Freelance

New Digital Nomad here, how to get started on Upwork or similar sites

My question is how do you guys go about approaching potential clients on these sites? How long did it take you to get your first client on these sites? How much time did you put into finding work right out of the gate?

Bitcoin on a mission to make freelancing truly borderless

In every essence it appears that online freelancing is indeed the future of work. But where do Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies stand in all this? It turns out they are a solution to a problem online freelancing is facing.

Quit Your Job, Become A Freelancer And Travel The World

Eight months ago my girlfriend (now fiance) quit her corporate job, created a profile on a freelancing website and ran off to travel the world with me. Now she has more offers for contracts than she can handle, is able to work from anywhere in the world and earns over double her old per hour salary.

Someone stole my identity on Upwork and all I got was this lousy blog post

From one freelancer to another — don’t use Upwork. Don’t hire people through Upwork.

How To Have Clients Find You (Rather Than You Chasing Them)

Chasing clients can be a pain, no matter if you’re a small agency or a solo consultant. Since I went on my own 10 years ago, this has been the most frequently asked question: How do you find clients & contract gigs? The trick is I mostly do not search for clients. Instead, I “plant little seeds” online.

Freelancers Now Make Up 35% Of U.S. Workforce

A large-scale survey of the freelance economy shows that the number of freelance workers is growing quickly, with the number of U.S. freelancers hitting 55 million this year, up from 53 million in 2014 and 53.7 million last year.

6,000 freelancers talk about money, happiness, and their hopes for the future

More than 6,000 US-based freelancers responded to a new in-depth survey. I dug through the data and pulled out the most interesting insights, which paint a picture of optimistic professionals who have taken control of their own destiny.

Why you should never use Upwork, ever.

I never wanted to write something like this, or expose the people involved. However, I feel that’s it necessary for something to get done for my own ends, and also for those thinking of foraying into the world of freelancing and in particular, using Upwork’s platform, to seriously reconsider.

First tiny freelance job questions

I don’t know what to charge, how to invoice, or what kind of contract I need to write up. There is lots of info about this around the Internet, but it seems to be aimed at more established developers doing larger projects in higher cost of living areas. If I walk in with a 10 page contract asking for $300/hour they’ll probably politely decline. That in mind, does anyone have any advice on how to proceed?

Here's how I just landed a $5,000 project through UpWork

I just want to share my most recent experience with UpWork, in which I was I was hired by a client to do a $5,000, two-month project. I’m hoping that sharing my process will help others understand how to use the platform more effectively and get the most value from it.

Freelancer’s Field Guide: A How-To on Living in a Modern Nomad’s Paradise

In this living document, I will maintain a compendium of ideas, techniques, actions, and data which will hopefully ease the trials of a new, or experienced freelancer/nomad. I aim to create a discussion with and help build the global community of freelance and remote workers.

If the ‘gig economy’ is booming, why is ‘freelance’ still considered a dirty word associated with failure?

Although Stats Canada reports that self-employed workers consistently earn more than “standard” workers, freelancing is widely dismissed as being one step away from unemployment and destitution.

Any advice for switching from self-employment back to employee?

I’m wondering if those that have made this switch back to being an employee of a larger organization after a period of self-employment have any advice. I’m finding it difficult to even compare self employment to an employee role when it comes to basics like salary requirements considering most jobs include a benefits package that don’t always have direct corollaries in a self-employment scenario. What’s your best advice for how to approach this transition and evaluate whether it might be the right time to change?

The freelancer and the entrepreneur

It’s possible to switch hats, to have side projects, to have two ‘jobs’. But we can’t wear both hats at the same time, can’t freelance our way to entrepreneurial success.

Speedlancer

Speedlancer is the world’s fastest freelance marketplace, delivering fully custom design, writing and data-entry tasks in just 4 hours.

Best for: Content creation, design, data-entry, transcription and web research freelancers.

Tooltip: Accepted tasks by the freelancer must be delivered within 4 hours.

Guru

Guru helps businesses connect and work with freelance professionals efficiently and safely. Freelancers market their skills to a global audience and compete for jobs at minimal cost.

Best for: Freelancers.

Gigster

As a gigster you can choose to work your own hours. What matters is the work you do and not when you do it. You can work a little during the week and a ton during the weekends.

Best for: Freelance designers, product managers, sales engineers, software engineers, writers and QA professionals.

Tooltip: Requires an application and screening process.

Why freelancing is dominating the workforce

This ability to earn an income through a variety of sources and arrangements has become a popular option over the past decade or so. But given that freelancing has been around in one form or another since the beginning of time, why has it become so prevalent in recent years? Let’s take a look.

Being A Freelancer Is Hard Sh*t

Quitting your 9 to 5 job, being your own boss and rolling out of the bed to work in your PJ’s is the dream for many people, but it doesn’t come easy. A lot of sites out there talk about how to become a Freelancer, so I figured I’d share what my Life as a Freelancer looks like.

