Don’t you just hate it when the freelancing platform you’ve been using for years suddenly raises their platform fee to a ridiculous amount?
This not only forces us, freelancers, to raise our prices but also causes us to lose our repeating clients who often feel unhappy with sudden price changes.
UpWork now makes all of its users go through the same experience by using a new scheme of platform fees that is aimed at charging heavily from freelancers.
As soon as the news came out, most UpWork freelancers started looking for alternative platforms to avoid having to lose their money or having to raise their prices.
If you’re one of those freelancers looking for a new platform to offer your services or even if you’re just starting fresh as a beginner, then this list is for you.
As you know, joining a new freelancing platform can also bring you a lot of benefits in many ways. So, have a look below and see if you can find a suitable site to offer your services.
Followings are some of the great new freelancing sites that are slowly rising to become big players in the industry. As an added bonus, I checked each of the sites listed here to find out their platform fees, so you don’t have to. You’re welcome!
DailyRemote is an online job board that curates work from home jobs for freelancers. The site features a regularly updated collection of remote jobs from various websites and platforms that you can apply for free of charge.
DailyRemote is most suitable for finding jobs related to software development, design, virtual assistant, data entry, content writing, and marketing.
Remote Tech Jobs is a brand new jobs board dedicated to freelancers in the tech industry. It curates the top jobs from popular job boards so you can easily find the right job that matches your skills.
This site is most suitable for web developers, app developers, and programmers. And it’s free to browse and apply to jobs.
1840 & Company is a new marketplace that was recently launched in June of 2021. It’s one of the few unique low-competition freelancer sites on the list. This marketplace thoroughly vets their freelancers, so you will need to prove your skills when joining. However, once accepted, their managed approach will make it easy to get hired.
The site is most suitable for finding jobs in a variety of industries, including web development, digital marketing, sales, accounting/finance, and back-office jobs.
CloudPeeps is a freelance site that covers a wide range of skills from marketing to social media managers, SEO professionals, developers, designers, and more.
It’s been service over 20,000 customers in multiple countries. Since it has a fairly small customer base and professionals, you will have a higher chance of landing jobs on this site. Give it a try.
FreeeUp is a new freelancing platform that only accepts freelancers after putting them through a vetting process. This ensures the platform is free of unqualified and cheap freelancers. This means you won’t have to compete in bidding wars to win jobs on this site. Instead, you will be rewarded for your skills and experience.
Getting into the platform won’t be easy. But, if you have a good portfolio and experience in your industry, give FreeeUp a try.
Speedlancer is worth a mention because the site is quickly growing in popularity.
This site also focuses on featuring only the high-quality, or premium, freelancers. You’ll find a lot of experienced freelancers there. Apparently, delivering the job in under 4 hours is the main selling point of this site.
The only downside is its 20% platform fee. Which is pretty much the same as UpWork.
Contena is a freelance job board made specifically for copywriters. It includes writing jobs that are regularly updated. Covering various copywriting jobs ranging from blog article writing to book writing, resume writing, and much more.
After a simple registration process, you can easily apply for these writing jobs without having to get into any bidding wars.
ServiceScape is a new but growing freelance site that only covers writing, translation, editing, and graphic design jobs. It currently has over 80K registered clients, including reputable companies.
This site is perfect for established freelance writers and designers. You will have to fill out a really long signup form to register with the site. The only downside is it only supports PayPal and check for sending your earnings.
Workana is a platform that features freelancers from Latin America.
If you’re a Hispanic freelancer, you should definitely be on this site. I couldn’t figure out the pricing system for the platform. Feel free to have a look through this page.
Outsourcely is another new freelancing site that rewards freelancers with amazing features and options. Outsourcely is completely free to use and it lets you keep 100% of what you earn. No platform fees. The site only charges employers for using the platform.
Remote.com is a well-established platform with more than 2 million registered freelancers. The platform uses an interesting AI (artificial intelligence) technology to match freelancers with the right jobs and clients.
