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20 Websites You Can’t Miss If You Want To Make Money As A Freelancer

20 Websites You Can’t Miss If You Want To Make Money As A Freelancer

Being a freelancer has a lot of benefits – you can work from anywhere you like, you make up your own rules, you don’t have to concern yourself with trivial office politics, there is less stress involved and you get to spend a lot more time with your friends and family. However, not having a stable job means that you will be living a nomad’s life, moving from project to project, constantly on the lookout for a new employer. Kind of like an online ronin, a masterless samurai roaming the virtual wastes. Well, there are places you can go to look for great freelance opportunities, so do not despair. Here are 20 great freelance websites you should definitely check out.

1. Upwork

Upwork is one of the best websites to look for freelance work of all types. Programmers, designers, writers, IT professionals, translators, attorneys, financial advisers – everyone is welcome and there is plenty of work to go around. You can set up a profile fairly quickly and charge an hourly rate or have a set price for each individual project and you get rated depending on how well you do.

2. Freelancer

It’s been around since 2004 and it has a large following. It’s a place where services are outsourced to freelancers in a number of fields including: web design, writing, marketing and data entry among other things.

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    3. Guru

    Guru.com is a fairly large network that connects companies and freelancers. As stated on the website they are interested in work on “technical, creative or business projects”, so there is plenty of opportunity for all types of freelancers from programmers and game developers to translators, engineers and attorneys.

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      4. iFreelance

      iFreelance is a very wide freelance network with categories that include photography, videography, marketing, traditional art, writing, translation, architecture, engineering, graphic design, accounting and administrative support. It’s easy to set up an account and start looking for a project you can contribute to.

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        5. People per Hour

        Create an appealing profile, look for jobs, send proposals and make a short video promoting your services. It’s all very straightforward with PeoplePerHour.com – you find a client, provide a quality service and get rated.

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          6. Tuts Plus Jobs

          This is a great job board for programmers, designers and developers, as well as copywriters and editors. It has a user friendly interface and allows you to quickly find and apply for jobs best suited to your particular skill set.

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            7. ProBlogger

            An excellent job board for talented writers, ProBlogger makes finding the right writing opportunities incredibly simple. Just click on the job listings you want and follow the instructions.

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              8. Freelance Writing Gigs

              This is another great website for all the writers out there. Posting an ad will cost you around $10, but it will give you a chance to showcase your writing skills and provide content to those willing to pay for your efforts. You can also contribute to their blog and get some additional exposure by linking to your blog/website and social media accounts.

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                9. SmashingJobs

                This is a designer’s and programmer’s heaven, offering plenty of full-time and freelance job opportunities. The website has a very clean and crisp design which allows for quick browsing and some efficient job hunting.

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                  10. Odesk

                  Set up an account and choose from 75 different job categories and plenty of offers within each category. The thing with oDesk is that there is no invoicing involved – your work is tracked automatically and you receive payments on a weekly basis depending on how much time you spent on various projects. Some of the main categories include writing and translation, software development, web development, marketing and design.

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                    11. Fiverr

                    Sell your services starting at $5, that’s the tagline and it is quite accurate. You can offer basically anything you can think of – write and perform a poem, create DIY projects or promotional videos, etc. Some basic categories are writing and translation, online marketing, video and animation, music, programing and graphic design.

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                      12. Freelanced

                      This is a freelance social network where a large number of people with different kinds of talents and skills can come together, share their portfolios and look for some online work. There are a huge number of job categories ranging from creative writers, sculptors and music composers to accountants and programmers.

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                        13. Freelance-Writing-Jobs-Online

                        A variety of fields to write about, ranging from mathematics and physics to biology and medicine. To sign up you need to fill out a form and wait for a confirmation email. Upon receiving the email you may take a competency test and be on your way to earning some money.

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                          14. Pitch me

                          A freelancer with some experience in journalism will feel right at home on this website. Ideas are pitched on various topics – fashion, science, culture, etc – and you can pitch as many ideas as you like. If someone likes what you have to offer, they can than pay you to write it, it’s as simple as that.

