In 2013 of May, I started my online career as a part time data entry analyst in one of the well- known online freelancing sites in the globe, the Upwork. As a wife and a mother, online freelancing has been very beneficial for me. I can still earn even I’m at home. I was able to pay our monthly bills and provide our family’s daily needs. It also opens a lot of opportunities- from being a simple data entry worker to being a virtual assistant doing social media management, research and article or doing blogs.
Freelancing opens a lot of opportunities to learn new things, enhance my skills – from simple data entry work, research to social media marketing and writing – and build good relationships with clients and co-freelancers.
Because of the many benefits of freelancing, there’s no question that millions of people have join this kind of work. A number of freelance websites have emerged and increased as well just like a digital nomad lifestyle that grow in popularity. So whether you a professional, a student, or a mother looking for a place to freelance or just love the freedom that freelancing offers, consider below list of top freelancing sites. Some of them allow you to join for free while others are subscription sites where you pay a recurring monthly, quarterly or yearly fee.
Formerly known as oDesk (Rebranded Name For oDesk And Elance Merger), the world’s largest freelancer marketplace because it has nine million registered freelancers and four million registered clients with three million jobs posted annually, worth a total of $1 billion USD, It is a place where I learn and improve my freelancing career and the best online freelancing site for me. For almost three years of working through this company, I never experienced a client will not pay for a job done since payment is sure, safe and secure. They have these systems namely “Escrow” which is for Fixed Priced Projects and “Work diary” for Hourly Term Projects that ensure that you are paid with the work you’ve done either short- term or long term projects. It accommodates both short- and long-term projects, hourly or per-project work (fixed priced) and expert-level and entry-level engagements.It provides very high quality service and very responsive support team. It never happened that they were not able to respond to my queries and problems. Another best thing about Upwork is that, it has already a mobile app that enables you to work through your phones and tablets especially if the work involves social media management such as instagram, twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more.
Launched in 1999, Elance is the oldest and one of the most trusted freelance websites.
Like Upwork, Elance have a work guarantee and Escrow service that ensures you are paid for work completed. Since it is already merged with oDesk/Upwork, new customers are advised to sign up on Upwork starting ;last month, August. You can see the reminder when you visit their website: https://www.elance.com/ .
Freelancer one of the biggest and oldest freelancing sites out there with more than 16 million registered users and over 8 millions projects and upwards. Unlike most other platforms, it allows you to compete with other freelancers in contests to prove your skills. So if you are competitive and confident enough in your expertise, it is a great way to showcase your abilities and attract more clients. However, there are reviews that say that their job posting fees are not realistic into the freelancer bid amount and the user interface or UI is poor.
Toptal is a tech startup founded in 2009 by Taso Du Val and Breanden Beneschott. Since it was launched, its venture capital raised to to $2.27 billion. It is great for experienced software developers and designers.The screening process is intense, only hiring the top 3% of freelance talent. However, if you are able to pass the screening rounds, their service pays very well, offers higher rates compared to other freelancing websites mentioned. Same with Upwork, it has short and long term projects which are fit specifically to you and your skillset.
XPalce is also one of the world’s leading freelance marketplaces with more than 16 million posted projects and over 503 million ILS earned by freelancers since 2004. Registering in XPlace is quick and easy with hundreds of job categories ranging from web development, mobile app development, tech, design, writing & editing, translation and more.
Fiverr is considered to be the world’s largest marketplace for small services. It offers a lot of services- from graphic and design, online marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech, advertising, business and more. You can create gigs for as low as $5. It can be a money making system for you if you can do something very usual that people may be willing to pay for $5.
99designs is an online graphic design marketplace, co-founded in 2008 by Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz in Melbourne, Australia. The company creates their products by crowdsourcing. It lets you set your own price for a design contest where multiple graphic designers compete for your project. For instance, customers can solicit designers to submit designs for contests to create products such as websites, T-shirts, or logos. Then, they choose the best design from the pool of submitted entries. And the selected designer will win a cash payment. Customers also have the option of working with individual designers by purchasing design templates from 99designs’ readymade logo store or by visiting Swiftly for quick graphic design fixes.