You can join Remote.com and apply for jobs for free.
goLance is one of the new freelancing platforms that are quietly on the rise to fame. Its founder and CEO, Michael Brooks has quite an inspiring vision for the future of this new site.
If you’re looking for jobs related to marketing, programming, or web development, this new platform will offer you plenty of jobs to select from.
goLance also has a considerably low 10% platform fee.
How would you like to work at a startup like Uber or Yelp? Then this is the site you’ll want to explore.
AngelList consists of a massive selection of jobs posted by popular and up-and-coming startups around the world, including remote work.
Through the Remote Jobs category, you’ll be able to find hundreds of job listings posted by startups looking to hire freelancers. And the best part is you’ll see what they’re offering to pay for the job upfront.
Zappos, AlJazeera, Forbes are only a few of the companies that are using Hired to find freelancers.
If you’re a skilled freelancer, this platform will prove to be quite profitable to you. Also, on this platform, you don’t apply for random jobs. Instead, the companies will come to you.
The platform charges a 15% fee from the employers and gets this, you’ll receive a $1,000 signing bonus from the website once you bill 500 hours to a client. How cool is that?
RemoteOK is a massive job board for freelancers.
No need to signup. You simply find the job you like, click the apply button, read the description and apply for the job through the contact email. It’s as easy as that.
Despite the odd name, this site actually seems to offer a quality service to freelancers.
Everyone from copywriters to art directors and animators can join the site. But, all have to go through a review before getting accepted into the platform.
Working Not Working is free for creatives. It won’t charge a fee for freelancers.
Authentic is a job board for freelancers in design, web development, marketing, and copywriting industries.
The site features jobs from a variety of respected clients like startups and even universities. You’ll have to create an account at Authentic to apply to most jobs. But, some of them will simply redirect you to the job pages of the companies.
GitHub is a no stranger to software and web developers out there.
This official jobs board has been created by the same team behind GitHub, featuring jobs specifically for software and web developers.
You can click on a link for more info and apply for a job by emailing the company. No platform fee is charged for doing that.
Parttimerz is a community for freelancers. Mostly featuring jobs from Europe and the Middle East.
After registering with the site, users can create a profile, browse jobs, and apply. Everything from consulting to web design and even jobs for nannies can be found on this site.
The platform is free to use for both freelancers and employers. However, the site charges a “symbolic transactional fee” for each completed job.
This is a site for gig-style freelancer living in the UK.
FiveSquid is like Fiverr, but for the folks in the UK. Instead of gigs for $5 (USD), you’ll find gigs for £5 (sterling pounds) on this site. The site is already filled with plenty of gigs from different types of freelancers.
Even if you’re not living in the UK, you can still join the site to offer your services. I saw more than a few services offered by freelancers in Hong Kong, India, and even the US.
The platform fee depends on the price of your gig. For each £5 gig you complete, the platform will keep £1. For each £10 gig you complete, the platform will keep £2.
There are two ways to find jobs on Jobspresso: 1. You can submit your resume to let employers find you. 2. You can find jobs posted by companies and apply to them directly.
Once again, there’s no platform fee for this site either.
Landing Jobs is a site dedicated to helping you land a job in software development, UXD, design, and video production.
You can sign up and apply for a job for free. The platform fee will be charged from your clients.
Proz is a platform made for freelance translators, which has been around since 1999.
If you’re good at translating languages, you’ll find plenty of great jobs on this site. Just click on the jobs tab to find a job and then submit your quote. You’ll need an account on the site as well.
Non-paying users will have to pay $1 per each quote you post when applying for a job.
Remotive is a freelance jobs board that features jobs from highly reputable companies like Automattic, Wikimedia, and Ghost. Web designers, developers, and software engineers can find plenty of jobs on this site.
No platform fee is involved. The links on the site will redirect you to the jobs page of each company.
Looking for more freelancing sites with low competition? Then be sure to check out my previous list.