The age of the digital nomad is here, and being location independent is growing year on year. You’ve decided on your specialism – maybe article writing or web-design. How do you get more clients? You need to register on one of the freelance online sites.
Part of my mission as Globetrotter Guru is to help others to quit jobs that they hate and escape the stress of the 9-5 rat race. Helping people to freelance is one way that I can help you to see the world!
Advantages of registering with online freelancing sites include…
- Payment Protection.
- Service Agreement Templates
- Customer Support.
- Ready-made client list.
Here is my list of best online freelancing sites.
My Top 7 Freelance Online Sites
#1 People Per Hour
My favorite of all the online Freelance online sites out there has to be People Per Hour. I have been registered on People Per Hour since I started freelancing in 2010 to travel to Rwanda. I have a strong affinity with PPH, as they are so easy to use, and I never fail to get work with them.
People Per Hour offers the facility to register ‘hourlies’, which are specific tasks for a certain price that can be performed within a three-day turnaround.
Upwork is a great new tool for finding freelance online work. Formerly oDesk, Upwork is also very easy to use. You can set up a profile in minutes, by inputting your personal details and selecting your specialism.
I’m new to Upwork, but I can see that I will probably use it as much as I use PPH. It has a clean, fresh, green design and you get 60 ‘connects’ on the free basic account. If you want more connects and the ability to roll them over, go for the $10 a month account.
Second to People Per Hour, I am also registered with and get some work through Elance. It has a good base of clients and freelancers, and includes payment protection.
However, it seems that Elance is slowly being replaced by Upwork. This is what copywriter Jason Sheil predicts.
2019 Update: Elance has been replaced by Upwork.
You do have to pay a fee to use iFreelance…
However, it boasts a massive advantage over other freelance online sites – iFreelance allows you to keep 100% of your earnings.
In at number 5 is Freelancer, which allows you to compete against other freelancers in contests to secure clients. This is definitely the best of the online freelancing sites if you have a competitive streak!
Toptal is an online freelancing network. Its niche is that it can put clients in touch with the top 3% of freelancers including Java developers and visual designers.
Total also works as a networking community and includes meet-ups and tech vents.
SimplyHired is a freelancing platform with a wider range, that includes, but stretches beyond the classic SEO, social media and blog writing. It also includes construction work, sales, military and healthcare! This could be for you if you are more than a classic only freelancer.
As you can see, there’s plenty of online freelancing sites to choose from. Which do you prefer?
Click here for a more detailed article on the 11 Best Freelance Websites to find Jobs on Entrepreneur.
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