Working in the Gig Economy Is Both Desirable and Detestable

Independent contractors and temp-agency workers see things very differently.

The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Jobs, Getting Paid, and Getting Ahead

We analyzed hundreds of online resources and spoke to a wide swath of experts so we could gather everything there is to know about freelancing.

Can Handwritten Letters Get You More Clients?

Here’s what I did to get my freelancing business going again. Instead of sending cold emails, which are effective in bulk but have a terrible response rate, I snail-mailed handwritten letters to all of the companies I wanted to work with. The letters were mailed to design and digital marketing agencies throughout the U.S.

Here’s How You Get Me to Work For (Almost) Free.

A step-by-step guide to paying freelancers with respect instead of money.

How to Become a Freelancer & Digital Nomad

This is not the moment where I spam you and offer an e-book on lifestyle design and entrepreneurship, but rather just a collection of sites and services you may find intriguing and useful.

What do remote workers who work in a coffee shop do when they need to use the toilet?

So you are at a cafe, working hard, and suddenly you need to go to the toilet. What you do with your stuff?

You’re not an Island: Why Freelancers and Remote Workers Need Communities

But working from home has its downsides as well, from the potential whiff of body odour to the whiff of madness that comes from spending too much time on your own. Sure, you can shower regularly, go for walks, or meet up with friends to satisfy your social needs. But working as a solo show leaves out one vital aspect that isn’t remedied by nipping out for a coffee — and that’s a sense of community.

How to Earn Trust Without Social Proof

In this quick post, I’m going to explore four things you can do to make a connection with customers and get them to trust you, even if you can’t show them social proof. I’ll also show you real examples of each one that I’ve helped clients implement.

The Freelancers’ Roundtable

A conversation between freelancers Eva Holland, Josh Dean, Jason Fagone, and May Jeong about pitching stories, negotiating contracts, and breaking into a tough industry.

Qualifying clients

Not enough freelancers know that projects are a two-way street. Meaning: you’ve got just as much say in what you do or don’t get hired to do as the people and businesses that offer you projects.

Common Freelance Mistakes

I want to share with you the biggest mistake I think I made starting out as a freelance designer. I didn’t correctly position myself in the market. Based on the inquiries that I get every week, I’m going to bet that you too are making the same mistake. It’s okay, there are mistakes freelancers make. I’m excited to help. Here’s my story.

#freelance

Connect with other freelancers and start sharing your stories, experiences and knowledge with people from across the globe!

How I went from $100-an-hour programming to $X0,000-a-week consulting.

Nobody ever shows up at your door and says “Welcome to the Illuminati. You can now charge $20,000 a week. Here’s a list of clients.” Assuming you have some valuable skill, like being able to program, turning it into a successful consultancy just requires exercising a bit of business accumen. Let’s peek behind the curtain at some things which have worked for my business and those of my friends.

How do you find freelance/contract gigs?

spend a lot of time “cold-emailing” local businesses and messaging other companies who are actually looking for applicants. The result is always the same: “we are not looking for freelancers/contractors right now”. I have also used freelance sites before (unsuccessfully) like ODesk and Elance, and I have really hated how they work… So ultimately, my question for HN is how do YOU find or establish new freelance/sub-contracting/contracting gigs?

Why an Ex-Google Coder Makes Twice as Much Freelancing

Amid an accelerating war for tech talent, big companies and startups alike are paying top dollar—as much as $1,000 a hour, according to a person who gets coders gigs—for freelancers with the right combination of skills. While companies still recruit many of the best minds, they’re turning to independent software developers to get a stalled project moving or to gain a competitive edge. In some cases, the right person can be the difference between a failed and successful product.

What sites do you use to find contract work?

What sites do you use to find contract work.

How to survive your first year as a freelancer

If you’re a little anxious about your first year of freelancing, don’t be. Aside from the obvious advice of ensuring you have plenty of savings before you take the plunge, follow my tips and you should be well on your way to establishing yourself as a successful business owner…

Advice for the Freelance Developer

I was a freelance developer for 7 years before taking my first full-time position with a company and never once had a dry pipeline. Here are a few bits of wisdom I collected over that time I thought I’d pass on to whomever it might help.

Goodbye Jobs, Hello ‘Gigs’: How One Word Sums Up A New Economic Reality

If “gig” suggests the independence you get when you’re not tied down to a steady lifetime job, then just think of the freedom we’ll all enjoy when the traditional job is consigned to the scrap heap of history, and the economy is just gigs all the way down. But the idea of a gig is only alluring if you know you can hit the road when it gets joyless. Otherwise it’s just an old word for a job you need that you can’t count on having tomorrow.

