you can sign up for a FlexJobs account and begin building your profile and applying for jobs right away.

Best for Writers : Freelance Writing Gigs

  • Fees : None
  • No. of Industries : Varies

Browse and apply for jobs without paying a fee

Writing jobs in a wide variety of industries

Daily curated selections of quality jobs

Small selection of jobs to choose from

Very limited search filters available

Freelance Writing Gigs started as a blog for writer Deb Ng and expanded to include a writing job board. Job posters pay a fee to list their jobs, but freelance writers can browse and apply to the jobs for free. Writing gigs include blogging, copywriting, editing, and other writing tasks.

Freelance Writing Gigs vets the jobs posted and keeps the quality of the listings high by requiring jobs to meet certain criteria. However, this means there are very few to select from. There will generally be fewer jobs here than the other sites on our list. They also have a daily list of curated jobs to help you find the best new options. The website includes helpful content about building a freelance writing career, including how to land jobs, build a portfolio, and raise your rates.

Since Freelance Writing Jobs does not manage the freelance job for you, payment details are all negotiated directly with the client including the total amount to be paid and payment method.

Best for Low Fees : Craigslist

  • No. of Industries : 30+

One of the largest job boards in the world

No job fees

Highly-local jobs available

Be wary of scams

No freelancer protections offered

Filters to your local area only, need to search other areas for more remote work opportunities

Craigslist was founded in 1995 and has grown into one of the largest online marketplaces in the world. While many know it for buying and selling items, Craigslist has a large job board where users can find remote work and freelance jobs. There are no fees to browse Craigslist for jobs and apply for them.

Craigslist is available in over 70 countries and has jobs posted in over 30 industries. As one of the most visited websites in the U.S, Craigslist boasts high visibility for job postings. Craigslist is designed to show users hyper-local job listings and freelancers can quickly browse a large range of freelance jobs in their local area.

Craigslist charges clients to post job ads but does not charge anything for browsing. However, job postings are not well-vetted, and Craigslist is known for scams so make sure you do your research before agreeing to work with a client or sending any personal information.

Craigslist does not require any kind of membership. Remember, Craigslist is hyper-local and will automatically show you jobs in your area. If you want to cast a wider net for remote work, you will need to browse other cities for freelance remote work.

Best for Beginners : Fiverr

  • Fees : 20% per transaction
  • No. of Payment Methods : 3

No sign-up or monthly fees

Slick website and mobile app

Freelancers can charge different prices and offer different service packages

Withdraw through PayPal

High fees for sellers (20%)

Lower-paying gigs

14-day holding period on payments

Fiverr was founded in 2010 as a place for freelancers to sell their services for as little as $5. It has grown into a huge online marketplace that boasts over 50 million transactions, with a job bought every four seconds.

Fiverr is a great platform for beginners to build a portfolio of work. Signing up is simple, and freelancers can quickly build a profile and add portfolio work to impress future clients. You can post your “gigs,” which are the services you offer, with several price points for each. Fiverr also boasts the ability to create service packages, bundling your individual services together for a higher price point, increasing your revenue potential. 

Fiverr handles all payments but takes a sizable 20% cut of all your earnings. This is on the higher side of freelance platforms, but for beginners, it may be worth it for the visibility that Fiverr offers. Fiverr also offers basic payment protection, refunding any payments that were subjected to chargeback fraud.

To get started with Fiverr, you can sign up for a free account, fill out your profile, upload a resume, and provide some work samples. You can then put together a list of gigs for clients to choose from and start booking freelance work.

Final Verdict

Building a book of business as a freelancer can feel overwhelming, but these online platforms help you get organized and advertise your services to paying clients. Upwork is our top provider, with a huge network of clients and freelance jobs in a wide variety of industries. And the more work you book with a client, the lower the platform fees. 

Sites like Craigslist, Freelance Writing Gigs, and FlexJobs give freelancers access to direct job listings, avoiding the costly project fees and allowing for direct access to your clients. This may be a desirable route if you want to develop a long-term business relationship with a client and book larger projects over time. And if you simply want to get started with a few freelance projects, you can dip your toes in with a 99designs contest, or create a basic Fiverr gig quickly.

No matter what type of freelance gig you are looking for, always make sure to compare platforms and their fees to build a business that fits your financial and lifestyle goals.

Compare the Best Places to Find Freelance Work Online

Guide for choosing the best places to find freelance work online, can freelance websites help me build my career.

Freelance websites are a great starting point for any freelance career. Most freelancers start off providing their services on the side, and these platforms help do the heavy lifting of marketing, displaying your skills, and finding paying clients. 

However, once you have an established portfolio of paying client work, you may want to navigate away from the high-fee freelance sites and look to build your own roster of clients.

Comparing Websites to Find Freelance Work

When looking for freelance work there are dozens of places to choose from. Even with our curated list of top sites, there are several important factors to consider when comparing freelance sites:

  • Fees: The fees charged can have a big impact on your bottom line. Make sure to understand how the fees will impact your revenue, and if the pay rate is worth the fees you are charged.
  • Industries: Some sites cover a wide range of industries, but others are more niche. Consider what industry you are focused on and whether the platform you are considering has quality gigs available in that niche.
  • Ease of use: You want to use a platform that makes it simple to set up your profile, build a portfolio, and promote your services. Look for services like auto-matching of gigs as well as the ability to promote yourself within the platform to find better jobs.
  • Worker protection: Job scams are real. Finding a high-quality freelance platform can help save you the headache of working for a non-paying client and protect your compensation. Many platforms charge clients upfront and hold your payment in escrow to protect both the client and freelancer.

As always, do your due diligence before committing to any paying gigs on a freelance platform.

Applying for Your First Gig Through Freelance Websites

Getting started freelancing can be the hardest part. It’s best to start by building a professional-looking profile on your chosen platform, uploading details and samples of any recent work, and promoting yourself on social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. 

Booking your first gig may be difficult as many of the platforms are based on user rating systems, so look for a low-cost, simple gig to start building your reputation quickly. As you gain skills and endorsements, you can offer higher-quality services and raise your prices over time to build your business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can i find well-paying gigs using freelance websites.

While many popular freelance sites (such as Fiverr) offer low-paying jobs to clients, there are many opportunities to find higher-paying gigs. The key is to build your portfolio, get quality user reviews, and raise your prices over time.

If you are a highly skilled freelancer, you can also filter out lower-paying gigs on most platforms and find $1,000+ jobs to apply for. You may need references to get the highest-paying gigs, but that comes with time and a record of delivering excellent results to clients.

What Are the Costs Involved With Online Freelance Work?

While some freelance sites are free to use, others are full-service platforms that charge from 5% to 20% of your earnings from the site. Others charge a monthly fee, ranging from about $5 to $60 per month.

Is Online Freelance Work Worth It for Extra Income?

Freelance sites can help you quickly earn some extra income on the side and build a portfolio of work that you can use to find higher-paying jobs. If your goal is to simply earn extra money while maintaining a day job, these platforms make it simple to find paying clients. If your goal is to become a full-time freelancer, these platforms offer a great starting point but you may be better served by finding higher-paying clients to work with directly.

We reviewed 22 freelance work websites to find the top platforms for freelance gigs. We chose our top sites based on the quality of the platform, its reputation, the number of industries supported, the number of gigs available, fees, and more. We reviewed a selection of sites that cater to a wide range of freelancer skills and jobs, with varying pay ranges and requirements.

