As the world continues to grapple against the repercussions of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), working at home has become more and more ideal for most of the working group. Likewise, freelancing also offers flexibility in terms of who, what, and when to work—something part-timers, working students, and single parents would find practical.
The downside of online freelancing, however, is that it is prone to scammers. Having to research and dig up more on the platform or clients are highly recommendable to avoid getting yourself duped.
There are tons of legitimate freelance platforms today depending on your skill sets or preferred positions that you can choose from, but here are our top 11 picks. Check them out below.
In no particular order
Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is an American platform that connects businesses to freelancers, independent professionals, and agencies for all their hiring needs all over the world. It has over twelve million registered freelancers and five million registered clients, making it the largest freelance marketplace worldwide.
Freelancers and independent professionals have the freedom to choose their clients and projects by setting up an outstanding profile. Upwork will highlight ideal jobs that would match up to the users’ professional skills, experience, and portfolio, as well as education and accomplishments. The platform also enables independent professionals to search for other relevant tasks and respond to client invitations. To learn more about the wide variety of available projects in the platform, click here.
Freelancer.com is another freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace giant with over 47 million employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries. It enables employers to seek and hire independent professionals working in areas such as software development, data entry, and graphic design, to name a few. Users can register on the platform for free and with a guarantee of hundreds of vacancies posted every day.
Microjobs for as low as $5, Fiverr is a perfect platform for those who are just starting and looking to build their professional portfolios.
Unlike some other platforms, both clients and freelancers can post listings. It also focuses on small one-off jobs or gigs such as writing or editing short articles or graphic designing. Likewise, Fiverr serves as an e-commerce platform to independent professionals and companies for them to sell their services through gigs. Gigs is basically an advertisement of services and can include all the details same as an e-commerce product. Pricing for each gig will then depend on how much a seller earns per completed tasks.
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Another platform similar to Upwork, Outsourcely is an online job platform that aims to connect businesses with remote workers worldwide. Freelancers can either sign up for free or spend $10 per month for a featured profile offering extra perks.
Unlike Upwork though, Outsourcely emphasizes long-term engagements. This arrangement is excellent for those who are looking for a reliable freelance gig with a steady income. Part-time jobs are also available on some listings. Another advantage of the platform is that freelancers pay zero fees on their earnings from the platform. Why? Because Outsourcely mostly makes money from the client-side, letting freelancers get their full pay all for themselves. The platform is, however, still young compared to the other freelancing media, which means there are disadvantages in terms of quality and volume of job listings. If you’re a newcomer to the freelancing industry, then this is another place for you to build experience.
Compared to the other freelance websites, PeoplePerHour is a smaller freelance platform that caters to independent professionals who can go and search for jobs and contracts. It is a United Kingdom-based company founded in 2007 with over 1.5 million freelancers today that uses its services.
Every freelancer has a rating, which is great in terms of promotion. Despite being free, the competition in the platform can be very challenging. Freelancers must always update and set a reasonable fee for clients to notice and hire them.
99designs originated in Australia in 2008 that aims to focus on designer-related gigs, from logos to T-shirt design to book covers. Through the platform, clients will be able to start a contest which freelance designers signed up in the platform can participate in.
At zero cost, skilled graphic designers can start and showcase their output, as well as improve their creative knowledge in up-to-date articles.
Crowdsite started in 2009 as a spin-off of a software development company, started in the Netherlands. Like 99designs, contest holders can create design competitions for logos and graphics that can be used for businesses.
Somewhat similar to Fiverr, 199Jobs is an online marketplace where users can either buy or sell services for as low as P199. The platform serves as a medium between freelancers and clients in need of people to perform simple, quick tasks.
Writers.ph claims to be the leading platform in the research and writing industry that caters to the international market. They provide quality services in research, writing, translating, and consulting to their clients.
So far, the platform has over 5,000 research and writing professionals working worldwide. Whether you are a professional, an academic, a writer, student, or a stay-at-home parent, Writers.ph gives these freelancers access to earn at their preferred time.
The 51Talk Philippines is one of the popular home-based tutorial platforms for teachers. It is an English education platform from China that has empowered over 20,000 Filipinos to teach, learn, and earn by providing a fun learning experience for Chinese learners.
Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website divided into hundreds of sections based on categories such as jobs, housings, services, community services, and gigs. Although the platform offers tons of job listings, employers can post jobs anonymously, leaving job hunters in the dark on who’s hiring them. Consequently, Craigslist is a favourite target for scams, so you need to be careful when applying for gigs.