Get Hired: 15 Best Job Boards for Freelancers

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Nowadays financial issues seem to be a common problem, with everyone complaining about what difficult situations they’re in and how they have no money. Freelancers face the same problem as all other people. Projects are fewer, payments are very low and the request for work is enormous. To help freelancers in their search for work, here is a list of opportunities for everyone.

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1. 48hourslogo

Pros:

Even if a quality logo requires a lot of time and work (including research, sketches and drawing) here a logo can be ready in 48 hours (but a competition can last as long as 6 days). A customer writes some lines about his project and the freelancers submit a jpg picture of their work. At the end the customer selects the winner which gives him the original format of the logo.They take a flat commissioning of 29$ for each project, which is paid by the client. The designer is paid via PayPal.

Cons:

Too few projects, this website and the concept itself are good but need some ads and promo.

2. 99designs

Pros:

In my opinion this website is the best. Here the process is like the one at 48hourslogo. There are a lot of projects, the filters are perfect and the prices are high. Here you can find some of the best designers in the world. Also the blog gives you a lot of resources. A few months ago they started a new concept: a freelancer posts his work, a customer likes it and buys it. The freelancer then customizes the project depending on the demands of client. Interesting right? If you are the winner, then depending on which way of payment you agree upon ,it is possible you will have no fees to pay or in the worst case no more than 25$.

Cons:

The website is only for designers, I believe that this platform will be the best once it has jobs for developers too. I hope that the team of 99designs will read this article.

3. Coroflot

Pros:

In my personal opinion a place that allows you as a freelancer to present a portfolio is better than one without this feature. I listed Coroflot because of this option, even if it is useful only for designers.

Cons:

Many projects are only for developers.Another con: in order to post a job here you have to pay a lot (265$) and freelancers are free to bid.

4. Elance

Pros:

Elance is one of the biggest freelancing job’s website and there are a lot of jobs for everyone..They restrict the number of bids, depending on the type of account. Here in order to be a provider/client you have to pass an exam (few question about how to pay or how to be paid, how litigations are resolved etc). The fee of Elance varies from 4-6% plus 2,75% for the payment processors.

Cons:

The number of bids is restricted, which is generally a negative point but for such an important site I believe that restricting the access of amateurs is a plus.

5. Freelancer

Pros

This is a huge place with a lot of jobs. This website presents a great advantage: the jobs are from various domains as: websites, IT, mobile phones, writing, content, design, engineering, science, sales, and business. All the jobs are very clearly categorized so it is very easy to browse and find out what tasks you want. The pay is good, depending on the complexity of each project.. Freelancers need to pay 10% or 5$ of the total funds received and gold members pay only 3%.The system for employers is very variable depending on their preferences.

Cons:

On the downside there is no blog or collection of articles to help you in your activity as a freelancer (tips &tricks).

6. Guru

Pros:

This website has two ways of navigation: one for employers where they list all the freelancers available (they have also some good filters to find the appropriate ones) and one for freelancers that also has a good layout of their projects and a helpful assortment of categories. There you can find jobs in all fields; soon a blog will help you in your freelancing career on Guru.Freelancers are charged 5% or 10% of the project value, depending on their membership level (basic 10%, guru members 5%).

Cons:

As I was navigating as an employer I saw this title “world’s smallest price”. I believe that as a freelancer that is offensive, they could as well write this ”we have a lot of losers, come on!”. I understand the importance of publicity but morality is a must not an option. For freelancers they posted an interesting title “Be one in a million, not one of millions”.

7. iFreelance

Pros:

Superb organization for employers and freelancers! With two or three clicks every job in your field is presented in great detail. As a personal opinion, the design of the website is very good. A very important advantage is that the offline contact is permitted, so a very long collaboration is encouraged.Surprise, everything is free!

Cons:

Freelancer and Guru take a small amount of money when you win a project, but to bid is free. iFreelance take a monthly charge for participation as a bidder.

