If you want to make this year the year that you start to work from home full-time, but working for yourself, then you need to know where to look for work. You might have some existing clients from previous employment that you could approach and let them know that you’re still working, but working freelance now instead. You might have some friends that you can do work for, or you might be unsure where to start with it all.
If the latter sounds like you, then here are some of the websites that you need to be looking at, to get some freelance work and start to build up a client base. Knowing where to look, and with sites that are easy to browse available work, you can be on your way to a freelance career, in the area that you choose, sooner rather than later. Here are the websites to try.
Upwork is one of the top-rated websites for freelancers looking for work. It doesn’t even matter what kind of freelancer you are, it is all there. For people looking for work in the areas of web development, writing, graphic design, or customer support, you are likely to find the most work on this site. There is a large job board that is updated regularly, and anyone from other freelancers to large businesses are looking for work to be completed for them, on Upwork.
For any employers who are looking for some creative work to be done for them, then Designhill is a good idea. Those looking for work to be completed can create a contest, where freelance designers can pitch their work. This kind of thing won’t be for everyone, as if you are repeatedly never chosen you could find it a little disheartening. However, it could always be worth a try, and just pitching for the work that you feel passionate about.
Toptal is a website that people use if they are looking to find some top talent, as the name kind of suggests. They have a pretty rigorous screening process, to be able to find work there. This can be a long process, but if you are one of the ones that are selected, then it can pretty much guarantee a certain caliber of work for you. The exclusivity level is also what makes it stand out from other job sites, and as a result, you can get work from some big brand names.
Often seen as a social network, LinkedIn is a site that you need to be on and have a profile for, as it can be such a good way to get freelance work. You can share examples of your work on there, and it looks like much more than just a resume. People can search on there, look for people with specific skills, and then easily get in touch. So a profile on there is helpful for some reasons.