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                            15. Text Broker

                            This website provides talented writers with a very effective way of getting paid for doing what they do best. You start by creating a free account and completing a competency test after which you will be rated. Then, if all goes well, you can complete your author profile and start looking for writing assignments that suit you.

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                              16. Art Wanted

                              Artwanted is the perfect place for artists and photographers to create an online portfolio, get feedback and sell their artwork online. Registration is free, but there is a $5 per month premium membership option that grants you access to some good bonus features.

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                                17. 99designs

                                This is a website where over 281,579 designers from 192 different countries can connect to potential clients and showcase their work. A client gives information about his business and a rough idea of the type of logo he wants. Then the designers send in their work and the client can pick out the one he likes best. You look for design contests, enter the ones you like and do your best to win. As you win more contests your status will improve and you will get more opportunities.

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                                  18. Simply Hired

                                  This is a big and broad job hunting website with tons of options, but it is a great way to look for some freelance work, particularly if you are a writer, graphic designer or web designer. It’s very easy to navigate and you can quickly search through a large number of recent job offerings in your field.

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                                    19. Tutor

                                    As the name suggests you can become an online tutor for families with home-schooled children, children in military families and even schools. There are a number of subjects and different grade levels to choose from, so if you have a deeper understanding of a subject such as math, English or science, than you can go through a few simple steps. You have to fill out an application form, pass a subject exam and deliver a writing sample, perform a mock session to test your teaching skills and go through a background check before you can start working.

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                                      20. Authentic Jobs

                                      A well-designed and straightforward job board, AuthenticJobs.com allows you to filter out categories you are not interested in and apply for freelance jobs in different fields. The main focus is on web development, web design, application development, project management and UI design.

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                                        I hope you find this information useful and that you succeed in your freelance career. Just remember to be patient and to keep looking. It takes time to see some serious results, but freelancing can be a fulfilling career once you get pass the initial stages.

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                                        Ivan Dimitrijevic

                                        Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                                        Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                                        Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                                        Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

                                        Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

                                        Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

                                        Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

                                        How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

                                        The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

                                        You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

                                        Physical Signs

                                        Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

                                        It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

                                        In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

                                        Mental Signs

                                        One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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                                        I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

                                        Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

                                        • The tension in your neck
                                        • Difficulties with sleeping
                                        • Unable to concentrate
                                        • High anxiety
                                        • Depression

                                        If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

                                        Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

                                        Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

                                        The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

                                        Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

                                        Desire for an Increase of Salary

                                        The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

                                        At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

                                        Overnight Decision

                                        Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

                                        Rejected for a Promotion

                                        I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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                                        Bored at Work

                                        Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

                                        A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

                                        • How long have you worked in your career?
                                        • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
                                        • Do you receive recognition?
                                        • Can you consider working in a new department?

                                        If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

                                        How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

                                        I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

                                        One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

                                        It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

                                        A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

                                        You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

                                        • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
                                        • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
                                        • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

                                        How to Make a Career Change Successfully

                                        The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

                                        1. Write a Career Plan

                                        A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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                                        You can learn how to set your career plan here.

                                        2. Weigh Your Options

                                        If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

                                        You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

                                        3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

                                        It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

                                        A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

                                        • Economic factors
                                        • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
                                        • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
                                        • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
                                        • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

                                          A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

                                          4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

                                          A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

                                          • What is required to be successful in the role?
                                          • What certification or educational development is needed?
                                          • What are the challenges of the role?
                                          • Is there potential for career advancement?

                                          A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

                                          Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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                                          5. Research Salary

                                          Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

                                          It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

                                          6. Be Realistic

                                          If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

                                          For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

                                          Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

                                          7. Volunteer First

                                          A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

                                          Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

                                          Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

                                          8. Prepare Your Career Tools

                                          I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

                                          • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
                                          • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
                                          • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
                                          • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

                                          Bottom Line

                                          It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

                                          Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
                                          [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
                                          [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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