Ben Todd | Jun 3, 2017 | 2
A Review Guide Of The Best Freelance Websites
In this article, you will find a list of the best freelance websites for genuine and tax-paying freelancers. Before reading the reviews, please take note of the three sections just before it where I offer a little advice. After the reviews, you should read on and learn about the most common client-freelancer scams because they will help save you a lot of heartache and money.
Most Freelance Websites Are Not Around For Long
This review guide of the best freelance websites could have been much longer, but I have not added new freelancing websites into the list. Freelance websites don’t last very long because they rely on a steady stream of employers and freelancers. Please be cautious when dealing with new freelance websites and marketplaces because scammers are not above setting them up to rip people off.
Don’t Pay For Subscriptions Or Bids
If you have to pay for a subscription in order to join the website, then it is not worth it. If you have to pay to bid on work, then it is not worth it. The only acceptable form of bid purchasing is where you are given a number of free bids that regenerate over time like with Freelancer.com. If you have to pay for bids, then it encourages the website admins to post fake freelance jobs.
Avoid The “Fill Our Surveys” Websites
Every single “Fill out our survey” website is a scam. I didn’t used to believe this. I even used to write that some are of these types of websites are okay and that their industry is being dragged down by scammers, but all “Fill out our surveys” websites are a waste of your time. Even if you are lucky enough to be paid by one of these survey companies, your pay per hour will be cents. Filling out surveys for money is not a freelance job, it is a waste of your time.
A Review Guide Of The Best Freelance Websites
Remember that I have only included freelance websites that have been around for more than a year. I am aware there are other freelance websites out there, but I have not included them because either they are too young, or because they don’t offer enough work to the point where it is not worth your while visiting.
The Freelancer.com website is the king of all freelance websites. If it were covered in pollen, it would be the bee’s knees. It has job boards for just about every type of freelance job you can complete with a computer, and there are thousands upon thousands of jobs you can apply for.
Freelancer have got it so right and so wrong at the same time. They allow employers to post jobs for free, and they are allowed to post jobs for ongoing projects or for one-off projects with any budget size. The website is loaded with people who are posting jobs and who only have to pay a fee when the freelancer accept the job. Why is this a good and a bad thing?
The downside to this business model is that the website is full of every type of online rogue you can think of, from the losers begging for money because they claim their six kids are ill, to the people who are looking to have you work for them and then run off when it is time to pay. Freelancer is where many remote workers learn how to protect themselves from evil online clients through sheer experience and exposure to the types of cons that potential clients pull. It is a great place to earn money and a great place to learn how to avoid getting ripped off.
Freelancer has a few safeguards in place to help you. Firstly, it uses a rating system so you may avoid people with new profiles and you may see what others have said about the employer before making contact. Secondly, it works with a bidding system where you can enter your own price and have the employer accept or ignore. Thirdly, you can use the Freelancer system to have the employer pay in advance and have the website hold the money until the job is done. At the end of this article, I have added a quick guide to client scams to help you avoid some of the nastier online rogues.
I am not very sure about Fiverr. In the past it has been used as a place for low-payers and perverts to exploit people. In most cases, the people who were hired were only give tiny amounts of money for their work, and because there were so many people applying from southern Asia, there were a ready supply of people willing to work for peanuts per day. The other problem was that perverts used to promise big-money jobs to women if they agreed to audition. The silliest women would turn up in person to audition, which put them at great risk of sexual assault. Other women would audition online, which eventually led to requests to get naked.
Has Fiverr changed over the years? Yes it has, but I am concerned that it still hasn’t changed enough to warrant your attention. It is a popular site that still has many visitors, and the admins are clearly trying their best to change the website. It is up to you if you wish to give this website a try, or maybe you could keep a watch on the website to see if their evolution is successful over time. There is no doubt that freelancers are making money on Fiverr, I just worry that at the moment the website doesn’t offer enough to tempt a genuine, professional, tax-paying freelancer.
The WP hired website has a series of jobs for people who have experience with the WordPress content management system. There are quite a few people who use WordPress or wish to use WordPress and need help, which is why there are quite a few jobs on this website for WordPress professionals. There are design jobs, migration jobs, performance, plugin development, programmers, SEO, theme customization and writing jobs.
Coders, developers, hackers, and everything in between is and are welcome on this website. The Stack Overflow careers page is a fantastic resource for freelance engineers. There are full-time jobs, part-time jobs, freelance and remote jobs. There is usually more than 2000 jobs on the website and many of them look real (maybe all of them are). When you get to the website, click the tab that says, “Developer jobs.”
The Mashable job board has a number of different jobs advertised on it. Some of them are remote working jobs, which may suit freelancers, and some are freelancer-friendly job. For example, jobs such as social media manager only require one or two office visits per month. Some people say you have to search for jobs with the keyword “Freelance” in order to find their freelancer jobs, but you are better off looking through their adverts one by one to find one that suits your needs.
The good thing about this job board is that you can click the “Job Type” button and select “Freelance.” Authentic jobs is special for this reason because there are very few job boards that have a section especially created for freelance jobs. There is a nice mix of jobs on this website, but most of them involve working on a computer in one capacity or another.
