By Dindin Reyes on November 11, 2015
Part of the perks of becoming a freelancer is life opening up to you, all at once. Suddenly, you have the ease and the opportunity to work with all different kinds of people, all different kinds of companies, and all different kinds of projects at any given time. The room you have to spread your wings isn't even a room anymore - it's an expansive blue sky with almost no horizon.
One of the most wonderful advantages of this kind of work freedom is you can go global while staying put. Thanks to the internet, opportunities for freelancers cross borders, oceans, and continents. Anyone in the world can be a potential client as long as you do a healthy amount of networking. In this case, networking includes joining sites specifically designed to match freelancers with people in need of their services.
If you're new to freelancing or if you haven't explored your global neighborhood yet, there are over 70 sites you can try. If that sounds overwhelming, Kalibrr lists down a few websites you can start with, depending on what it is you do.
Formerly known as oDesk, Upwork is an international website where companies and individuals log in to seek the services of professionals and teams. If you are any of the following, you're highly likely to find work with them:
- Web developer
- Mobile developer
- Graphic designer
- Virtual assistant
- Customer service agent
- Sales and marketing expert
Signing up for Upwork is relatively easy though you have to wait for the Upwork team to approve your application. From there, it's a free-for-all.
Based on your profile, desired rate, and skills, you can get hired for short-term or long-term work. Though the available jobs can be seen by everyone, to get the job you want you have to submit a proposal that will be evaluated based on your reviews, success rate, and how your proposal performs against other freelancers' proposals.
Freelancer has supported over 8 million projects for over 16 million users worldwide. These users can be from any of the following fields
- Websites and IT
- Mobile phones and computing
- Writing and content creation
- Graphic design
- Engineering and Science
- Data entry
- Accounting, Human resources and Legal services
- Sales and Marketing
Once there, you can search for jobs based on location, price or hourly rate and project duration. Out of their millions of projects, there's sure to be something out there for you.
The needs of Peopleperhour's clients mostly revolve around web projects and campaigns. What they look for are the following:
- Design: logos, wireframes, web pages, icons, badges
- Development: html, css, Wordpress, Joomla, Magneto
- Content: marketing copy, sales copy, SEO articles, blog posts, infographics
- Promotion: Google AdWords, Facebook pages, Twitter followers, Link building
They call their freelancers "curated experts." If you happen to be an expert on any of the above, try this website out out.
Based in the Philippines, Raket.ph is an up and coming websites for Filipino freelancers looking to work with fellow Filipinos. Aside from all the usual fields and services you'll see on freelancing websites, Raket.ph includes categories like: choreographer, music professional, tattoo artists, Feng Shui experts, and other out-of-the-ordinary professions.
They act as the bridge between client and "raketeers," in the effort to support Filipino freelancers. Recognizing that Filipinos have a culture of always looking for people within their circle to give them the services they need, Raket.ph aims to make this circle grow.
Aside from meeting potential employers, you'll also meet other freelancers and get to join the different workshops they have for freelancers in the Philippine scene.
FOR DESIGNERS AND DEVELOPERS
If you've been freelancing for a while, perhaps you're ready to join Toptal. As they claim on their website, Toptal has the top 3% designers and developers all over the world. As such, the projects under their site match the quality of the community. Some of their clients are Airbnb, J.P. Morgan, Gucci and Pfizer, among other big names.
99designs is solely for designers. When you go to their site they immediately claim, "Great business starts with a great logo." Following through on that claim, their top job categories have to do with branding: logo design, brand identity, websites, packaging, t-shirt designs, car wrap designs, and the like. Playing on the competitive tendency of creative types, 99designs lets freelancers participate in contents and after a week, the client gets to choose their pick.
Easy to use, ArticleBunny is a great site to start off as a freelance writer. Since their claim is providing beautifully written articles fast, they curate their community to reliable freelancers.To join the site, you have to submit sample projects and take a test evaluating your skills. As a writer, you get to take on Speedy articles that have deadlines ranging from 7 to 22 hours. You can also participate in contests, or get hired directly.
To ensure quality, after you've submitted your work, ArticleBunny also reviews it and sends you feedback for revision. If your work is full of mistakes, they also have the option of rejecting what you wrote.
Freelance Writing Gigs
In Freelance Writing Gigs, you'll find writing jobs of absolutely all kinds. At any given moment, their job boards could have a colorful array of news writing, blog writing, copy editing, poetry writing, and much more.
You can search jobs that are contractual, freelance, full-time, internships, and part-time.
Though a lot of the jobs here are to do with web development, programming, and database development, GetACoder also has jobs for writers and designers.
VoiceBunny is exactly like ArticleBunny, except for voice over artists. Some of their clients include AirBNB, Spotify, Apple, and even Disney.
If you think you have what it takes, try VoiceBunny out and see where your talents can take you.