While some of the selections don't charge a fee, we also included sites that charge a platform or monthly fee, and therefore offer higher-quality gigs for freelancers to choose from.

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With Toptal, you set your own hours, and as long as you have a laptop and some wifi, you’ll enjoy the flexibility to work remotely wherever, and on your own terms.

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1 . apply to numerous jobs.

Search job boards, career websites, and tap into your network to find available positions within your skill set.

1 . Submit Your Application

Once you’ve applied, you’ll see every step of the process, with a point of contact who can answer all your questions and keep you updated on your status.

2 . Wait to Hear Back

Once your applications are submitted, wait for HR personnel to reach out or automated emails to understand whether you might be a fit.

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You’ll demonstrate expertise in your field through a portfolio or online test, take part in a live problem-solving session, and complete a project.

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Many companies require assignments to further narrow down the scope of candidates for a role, usually to be completed unpaid and under tight deadlines.

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Congratulations! As the newest member of the Toptal Network, our team will help set up billing and payments, and start connecting you to exciting projects with top global clients.

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Each company requires several rounds of interviews to test your communication skills, technical expertise, and whether you’d be a good fit for the team.

5 . Wait for Offers

After completing your interviews, it could take several weeks to hear back from companies about your candidature.

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Your offers are usually open to negotiating everything from base salary and bonus, to vacation days and the flexibility to work remotely.

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Toptal is a curated, proprietary network of top freelancers from around the world, hired by Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups for their most important projects. Toptal is one of the fastest-growing, fully remote freelance networks and empowers freelance software developers, designers, finance experts, product managers, and project managers worldwide to grow and excel in their freelance careers.

The name “Toptal’’ comes from “Top Talent,” meaning we work with the best freelance talent from around the world. Passing our screening process makes you part of our trusted global network of experts. Clients rely on the qualifications of Toptal freelancers. No need to build up your reputation from scratch with endless reviews. Toptal handles 100% of the overhead for members of the talent network, so you can focus on career-defining work with top clients. You set your own rate and get paid on time, every time.

First, you’ll gain access to jobs matching your skillset. As soon as you set your profile to currently available, matchers will be able to contact you with opportunities that fit your expertise. Toptal clients regularly re-engage freelancers they’ve worked with before, so repeat freelance engagements with individual clients are common. You’ll also enjoy networking opportunities and support from the Toptal community of expert freelancers around the world.

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All members of the Toptal network set their own hourly rate and are paid based on the type of engagement – full-time (40 hours per week), part-time (20 hours per week), or hourly (hours are tracked manually). If you need help determining your rate, the Toptal support team can help guide you to identify a competitive rate, but the final decision is yours.

Yes, you can. Many clients prefer to work with Toptal Talent on a full-time schedule (40 hours per week), but we also have plenty of part-time (20 hours per week) and hourly opportunities available. Typically, members of our network will receive job interest requests for new opportunities when their current projects are nearing the end dates.

The vast majority of jobs through Toptal are fully remote. As more people seek remote work opportunities, the need for a physical office is diminishing. Toptal embraces the remote work trend and is spearheading innovation in remote collaboration. Toptal freelancers around the world work on the schedules they set with our clients and enjoy the freedom of a freelance lifestyle.

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Successful Toptal freelancers typically have at least 2-3 years of relevant experience, excellent communication skills, and are able to get up to speed on projects quickly. The strongest members of the Toptal network are also highly adaptable, proactive, reliable, and work well on teams and on their own. They are continually looking for opportunities to hone their skills. Visit our requirements page for more details.

Our screening process identifies Toptal talent by measuring subject matter expertise, professionalism, and communication skills. The full screening process typically takes a few weeks to complete.

Yes! You can begin the screening process whenever you’re ready. As soon as you complete the screening process and are accepted into the network, you’ll gain access to active opportunities that align with your skillset. You can start working with Toptal clients whenever you’re available.

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9 Freelance Platforms to Find Projects for 2021

One of the less attractive aspects of being a freelancer is having to search for clients and to promote yourself. Luckily, there are more and more online platforms that connect freelancers and business owners. You can check which platforms work best for you and get listed on several of them to increase your chance of finding new projects.

We’ve compiled a list of the top freelance platforms, so let’s check them out:

1. Freelancer

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Freelancer is one of the biggest freelancing marketplaces. Every freelancer can open a free account on the platform, without having to apply for one or pass a test or an interview. Once you have an account, you can bid for the projects that you would like to work for. Free account holders can make up to eight bids a month, with the possibility to pay for upgrades if they need more bids.

For every awarded and accepted project, Freelancer charges you a fee of 10%.

Freelancer is a good choice if you don't have a lot of experience in your field and are looking for a few simple, low-paid projects to start building your portfolio.

2. Guru.com

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Guru offers freelancers five different monthly memberships. The most basic one is free, but only allows you 120 bids a year. If you get a job, you pay Guru a 7% fee.

At the other end of the spectrum, the executive membership costs $39.95/month if you pay annually and gives you 600 bids a year with an annual rollover of 300, a 5% job fee and some marketing features, such as the ability to add a link to your website in your profile and create premium quotes. You can also boost your ranking in the search results and send direct messages to potential employers.

The main advantages of Guru are that it has some of the lowest transaction fees among freelancing platforms (2.9%) and that it has no application process or screening, so freelancers with little experience can also register.

The main disadvantage of Guru is that if you need to raise a dispute, arbitration does not come free of charge. Both the client and the freelancer have to pay a nonrefundable fee of $25 or 5% of the disputed amount, whichever is larger. This is very detrimental to freelancers, because it is a big price to pay for a dispute over a project, if the project is worth $100 or less. Additionally, if the arbitrators decide that the client is right, you lose both the money for the project and the arbitration fee.

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To register with Upwork , you need to submit an application and this will be approved or rejected depending on the current need for your skills. For example, if you are a digital marketer and there are more active digital marketers registered on the platform than available projects, your application might be rejected.

If you applied successfully, you can complete your profile and Upwork will highlight the jobs most suited for you. Additionally, you can look for projects yourself and you may also receive client invitations.

Upwork provides an online workspace for you and your client, that enables you to securely send and receive files and other digital assets and communicate via text, chat and video.

All invoices and payments happen through Upwork and your work is protected by the Upwork Payment Protection, making sure that you get paid for your successfully completed projects.

Upwork charges freelancers a 20% fee, which decreases the more your work with the same client. More exactly, after the first $500 billed with a client, Upwork charges you 10% for the projects with that client and after you bill a client $10,000, you will be charged 5% for the subsequent projects with that client.

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Fiverr is one of the largest marketplaces for digital services and could be a good launching pad for entry-level freelancers.

In order to offer your digital services on Fiverr, you need to create a seller profile. Then you can create a gig (the service that you intend to sell) and provide all the information your potential clients need in order to decide whether to do business with you. You can also add a video to your gig to increase your chance of attracting attention.

Another way of selling your services is through packages, which give you the possibility of offering three different bundles on your gig page.

In order to increase your chance of getting a project, you can submit customized offers to buyer requests.

When a buyer places an order, they pay Fiverr. When you complete the order, 80% of the funds are assigned to your account (Fiverr retains a 20% commission), but will remain in a "pending" status for 14 days, after which you will be able to withdraw the money.

