How to Find Freelance Jobs Online

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Among the many employment opportunities on the Internet are websites that pair companies looking to hire contract employees with freelance workers eager to make money. This article lists sources for freelance consultants to find project-based jobs using the web.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer with broadband internet
  • Project4Hire is a worldwide freelance website that pairs employers who have project needs with freelancers willing to work on a variety of projects. Freelancers are charged a small percentage per project for working through the site. Freelancers may also benefit from Project4Hire's helpful articles and an online forum where freelancers can gather and share information on effective freelancing techniques.

  • Using iFreelance, freelancers can either submit bids for matching projects or they can advertise their services with the potential of being contacted directly by interested companies. The iFreelance homepage displays featured service providers and upcoming projects for providers to bid on.

  • Using Guru, the freelancer creates a detailed portfolio with work samples, resume, work history and references. The freelancer then searches for and bids on projects. Getting paid by clients is easy and is guaranteed via Guru's SafePay Escrow service. However, to bid on any project other than "I need help with my resume," for example, the freelancer is forced into purchasing one of Guru's membership plans. New freelancers using Guru typically need to bid very low for the first few projects to establish high feedback ratings from employers. Once the freelancer achieves a solid rating with several low-bid projects, she becomes more marketable and thus can bid higher.

  • Elance makes it easy for freelancers to find freelance projects in a number of categories; and it also makes it easy for employers to find freelancers willing to work on a variety of projects. Elance Skills Central page displays a graphically intriguing breakdown of total freelancer earnings since 2005 and the number of new jobs posted for hundreds of categories. The Water Cooler page is Elance's blog, which displays helpful information on the world of freelancing.

  • Primarily geared toward the IT industry, freelancer features employment opportunities in such fields as PHP, .NET, Visual Basic, Javascript and Website Design. Freelancer's homepage displays a comprehensive listing of the latest featured projects for freelancers to bid on.

  • Sologig pairs employers with eager freelancers without an up-front bidding process. Bidding is actually accomplished between the freelancer and the employer after the employer's initial inquiry. Furthermore, projects listed originate from legitimate brick-and-mortar companies as opposed to just someone who needs help with a resume or web site design. Lastly, Sologig doesn't charge project fees.

Tips & Warnings

  • With the exception of Sologig, contractors must submit a winning bid to begin working on a project. While disputes about payments occasionally arise, these freelancing job websites have mechanisms in place to guarantee the freelancer will be paid in full and in a timely manner for work performed.
  • While payment on these sites is generally guaranteed through escrow services, take steps to make sure the person or company you are doing work for is legit. Freelancing websites may charge a small percentage fee per project. Some freelancing websites won't allow the freelancer to bid on anything substantial until the person upgrades their membership to a paid account.

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