Top 10 Freelance Sites & Why You Should Start Freelancing

So you have your degrees in your bag, and waiting for the dream job to walk to you (which is’nt coming btw), you have loads of knowledge but unfortunately no one wants to hire you because they tell you have inadequate experience !! (how can they expect experience out of new born graduate). F*** them start your own company, or even get your own work, no body will offer you job willingly in this recession time so wake up and get your own job, Freelancing is your answer to all your prayers.

Now your thinking, Freelance? it has no guarantees of my weekly payments, does it even have potential to fulfill the luxuries i have dreamed of from when i was a kid? (JOB isnt going to f***ing fulfill it either), What will i tell my neighbor when he asks me my office?  Don’t think so much, better use the energy on thinking what will i do if i don’t get a job? Something is better than nothing ain’t it. Freelancing has evolved over time, and it has more opportunities for you than putting yourself in the corner and writing blogs (like me !!). And as a matter of fact, thousands are earning a very high weekly income or even have started there own company (haven’t you heard of entrepreneurship !!).

7 Reasons Why You Should Start Freelancing

  • You want money !! and who doesn’t ??
  • You think you have necessary talents to tolerate and handle the weird ideas which your clients are going to give you
  • You think client is always right (this is also true for JOB – Just Of your BOSS)
  • You think you can evolve with the technology around you
  • You wan’t to get some experience in your resume  for those suckers in job interview
  • You have a computer with keyboard and mouse with a >dialup connection rotting
  • And last but not the least your parents are thinking for selling you on ebay to recover the money spend on educating you

Now if your convinced you do need to do some freelancing, then lets start with the sites where you can start your royalty free freelancing career.

Top 10 Freelance Sites

Elance – Find job. Deliver great work. Get paid for results.

Elance is one of the largest freelancing site in the internet, many biggies post projects here, the freelancers and provider companies bids on the projects and client selects from wide range of choices. There are close to 1,00,000 experts (or freelancers) in elance !!  and more than 20k jobs are posted each month. This is definitely one of the best place for all wannabe freelancing newbies. There are both free and paid plans. I recommend you start with free basic account and then move on to the real battle with premium account.

Guru – Find freelancers for hire. get your projects done.

Guru is another biggest freelancing site, with more than 1,00,000+ freelancers, Guru boasts of patent pending rating system which provides proper rating. It also boasts of escrow integration which is obviously an added + for both providors and jobposters. This site also has both free and premium membership based on categories of work which you’re willing to do. This is also one of the place you must try.

ODesk – Guaranteed work. Guaranteed Payment.

This site has one of the best user friendly system i’ve ever seen. It has both hourly and fixed rate jobs, hourly jobs are guaranteed pays, and time are logged via its own odesk team software which have multiplatform support. The average of feedback of last 30 days don’t even fall beyond 4stars. There are no membership fees !! you only have to pay 10% of your final payment. This is definitely the site for new comers. This is a must try.

FreelanceSwitch – Envato’s own job board.

Most of us are familiar with Envato by their top design and development blogs. FreelanceSwitch is a new site, but nevertheless its one of the most favored site by the job posters. If you have the top notch knowledge to compete with the some of best developers and designers in the world it here. The place is guaranteed to give you good payments for your hardwork.

RentACoder – How software gets done.

Rent a coder is basically software development freelancing site. It has Escrow support. You can find some good projects here.  It boasts of pool of more than 2,00,000+ coders, rentacoder chanrges 15% fee of final payment. Its one of the oldest freelance bidding sites.

GetAFreelancer – Online freelance jobs.

GAF has both paid and nonpaid plans, Its an Australian company with over 1,00,000 verified users.

GetACoder – Quick & Easy Outsourcing jobs

Most providors of this site are from India, so you should not expect high payments (war between indian developers and designers have already lowered the rates here). A good site for a startup newbie.

99Designs – Leading markerplace for logo design and more…

This one is mainly a design freelancing site, with a unique idea, where contests with winning amount are posted and freelancers show their designs and the winner takes it all. This is a little risky for new freelancers but if you have that potential you can earn some good money and also win some contests.

iFreelance – Do you?

Another great freelancing website to lookout for. This is a very good site for starters. Jobs are regular but this is fully membership based site, membership starts at $4.69/month.

CrowdSpring – Global marketplace for creative services

The average projects gets 85 to choose from!! Buyers set price, gets ridiculous amounts of selection, chooses one from it and pays the winner.

So you have gone through the above list of top 10 sites,  its still time, go get yourself dressed for the challenge and jump on … what are you waiting for ??

Currently working as MD in SandBoyMedia. Based in India having keen interest in Design and Development.

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