A lot of people freelance. What makes it a great way of working is that you can work from your house, whenever you want and how much you want. You don’t have a boss who is in your face all the time, you don’t need to wake up early to drive to work, and you can choose to go away for the week whenever you feel like it. Freelancing is also a great option for busy college students or people with a steady job that want to make a little extra money on the side. Basically everyone can do it. Here are the 7 best freelancing websites of 2013:
Freelancer has been around since 2003 and it is still most used websites for freelancers, with over 3.6 million users. It is accessible to anybody, and you can sign up for free without paying any frees. Freelancer.com recently acquired two giants, vWorker and Scriptlance, which means that they have even more jobs to offer.
This freelancing website can be used by almost everyone because they offer a large variety of different jobs, such as marketing, programming, design, development, writing and translating. Elance is one of the oldest freelancing websites, having been started in 1999 and it has 1.5 million registered contractors. Registration is free.
99Designs is, as the name of the site already suggests, a freelancing website for designers. If you are a graphic designer you can go on 99designs.com and compete with other designers. It can be a little bit frustrating, but if you like the challenge, it is a good site for you. It happens a lot that a person posts a request (for a website logo, for instance) and picks the best design out of those offered by the freelancers on the website.
Fiverr is a website where people offer small services for money. It works a bit different than other freelancing websites. Every job (called a ‘gig’ on Fiverr) is sold for $5, which means that if you want to earn more than than you have to get a little creative and cut your job into parts. For example, you can offer to write 500 words for $5 and if people want more words they have to buy you service more times). Fiverr has just about every kind of work you can think of.
This site is specifically for people that have at least basic knowledge of SEO. If you are used to working with SEO or just want to practice it, you can get jobs on Seoclerks that don’t have to take up much of your time. Any kind of SEO and website promotion-related jobs can be found on this website.
oDesk is a very userfriendly, popular freelancing website and it is the biggest marketplace for online workteams. The registration on oDesk is free and the site charges small fees for your work. However, the average job on oDesk is $5,000. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do smaller jobs on the website, but a lot of its users are willing to pay good money for real talent.
7. People Per Hour
This website is pretty new, compared to classic freelancing websites like Elance and Freelancer.com. People Per Hour has been around since 2008, but that doesn’t make the site any less popular. A lot of designers, writers and programmers successfully sell their services.
Freelancing is easy, but getting started with a whole new way of working is easier said than done. Always make sure to read up on any kind of website before you invest your time in it, make sure to read reviews and check with other freelancers to see which websites they are using. But if you have any good skills, you will do fine in the freelancing business.