What are the best sites to find work as a freelancer in 2017? I know there are still three months to go in 2016, but as freelancers, you have to be on the lookout for new opportunities all the time. No freelance site stays on top forever. So, it’s important to identify those that get the best traffic and the best jobs, where you can make the most money.
Here’s are the top 6 sites with the best paying freelance jobs in 2017.
Toptal may be described as the Apple of freelance sites. The best paid freelancers work on Toptal. Toptal allows for technical projects only, which means only software programmers, app developers, web designers, etc. can find work there. Toptal cares a lot about the quality of its service so the freelancers are monitored for their skills, technical expertise and ability to speak English. Toptal is very strict about who can get into the site -97 of 100 freelancers get rejected.
Upwork is the biggest site for freelancers by far. There are over 10 million freelancers and 2 million clients on Upwork, which was formed by combining two of the biggest freelancing sites of recent years, Elance and oDesk. As a freelancer, you can get paid on an hourly basis as well as on a fixed price basis at Upwork. You can find every sort of job here, from writing and web design to virtual assistant and voiceovers. The interviews and technical assessment of freelancers are to be done by clients, not by Upwork.
Guru is the oldest freelance site out there – it’s been around since 2001. The site has paid over $200 million to freelancers, and is second only to Upwork when it comes to the number of freelance jobs that are available. Guru is a highly competitive platform for freelancers and clients are used to getting only the best work here. Client reviews are very important and make all the difference to a freelancer’s prospects. Poor performers are mercilessly shunted out of the system.
99Designs is a freelance site for designers. It has a very unique business model, based on crowdsourcing. Basically, clients crowdsource their projects to any freelancers willing to work on them. The freelancers submit their designs based on the brief given by the client. The client chooses the design they like best and the winning designer gets their money. They can then choose to hire the designer on a long-term basis to design a full-fledged version of the design or to work on a more detailed project.
Freelancer is a top freelancing site with over 17 million registered users. This would make it the biggest freelancing site, except that most of the freelancers are not active. Even so, Freelancer is a very good site for clients to get work done on web projects, writing assignments, graphic design, voiceovers, app development, etc. Clients can host a contest on Freelancer where freelancers can compete and showcase their expertise. The winner gets the money prize and is hired to work with the client on a more long-term basis.
PeoplePerHour is a relatively new freelance site, which has become very popular over the last couple of years. It’s a great place for web developers, graphic designers, content writers, internet marketers and SEO experts to showcase their talent. PeoplePerHour uses a tool called WorkStream where everything related to the project – payment, management, and communication – is done on a single software platform. It’s one of the best places for online business owners to find talented freelancers for their web projects.