As a freelancer, finding more work is essential to your success and should be one of your top priorities. Your online presence and word of mouth will help you secure new work over time, but if you are actively looking to pitch for work and build up your client portfolio, freelancing websites are a good place to start.
Here are our favourites:
As the leading marketplace for freelancers in the UK, PeoplePerHour gives businesses access to thousands of skilled freelance experts in design, web development, marketing, sales, business support, social media, web development and writing and translations. Jobs start from little as an hour and can be ramped up as needed to build whole teams online.
Upwork allows clients to interview, hire and work with freelancers for jobs on app and software development, engineering and data science, creative services such as graphic design and writing, business and administrative. To ensure the freelancers are billing fairly for jobs billed hourly, the platform offers a time sheet application that tracks time and takes screenshots while the freelancer is working.
Freelancer is another great online marketplace for freelance work. The site allows employers to post work to get done and anybody is able to offer quotes to complete the project, upon which point the employer is able to award the work. Top jobs include IT and software; design, media and architecture; writing and content.
Elevate is an online marketplace where professional contractors and freelancers can apply for jobs from organisations looking to hire their skills directly. Elevate also includes an online toolkit to manage timesheets, contracts and other paperwork in the cloud.
A great place to explore if you are a content strategist. The Freelancer by Contently connects writers with brands looking for content marketing expertise.
OnSite is a curated marketplace of freelance opportunities, matched to qualified, available talent. Freelancers can see posted jobs, and those that are a good match are able to view the employer’s company website and state their interest in a position. Employers are notified of interested freelancers via email and on the job results page. No contact information is ever shared and unsuitable freelancers are unable to either view the company website or state their interest.
Once you built your profile, you can manage your availability, respond to briefs and speak directly with employers. You can discuss your rate for different projects directly with employers and continually build your profile with recent work, additional skills and updated experience. All YunoJuno freelancers in a contract are paid on 14 days of their invoices – simply complete a timesheet at the end of each week.
TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that matches freelancers with local demand, allowing consumers to find immediate help with everyday tasks, including cleaning, moving, delivery and handyman work. The company started on the idea of”neighbours helping neighbours” and currently has tens of thousands of vetted, background-checked freelancers.
Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job, from which it gets its name. Jobs on offer include almost anything – from graphic design through business services to lifestyle. As the website states, there were over 30m project completed since 2010, 950+ projects sold every hour and 5600 services created every day in 2016.
You create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer and employers will find you by these services when they search for freelancers to hire. The site gives you all of the professional tools you need to define milestones, set tasks, communicate with employers, share files, and agree upon payment schedules and even if you work with an employer on the other side of the world, your payment is secure using SafePay. The employer pays Guru before the work begins and as approved milestones are reached and the employer approves the work, they pay you.