Are you tired of not having enough money? Are you tired of always wanting so much more but always feeling like you just can’t afford it?
Every once in a while people have considered leaving their job and doing their own thing, I mean, you can’t be really putting all that effort into someone else’s business and get very little for it in relation to your worth.
Most people often feel overworked and underpaid in their job, I know I did…A LOT!
And since I was underpaid and wanted a lot for my life, I decided to do some freelance work on the side. And in my research, I found a few interesting websites that actually work for people who want to do some freelance work either full-time or part-time.
It all depends on you and that’s among the best perks of freelance work, you set your own hours.
Boasting with the top 3% of freelancers, Toptal has a rigorous vetting & screening process to make sure it selects the best of the best, but once you get past the screening process you are bound to make a healthy hourly wage.
Toptal does not charge it’s freelancers anything but charges the clients twice the freelancers’ hourly wage, so if the freelancer gets $100, Toptal also gets $100.
You are selected for the job based on the clients’ needs and the client pays only when they are satisfied, confirming that they only hire the best, so if you are good at what you do, you get to finish the job faster and get paid in good time.
Upload your portfolio to help you get started on your first gig, after your first gig you slowly start building up your portfolio and getting more gigs becomes easier. You get to choose the kind of work you would like to work on, be it graphics, design or writing or architecture or translation works.
They have a really wide variety to choose from and since you are a professional in your field your work will speak for itself.
The minimum price of any job is $5, the maximum really depends on how much you think you are worth, there are also additional pricing like delivery within a specific period or any revisions made.
You have to put it all up in your gig so that your client knows what he/she is getting into when they hire you.
Creating your gig on Fiverr is more like optimizing yourself on SEO, you need to stand out with your gig description and use tags and keywords and images so that it is easier for clients to find you.
But even after doing all that you have to deliver on what you have advertised on the gig. Make sure your portfolio is on point and
With Indeed you can use it as a job search place to upload your resume and get clients to hire you for your services, you input your email so communication between you and the client becomes waaay easier.
It also has a place to view salaries so you can actually get to gauge how much you can potentially earn for your services, see if it is a good fit for you or not.
With Indeed you can offer services that do not necessarily need an online presence, for example, care-giving and the likes so it has more variety and the more experience you have got the better your hourly pay would be.
You have to apply to create an account and you need to choose a plan, there’s a free one but still, have transaction fees, a standard one, going for $9/month and transaction fees and a plus one, going for $29/month and transaction fees.
This is a good thing because it keeps all the jokers away and when you do get in you have a higher chance of getting jobs and ones that pay well.
But sadly the Cloudpeeps is not available in all the countries so you need to confirm that it is in your country first before you get to apply for an account.
Create an account then you can browse for jobs and see which job fits you best. After viewing the project you set your own bid and hope that your bid is the best to get you selected for the job.
After the bidding time has elapsed someone wins the job and they can start working on it. For fixed-price jobs, you pay a service fee of 10% or $5 whichever is higher, for hourly jobs you pay a service fee of 10% flat fee.
For services, you pay 20% service fee and if you do not log in for 6 months or more a $10 fee is charged to your account every month but refunded upon request or reactivation of your account.
You get to build up your portfolio after setting up a profile, but getting the clients is still your job because you have to reel them in. You need to set a reasonable price and always make sure your references are in good order.
Next, you need to make sure that you chose a niche that you are passionate about so that you can keep adding to your portfolio, whether or not you are getting any clients.
Having a bigger portfolio increases your chances of being noticed by clients because they can see what you can do. You pay a service fee to the website based on your earnings from $3.5 per invoice.
Upwork is one of the biggest freelancer sites if not the biggest, it deals with short-term contracts as well as complex projects as well. It is definitely a place you can grow as a freelancer as it connects you to various organizations as well as clients.
Similarly, like freelancer you need to set up your profile and populate it with your portfolio, again be sure o pick a niche that you are passionate about, it is always easier to get a client that way.
The service fee charged is 20% on the first $500 and 10% or the remaining amount and 5% on anything above $10,000 on a single client.
This platform offers four main categories, editing, translation works, graphic designing and writing, based on your skills set you are bound to make quite an amount here. There are also some side projects but they are mostly for writing.
After creating your account your profile, which includes your portfolio, is automatically added to the list for viewing by prospective clients and when they like what they see they reach out to you via call, online chat or email.
You create an account, build a strong profile using keywords to make it easier for clients to find you. You can also browse projects yourself and submit quotes if you do not receive a response after 24hrs you can follow up.
Afterwards, you get hired for the job, do the job then get paid. Freelancers are usually charged from 5% commission.
Solidgigs actually try to help their freelancer become even better at their jobs by offering training and tools to help you land more clients. they have courses on pitching, pricing, charging what you are worth, among others.
And their weekly gigs list alerts you of the best 1% of all freelance jobs. This is definitely a site to consider if you are looking to enhance your skills as a freelancer and apply those skills in the fastest time possible.
You need to subscribe to get an account, there are 4 types of accounts, one goes for $6.95/week, another for $14.95/month, another for $29.95/3 months and lastly $49.95/year.
These accounts ensure that you have unlimited access to the jobs posted on the site, free skills testing, expert job search tips, email notifications when jobs are posted.
And a personalized portfolio where you can upload your resumes and tweak it so that you can stand out and make a lasting impression.
The pricing is well worth it if you find what you are looking for within a few days, and improves your chances of finding what you are looking for.
12. The Muse
The site posts a full list of jobs available in a particular country, you can browse through the jobs to see which one works best for you.
If interested in the job you can click through to see the full posting where they list what you are expected to do, the experience level required of you, and the compensation you will receive.
Finding a job as a freelancer on any of these sites requires expertise in your niche and consistency and finding new ways to get noticed by potential customers, keep doing this and you are definite to find a job or gig soon and be on your way to quitting the job that you have and start working for yourself.
I hope this list was helpful to you, I would very much appreciate your thoughts on the list, did you love it? Did you learn something new?