8. LimeExchange

Pros:

There are interesting projects, many professional freelancers and trustful customers, tests to pass and show your skills. They also have a very interesting blog, full with very useful information. In the “pricing” you can find a very detailed explanation of how every member is charged depending on his/her membership plan (a very complex scheme).

Cons:

More projects would be welcomed.

9. oDesk

Pros:

It is one of the most famous marketplaces in the world. The jobs here are countless, the filters are very good so you’re instantly connected to the kind of jobs you’re looking for. They have a rich blog, which is an invaluable resource; they impress with their Help and Learning Center- it helps you a lot in the process of understanding how to successfully bid here. The video that explains this issue is very relevant.You will find that oDesk takes 10% of the total charge rate. (this is the only source of profit for they).

Cons:

The prices are somewhat low. (Of course, for employers that is a pro.)

10. Peopleperhour

Pros:

Here a freelancer with a standard account can bid only for ten projects so the amateurs that bid for everything but do nothing are scarce. A customer can post the job here for free so the projects are numerous. Here you can post a portfolio to show your skills.

Cons:

To be able to bid more than ten projects you must pay a monthly fee and the commissions are high even if you are a platinum member.

11. PureDesignResources

Pros:

This website presents a large array of jobs from a variety of websites. PureDesignResources impresses me because of the rich collection of trend&inspiration, tools&tutorials and articles&blogs. The jobs are from different sources so it is hard to describe them and their commissioning fees.

Cons:

They do not have their own database of jobs for freelancers, it is a compiler.

12. Rentacoder

Pros:

This website has a long history, I could say that RAC is a pioneer of freelancing. They do not support any ads, the projects are numerous and from various domains. Clients know that this is a home for good freelancers. Not a long time ago they adopted the model of oDesk and Elance regarding the possibilities of skill certification. Every provider can take a test to show his/her skills.

Cons:

The prices are too low, for a new YouTube project some bidders want 5$. This situation should be urgently resolved.The Rentacoder fees are slightly higher than those from other opponent sites (ranges from 6.5 to 15%).

13. Sitepoint

Pros:

It has the same feature as SmashingJobs, it is a part of the website Sitepoint. The jobs here are few but the articles, tutorials, tips&tricks are totally amazing. Also the books presented are great.

Cons:

The same remark as for SmashingJobs, they have too few jobs.

14. SmashingJobs

Pros:
SmashingJobs is a part of the well-known website SmashingMagazine. Here you can find some freelancing projects and also many full-time jobs. As a part of such an important online resource for designers and developers it is pointless to comment on the opportunities that can be found here. The prices are not shown, as they are agreed upon between client and provider. Also SmashingJobs has no profit from future contracts between freelancers and customers.
Cons:
SmashingJobs is perhaps not a market targeted at freelancers, but it has some jobs for them. Anyway if you can’t find jobs her, you can at least find very good resources, articles and tips.

15. Xemion

Pros:
You can catch a lot of breaks, there are many good jobs. They have jobs from various markets, it is a compiler. I honestly believe that it is impossible not to find a task that suits you.
Cons:
Xemion does not have its own market for freelancers, but that’s easily overlooked because of the great offer and the valuable resources.

In conclusion I want to mention that these are only a few of the places where you can find jobs. You can surely find more websites on the web. I believe that no matter the website, a good designer or developer will find enough tasks. Work and patience, this is the key to success!

Editor’s Note: I will suggest you to give a try to elance, guru and freelancer. It is also our request to please share your experiences with each website and which one is good or bad. Thanks.

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18 Comments Best Comments First
  • Gareth Hardy

    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 13:42

    16

    Some great job boards here, though from experience, this is where most of the low-ballers reside. There’s nothing like direct contact to find the ones who really value design.

    +1
  • Hilde Torbjornsen

    Monday, April 26th, 2010 13:19

    6

    Thanks for the list!
    As you’ve mentioned 99designs Id also like to add Crowdspring http://www.crowdspring.com/ which is a place where Ive had some succesful projects in the past myself :) They’ve also added writing projects lately and have a versatile list to chose from. A problem would obviously be the fact that each project gets 10, 20 and up to over 100 entries which means that it isn’t an income you can count on. But it’s fun to enter every now and then for new challenges and the possibility to be “discovered” or chosen :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    0
  • Preston D Lee

    Monday, April 26th, 2010 22:25

    7

    Great compilation here! Thanks for the great resource. Perhaps your readers will also be interested in the new Job board at GraphicDesignBlender.com.