While Fiverr might help beginner freelancers get their first projects and create a portfolio, because of its low prices it may not be the best platform for experienced freelancers.

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AnyTask is a newer freelancer platform.  What is different about this platform is that you can register and offer your services without providing any debit or credit card details. Payment is taken from the buyer's card and is delivered to you in a cryptocurrency called Electroneum (ETN), so you don't even need to own a bank account. You can spend ETN in many different ways or convert it into your desired currency with an exchange agent.

There are no seller fees on AnyTask, instead the buyer is charged 6% of the project cost.

6. Truelancer

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Truelancer offers freelancers four monthly plans - a free basic one and three paid ones for $5, $10 and $50 per month respectively. A free account holder can apply for a maximum of 20 proposals per month and you are limited to projects of up to a maxim value of $70.

With a $5/month paid plan, you can send up to 50 proposals a month for projects up to a value of $375 and you get more portfolio slots and can add more skills to your profile. The $10 and $50 plans give you 100 and 150 proposals per month respectively, a lower project fee of 8%, access to projects of any value and other features, such as access to prime projects, priority support and express withdrawals.

7. Giggrabbers

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On Giggrabbers you can find find projects in online marketing, SEO, website development, mobile app development, content writing, graphic design, photography and video.

You can create an account free of charge on the platform and browse the available projects, but if you are awarded a project, you must pay a fee of 9.5% of the total cost of the project.

You can withdraw your earnings using PayPal or (only in the US) Venmo.

8. PeoplePerHour

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In order to create a profile on PeoplePerHour , you need to complete an online application, which will be reviewed by a moderation team, to ensure that only the best freelancers are matched to client projects.

After approval, you will gain access to a stream of projects from international clients.

You can create a profile on the platform and detail your career experience and skills and show examples of your work in your portfolio. The artificial intelligence system will match you to the most suitable projects based on your profile.

You can also search for projects manually or save automatic searches to receive notifications when new projects are listed. When you find a project you would like to work for, submit a proposal. You can send 15 proposals per month for free, in order to be able to send more, you need to buy additional credit.

If a client chooses you for a project, they will pay a deposit into an escrow account, which will be held safe until you complete the project and send an invoice. PeoplePerHour charge a fee of between 3.5% and 20%, depending on the total amount of money you have billed a buyer across all their projects. This means that the more you work with the same client, the less commission you pay PeoplePerHour.

Your clients review you after each project. Freelancers who are consistently rated highly will receive higher rankings and increased visibility on the platform.

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FreeUp connects business owners with freelancers in a wide variety of domains, such as bookkeeping, social media management, SEO, customer service, digital marketing and many more.

FreeUp boasts 24/7 support for freelancers, as well as webinars, a Slack workspace and other resources.

With FreeUp you choose the hourly rate you want to bill a client, and FreeUp charges the client that amount plus 15% commission. Payment is released every two weeks.

In order to use FreeUp's job platform, you need to apply and be approved. First, upload your CV and fill out the questionnaire. Then, if your application is approved, you will be invited to a Zoom interview. After the interview, you can start applying for freelancing jobs on the platform.

If you need to write a professional-looking invoice for a freelancing project, use the invoicing platform invoicely . You can also create and send quotes in it and transform them into invoices with a click if they are accepted.

Wth invoicely you can write invoices in any currency and it also enables you to track time, expenses and mileage. Your clients can pay directly from the invoice, by clicking on the desired method of payment. On invoicely's dashboard you can see all your finances at a glance and check which invoices have been paid and which ones are overdue. You will receive a notification when the client has received your invoice and you can set up automatic payment reminders.

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68 Best Places to Find Freelance Jobs (2023 Update)

The best places to find freelance jobs on the internet (and how to use them to land your next gig).

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Whether you’re tired of your day job and want to embrace remote work forever or you’ve been a permanent freelancer for years, we’ve pulled together some of the best websites to help you find and land your next gig. You will for sure find a variety of exciting, creative opportunities to take your freelance career to the next level.

Let’s take a deep dive into everything you need to know to find freelance work online—including a huge variety of great websites to tap into during your job search, the pros and cons of different freelance jobs sites, and exactly what to do when you find the perfect freelance job for you.

Where to Look For Freelance Jobs

Only you can decide if freelancing is the right career path for you. But if it is? Here are 68 of the best places to search for freelance work online.

General Freelance Job Boards

There are so many different types of freelance jobs. There are opportunities for photo and video editors, content strategy, search engine optimization (SEO), business development…the opportunities are endless.

And while there are plenty of niche sites out there that cater to full-time freelancers in different industries, not every freelance job category has its own dedicated website—that’s when you need to hit a more generalized freelance job search website.

The most popular websites take a more general approach to postings, which means you can find a wide variety of opportunities in whatever field you’re looking for work.

Here are a few of the biggest (and best-known) freelance job boards you’ll want to check out.

Upwork is the world’s largest freelance marketplace that hosts a huge volume of remote work opportunities for a variety of talent (for example, web designers, graphic designers, writers, and project management specialists). While the exact number of freelancers registered with the platform is unknown (in 2018, there were over 16 million freelancers on Upwork ), in 2020, freelancers were paid a whopping $2.3 billion from jobs posted on the platform.

Fees: Upwork is free to join, but once you actually get work through the site, the platform charges freelancers service fees based on the amount you bill for each client. Upwork will charge a service fee of:

  • 20% on the first $500 you bill to a client
  • 10% of lifetime billings for that client between $500.01 and $10,000
  • 5% of any lifetime billings for that client that exceed $10,000

Pros: Because it’s the biggest and most comprehensive website of its type, you won’t find a website with more opportunities—or a wider variety of opportunities—than Upwork.

Cons: Because Upwork is the world’s largest pool of freelancers, competition for quality work can be fierce. And because a lot of those freelancers are from areas with a more affordable cost of living, you can often find yourself competing against talent with a similar skill set—but at a much lower rate.

FlexJobs is a job board that specializes in “flexible” jobs, which includes remote jobs (both full- and part-time), on-site jobs with flexible or alternative schedules, and—you guessed it—freelancer opportunities.

Fees: FlexJobs charges membership fees in order to access the jobs posted on the site. The typical rate is $24.95 a month, but you can cut down the monthly rate by signing up for 3 months ($39.95) or a year ($69.95) at once. (If you want to get a feel for FlexJobs before committing to a longer membership, there’s also the option to try it for a week at $9.95.)

Pros: All the jobs on FlexJobs go through a thorough vetting process, so you can be sure that the job postings on the website are legitimate. (No wasting time with spam—or scam—jobs!)

Cons: Again, not every job on FlexJobs is a freelance one—so not every opportunity is going to be the right fit if you’re committed to working on a freelance basis.

Craigslist is a great place to find a used couch or to sell your old records—but it also happens to be a great place to look for new gigs. This well-known classified ads website has become a go-to for employers thanks to its wide reach and low job posting fees.

Fees: None! While it costs employers money to post their jobs, it doesn’t cost you anything to search jobs or apply.

Pros: Because every major city has its own Craigslist board, you can search jobs locally—or, if you want to expand your opportunities, see what’s listed in other cities.

