10 Places To Find Freelance Work Online

Looking to break into the tech industry, but don’t have any experience yet?

Freelancing or taking on small contract jobs is a great way to get your foot in the door, and add experience to your portfolio. Many of these platforms will not rake in the big bucks, but that can come later on, once you’ve established yourself in the industry.

Here are 10 websites where you can look for work online and land some side jobs.


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Daniel Grill

Craigslist is a site with many purposes -- including job hunting.

When job searching on Craigslist, look in both the “jobs” and “gigs” section for the city. Use keywords in the search form to target skills you have.

For instance, designers would search terms like “Photoshop”, whereas backend developers should search “SQL”.

When using Craigslist in your job hunt, make sure to thoroughly read the posts and follow the instructions for applying. If there are none, send an email with a cover letter and resume to the email address next to “Reply to this post” at the top.


On Elance, freelancers create profiles outlining their skills and experience, along with their job history and a portfolio. Clients post job listings detailing their projects and what they’re looking for in a freelancer.

From there, freelancers submit proposals for projects they’re interested in. Clients can review the freelancer’s proposal, profile, and portfolio, choose the one that best fits their needs, and place project funding in escrow.

Freelancers and clients then collaborate on an on-Elance work station (typically with no off-platform communication).


Although oDesk recently merged with Elance, the websites are still separate. It operates very similarly, with clients writing job postings and freelancers (with profiles) applying to jobs.

oDesk claims that more than 1 million companies, from Pinterest to OpenTable, use the site to hire remote freelancers. Like Elance, it offers job categories in various industries, including technology, web development, and design.


Guru first emerged in 2001 as a passion project. The company is based in Pittsburgh, PA, and caters more to US-based freelancers.

It seems to be designed to attract a more expert base of clientele and freelancers, rather than mixing in a lot of cheap job listings.


Similar to Elance or oDesk, you can make a freelancer profile and start bidding on jobs posted by clients.

Freelancer.com boasts over 14,693,010 users at the time of writing. However, it can be harder to find well-paying work here.

It’s a good choice for those who prefer to work remotely and get their feet wet in freelance marketplaces.


SkillBridge is the ideal marketplace for more elite, experienced freelancers, with most freelancers being paid between $50 and $250/hour. The vetting process is more involved, requiring experience checks and an interview.

The jobs posted on SkillBridge are typically more business oriented, but there are technology jobs as well.


All jobs on Fiverr cost -- you might guess this -- five dollars. (Or in increments of five dollars.) Fiverr is perfect for those just starting out and looking to build up a portfolio fast.

Unlike previous platforms, clients and freelancers can post listings -- so a client might have a job titled “Write one 300-word article” while the freelancer’s version would say “Will write one 300-word article”.

Fiverr focuses on “micro-jobs”, like customizing bits of WordPress code to writing or editing short articles.


Freelancermap focuses on IT projects only.

It’s all technical, and includes web development work, game development, and even social media.

Many, but not all, of the projects here are remote.


As the name suggests -- FlexJobs has flexible job opportunities.

Even better, they screen the job postings before putting them on their site, meaning they are almost guaranteed to be legitimate (which, be warned, is not always the case everywhere). Reputable (and huge) companies like CNN and NBC use FlexJobs to hire talent.

It has been designed to save the job-seeker time. FlexJobs is a great choice for people with jobs looking to make extra money, those with non-traditional schedules, and others.

People Per Hour

work from anywhere with these freelance jobs

This UK-based company offers entirely remote listings, which is perfect if you prefer to work from home.

Listings emphasize design and web development roles. Other options include video editing, online advertising, social media, and copywriting.

Visit People Per Hour online here.


Whether you’re looking to make a few extra bucks or build your resume / portfolio for a future career, using websites like those listed above is a great way to achieve that.