From writing and graphic design to IT and coding, there seems to be freelance work available in just about every conceivable field. Today's technological capabilities combined with a growing need for part-time and temporary labor means that more and more members of the workforce are taking their skillsets and launching careers as professional freelancers. No matter your area of expertise, you're bound to find great freelance openings on these 10 websites.
99designs welcomes freelance designers of all sorts, whether they specialize in advertising, merchandise, packaging, graphic work or illustration. Companies seeking freelance workers build a design brief, which 99designs launches as a prize-based contest open to their global network of designers in that category. Although only one freelancer will ultimately win, entering these contests is great practice and can help you build up your portfolio.
Digital creative and marketing professionals can find work around the globe through Aquent. You can choose from remote or on-site opportunities, and even look for contract-to-hire positions. The company also offers practical skills training through its free online courses, which can give freelancers a significant edge in the marketplace.
The Creative Group
A division of staffing services firm Robert Half, The Creative Group specializes in job placement for professionals in creative fields like marketing, art, graphic design, copywriting, photography and more. While the listings include some contract-to-hire and full-time positions, you can use the "freelance" filter to narrow your search. [10 Things Every Freelancer Should Know]
A well-polished profile and great reviews will get you hired time and time again on Elance. The site offers unique freelance job categories — including data science, translation, legal, finance and engineering — in addition to traditional creative and business-administration jobs.
FlexJobs offers listings for part-time and freelance positions in more than 50 career tracks. The company hand-screens each telecommuting job, so you can be sure that you're applying to a legitimate company. FlexJobs also offers skills testing, job search tips and special members-only discounts through the site's partners.
Fiverr is a little different from your average freelance job-listing website. Instead of having companies post their projects so freelancers can apply, this site has freelancers create "gigs" based on what they're best at. That way, freelancers sell their services to the companies that find them. You can categorize your gig by keyword so it shows up in multiple searches.
The "world's largest outsourcing marketplace" offers freelancers several options for work, including project-based jobs, hourly work and contests. Freelancer.com members can browse jobs that match their specific skill sets, and apply to their chosen openings directly.
Like many freelance job websites, Guru displays a freelancer's portfolio with reviews, past jobs and how much that person has earned through the site, so companies can verify the quality of a potential worker. The site also shows how much a particular company has spent on Guru freelancers, so job seekers can make an educated decision about the companies they want to work for. Search for work by category, location and fixed versus hourly jobs.
A job-search board and portfolio builder in one, Krop allows creative and tech professionals to put together personalized websites showcasing their skills to employers. The site features a mix of full-time, part-time and freelance work searchable by location and keywords.
Freelancers who want to break into the business world will find what they're looking for on oDesk. The website lists jobs in a wide range of business-service categories, such as administrative support, customer service, sales and information systems. The site also lists more-traditional freelance jobs like writing and design.
Originally published on Business News Daily