Cons: Craigslist is notorious for scams. Before you share any personal information, accept a job, or start working on a project, make sure to thoroughly vet the opportunity to ensure it’s legit.

Fiverr is a freelance marketplace that brings together freelancers and businesses. With professional service offerings in an impressive 250+ categories, no matter what kind of work you’re looking for, chances are, you can find it on Fiverr.

Fees: You can list your services on Fiverr for free, but if it leads to a gig, prepare to pay up; the platform charges a 20% fee on every transaction.

Pros: Again, Fiverr has an extremely diverse talent pool (from voiceover actors and speechwriters to data entry specialists)—and because the talent is so diverse, the platform attracts clients looking for all kinds of services. If you typically have trouble finding potential clients for your specialization, Fiverr is a good place to start.

Cons: Fiverr got its name because its services start at $5. And, as a result, the platform has gained a reputation as the go-to resource for employers looking for affordable (some might even say cheap) freelancers. This can make it hard to negotiate higher rates.

Freelancer is another well-known freelance marketplace that boasts an impressive client list (on its homepage, the company lists the platform as being used by business juggernauts like Microsoft, Boeing, and Intel).

Fees: Freelancer has one of the more complex fee structures . The fees the platform charges freelancers include:

  • A 10% introduction fee for all accepted projects
  • A 10% contest fee if you are awarded a contest prize
  • A 20% fee if you’re subsequently hired for additional work after winning the contest prize

The site will also charge you a maintenance fee of up to $10 per month if your account is inactive for more than 6 months.

Pros: The site seems to feature a high volume of gigs and a good variety in the types of opportunities available. (With over 1,350 job categories, you can pretty much guarantee variety!)

Cons: The fee structure is a bit confusing—and all of those fees can seriously add up over time.

Other Websites to Find General Freelance Jobs

While the websites we just covered might be some of the best-known websites for finding a variety of freelance job opportunities, they’re certainly not the only websites! There are a huge number of websites out there where you can find everything from marketing and video editing to research and virtual assistance (and just about everything in between).

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Here are some additional websites that offer a solid range of freelance jobs that you’ll want to check out.

For freelance-specific job boards, try:

  • Workhoppers

For short-term contracts, gig, and/or hourly work, try:

  • PeoplePerHour

For student-specific freelance opportunities, try:

  • StudentFreelance

For micro jobs (extremely short-term opportunities), try:

  • Microworkers

For remote-only opportunities, try:

  • SkipTheDrive
  • Virtual Vocations
  • We Work Remotely
  • Working Nomads

For general job boards, try:

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • CareerBuilder
  • SimplyHired

Writer and Editor Freelance Jobs

Whether you’re an expert at creating engaging blog content, editing non-fiction, or writing and reporting the news, there are a ton of freelance opportunities for writers and editors—if you know where to look.

If you’re a freelance writer or editor, here are some resources you’re going to want to check out to land your next gig.

  • Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance Writing Jobs is part job board, part resource for writers and editors. The site scours the internet and posts relevant writing and editing gigs twice a week alongside tips and articles on everything from how to improve your writing skills to how to build a viable writing or editing career.

Fees: None! The gigs on Freelance Writing Jobs are completely free to browse.

Pros: The team at Freelance Writing Jobs searches all corners of the internet to round up the best jobs for writers or editors—which means that you don’t have to. The extra resources on the site are also super helpful as you’re building your freelance writing career.

Cons: Because Freelance Writing Jobs is only updated twice a week, some of the postings on the site may be outdated.

Journalism Jobs

Journalism Jobs is a job board for (you guessed it!) journalists in search of their next gig. The site hosts a wide variety of journalism opportunities, including both editing and writing/reporting jobs.

Fees: Journalism Jobs is completely free for job seekers (yay!).

Pros: As the name implies, this site strictly features jobs for journalists—so if you want to focus on journalism projects, consider this a must-have resource.

Cons: In addition to freelance gigs, this site also features full-time journalism jobs. So, if you want to find the perfect freelance journalism assignment, be prepared to sort through plenty of full-time positions to find your freelance diamond in the rough.

Contently is a content marketing platform that connects brands with freelance writers for a variety of content projects (like blog posts, white papers, and case studies). To get started, all you have to do is create an online portfolio that showcases your best work. Then, brands can check out your samples and get in touch with any projects they think would be a good fit.

Fees: It’s free to set up your portfolio on Contently, but once you start getting assignments, expect to pay a 15% fee to the platform.

Pros: Contently has a reputation for hosting some of the best-paying writing gigs on the internet, with many clients paying in the $1 to $2 per word range.

Cons: The process of getting your profile approved is a slow one. New writers to the platform can expect to wait weeks (or even months) before their profile is reviewed and they’re approved to start connecting with clients.

Other Websites to Find Freelance Writing or Editing Jobs

If the above websites don’t feel like they have quite the “write” gig for you (pun intended), don’t worry! There are plenty of other websites for freelance writers and editors that you’ll want to check out.

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Here are a few industry-specific websites to help you find your next writing or editing job opportunity:

  • Blogging Pro Job Board
  • Freedom With Writing
  • Online Writing Jobs
  • ProBlogger Job Board
  • WriterAccess

Designer and Developer Freelance Job Boards

Design and software engineering/development are both extremely specialized skill sets. And luckily, they have specialized job boards to match!

Here are some of the best freelance jobs websites for designers, developers, coders, and engineers.

99designs is a design platform that connects businesses with designers for a variety of projects, including logo design, custom illustrations, and branding. The platform is best known for its design contests, where clients send out a brief and designers submit their designs, competing to win the bid and project.

Fees: 99designs charges a few different fees to their designers, including:

  • A client introduction fee (20% on your first $500 billed)
  • A platform fee , or monthly fee, for all one-to-one projects completed (5 to 15%, depending on the designer’s level of experience)

Pros: 99designs features a variety of design contests and opportunities. So, whether you’re an illustrator, logo expert, branding specialist, or a packaging designer, chances are you’ll be able to throw your hat in the ring.

Cons: While there is an opportunity for clients to reach out to designers directly, 99designs is best-known for its design contests. And while they work extremely well for clients, they’re not the most designer-friendly; you don’t get paid unless your design is chosen.

AngelList is the go-to platform for all things startups. While the site offers a variety of services for startups, its most popular and well-known feature is its extensive job board, which connects talent with startup opportunities.

Fees: None! AngelList is a free resource for coders, designers, and other talent looking to land a gig with the next up-and-coming startup.

Pros: AngelList isn’t just free for freelancers; it’s also free for employers. That means that more startups are likely to post jobs to AngelList—which means more freelance jobs for you to choose from.

Cons: The startup life isn’t for everyone—even on a freelance basis. If working in a fast-paced (and sometimes volatile) startup environment doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to look elsewhere.

Other Websites to Find Freelance Jobs for Designers and Developers

If the previously mentioned websites don’t help you find the freelance graphic design/programming/coding job of your dreams, it’s all good—there are definitely other graphic design, art director, and developer options to explore.

