Freelancing has never been easy. Especially if you’re just starting out from scratch. However, in some ways it is a lot easier than it has ever been. Like remote job boards, freelance job boards are here to stay.
The sheer number of resources, freelance job boards, platforms and online communities make connecting with clients and other go-getters much simpler and quicker. That, and the rise of the “gig economy” has caused more people to turn to self-employment.
Whether you’re a seasoned freelancer or just starting out, make sure to bookmark the following freelance job boards. If you have any suggestions for further additions, don’t be afraid to contact me!
Freelance Job Boards – Make it on your own
|Fiverr is a rather unique freelance platform. Unlike a lot of other sites, you don’t necessarily search for jobs. Instead, you create a profile and then offer your services in the form of “gigs”. Way back in the beginning, most sellers would sell their services for US$5.00 (hence the name). However, plenty of freelancers here charge much higher rates and can make a decent income.
While I wouldn’t ever recommend sticking to only one platform, Fiverr is a great place to showcase your skills, gain exposure for your personal brand and build a decent side-income. Creating a profile is easy and creating “gigs” comes along with easy-to-follow instructions. You can set one up and be selling in no time.
|Hubstaff Talent is a small freelancer platform and doesn’t have many jobs. However, there’s a plus to this: there aren’t many freelancers on it, either. Depending on what you do, this site could easily provide you with a few decent-paying, steady clients.
To get started, all you have to do is create and fill out your profile. You can specify how many hours you want to work, how much you charge per hour and even upload your CV and link to your personal website/blog.
Searching for jobs on Hubstaff is also pretty easy. While the feature is rather basic, there’s always something available and you can filter your search down by how many hours you want to work. While definitely not as big as some other sites, this platform is definitely a hidden gem.
The Gig Economy: Making the most of it
Regardless of how you feel about the current gig economy, you can still use it to your advantage. You may already have a job you’re happy with but are interested in supplementing your income. In fact, plenty of people already do this and make a tidy sum. This could be by providing content writing services, consulting services or even ecommerce.
Even if you don’t have a steady stream of clients, using online freelancing platforms can help you grab a bit of work here and there. Perhaps you want to be truly independent and are interested in building up a list of clients. While networking is important, these platforms are an excellent place to start.
Or, perhaps, you just want to earn some money with a side gig.
Whatever the case may be, the gig economy has a lot in store for you!
How to freelance job boards work?
While not all freelance job boards operate in the same way, a lot of the bigger ones like Upwork, Guru, People Per Hour etc. actually do. While there are communities on these boards, most of the work is (initially) achieved through “bidding”.
Broken down, it basically goes like this:
- A client posts a “gig” with specs: budget, deadline and skills required.
- Prospective candidates are either alerted to the gig or search for it themselves.
- Each candidate submits a proposal.
- The client picks the budget, skill and deadline they like and awards the candidate with the job.
Now, not everyone is a fan of this bidding model. Unfortunately, a lot of freelance sites have seen this turn into a race to the bottom which can be very discouraging. On certain freelance job boards, getting a decent-paying gig can actually be more effort than its worth.
However, that doesn’t mean you won’t get decent, long-term clients through these job boards. It is possible and it does happen. That’s why you need to approach them in a certain manner.
How to approach freelance job boards
If anything, one of the best things to do is to sign up with several platforms and try each one of them out. In a lot of cases, you’ll be able to set up a profile with your information and provide examples in a portfolio. Since you’re looking for clients, it is also best to apply to as many fitting projects as possible.
Overall, you need to see these freelancer sites as a way of spreading your personal brand. Doing a bit of work here and there is bound to get you recognized.
But remember: do not rely on any one site. Even if you end up scoring a lot of clients that way, the old adage remains true: never put your eggs in one basket.
Don’t forget about freelancer communities & forums
I say this quite often but that’s only because its true: networking is vital. This isn’t just true for those who are looking for full-time remote or even in-office jobs. This is also true for anyone who wants to strike out on their own. Don’t see other freelancers in your field as a threat. If anything, see them as a way of learning more and getting more insight.
While it is important to attend networking events in real life and meet people in-person, don’t forget about various freelancer communities and forums. These places are often a wealth of information. Do you have a problem with a client who refuses to pay? You could take your query over to a forum and ask for advice. Perhaps you’ve got too much work (yes, it happens!) and need someone else to help you ease the burden.
Communities and forums don’t just foster a sense of belonging for the self-employed who otherwise work on their own. These communities can actually help you to score more clients and more work.