    Here’s the link:

    Good luck everyone!

    0
  • Eugene A George

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010 18:00

    1

    thank you very much, am not a freelancer but am looking for a place to hire people and u gave me good sources

    0
  • sean farrell

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010 17:17

    2

    really, spec work listed here? sad to see that…

    Surprising though that you haven’t mentioned logomoose, jobs on the wall, behance, authentic jobs, freelance switch, krop, or even craigslist.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Sunday, April 25th, 2010 15:35

      5

      In my opinion, Craigslist is not a job board for hiring designers, its a place where newbies get projects of worth 5$. But I agree with you on case of authentic jobs and fs.

      0
      • Mike McKeown

        Friday, April 30th, 2010 20:36

        8

        Responding to people’s wanted web design (or graphic design, etc) ads never got me anywhere, and people who find my ad on Craiglist 95% of the time tend to be people looking for fully featured websites with the #1 spot on Google for $200. Most of the time Craigslist is a waste of time for me.

        Some of these sites I’ve never heard of before so I’ll have to check them out.

        Has anyone ever used DesignQuote? It looks promising but before I spend money on leads I want to know if they work out well.

        0
        • Saad Bassi

          Friday, April 30th, 2010 21:02

          9

          Thanks for leaving the feedback. Agreed with you on Craigslist. Well, I have no experience with design quote. I will check them out.

          0
  • Mike Smith

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 03:08

    3

    Decent list, I agree with Sean that the spec work in the list seem a bit ‘eh’. I wrote an article on Guerrilla Freelancing a while back with some job boards as well. A couple listed here, with most of them being unique to this list.

    http://www.guerrillafreelancing.com/freelance-job-boards/

    0
  • Bakari

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 05:10

    4

    Thanks for this. It is the exactly the type of research I was going to do. You saved me time.

    0
  • Gyrel

    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 05:00

    10

    Great resources! Im working at oDesk.com and I highly recommend it! I agree cons would be the rate but I find it user friendly for freelancers who want to start their career online. Gonna check other sites on your list.

    Ctrl + D

    0
  • David

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 03:03

    17

    I’m glad there are so many freelance boards out there. A few years ago I knew of none and this is an excellent way of getting cash under the table. I’ve applied for a few jobs and I found that you have to have a Professional Resume and current portfolio so I just did it professionally. Since doing so, i’ve been a lot more successful. Even the guys at craigslist.org are calling me back.

    0
  • Anne Georgiou

    Friday, March 16th, 2012 12:38

    18

    All resources are really really good but i have a small preference to peopleperhour.com. I was using guru.com and freelancer. com for a while but i wasn’t as satisfied as i am with PPH!!

    0
  • Viven

    Monday, February 13th, 2012 08:30

    15

    I am wishing to learn more about the proper web designing, I still need a lot of ideas, thanks for sharing some info.

    0
  • Zeeshan

    Sunday, December 11th, 2011 02:32

    14

    I personally highly recommend Elance.

    0
  • Jodi Veritas

    Monday, January 17th, 2011 20:05

    11

    Good resources; I’ve heard of only a few of the ones you mentioned, and I’m glad to have learned of others.

    0
  • Saeed Ahmad Rafay

    Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 17:24

    12

    Thanks for this nice review about different freelancing sites!

    0
  • Peter

    Monday, September 12th, 2011 14:21

    13

    I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site :).

    0
  • Anne Georgiou

    Friday, March 16th, 2012 12:38

    18

    All resources are really really good but i have a small preference to peopleperhour.com. I was using guru.com and freelancer. com for a while but i wasn’t as satisfied as i am with PPH!!