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Check out these websites for more freelance opportunities specifically targeted toward designers, coders, developers, programmers, and the like:

  • Authentic Jobs
  • Computer Assistant
  • CrowdSpring
  • DesignCrowd
  • Scalable Path
  • Smashing Jobs
  • StackOverflow

How to Vet Job Postings (And Make Sure the Opportunity Is Right for You)

There are a ton of websites and options to help you on your freelance job search. But not all freelance job opportunities (or websites!) are created equal, so it’s important to vet every gig and make sure it’s:

  • High-quality
  • The right fit for you

But how, exactly, do you vet freelance jobs? Here are a few tips to make sure you’re only spending your time on potential gigs that are going to pan out in the long run:

Pay Attention to the Job Posting

Obviously, you’re going to read through the job posting; that’s how you find out about the job opportunity and potential new client in the first place. But a job posting can tell you a lot more than just the details of the job; it can help you determine whether the opportunity is legitimate.

Before you apply for a job, go through the job posting and look for any red flags—like significant grammatical errors, typos/misspellings, or requests for sensitive information (like a Social Security number or financial details).

Research the Company

You can find out a lot about a client and company (and a potential freelance opportunity) with a little bit of digging. If you find a freelance job that sounds like a good fit for your skill level and experience, take a few minutes to research the company first. You can look on websites like Glassdoor to get employee insights—and other websites (like Upwork) sometimes list reviews on different clients directly from freelancers.

Ask the Right Questions

If you do decide to apply for a freelance job, you need to ask the right questions to make sure it’s the right opportunity for you. Some questions you’ll want to ask the client during the screening process/interview process include:

  • What’s the scope of the project?
  • What are the key deliverables?
  • Who will I be working closely with to complete this project?
  • When are the deadlines?
  • Are you looking to pay by the hour or by the project?
  • What systems do you use for communication and submitting work? (e.g., Google Drive, Asana, Slack, etc.)
  • How will I get paid? (Most freelance platforms have their own payment system, but if you apply for a freelance job directly, it’s important to understand how and when the company plans to pay you.)
  • Do you have any expectations of working hours or can I work on my own schedule?
  • Are there any additional calls or meetings I’ll be expected to attend during this project? If so, will I be compensated for that time?

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Getting Ready to Apply for Freelance Jobs

You’ve scoured the freelance jobs websites. You’ve vetted the opportunities and found a few potential gigs that feel like a slam dunk. But before you start applying for freelance jobs, it’s important to do a little work on the back end to ensure you’re prepared and ready to get hired.

So what, exactly, does that entail?

Spruce up Your Resume…

You need an up-to-date resume for any kind of job you’re applying for—including freelance. Before you get started with the application process, make sure you have an up-to-date resume that speaks to your experience, background, and relevant skills.

…and Your LinkedIn Profile

Consider LinkedIn your online resume. And just like your traditional resume needs to be up-to-date before you apply to any job, so does your LinkedIn profile.

Put Together an Online Portfolio

Your would-be employer is going to want to see samples of your work as proof you can handle that job—and that’s where an online portfolio comes in.

An online portfolio is an easy and organized way to showcase your best work to potential freelance employers. Set up portfolios on relevant job sites—or, if you want to get creative, set up an online portfolio website of your own.

Create a Cover Letter Template

If you’re applying for a high volume of jobs, writing a new cover letter with every application can get really tedious, really fast.

Before you start applying for freelance jobs, put together a cover letter template that you can personalize for each opportunity. It’ll save you a ton of time (and hassle!) throughout the application process.

How to Set Yourself Apart From Other Candidates: Proposals

There are a lot of freelancers out there. And if you find an amazing freelance opportunity, chances are, you’re not the only one. This is why figuring out a way to break through the clutter and set yourself apart from other candidates is so important.

And one of the best ways to set yourself apart (and show a hiring manager that you’re the perfect freelancer for the job)? A killer business proposal .

A proposal shows your client that you’re not taking a “throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks” approach when looking for work. Instead, it shows them that you took the time and effort to consider their specific opportunity—and to showcase how and why you’re the best person for the job.

Need help crafting a proposal that will get you hired? We can help! Get started with FreshBooks’ proposal feature .

Negotiating Your Rate

The very last step to landing a great freelance job? Negotiating your rate.

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Now, for some freelancers, the thought of setting and negotiating their rate can feel uncomfortable or overwhelming, especially when they’re just starting out. But it doesn’t have to be!

Here are a few things you’ll want to consider when navigating the world of setting and negotiating freelance rates:

Do Your Research

Before you propose a rate to a client, it’s important to do your research and get a feel for what other freelancers in your field and at your level of experience are charging. That way, you can set a rate that’s competitive (and not under or oversell yourself).

Your Hourly Rate Is Not Your Take-Home Rate

As a freelancer, you’re responsible for paying your own taxes. So the amount you get paid every hour (or project) isn’t the same as the amount you’ll get to take home. When setting your rate, make sure to factor in the added cost of taxes. (And immediately put that money aside so it’s already in your bank account come tax time!)

Stand Behind Your Rate

You might be tempted to lower your rate in order to get more work. But fight that temptation! While having a little wiggle room is fine, you don’t want to accept work that’s too far below your pay grade. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself with too much work for not enough pay—which can be a fast track to burnout.

If you want more tips on how to negotiate the best rate for your freelance work, make sure to check out the FreshBooks Setting Your Rate eBook !

Get Out There and Find the Perfect Freelance Job for You

If you’ve been sorting through job ads and other remote work opportunities already, then you know there are a lot of freelance jobs out there. And as you now know, there are also a lot of websites to help you find those opportunities. AND now that you know where to look for the perfect freelance job (and how to stand out, get hired, and get paid), all that’s left to do? Get out there and get your freelance on!

This post was updated in December 2022.

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Written by Deanna deBara , Freelance Contributor

Posted on March 3, 2021

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As a freelance web designer, it’s easy to go from feast to famine.

One month you’ve got more work than you can handle and the next month you literally have nothing. Zero, zilch…it’s depressing.

You get to the point where you’d be willing to do just about anything tech-related for just about any amount of money.

I once took a job making a banner for a lotion company. They filled their lotions with crushed diamonds. The particular line I was making a banner for sold at $599 for 50 grams of lotions. ?

You might think differently BUT I’m not sure I believe that crushed up diamonds are going to do a lot for your skin. In short, I think it’s a gimmicky product.

I know there’s nothing morally wrong with taking a project like that BUT I didn’t get into freelance web design to work on stuff like that. Nevertheless, I needed the money. I was literally days away from getting engaged when I accepted the job and rings aren’t cheap

I’ve learned you don’t have to settle for the feast or famine seasons. And, you definitely don’t have to take on projects that make you feel like you’re compromising.

The Solution

One way to avoid those types of scenarios as a freelance web designer is to make sure you have multiple avenues for finding web design projects online.

It’s the age-old adage of not putting all your eggs in one basket. In other words, DIVERSIFY!

Truth be told there are more places to find freelance web design projects online than you’ll have time to look.

You just have to know where to look. That’s why I’ve built a list to help you search. Use this to find more clients and keep yourself from having to make something for products that are probably just rip-offs.

Want the simple list to scan through and even add some of your own when you find new ones? I got you!

Check your inbox!

The mother of all freelancing platforms is Upwork . There are an estimated 16 million freelancers on Upwork and it feels like just as many jobs to bid on.

I personally love Upwork. And, I don’t think it’s a race to the bottom.

I’ve found plenty of great projects from great clients willing to pay a freelancer what they’re worth.

It takes time and effort BUT it’s doable and in my opinion very worth it.

You do pay a portion of what you earn back to Upwork. It’s a sliding scale.