Working remotely like a badass

I’m an independent freelance consultant who often works remotely. A friend asked for some tips, I wrote the below based on a few years of growing my biz and keeping clients happy. Since many folks here, especially the freelancer crowd, are likely working remotely, I thought I’d share.

You’re good. Way too good to be on UpWork.

When I left my previous company in 2014, I started out as an independent developer building mobile and web sites and apps. I needed to find work. UpWork (formerly oDesk) was one of my first places to look.

Upwork vs Freelancer: Why It’s a Battle YOU Won’t Win

On the surface, Freelancer.com and Upwork look like they’re great places for quality contractors to make money. They also seem like they’re great places for businesses to save money and get the services that they need. Yet there are a lot of horror stories out there about these sites. In many cases, each party is having to accept “good enough” because of business necessity. While there are quality contractors on Freelancer and Upwork, a lot of that is attributed to the fact that they are the biggest players in the freelance market. While comparisons of Upwork vs Elance vs Freelancer vs Guru continue to grow as the online job market has skyrocketed, we’ll delve into a couple of problems of the current freelance model and potential solutions.

Drawbacks of Freelance Web Development

During this time I went through different phases: from being excited about starting up my own business, to learning how to deal with clients, how to charge the right price, how to find new projects, etc. I also went through different levels of happiness. Generally I stayed on the happy side—but it wasn’t before many years of doing this that I realized about the perils of freelance web development/consulting, and that this job slowly made me more frustrated than happy, and most importantly that it had little by little been eating away my passion…

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of freelancers, it’s driving more and more people to join the freelancer generation. Regardless if you’re a startup or enterprise, it’s in your best interest to pay attention to the freelance movement if you want to succeed in this new economy.

Trying to get a grip on the gig economy

The data show that independent contractors won’t become a major share of workers anytime soon. And while the number of contractors may have increased in recent years, sharing economy companies aren’t the likely cause. If we want to understand this trend, perhaps we should change the focus of our investigations.

How to Sell Without Selling

The truth about freelancing is that getting hired as a freelancer has exactly nothing to do with your abilities as a freelancer.

Worker Protection in the Gig Economy

With the proliferation of digital job platforms, the social safety net for workers in the US – threadbare to begin with – is at risk of unraveling for a growing share of the workforce. This is because most individuals who find work through digital job platforms operate as independent contractors, leaving them without the benefits and protections provided in standard employment contracts for full-time and part-time workers.

Where do you see yourself after 5-10 years of freelancing?

I ask this at 37 years old, because I wish I would have asked myself this when I was in my 20’s. I can see now that I didn’t have any real plan and it has led me to a pretty bad place.

The Art of Working for Yourself

To have a long-lasting freelance career that you’re happy with, you’ve got to pay attention – not just to the work you’re doing, but also to how you’re doing business.

17 life lessons from professional freelancers

Freelancing full-time can be a scary concept to think about. It’s a risk to leave your stable job with benefits to become responsible for your own time, invoices, deadlines and paychecks. We get it, just the sheer thought can be overwhelming.

Ditch your desk (and your guilt): A freelancer’s guide to beating stress

We depart cubicle nation to become our own boss… but what we don’t realize is that we’re now our own employee, too. And wow, does our boss suck sometimes.

Jobbatical

Jobbatical. It’s a word made up of “job” and “sabbatical”. It means a professional career break where people use their skills and knowhow to work on an exciting project in a new team in a new environment.

Best for: Short term international gigs ranging from 3-24 months.

What freelancers should know about liability and their assets

This on-demand economy has major implications for workers, who now bear full responsibility for things once handled by an employer: income tax withholding, health insurance, vacation/sick leave and retirement. In addition, the independent status of workers raises the question of liability — a topic that is currently playing out on central stage with ride-sharing drivers.

Freelancers Give Advice On How To Screen Clients

When freelancers talk to prospective clients, they’re sometimes so eager to land the assignment that they skip a crucial step: making sure the client is actually someone they want to work with.

Is it possible to transition from corporate job to self contractor?

Has anyone ever transitioned from the enterprise world into contracting successfully? Is it possible to do it over a period of time? (keep current job and moonlight freelance gigs). What did you do to get your initial clients?

Wanna quit your job and become Upwork freelancer? Do not do that!

Almost every day I receive job offers on my 5 star odesk (upwork) profile. I do not search anything manually, clients contacting me directly. But most of these job offers are really garbage.

Good discussion about the article on Hacker News.

How to Travel Stress-Free While Freelancing

I share the major changes I made to my client communication and project management that made my epic travels possible. I then dive into the mechanics of actually going away and keeping your freelance business or agency running…

How To Price Your Freelance Work

Every project is unique in the sense that it has it’s own unique requirements, assets and course corrections. So let’s talk about a few approaches to cost estimation and some tips on how to approach a new project/contract.

