Thursday, August 22, 2013

Where to Find Freelance Jobs

Searching for freelancer or home-based job sites in the internet will give you a very long list of websites. It will surely take a lot of time to visit and review each one of those sites. It could be a little frustrating too especially to those who are just starting out.

Here are some of the things that freelancers should check before creating an account and start bidding on jobs:

1.  Review FAQs or guidelines. Reading can be boring but then this can help you make a sound judgment whether to create your profile or not. Find out important information such as tracking system, payment mode, payment guarantee, withdrawal method, and other features and tools of the site.

2.  Projects.  Some sites place their statistics including the number of projects currently available in their homepage. This gives you an idea how many clients the marketplace have. Browse the different projects or jobs that are available for you.

3.  Freelancers. Find out how many freelancers are in the site and get an idea of how much they are charging. This will give you a bird's eye view of your competition.

Be wary of sites that have ads. They are less reliable. I tend to shy away from those.


Freelance or remote work marketplace

Here are some of the larger sites that I recommend you take a look at:

oDesk

Market Rank:  #1 by annual freelancer earnings
Market Share: 1.9X compared to 2nd largest online workplace
Jobs Posted in 2012: 1.5 million
Registered Freelancers: 3.1 million

Offers hourly jobs and fixed price jobs for freelancers.
Hourly jobs uses its time tracker tool.
Offers guaranteed payment for hourly contracts.
The oDesk fee is 10% of the client's payment to oDesk which equates to 11.11% on top of the amount paid to the contractor.

Elance

Jobs Posted: 3,521,520
Job Value: $3,817,272,858
Registered Freelancers: 2,671,213
Freelancer Earnings: $839,662,361

Adds an 8.75% service fee to your quote.
Work in a shared Workroom, staying in contact and even video conferencing with project managers.


Statistics since February 2004
Number of posted projects: 4,853,312
Number of users: 8,590,480
Value of projects posted: $1,198,797,000 USD

Freelancers can bid on projects (free members receive initially 10 bids per month) and enter contests.
Charges freelancer project fee from 3-10% depending on the membership plan.

PeoplePerHour

Freelancers: 469,450
Jobs: 4,043 found

Freelancers can offer a packed service you can deliver for a fixed price in a set timeframe.


Over 1 million users worldwide have used Guru.com to complete over 3 million tasks, share over 7 million messages and files, and create over 150 million dollars


Niche freelance work marketplace

Some of the freelance work marketplace I found that offers jobs for specific skills are:

99designs - for freelance graphic and web designer
iWriter.com - for freelance writers
WyzAnt - for tutors
LogoMyWay - for freelance logo designers 


I am not personally affiliated with some of the sites mentioned above nevertheless, I listed them here because I believe they are worth checking. I have my profile in oDesk, Freelancer.com, Elance, and PeoplePerHour. My projects, however, comes from oDesk that has been keeping me busy most of the time.


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