It’s 20% until $500 and then it drops to 10%. If you go on to make over $10,000 from one single client it drops to 5%.

You also have to pay to bid on projects but it’s pretty minimal .

Toptal is another great place to find freelance web design projects online.

They position themselves as the creme de la creme of the freelance tech pool. That being the case you have to go through an interview process that’s pretty intense.

As a designer, you have to submit a portfolio and go through a round of conversations with their team.

It’s not an easy process BUT you do get access to higher-paying projects. AND, the hourly rate you set is what you get for the job you do.

Toptal charges the client more than what your hourly rate is so they don’t have to take anything from you.

Fiverr is another platform built for a large variety of freelancers.

Like its name denotes Fiverr is marketed to being a low-cost leader for clients wanting to get a project done for cheap. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find quality gigs there.

In fact, website development is the second most demanded skill on the platform with prices ranging from $100 – $3,000.

It’s free to set up a profile BUT you will have to shell out 20% of your payment to Fiverr when it’s all said and done.

4. Freelancer

Freelancer is another platform that’s been around for a while. When I first started looking for freelance web design projects online freelancer was the second place I signed up.

But, I found Upwork to have higher quality projects at a much more consistent rate. BUT, that doesn’t mean you’ll have the same experience.

The fees are a bit messy to freelancers.

If you have a free account you get 8 bids per month. Then you pay 10% of the total amount charged to the client.

You can also bid for free on projects that marked as contests. BUT, you’ll have to do the work, present it to the client and hope they pick you out of the other people that are competing.

If you’re awarded the project you pay 10% of what you get paid.

You can also bid for free if you’re a part of their Preferred Freelancer Program. But, you will have to apply to be a part of the program and also pay 15% out of what you’re paid.

5. Envato Studio

Envato Studio is another platform you have to apply to be a part of.

If you’re accepted you have a general rate that you charge for a service you provide. And, you can use add-ons according to anything additional you can do for a client.

You specify how long it takes and how many revisions the client gets.

The fee you pay Envato is pretty high at 30%.

6. We Work Remotely

We Work Remotely is a job board for online work.

Actually, it’s a specific type of job board called Tiny Boards that only take specific types of jobs with salary ranges.

The majority of the jobs posted are full-time positions BUT there is contract work available as well. You can sign up on their email list to be notified any time a new design job is posted.

You’ll have to apply for jobs just like you would in the real/non-online world with a resume.

It might also be a good spot to look for a full-time job ?

7. Design News

Design News is a place to catch some of the latest news in the design community. It also serves as another Tiny Board affiliated job board.

You can filter between contract, freelance, full-time, and remote-friendly design jobs.

There are more full-time in-office positions available. But it doesn’t hurt to check every once in a while.

8. Remote OK

Remote OK is another job board similar to We Work Remotely. You can specify design jobs and even use the search option to filter through freelance jobs.

9. Dribbble

Dribbble is a well-known platform for designers to flex their abilities. It’s a place to go for inspiration or just to show off your skills.

But, there’s also a board with plenty of freelance web design projects.

I know of some freelance web designers that use Dribbble as their go-to source for finding freelance web design projects online.

10. People Per Hour

People Per Hour is similar to Upwork. Clients post freelance jobs and a pool of freelancers bid on those projects. There’s an application process and the fees have a sliding scale as well.

Jobs that are $7k or greater are charged a 3.5% to the freelancer. Between $700 and $7k is at 7.5% and anything below $700 is 20%.

Guru is another freelancer platform. It looks like the most you’ll have to do is add a physical mailing address to be accepted.

There are various levels of memberships .

A free membership gives you 120 bids per year with a 9% job fee.

A Basic+ membership is $107.40 per year and gives you 600 bids and a 9% fee.

The memberships go all the way up to executive which $470.40 with 600 bids per year and a 5% project fee.

12. Work Genius

I found Work Genius when one of their talent professionals reached out to me on Linkedin.

It’s a freelancer/project board platform like Upwork. You have to apply with a resume or portfolio.

Whatever the price of the job is what you get paid as a freelancer.

13. Angel List

Angel List is a job board made specifically for startups.

Like most job boards it prioritizes full-time jobs but you can use the search function to filter freelance web design projects.

14. Craigslist

Craigslist is a pretty unexpected place to find freelance web design projects online.

BUT, it can be a great source for all types of projects. I’ve talked about it more specifically here .

In short, there are 2 places to find freelance web design projects on Craigslist. One is under the gigs section and the other under services.

You create an account and either search for jobs or post your services and wait to be found.

I suggest a combination of both.

M Turk is Amazon’s go at the freelance market. There are all sorts of jobs and it’s easy to join.

You apply for a HIT or Human Intelligence Task and can even get paid with an Amazon Gift card!

16. Freelancer Map

Freelancer Map is a European based freelance project board.

There are no percentages charged to freelancers BUT there are different levels of memberships.

You get access to all jobs with an unlimited amount of bids BUT if you pay for a membership you get access to a legal consultation and priority listings on your profile.

17. Flex Jobs

Flex Jobs is like other job boards BUT it screens all of their applicants and handpicks all of the jobs they post.

There’s a fee to join. You can choose to pay for one month at $14.95, three months at $29.95 or a full year at $49.95.

You can look for the occasional discount on their Facebook Page or Twitter Page .

Onsite is a Euro-based freelance talent pool. They say they handpick all of their “talent” and less than 5% of applicants make it.

So, do your best to impress them on the signup!

19. Solid Gigs

Solid Gigs has a bit of a different approach. You pay $19.95 a month and with that comes a weekly list of available projects that their team has vetted AND you get access to courses and tools on the platform to become a better freelancer.

So, it’s not really a freelancer pool OR project pool. But, it does a lot of the work for you and might be a great place to find projects that slipped through the cracks.

Let’s face it, if web design is your side hustle, you won’t have a ton of time to search for and find the best freelance web design projects online.

20. Cloud Peeps

Cloud Peeps is another freelance talent pool with a membership model.

There’s a free plan but you don’t get any proposals just an opportunity to get found and then give 15% of your fee back to Cloud Peeps. It goes all the way up to the Plus Plan for $29 per month and a 5% fee off of your cut.

Oh, and there’s a 2.9% + $0.30 fee for every payment that’s processed.

Indeed is a huge and well-known job board without a lot of limitations. There’s also a ton of ways to filter and find the jobs you’re looking for.

Oddly enough I found my full-time job at Showit through Indeed and I think it’s also a great option for anyone looking to find freelance web design projects online.

22. Design Crowd

Design Crowd is another freelancer pool specifically for designers.

There are some freelancers that have made over $100k on the platform. They vet designers that apply and you pay 15% of the total project fee.

23. Coroflot

Coroflot is a job board made specifically for designers. There are plenty of full-time jobs to be found.

The search options are pretty flawed. But, if you search for ‘freelance web designer’ or ‘freelance product designer’ a few positions pop up.

24. Smashing Magazine

Smashing Magazine is a great place to find all sorts of resources tech-related. It’s been one of my go-to places for great articles and tutorials.

BUT, it’s also a great place to find freelance web design projects online. Smashing’s UX is great and it’s super easy to fine-tune the job search to exactly what you’re looking for.

No fees. No signups. Just jobs posted and a chance to apply.