How Much To Charge As A Freelancer - Why Almost Everyone Gets It Wrong

This is one of the most commonly asked questions by freelancers (both newbies and veterans alike.) Well-meaning responses posted on message boards often include a link to one of several online calculators. The inputs include questions like “how much is your monthly Internet bill?” and “How many vacation days do you take each year?” The final question on the of most popular of these calculators is “How much profit do you want?

TechMeAbroad

Find the job of your dreams, in the country of your dreams. We only list job posts from tech startups and tech companies who will recruit you from abroad.

Best for: International gigs for developers.

Want To Be A Freelancer? Just Punch Yourself In The Face, Instead

What I’m trying to say is, freelancing is awesome. It’s a double rainbow. It is love. Except, y’know, when it’s not.

Here's Why The Freelancer Economy Is On The Rise

There are many reasons why independent work is on the rise, from shifting economic conditions to corporate downsizing and employee dissatisfaction. But two things have slowly fueled the trend in a much bigger way, lowering the barriers that once made independent contracting much more challenging.

A Freelancer’s Guide To Growing Your Business

Most freelancers start out their business like this: 1. They get great at what they do. 2. They build a website that talks about their expertise 3. They set up their social media profiles and start promoting at people. 4. They wait for clients to come to them. When it’s laid out like that, you can see the obvious flaws… There’s a better way.

Perfecting The Freelance Work-Life Balance À La Française – Interview With Thibaut Barrere Of WiseCash

This week, I got in touch with Thibaut Barrère, a fine fella from France who perfected the freelancer lifestyle. Here’s how this early DNSimple customer opted out of the rat race and into the good life.

Thinking Of Freelancing? Don't Quit Your Day Job

One of the best things I ever did for my freelance career was keeping my day job. Confused? Let me explain…

Jobspresso

Jobspresso is an online platform dedicated to connecting talented people who seek remote careers with innovative, forward-thinking companies that offer these positions. Job listings are curated, reviewed and added on a daily basis.

The Insecure World Of Freelancing

Millions of workers now go it alone—who will provide them with basic labor protections?

Landing.jobs

We’re a European jobs marketplace for the tech sector, matching the best candidates with curated startups and tech firms. We verify all job openings within companies to make sure there are no ghost listings fishing for contacts, and we offer paid peer referrals to our highly-skilled members who know their networks better than recruiters ever could.

Best for: Technology professionals based in Europe.

Tooltip: You need to register to view all job offers.

How I Escaped The 9 To 5 And Built A $270K Freelance Business By 27

I’ve taken a lot of insight from this community and have used many of the lessons gathered here to build my career and launch my most recent endeavour. I wanted to give back to the community with a post that I hope can inspire anyone who has wanted to try consulting but never made the jump.

Freelancing - 2 Years, $230,000+ And 9 Big Lessons Later

Two years ago today, I stocked up on canned chili, dusted off the desk in my home office and officially left my job.

Freelancer

Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace by number of users and projects.

Best for: Freelancers.

Gun.io

Gun.io was borne by free and open source software developers who were seeking to build a new way of life - one where people can find quality work while also having the freedom to follow their own passions.

Best for: Freelance developers.

Tooltip: Requires an application and screening process.

Workana

We believe in the talent and ideas of the region, this is why we created Workana, an online platform to connect the best professionals with the most interesting projects in Latin America.

Best for: Freelancers.

Toptal

Toptal only accepts great developers. When working with Toptal, you’ll be connected to a network of elite software engineers, top companies, and resources for you to leverage throughout your life.

Best for: Freelance designers and developers.

Tooltip: Requires an application and screening process.

Coworks

When you are part of the Coworks Community of elite Freelancers, you will get access to top creative jobs from some of the biggest agencies there are. We have great clients and for that, we need great freelancers.

Best for: Freelance creatives.

Tooltip: Requires an application and screening process.

OnSite

OnSite is a curated marketplace of freelance opportunities, matched to qualified, available talent. Need an expert interface designer with basic development skills, ready to start next Monday? Not a problem.

Best for: Freelance creatives.

Tooltip: Requires an application and screening process.

PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour is an online marketplace for freelance work and services.

Best for: Freelancers.

Upwork

Upwork is the premier platform for top companies to hire and work with the world’s most talented independent professionals.

Best for: Freelancers.

Remote|OK

A daily listing of jobs where it’s okay to work remotely.

Authentic Jobs

Full-time and freelance job opportunities for web, design, and creative professionals.

Best for: Creatives.

Tooltip: Click the switch next to the search bar for remote jobs.

Work In Startups

Work In Startups is the place where you find top jobs in the UK startups scene and beyond. Posting jobs as well as applying is completely free.

Best for: Startups jobs in the UK.

Tooltip: Enter ‘Anywhere’ in the search box.