Top 10 Online Job Platforms Where Freelancers Get Jobs FAST!

I read this question a lot and it comes in different forms:

“Where can I get a job as a freelancer?”

“I have an account at Upwork but it’s been weeks and still no job invites”

 

Getting a job as a freelancer takes 2 things: Knowing WHERE to find a job, and knowing WHAT to do to land a job.

You can be at the best job site for freelancers but you will have very low chances of landing a job if you don’t know what you are doing.

In this article, I’ll help you know WHERE the best places are to find a job as a freelancer.

Rule of thumb: Best way to reach success and MAINTAIN success is diversify yourself.

Many freelancers have a registered account on only one job site (example: Upwork).  My recommendation is to sign up on MULTIPLE sites.  Some clients don’t like using Upwork because Upwork requires you to pay upfront and a lot of times, the candidates that a client receives for a job posting are not as great as expected.  You want to go where clients are getting great talent.

So without further adu:

 

1. Onlinejobs.ph

This is where most Filipinos go.  It is the largest destination for Filipino freelancers and jobs are posted everyday.  Timetracking software is included but not required.  You get connected to clients through the site but you may work outside of the site.  Clients have to pay to post jobs on the site.  Freelancers rated based on the amount of verification documents they submit (which aren’t a lot).  Freelancers can also optimize their online profile.

Advantages:

  • Job opportunities every single day
  • Time tracking not required
  • Ability to do work outside the platform
  • Ability to optimize your online profile
  • Community is huge (lots of clients outsourcing to Filipinos)

Disadvantages:

  • No pay security

 

Link: https://www.onlinejobs.ph/

 

2. Upwork

Formerly oDesk, an established and one of the biggest job platforms for freelancers worldwide.  Payment is required upfront for clients so freelancers never have to worry about not getting paid.  Freelancers have their own profiles and can be rated by their clients.  One of the biggest downsides of Upwork is upfront payment, the ratings system, and the community tends to be saturated (eg: if you want Filipino candidates but you get candidates from a different country).

Advantages:

  • Pay protection and security
  • Can create and optimize your own profile
  • Community is huge
  • Job opportunities everyday

Disadvantages:

  • Upwork fees are a bit high
  • Rating and review system may prevent you from getting a job right away (you have to write up a really good cover letter to get attention)
  • The community is saturated (you are competing against people from other countries)

 

Link: https://www.upwork.com

 

3. LinkedIn

This is facebook for professionals.  Once you update and optimize your profile, clients can find you by searching for your name or skillset.  Clients are always looking for potential freelancers on LinkedIn.  It’s as simple as sending a direct message.

Advantages:

  • HUGE network of people to connect with and reach out to.
  • Ability to message an unlimited amount of people everyday.
  • Ability to create and optimize your online profile.

Disadvantages:

  • You won’t get a job right away.
  • This is a social media platform not a job site so you have to know how to establish relationships with people.

 

Link: https://www.linkedin.com

 

4. Facebook

People are always posting new things on facebook including job opportunities.  Join big facebook groups where freelancers are at and keep an eye out for job postings.  You may even create a post about yourself….keep it simple and brief and maybe someone might recommend you to someone who is looking for your skillset.

Advantages:

  • HUGE network of people to connect with and reach out to.
  • Ability to message an unlimited amount of people everyday.
  • Ability to create and optimize your online profile.
  • Compared to LinkedIn, you can have an easier way of getting a job by joining the right groups.

Disadvantages:

  • You won’t get a job right away.
  • This is a social media platform not a job site so you have to know how to establish relationships with people.

 

Link: https://www.facebook.com/

 

5. Fiverr

If there is something that you are particularly good at such as logo design, article writing, video editing, etc., clients are always looking for someone to do a one-time job which may or may not lead to something long term or lead to more projects.  Fiverr lets you offer multiple services for fixed rates plus additional charges for additional services.

Advantages:

  • Large community
  • Pay security
  • Ability to offer specialized services with additional charges

Disadvantages:

  • The rating and review system, just like UpWork, may prevent you from getting a job right away.
  • You are competing against other people who have higher reviews and are from different countries.
  • Sometimes client may not like this site because if they find someone they like, that person may have a list of clients in the queue line and clients don’t like to wait to get certain tasks done.

 

Link: https://www.fiverr.com/

 

6. Virtual Agency

Virtual agencies have one thing other websites do not.  They can connect you to clients instantly.  Well, not instantly but they will match you up with a client in their database and schedule you for an interview and you have submitted your resume and other needed documents.  If you do well in your interview, you will get the job and start working.  Salary is negotiated between you the the virtual agency but other things like work schedule are between you and the client.  The virtual agency works as your middleman only during the initial phase when you are trying to get the interview.

Advantages:

  • Quick match up to a client that needs your skillset
  • Timetracker may not be required
  • Pay security is not guaranteed but clients that are selected by virtual agencies have a higher chance of not scamming you.  In other words, less worry about not getting paid.
  • Once you are shortlisted, you only get to compete against 2-3 other candidates

Disadvantages:

  • May take 1-3 weeks to start working if you get selected by the client

I personally recommend VirtualStaffFinder.

 

7. Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com is a job bidding site where you make bids in an attempt to “win” a project.  Very similar to Upwork.  On Freelancer.com, bids are emphasized it can be intimidated to apply for a project.

Advantages:

  • Access to a large list of job opportunities
  • Pay security (the site makes sure clients can pay before a project is given out)

Disadvantages:

  • Bids are shown so you are competing against other bids
  • Can be intimidating to apply for projects

 

Link: https://www.freelancer.ph

 

8. Elance

Very similar to Upwork in regards to creating an online profile and having payment protection.  It has joined Upwork since May of 2015.

9. 99designs

Great for freelance designers.  You apply for a project by posting up your design not your cover letter or resume.  In other words, your work speaks for you.  Clients pick the design they like.  99designs can be a bit intimidating so Fiverr can sometimes be an easier platform to use.

Advantages:

  • Show off your work

Disadvantages:

  • You have to compete with others

 

Link: https://99designs.com

 

10. Peopleperhour

Focused more on web projects, this is a platform to get paid per hour.  Relatively new, peopleperhour has shown a lot of potential for freelancers and clients who like the hourly pay scheme.

Link: https://www.peopleperhour.com/

 

Have any thoughts about the sites above?  Post your thoughts below!

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