25. Crowd Spring

Crowd Spring is a contest based freelance pool and it’s for designers only. So, there’s no development going on here.

Like all other contest based sites, you submit a design and compete against other freelancers. The client picks the one they like the most and they get paid.

You could be competing with up to 90 designers BUT there’s also a 1 to 1 option.

26. Working Not Working

Working Not Working is a platform that a lot of top design talent go to in order to find work and a lot of top companies go to in order to find designers.

The concept is pretty simple. You make an account and apply for jobs. It has a social aspect as well in that people can follow and vouch for you if they’ve worked with you before.

Followers and vouches increase the chances of getting hired.

28. Ask Lorem

Ask Lorem is a fairly new freelance pool that focuses entirely on building websites. They focus specifically on platforms like Shopify, WordPress, Squarespace, and Wix.

They also tout only allowing 5% of all applicants to make it past the interview process. They also say that freelancers don’t have to bid on projects. They just come to you.

Ask Lorem does take a cut of the freelancer’s pay BUT doesn’t quite say how much that is on their site.

Make it past the 95% of applicants and come back here and tell us.

28. Rent-a-Coder

Rent-a-Coder is a freelance pool of developers, programmers and software engineers. You’ll find everything from C++ to Web Design.

It’s a membership-based model where the more you pay monthly the more benefits you get. The good news is you split the fee with the client who will always pay a minimum of 5%.

29. 10 x Management

10 x Management was started by Rishon Blumberg who began representing musicians like John Mayer and Vanessa Carlton until he decided that the next rock stars would be from the tech world.

That’s when he started 10 x management with co-founder Michael Solomon. Think of 10 x as your talent agent for finding freelance or career work.

You apply and if they need you you go through a vetting process.

30. Codeable

Codeable is a talent pool specifically for WordPress developers.

The good news: they guarantee rates from $70 – $120 per hour. And Codeable sets the guidelines and boundaries for how you interact and charge clients.

So, you don’t have to worry about scope creep or having to haggle with clients all on your own.

The bad news: only 2% of all applicants make it.

So, if you suck don’t apply. Their words not mine.

31. Zip Recruiter

Zip Recruiter is another job board that you can filter jobs to find freelance web design projects online.

The fun thing about Zip Recruiter is it lets you know if someone looks at your application.

Trust me, when you’re looking for projects it’s nice to know you’re getting noticed.

32. Virtual Vocations

Virtual Vocations is a monthly membership job board for those who love the remote life. They filter through the best jobs out there and send you a custom list based on your needs.

You can choose to pay for a 1 month, 3-month or six-month subscription.

It’s definitely geared toward full-time work but there are freelance postings available as well.

Foylo is a newsletter that sends you new opportunities every week. Their aim is to find projects that are remote, fulfilling, and high-paying.

You don’t pay a percentage of what you earn but you do pay to be on the newsletter.

34. Freelanced

Freelanced is a job and freelancer pool for all sorts of different things. It’s a membership-based site that starts for free and goes up to $7 per month.

If I’m honest, Freelanced looks like an older version of Match.com. They say it’s a social network for freelancers.

Despite it needing a design overhaul, it’s another place to look for quality freelance web design projects online.

35. Skip the Drive

Skip the Drive is a pretty basic job board site that focuses solely on remote jobs. It’s not a fancy site by any means.

But, it’s free to use and there’s no registration required.

Skip the Drive is the remote arm of Jobs 2 Careers.

36. Working Nomads

Working Nomads is a job board tailored for those who refuse to be tied down to a physical location.

It’s a pretty basic job board that doesn’t require any sign-up or payment BUT you can get notifications for new jobs.

37. Remotive

Remotive is another remote job board with a twist. There are a. bunch of resources for remote workers and a community to join as well.

The job board is free but if you want to join the community you have to pay either $99 per year or $149 lifetime.

They also recently opened a community for leaders in remote work that’s specifically for people that lead remote teams.

Krop is a job board for people with a creative bend. BUT, it’s also a portfolio builder.

You can add your portfolio for the chance to get found by a potential client or employer. You can also build a portfolio site with their builder.

It looks like the jobs here are location specific and mostly full-time. But, you never know what you might find if you sign up for their email list.

MeFi was started in 1999. The jobs on the board can be full-time, part-time or volunteer.

It’s free to use BUT if you want to be listed as an available employee there’s a $5 signup fee and pretty strict rules of engagement.

If the $5 is tough, you can ask for the signup fee to be waived.

Aquent is a creative staffing agency. You can signup to have a profile BUT it’s all free.

They have a list of tailored job opportunities and you can include or exclude remote jobs.

They also have an education component where they offer free courses for all sorts of skills at The Gymnasium .

41. LinkedIn Pro Finder

LinkedIn Pro Finder is LinkedIn’s freelance arm of the career-minded social media platform.

To succeed as a freelancer on LinkedIn Pro Finder you’ll have to work to beef up your LinkedIn profile. So, you’ll need to fill it up with recommendations and up-to-date content.

You can apply here .

42. Stackoverflow

Stackoverflow is a great resource for solving problems as a web designer. In fact, I encourage everyone to create an account and get familiar with the platform in my free course teaching you how to go from knowing nothing about design or development to having the tools you need to succeed.

Stackoverflow is also a great place to find freelance web design projects online. It’s a. job board like any other. You can filter jobs to your liking and sign up to be notified when a job that fits your requirements pops up.

43. Authentic Jobs

Authentic Jobs is a job board for creative folks. It’s been around since 2005. You’re only charged to post a job.

You can search for jobs until you find the one that works best for you. There are tons of freelance opportunities and a newsletter to signup for.

Dice is a job board specifically for tech positions. Feel free to browse jobs and add your resume to be found. Think of Dice like you would Indeed just for tech jobs only.

A lot of the jobs I first found when I decided to go full-time in web design were on Dice.

45. WordPress Jobs

If you’re looking for WordPress jobs why not go straight to the source. WordPress Jobs is a job board from the Auto-matic team.

You can filter through theme customization to full plugin development.

46. WP Hired

WP Hired is a job board for all things WordPress. Just like all other job boards, you can filter according to what you’re looking for.

47. Design Hill

Design Hill is another freelance talent pool. You can either work one on one with a client OR be a part of a contest.

It looks like the only fee they charge to freelancers is if you use something other than their platform to receive payments from clients.

48. 99 Designs

99 Designs was one of the pioneer sites for freelance design contests. But, you can also work one on one with clients.

You pay $100 upfront with a client and then a percentage of what you make on the project. That percentage varies on what level of designer you are. There’s 3: Top Level which pays 5%, Mid Level which pays 10%, and Entry Level which pays 15%.

Using Social Media to Find Web Design Projects Online

There are tons of great opportunities that fall under the same category of social media.

These aren’t job boards or talent pools BUT I’ve found plenty of good projects on social media platforms.

It’s all about how you use the platform and approach a potential client.

49. Twitter

Twitter is a great platform to make connections with tech professionals. Some of the biggest names in the industry are on there and regularly post.

A good strategy for finding freelance web design projects online through twitter would be to find business owners and build relationships with them.

After you’ve proven you’re not a spammer reach out to them and let them know you’d be happy to help with their web design project.

50. Instagram

Instagram is another great place to find freelance web design projects online. The strategy for finding projects is the same as twitter.

