Nowadays, it is all about convenience and comfort. This is the reason why people are deciding to leave their 9 to 5 jobs and leaping into the freelancing community. As a freelancer, you not only get to work at your own pace, but you also get to work anywhere you want.
The sad news is that there are websites who seem to offer “too good to be true” freelancer compensations that you sometimes end up paying for a subscription that doesn’t give you the actual results that you are looking for.
The good news is that there are legit freelancing websites that you can tap into. These don’t require paid subscriptions unless you want a premium account and all its perks.
Here are our top 3 choices for the most active freelancing websites this 2018.
You can sign up for free and upgrade to a premium account for only $10/month to be billed on a quarterly basis.
- Pros – You can easily input your work credentials and choose your skill level from a variety of choices that increases your chance of getting noticed by a potential employer. Almost all job postings have salaries displayed along with the type of position (full time or part time) available. The number of applicants is also viewable, which should help you decide if you still wish to apply for the vacant position. There is no limit to the number of job postings you wish to apply to. Outsourcely charges the employer a small fee to post jobs and does not charge you any fees when you get hired.
- Cons – You need to have your work experience verified by your former employer to get your profile posted and viewed by potential employers. Payment for work done is sent directly by the employer to you so you don’t have the safe pay guarantee that is offered by other remote work digital platforms. Job postings can be low compared to other remote work websites.
Upwork (formerly known as Elance and Odesk).
You can sign up for the free basic account and upgrade to a premium account for only $10/month.
- Pros – The number of job postings are high which gives you more choices to pick from. The basic account gives you a total of 60 connects that will be used each time you apply for a vacant position. In general, about 2 connects are used per job application. The number of connects is refreshed monthly. Upwork has a safe pay set up, which guarantees that you get paid for your work, whether on an hourly or fixed-rate basis.
- Cons – If you are just signing up for Upwork, there is a chance that your profile might get rejected despite meeting all the required criteria. Upwork seems to be the most popular platform among freelancers, which is why getting hired might take some time. Potential employers most often than not only provide an estimated budget for the project, so you need to be aware of the current going rate for the service you are offering when giving your bid amount. Potential employers tend to choose freelancers with existing Upwork work history. Upwork charges freelancers 20% for the first $500 bill with a client.
You can sign up for the free basic account and upgrade to 4 different annual plans. These are: basic+ for $8.95 per month; professional for $15.95 per month; business for $24.95 per month; and executive for $39.95 per month.
- Pros –You will receive a notification each time they find a job match for you. It helps you manage your projects via the workroom. You can invite your family and friends to sign up and get them added to your team of freelancers. Guru has a safe pay set up that guarantees you get paid as soon as your product passes the client’s requirements. In case a dispute arises, Guru will act as a mediator to try and resolve the issue.
- Cons – You will be charged a job fee depending on your current plan. The basic plan has a job fee of 8.95% which you should keep in mind when submitting bid amounts. A moderate amount of job postings that can be quite frustrating if you are looking to find another project to bid on. They are unable to assist with unpaid invoices.
With these freelancing websites as just a tip of the iceberg, isn’t it about time to check out all the possibilities, if you haven’t yet?