Whether you are new to freelancing or have some gaps in your diary and need to find new clients, there are plenty of freelance websites that can help you find work.
Freelance websites are platforms that allow you to promote your skills and services to prospective clients, pitch for work and even manage the whole client relationship – from the initial brief through to receiving payment.
The key to success on these platforms is put a lot of time into making your profile look attractive to potential customers – with lots of information about you, your experience, your services, customer reviews and testimonials and so on. It is therefore important to focus your time and efforts on the platforms that are most likely to bring results.
Below we run-through some of the most popular freelance websites as well as some more ‘niche’ and specific platforms for you to consider. If you think we’ve missed out any important websites that you think should be included, we’d love to hear your feedback.
Upwork is a very popular platform that matches companies with freelancers who are looking to work on, and contribute to, larger projects. It is used by large companies such as Microsoft and Airbnb and includes creative projects and tasks such as design, writing, marketing, web development and more.
When a company posts a project on Upwork freelancers can then apply to work on it – with the freedom to choose longer term contracts or short-term work e.g. one-off tasks. The platform allows the hiring company and the freelancers to communicate effectively using the built-in instant chat and video call systems – making Upwork a great collaborative and task management space.
Find out more: https://www.upwork.com/
PeoplePerHour has surged in popularity over recent years and now boasts a community of over 2 million registered freelancers who have earned over £130 million on the platform.
The website connects businesses with a community of freelancers offering a wide range of services, which can be rated and reviewed so businesses can quickly find the best freelancer for their project.
The services offered across PeoplePerHour span multiple creative categories, from writing and translation services to web design, photography, video editing, graphic design and more.
One feature that helps PeoplePerHour stand out is the ability for freelancers to post and promote their services which businesses can browse and buy there and then.
Find out more: https://www.peopleperhour.com/
Similarly to Upwork, Guru is a platform for freelancers to work on larger projects – sometimes alongside other freelancers.
The platform is designed to help businesses around the world find and hire freelancers that offer a range of services – web development/design, sales and marketing, business and finance specialists and so on.
Guru is used by more than 3 million freelancers to find work, who are verified and their reviews and feedback scores are published to help businesses identify the best practitioners for their projects. It also has more flexible payment options than most other freelance websites, allowing freelancers to offer their services for a fixed-price, an hourly rate, a task-based rate or on a recurring basis.
Find out more: https://www.guru.com/
Freelancer is another huge platform boasting millions of freelancers available to work on a variety of projects.
Businesses can post jobs and projects to Freelancer and receive bids from different freelancers willing to do the work. Alternatively, all the freelancer profiles are available to browse and businesses can contact freelancers directly – making it very important for freelancers to create eye-catching profiles to help stand out from the crowd.
Freelancers can upload examples of their previous work to their profile, keep hirers informed of their progress while completing tasks, and converse with hirers using the live chat function.
Find out more: https://www.freelancer.com/
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Specialist freelance websites
As well as the larger freelance job websites, there are a lot of niche platforms that specialise in certain services and industries. As they are designed for freelancers who offer a certain service, these tend to be less competitive than the more general platforms and also promote longer term relationships with clients.
If you are a freelancer writer you are probably already aware of Contently, which is a great resource for writers and editors. However, it also has a platform that helps connect writers with businesses looking for their services.
Freelance writers can set up their own portfolio to promote their work across the network and there is a steady stream of ‘gigs’ posted on the site that you can apply to work on.
Find out more: https://contently.net/gigs/
Aquent is a dedicated platform for creative freelancers, and aims to match talented creatives with companies who need their services.
Aquent is mostly geared towards creative marketing and digital professionals – everything from content creators and marketers to graphic designers and UX experts.
Find out more: https://aquent.co.uk/
If you are a freelance designer, then 99designs is a good ‘boutique’ jobs platform to help you find new clients.
There are over 90 design categories featured on 99designs, including logo design and branding, website design, e-book covers and more – so whatever type of design work you specialise in you should find jobs and projects that cater to your expertise.
99designs also has a strong collaborative element, with freelancers working either directly with hirers or teaming up to work together on broader campaigns and projects.
Find out more: https://99designs.co.uk/
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