Freelancing is a form of self-employment which is commonly used by someone who, for many potential reasons, may not be keen on regular long-term employment. These days, more and more people are seeking to earn extra money to supplement their current income. Freelancing is a perfect way to do this. It also offers flexible working hours. Often freelancers can choose their own work schedule and accept jobs as they need them.
There are several well established websites to consider when you start your freelancing journey.
As you might have guessed, Fiverr started out in 2010 by offering small jobs for only £5 known as ‘gigs’ and by 2012 was offering over 1.3m gigs. Since then, freelancers are able to offer all manner of services ranging from technical services to fun and lifestyle. Fiverr also works in a different way to the other platforms. Freelancers create their own profile featuring the skills that they’re good at and begin marketing their services to receive offers from potential clients.
On Upwork, work can be done by using an hourly fee or a fixed rate. It’s up to you as the freelancer to negotiate the best deal for yourself, as long as your client is also comfortable with the arrangement. Unlike other websites on our list that only focus on design and SEO, Upwork also offers proposals for customer service, admin and accounting positions, so you’re more likely to find a job that suits your skill set. This platform is one of the most likely that you will find work on when beginning your freelancing journey because of the sheer volume of clients, currently standing at 1.5m.
This freelancing platform is one of the most popular on the web. They focus on making the process of finding projects, sending a proposal and communicating with the client as easy and stress-free as possible. The website is aimed mainly and the SEO sector, with their main categories of work being search marketing, social media, design and web development. Freelancers are allowed to send up to 15 free proposals before signing up to a paid plan. There are some fee’s to consider as a freelancer on PPH, including your service fee and payment processing fee.
This is the freelancing platform to join if you have a substantial portfolio of work behind you and you have proven the quality of your given profession. To become part of Toptal, you will need to take part in a screening process which will analyse your abilities. The platform boasts that they only hire the top 3% off talent, which means that as a freelancer of Toptal you will be able to command hire fee’s that on some of the other websites like Upwork and People Per Hour. Toptal freelancers also hold regular networking events for you to meet other like-minded individuals.
The bulk of the jobs that Indeed offer are permanent positions with a part time or full-time contract. However, a great tip is to search for remote jobs in the search bar. For example, if you want your freelancing to focus on marketing, search for ‘marketing remote’. This will show you all the jobs on Indeed that don’t require you to travel to a fixed location.