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Beginners Guide: Where To Find Freelance Work


Freelance workers know that freelancing means dealing with uncertainties. Sometimes we get tons of work, but sometimes we just get no projects in one or two months. That can be challenging. Nevertheless, finding freelance work is relatively easy today. Continue reading to find out more.

You don’t have to wait and hope that the phone will ring or you’ll get an email from the next prospect. Luckily, unlike back in the old days, today there are really great online freelance job sites you can easily find freelance work. If you need a project to overcome the current crisis or you are just starting out as a freelancer, these job sites are the perfect place for you.

To fill the time until you get the next big project, you can find work on freelance job sites. There are hundreds of gurus and web sites promising huge earnings, be cautious with those sites. It is never bad to check if the site is proven or a scam. To find work, you need to know where to look.

Before I became a full-time freelancer, I struggled to find work. Most of my work was coming from friends and referrals. In the time I started freelancing, there were not so many freelance sites at all. Today I use freelance work sites regularly, and the experience was positive. Therefore, I’ll start with the sites I am using and on which I had the most success.

1. Upwork

Probably the best freelance job site there is. Formerly known as Odesk, the company merged with Elance and now they are a single company.  Elance was founded in 1999. and oDesk was founded in 2003. After the launch of Upwork, the oDesk platform was redesigned and the company announced that the Elance platform will be phased out eventually. Those two companies, oDesk, in particular, were the leaders in the freelance job marketplace business. Over the time they had great innovations and they launched the first time tracking app for freelancers formerly known as oDesk Team app.

The Upwork marketplace is huge, it has over 10 million freelancers and more than 4 million clients. The competition is tough, but Upwork has the reputation for having serious and well-paying clients. The registration process is simple and easy as it is applying for jobs. Upwork uses the “connects” system for applying for jobs, which means, as a free member you have 60 connects to apply for jobs. Every job proposal costs you 2 connects. Try it out.

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2. Freelancer

It is probably the biggest crowdsourcing platform there is, it has more than 17 million users worldwide. It was founded in 2009 and it has grown incredibly fast. Freelancer has bought and absorbed few crowdsourcing and freelancer job marketplaces including former,,,, vWorker and some other sites.

There are hourly projects available and also flat fee projects, the freelancer has also contests where freelancers can submit their design and the client chooses the best fit. It is a membership site, with different subscription plans. Free members are charged 10% of the project fee for freelancers and 3% of the project fee for employers unless you are ready to pay $39,95/month in that case you are charge 5% of the project fee as a freelancer and 0% of the project fee for employers.

The platform is good, and I had some great projects on it. But in general, the freelancers with lower fees are preferred on this platform by my experience.


3. PeoplePerHour

PoeplePerHour is a great platform to find work in the fields of web design, graphic design, web development, content, and internet marketing. If your skills are in these fields, try it out.



4. FlexJobs

FlexJobs is a little bit different from the other freelance job marketplaces. It is a professional job service which can help you find the best flexible jobs available. They take finding work serious, so they check the jobs for your on legitimacy. As they claim on their website “We have a team of excellent, educated, trained researchers who go out and scour the hundreds of online job resources every day (including industry blogs, employer sites, reliable job boards, and more). They are specifically looking for the professional, legitimate jobs that offer some kind of flexibility – telecommuting, part-time or flextime schedules, or freelance contracts.” It is absolutely worth it, and who is it for? – “anyone who wants a job with some kind of flexibility – a telecommuting, part-time, freelance, or flextime job“. Check it out.


5. Fiverr

Fiverr is very similar to other freelance work marketplaces, but with a different concept. it is not a freelance work marketplace, it is a rather freelance service providers marketplace. As the name says Fiverr user’s services start at $5, you can add up to thousands of dollars worth of Gig extras. Your service offered is called a “Gig”. For example, you can offer to install a WordPress website script for $5, and you can offer template installation for $20 extra, content input $20 per page etc. You basically list your services with extras, and the potential clients browse freelancers from the Fiverr’s directory and they choose you luckily.

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6. Freelance Writing Jobs

If you are a talented writer, blogger or editor, this site is for you. As the name says, it is intended for writing jobs. I never used it myself, as I am not very good with words, as you can see from this blog. 🙂



7. TopTal

TopTal is a relatively young freelance platform. It was founded in 2010 as a startup in Silicon Valley. The platform is intended for hiring designers and developers. They claim that their users are among the top 3% of freelance talent. Now, the name itself is pretty self-explanatory, and truly you as a freelancer have to go through an application process in which they schedule a meeting with you in order to know you more, your background, skills, and services. On the TopTal website, the inscription says “Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers and designers in the world. Top companies rely on Toptal freelancers for their most important projects.” I am not sure if the application process is really that rigorous, but I have to assume it is. I did not apply myself, but I intend to do so in the near future. I’ll let you know how it goes in one of my next articles.

You are a successful freelancer when you no longer chase clients, clients should come to you.  Tweet This!

Freelance work marketplaces are a great place to start, but you should not rely on them in the long run. Try to build your portfolio and launch your own independent freelance business. I hope the post was useful and helpful. If you have a suggestion for a great freelance work site, share your experience in the comments.



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Salim Šabić
Salim Šabić
Hi, my name is Salim Šabić. Thanks for visiting my website. How can I help You? WHAT I DO: I help you grow your business online by developing and optimizing amazing business websites and applications. I can help you promote your business and reach more customers online easy! I am a certified web developer and eLearning consultant offering over 10 years of experience on both client and server sides.


  1. Sergiu Casu says:

    If you are looking for freelance job on projects in developing countries, then the biggest resource would be DevelopmentAid.!/jobs/search?sort=highlighted.desc,posted_date.desc
    There are constantly between 3-4 thousand jobs available as well as a very strong search filter. Registration is free, which allows you to create a personalized job alert and get only positions that fit your requirements. Moreover, you can upload your CV and thousands of organizations using DevelopmentAid can approach you for potential cooperation.

  2. Reyes Castillo says:

    Thanks a lot! Great info practical and full of tips! I´ll get back with input after checking more in depth. Best

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