    0
  • David

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 03:03

    17

    I’m glad there are so many freelance boards out there. A few years ago I knew of none and this is an excellent way of getting cash under the table. I’ve applied for a few jobs and I found that you have to have a Professional Resume and current portfolio so I just did it professionally. Since doing so, i’ve been a lot more successful. Even the guys at craigslist.org are calling me back.

    0
  • Gareth Hardy

    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 13:42

    16

    Some great job boards here, though from experience, this is where most of the low-ballers reside. There’s nothing like direct contact to find the ones who really value design.

    +1
  • Viven

    Monday, February 13th, 2012 08:30

    15

    I am wishing to learn more about the proper web designing, I still need a lot of ideas, thanks for sharing some info.

    0
  • Zeeshan

    Sunday, December 11th, 2011 02:32

    14

    I personally highly recommend Elance.

    0
  • Peter

    Monday, September 12th, 2011 14:21

    13

    I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the superb works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my web site :).

    0
  • Saeed Ahmad Rafay

    Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 17:24

    12

    Thanks for this nice review about different freelancing sites!

    0
  • Jodi Veritas

    Monday, January 17th, 2011 20:05

    11

    Good resources; I’ve heard of only a few of the ones you mentioned, and I’m glad to have learned of others.

    0
  • Gyrel

    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 05:00

    10

    Great resources! Im working at oDesk.com and I highly recommend it! I agree cons would be the rate but I find it user friendly for freelancers who want to start their career online. Gonna check other sites on your list.

    Ctrl + D

    0
  • Preston D Lee

    Monday, April 26th, 2010 22:25

    7

    Great compilation here! Thanks for the great resource. Perhaps your readers will also be interested in the new Job board at GraphicDesignBlender.com.

    Here’s the link:

    Good luck everyone!

    0
  • Hilde Torbjornsen

    Monday, April 26th, 2010 13:19

    6

    Thanks for the list!
    As you’ve mentioned 99designs Id also like to add Crowdspring http://www.crowdspring.com/ which is a place where Ive had some succesful projects in the past myself :) They’ve also added writing projects lately and have a versatile list to chose from. A problem would obviously be the fact that each project gets 10, 20 and up to over 100 entries which means that it isn’t an income you can count on. But it’s fun to enter every now and then for new challenges and the possibility to be “discovered” or chosen :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    0
  • Bakari

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 05:10

    4

    Thanks for this. It is the exactly the type of research I was going to do. You saved me time.

    0
  • Mike Smith

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 03:08

    3

    Decent list, I agree with Sean that the spec work in the list seem a bit ‘eh’. I wrote an article on Guerrilla Freelancing a while back with some job boards as well. A couple listed here, with most of them being unique to this list.

    http://www.guerrillafreelancing.com/freelance-job-boards/

    0
  • sean farrell

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010 17:17

    2

    really, spec work listed here? sad to see that…

    Surprising though that you haven’t mentioned logomoose, jobs on the wall, behance, authentic jobs, freelance switch, krop, or even craigslist.

    0
    • Saad Bassi

      Sunday, April 25th, 2010 15:35

      5

      In my opinion, Craigslist is not a job board for hiring designers, its a place where newbies get projects of worth 5$. But I agree with you on case of authentic jobs and fs.

      0
      • Mike McKeown

        Friday, April 30th, 2010 20:36

        8

        Responding to people’s wanted web design (or graphic design, etc) ads never got me anywhere, and people who find my ad on Craiglist 95% of the time tend to be people looking for fully featured websites with the #1 spot on Google for $200. Most of the time Craigslist is a waste of time for me.

        Some of these sites I’ve never heard of before so I’ll have to check them out.

        Has anyone ever used DesignQuote? It looks promising but before I spend money on leads I want to know if they work out well.

        0
        • Saad Bassi

          Friday, April 30th, 2010 21:02

          9

          Thanks for leaving the feedback. Agreed with you on Craigslist. Well, I have no experience with design quote. I will check them out.

          0
  • Eugene A George

    Saturday, April 24th, 2010 18:00

    1

    thank you very much, am not a freelancer but am looking for a place to hire people and u gave me good sources

    0

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