Where to Find Online Freelance Job Opportunities
Are you self-employed or thinking of doing some freelance work? Are you looking for ways to grow your part-time workload and find new clients? Depending on your skillset, there are various online job boards where you can find new projects and build your business. Let’s look at some good online freelance job opportunities for Canadians.
Elance.com is one of the top freelance websites. With job categories such as Website Design, Graphic Design, Content Writing and Data Entry, there is a variety of work available. To start, create a free profile and list your skills and work experience. You may also build a portfolio to showcase some of your past work. Once your profile is ready, you can search through the job postings and apply to those that interest you. You may also be contacted by potential clients asking you to submit proposals for their new job postings. Elance takes care of billing and payments, helping to protect both clients and freelancers.
Similar to Elance, oDesk.com allows you to build your profile and apply to jobs. If you work hourly, they track your time automatically and guarantee payment, eliminating the need for freelancers to issue invoices. It’s free to sign up and apply to jobs. Popular job categories include Web Development, Administrative Support, Customer Service and Marketing.
Like other job sites, Freelancer.ca makes it easy to browse listings and apply to projects. They are currently the world’s biggest online marketplace for freelancing and outsourcing. With over 8 million employers and freelancers, it’s a busy website with projects in categories such as Writing, Accounting, Software and Legal Services.
One of the smaller online freelance websites, Guru.com offers many projects in the fields of Ecommerce, Websites, Programming and Databases. Guru users like the work platform and SafePay, ensuring payment for their work is protected.
The smallest of the online freelance marketplaces, PeoplePerHour.com works much like the others. They do have an innovative “Hourlie” feature, which allows freelancers to create a fixed price service offer. This lets you set your pay rate and offer potential clients a quick and easy way to hire you.
Fiverr.com is a unique take on the online marketplace. Freelancers can list a specific service they are willing to complete for $5. With categories such as Fun & Bizarre, Video & Animation, Gifts and Advertising, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a break from your usual professional workload, Fiverr may be the place for you.
When looking for new clients, another avenue is through online classifieds sites. Craigslist has an extensive Canadian site which includes a job board. Simply pick the city nearest you to bring up your local opportunities. With categories such as Customer Service, Legal and Health Services, it appeals to a wide range of job seekers. When using online classified sites, it’s very much buyers beware – don’t give out your personal information before doing your research and never pay for the chance to work. Look for reputable companies and local businesses that are well established, and verify they are indeed the ones posting the job ad.
Much like Craigslist, Kijiji offers a job board letting you browse through local postings. They also have a services board where you can post a free ad describing your skills. There are no payment guarantees when using online classified site to find work, so take the time to ask potential employers questions about their business, work expectations, payment details and contact information. Companies and business owners posting legitimate jobs will understand your need for information and will expect job seekers to ask relevant questions.
Before applying to online job postings, here are a few guidelines to consider.
- If you are considering an online marketplace site, do some research to see if it is the best fit for you. Make sure you read and understand their policies in regards to personal information, payment and work obligations
- Take the time to build your profile. Potential clients want to know who they are hiring. Providing your education, qualifications, employment experience, skills and examples of your work can help you get that first project
- Be realistic and upfront about the workload you can handle. Clients are looking for reliable workers who complete their work as described and on time
- Build your reputation. With each completed project, you slowly build an online reputation which help build your business and client base
- Protect yourself. Follow the necessary steps to ensure you get paid for your completed work
The hardest part of finding online freelance work is starting. It will require patience and time to look through job postings, submit proposals, answer questions from potential clients and build your online profile. It will also take time to build up your workload to the level you need. Luckily, there are many online opportunities available as companies worldwide are turning to freelancers to help them build their businesses and meet their needs.
Have you had success with an online freelance site? Which one do you prefer?