This list you see on Working Nomads is mostly made up of jobs from other websites that have been curated on the website, which is not a bad thing because there are plenty of websites that hold only one or two remote-working and freelance jobs–and this website brings them together. They also allow employers to post adverts on their website too. The jobs they advertise mostly include systems admin, customer support, marketing, design, development and a little bit of project management.
Unlike other job boards on the Internet, this is a job board that also includes freelance jobs too. Most of the jobs are developer, programmers and designer jobs. It is only a small job board that will not generate enough work to make a living, but may help line your pockets from time to time if you keep checking in on it to see what is there.
I didn’t want to mention Problogger because I am fairly sure that some of their jobs are fake jobs that are put up there to make the job board seem more robust than it is. Nevertheless, some people claim to have found reasonably good freelance jobs from this website so you may like to give it a try.
The Krop website is only for creative freelancers. It has a fair number of jobs on the website, though it is not perfectly optimized for searching. You will find yourself trawling through their adverts one by one to try to find something suitable. The best thing about this website is that it allows you to host your own portfolio of work so that employers and buyers may seek you out.
The Cofoflot website has a board for design jobs. They have employers from all around the world who post on the job board. It is not the sort of website that is going to allow you to make a living from the jobs being posted, but you may make a little money when times are looking shaky and your main source of income is drying up a little.
Members Only Freelance Sites
I am not a fan of member-only freelance websites because I think they have it all wrong. The best sites are the ones that make it very easy for employers to post and freelancers to apply. If you put hurdles and barriers in the way, such as asking freelancers to apply for an account and be accepted first, then fewer people enter the community and it becomes too sterile. Nevertheless, if you are having no luck with the websites listed above, then you can always try these:
Juiiicy – For designers mostly
Traction – For marketers mostly
Folyo – Find design jobs
Hirable – A nice place for developers
Crew – For designers and developers
OnSite – Offsite and On-site jobs available
Gun.io – Developer jobs – apply with GitHub
Matchist – For developers mostly
Gigster – For development teams mostly
Envato Studio – For designers and developers mostly
Common Client-Freelance Scams
There are plenty of employers out there who will happily give you the royal screwjob. The list below features a few of the most common scams they are going to pull on you. I am not saying that freelancers are any better because there are plenty of nasty tricks that terrible freelancers pull on honest employers. Nevertheless, here are a few employer scams to look out for.
Telling you that your stuff is crap and then using it anyway
You hand over your work via email, the client looks it over and tells you it is terrible and unusable. The employer refuses to pay and may even leave a bad feedback on whichever site you are using. The employer then uses the material and the freelancer doesn’t know. The freelancer probably threw out the material and didn’t think to keep checking back to see if it was being used. This is because the freelancer doesn’t suspect that the client would steal something they do not like.
Telling you that your stuff is crap so you charge less
They say your stuff is terrible. You make changes, but the client still dislikes it. They wait for you to suggest a lower sale price, or they ask for a discount otherwise they will not pay.
Not paying you and cutting all contact with you
Simply refusing to pay a freelancer and then cutting all communication is a great way to get people to work for you for free. If you are an experienced freelancer, then you will know ways to protect yourself or get back at that client.
Asking different freelancers for free samples
Let’s say that Barry needs 4 different product packaging designs to show to his boss. He goes on freelance sites and asks freelancers to work for him. He offers a brilliant price, but asks for free samples first because it is a big and high-paying project. Freelancers create, Barry brushes them off, and he hands over the freelancer’s samples to his boss as his own work.
Paying you peanuts and making life so uncomfortable that you quit
Some freelancers are so desperate for work that they will work for terrible wages. The freelancer produces content/material, and the clients pay a little bit at a time while also making your project work very difficult until you cut the client loose without being paid.
Agreeing to pay you a large amount and paying you a portion in advance
Sally puts up a job that says, “Write my app’s user manual, 5000 words, IT diploma applicants only.” She offers a robust $500 for the work, and as a show of good faith she offers to pay $75 up front. You do a brilliant job on the manual because you think you have another $425 coming. You hand over the document, Sally disappears, and you have spent $500 worth of effort on a $75 project.
Claiming that your content is plagiarized
A client hires a writing freelancer and ask for lots of work. When the work is handed over, the client publishes different parts of it on his or her various websites and adds old dates onto the work so it looks like it was published months and years ago. The client contacts the writer and refuses to pay because it is all plagiarized work. This trick even works if the writer is using a website that holds money in escrow-like accounts because the website admins look at the links the client provides and they too see a bunch of articles that look like they were posted months and years ago, so it genuinely looks like the writer has plagiarized.
Conclusion – Don’t Accept Lower Pay
You now have a list of freelance websites you can try. If you are good at your job. If you are an honest, hard-working, professional, full-time and tax-paying freelancer, then become brilliant at your job and never accept a lower paying job. Finding good freelancers is Viciously Difficult.
For example, if you post a job advert on Freelancer.com as an employer, which you can do for free, and you make the task very easy such as, “Write 200 words on why SMART cars are great.” You will receive around 15 spammed bids, 10 bids from people who are wrong for the job, 25 bids from people who have placed a bid using terrible English spelling and grammar, and you will receive 2 bids from people who may be able to complete this simple task. Finding good and reliable freelancers is very difficult, which means you can charge more because you are professional, reliable, honest, punctual, dependable and good at your job. Use the fact that most other freelancers suck to your advantage and don’t accept lower pay.