You follow leaders and even companies. Interact with their posts and then offer your services. Make sure to add value and put the relationship first.

You can also search through hashtags for relevant postings.

51. Facebook

Facebook has plenty of business postings to look through and find freelance web design projects online.

The best thing to do here is to search through the business pages and find their websites. If they have great looking websites don’t worry about connecting with them.

If their site needs some help, that’s your cue to reach out and offer help.

52. LinkedIn

Finally, we’ve got LinkedIn. Don’t confuse LinkedIn with LinkedIn Pro Finder.

It’s a platform that is first made for social connection. But, it’s also a great chance to connect with people and find freelance web design projects online.

But, be careful not to come across as a spammer. Don’t go in for the kill shot on the first connection. Build relationships. Make friends and when the timing is right see if you can help someone.

Before I started writing this blog post I didn’t know just how many sites there are dedicated to finding freelance web design projects online.

It’s a little overwhelming. But, it makes me excited for all the opportunities out there for freelance web designers.

My suggestion would be to pick a few and figure out the nuances of those platforms for a season of time.

A lot of times it takes some getting used to and you won’t be successful right at the very beginning. So, stay focused and give it some time.

BUT, don’t think that just because one avenue doesn’t work that none of them will.

The main thing to do is to keep putting yourself out there. Keep connecting with people in a genuine way. Find ways to tailor what you’re saying to each person you reach out to.

You’ve got this! And, if you need help, I’m here.

What about you? Any places you like finding work online that aren’t mentioned here?

Send them my way in the comments and I’ll add them if they’re legit.

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FlexJob’s report spotlights top companies, career fields, and job titles on the rise for fully remote freelance workers in 2024

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Freelancing is on the rise and some of the most successful self-employed workers are the ones tapping into the biggest and fastest-growing freelance markets. Flexjob's 2024 State of Remote Freelance Jobs Report looks at the ever-changing world of remote freelance work to identify future career opportunities. 

In the report, you'll find the top ten careers for freelance workers in 2024, the most popular job titles, ten companies most likely to hire freelance workers and how to find work. Ready to join the remote work revolution? Let's go.

The rise in remote freelance work

Freelance workers are having a greater impact on the US economy than ever before, and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. According to the 2024 Work Insights Survey from FlexJobs, 95% of workers want some form of remote work, with 54% preferring to work from home full-time and 41% saying a hybrid is their ideal work arrangement. 

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“The rise in freelancers is a great indication of the many workers pursuing their careers with greater autonomy, independence, and flexibility,” said Toni Frana, Lead Career Expert at FlexJobs. “And fortunately, as our latest report has shown, there are remote freelance opportunities across a wide range of industries that afford people the freedom to define when, where, and how they work.”  

Although the reasons people choose a freelance career can vary — a flexible schedule, a better balance of work and family life and the benefit of being their own boss — the demand for freelance work (and workers) continues to skyrocket. In fact, an estimated 64 million US workers performed freelance work in 2023, according to Statista.

Top 10 career fields for remote freelance work

The following 10 career categories experienced the highest growth in remote freelance jobs from January 1 through December 31, 2023. These jobs are also considered to be strong options through 2024.

  • Graphic Design
  • Art & Creative
  • Copywriting
  • News & Journalism
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Social Media

Top 10 companies for remote freelance work

The 2024 report showed a steady pace for remote freelance opportunities in new career fields, including:

  • Robert Half International
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  • Insight Global
  • Solomon Page

Top 10 in-demand remote freelance job titles

Among the top 10 remote freelance job titles, virtual assistants and graphic designers were some of the most sought-after roles, highlighting the versatility in the current freelance marketplace.

  • Virtual Assistant
  • Graphic Designer
  • Project Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Video Editor
  • Marketing Manager
  • Communications Specialist

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If you’re not sure how to get your foot in the door, FlexJobs has a few words of wisdom to help take your freelance career to the next level.

  • Get Social & Get Networking — Don’t underestimate the role of social media and a powerful network in finding and landing freelance clients. 
  • Target Your Search — Target different keywords to expand your results.
  • Try Cold Pitching — Cold pitching is emailing or messaging potential freelance clients to offer your services.  
  • Build Your Brand   — Having a strong personal brand and personal website to showcase past work is essential when freelancing.
  • Ask for Referrals — Make it easy for freelance clients to share testimonials by sending a polite email with a link and a couple of targeted questions they can answer.

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More Americans are experimenting with freelancing, either as a side hustle or a full-time career. 

The number of professionals freelancing in the U.S. hit an all-time high in 2023, increasing to 64 million people, or 38% of the U.S. workforce, from 60 million the year earlier, according to recent research from Upwork. 

Businesses are increasingly relying on freelancers to save on headcount and real estate expenses, Yoav Hornung, head of verticals and innovation at Fiverr, tells CNBC Make It . 

But the services businesses are hiring independent contractors for are constantly changing, Hornung says. For example: In recent months, Fiverr has seen a marked increase in requests for AI professionals, including video editors and prompt engineers, who can help businesses leverage AI technologies to be more efficient or profitable. 

In addition to AI services, here are three of the most in-demand freelance services for 2024, according to Fiverr , including what professionals on the platform are charging for them. All of these gigs can be done from home and pay over $100 per project:

Video editing 

Video editors work in post-production, assembling raw footage into finished packages using different software applications. Two kinds of video editing have seen "huge demand" as of late, according to Hornung: AI video editing and social media video editing. 

Between January and July 2023, searches for AI video editors increased by more than 625% on Fiverr. These creators leverage AI to customize video backgrounds, generate voiceovers and enhance audio and visual elements, among other services.

Video editing for short-form content is another in-demand skill. "The increasing popularity of 'snackable' content in the form of Reels, Shorts and TikTok has spiked demand for freelancers who can make snappy, engaging content for brands," Hornung says.

Video editors on Fiverr typically charge at least $100 per project. 

Social media management and content creation

Social media managers and specialists develop, edit and promote content across different channels for a client or organization to engage with and grow their audience.

The value of a strong online presence for brands and businesses has "never been higher," says Hornung, as more people — especially younger consumers — shop on social media platforms. 

One skill that will be "especially valuable" for freelance social media managers to possess in 2024, he adds, is the ability to create content that feels "authentic and genuine" for clients as more consumers demand authenticity and transparency from the brands they support.

Social media managers and specialists charge at least $150 per project.

Mobile app development 

Mobile app developers are software engineers who create apps for smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices. These professionals typically work alongside graphic designers and data scientists. 

Globally, people recorded nearly 77 billion mobile app downloads during the first half of 2023, up 3% from 2022, according to data.ai , a data analytics tool. 

Hornung points out that, on Fiverr, searches for "app development" have seen a consistent increase since the start of 2023. He explains that more brands are adopting mobile-first strategies to meet consumers' growing preference for interacting with businesses through their phones versus computers or in person.

Mobile app developers charge at least $500 per project. 

If you're considering a freelance career or side hustle in any of these fields, it's not enough to learn the technical skills you'll need to do the job — what sets the most successful freelancers apart, says Hornung, is their soft skills and endorsements. 

"Trust is king," he says. "Investing in soft skills such as communication and organization, and proof of how you've used these skills, can go a long way in establishing trust between freelance professionals and their clientele base."

Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect project-based payments for each freelance role.

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