5 Top Places to Find Freelancing Gigs

OfficeFreelancing is something you can do in your free time to supplement your income and possibly turn into a full-time job often based entirely out of your own home.

After the recent recession, we’ve learned not to put all our eggs in one basket and freelance work is one of the best ways for you to diversify your income. As a freelancer, you can turn a hobby into a career or even continue your line of work as a consultant or contractor.

Learn more about Elance, one of the major freelance job bidding websites, in the video clip below:

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Here are the top five websites that connect freelancers with clients:

  1. Fiverr
  2. Launched in 2010, Fiverr quickly gained popularity, finding itself listed on Money Magazine as “the best way to get cheap stuff” in the same year! At Fiverr, buying and selling is set at a fixed price of $5. Shave your services down into mini projects worth $5 that you can post on Fiverr to promote your work and build credibility by garnering Likes and positive reviews on your Fiverr offerings. Now, you can even add extra features to your services by offering your buyers more for an extra cost.

  3. SoloGig
  4. SoloGig is an employment website geared toward freelancers and contractors. In an interview with CNN, radio host and career coach Maggie Mistal recommended SoloGig.com as one of the best places to look for freelance work, especially for people who have been laid off but seek to continue a similar line of work. It’s free to register and SoloGig lists consulting opportunities for fields ranging from accounting to aerospace.

  5. Elance and Guru
  6. Elance and Guru are the most popular freelance job bidding websites in the business with over 30,000 gigs posted on each site monthly. They take 6 to 10% commission and there are both free and varying paid membership plan options that allow you to submit more job proposals on Elance or have a reduced commission rate on Guru for example. You also have a venue to ask for and receive feedback from employers to collect testimonials that you can use elsewhere and both websites have dispute resolution centers to protect both employers and independent contractors.

  7. ODesk
  8. Recognized among the top 100 2011 OnDemand winners, oDesk now boasts over one million contractors around the world. To prove your abilities, oDesk provides dozens of optional skill tests and they are best known for their payment guarantee that “an hour billed is an hour worked and that an hour worked is an hour paid.” Hours are verified via an online “Work Diary” that functions as an automatic timesheet and allows clients to view screenshots taken automatically six times an hour. The website makes money by charging the employer 10% more on each project. Independent contractors in the United States may even be eligible for healthcare and 401(k) benefits.

  9. Craigslist
  10. With over two million job listings posted monthly, there’s a good chance you can find a freelancing contract among them, especially if you live in the coastal regions of America. Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster estimates that the website attracts 40 million visitors monthly and notes that the job ads section is the most viewed of them all, which may attract employers. This classified ads site is great for finding local gigs because you need to choose your location, but you should also keep your eye on the job listings for your field in the top cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, as many of these are telecommuting positions that allow you to work from anywhere.

Where do you find most of your freelancing work and why do you think your job search has been successful there?

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