Most experienced freelancers will likely tell you not to rely on freelancing marketplaces to find work.
It’s good advice because those sites, like UpWork, pressure you to compete with other freelancers and lower your chances of landing high-paying jobs.
But, the truth is, we all have to start somewhere and the chances are even the most experienced freelancers have used a freelancing site at some point in their career to score a project or two.
The first freelancing site I used was Elance (now UpWork). I didn’t get many jobs on this platform, but I used it to connect with clients and build long-term partnerships. At the time, there wasn’t too much competition on Elance so landing a job was easier than it is today.
If you’re new to freelancing, sites like UpWork, PeoplePerHour, Fiverr, or Freelancer.com won’t do you any good. It’s best to look for a site with less competition to improve your chances of making money early on in your career.
I’ve handpicked a few of the best new freelancing sites that might help you get started in freelancing more easily. These recently launched sites have low competition and will allow you to build your reputation without having to compete for low prices.
Periodix is a new freelance job board that curates jobs from various other marketplaces. It features remote job listings from many different fields, including graphic design, marketing, coding, and even customer support. This site gets updated with new jobs daily and it’s worth keeping bookmarked if you want to keep track of the latest jobs in your niche in one place.
1840 & Company is a freelance agency that helps clients build top-tier remote teams with their handpicked and vetted freelance professionals. The agency is always looking for new talent to join the team. You can apply to join them as a freelance expert on their website. If you have experience and skills, joining a freelance agency is a great way to get a steady stream of work and a reliable paycheck.
Crackerjack is a game-changing online service marketplace, serving the US market with precision. It connects individuals and businesses with local freelancers, offering a diverse array of services across various categories. What makes Crackerjack stand out is its commission-based business model, allowing service providers to earn income while delivering top-notch services.
Moreover, Crackerjack takes the lead with its incredibly low fees, making it the most cost-effective choice in the industry. Whether you need assistance or want to showcase your skills, Crackerjack provides a seamless platform for all, redefining the way people connect and collaborate in the digital era.
99DollarSocial is a unique site that provides social media management services to businesses. The platform provides high-quality social media posts and management to keep business pages on social channels up-to-date. You can join this site as a creator to provide content for these business social pages. It’s easy work. Check out the link for details.
SproutGigs is a new freelancing site that allows you to both accept projects posted by clients and offers your services as gigs at the same time. It’s like a Fiverr alternative with a more friendly attitude toward freelancers. This site charges a $0.65 job approval fee and a 7% of completion fee for your orders, which is much lower compared to other marketplaces.
Worksome is a new and reputable freelancing marketplace that only accepts a few select number of skilled freelancers. It also heavily promotes local freelancers in the UK. The platform only has a little over 6,000 freelancers at the moment.
SkipTheDrive is another lesser-known freelancing site that works as a job board for various industries. Whether you’re a freelancer in the finance industry, project management, or programming, there are plenty of jobs to choose from in this freelance marketplace.
VirtualVocations is a freelance job board that features a regularly updated list of freelance jobs and remote position openings at reputable companies. This site includes many different categories to search for the ideal job to match your skills.
Rev is a platform that provides transcription and caption services to podcasters and YouTubers. The platform accepts transcribers to the platform. If you’re good at listening to audio speech and converting them into text, this platform is a great starting point for getting into transcription services.
Microlancer is a unique freelancing platform that rewards freelancers with Bitcoin instead of money. The platform constantly gets updated with new tasks and jobs that once completed pays with Bitcoin. This may not be a suitable platform for all freelancers. If you’re interested in investing on Bitcoin, this may give you a chance to earn Bitcoin in an easier way.
Zeerk is a 5-year-old freelancing site, slowly growing with new freelancers every day. The site features a system that allows you to price your services from $5 to $500. You can register and start selling for free, but Zeerk will collect an 8% to 20% commission from each of your sale.
Twine is a fresh and a rising freelance platform with over 175,000 freelancers working in design, music, and film industries. The platform is best for creative professionals offering services such as graphic design, illustration, music, film, game design, etc. Twine is completely free to use and it doesn’t charge any kind of a fee from freelancers.
GlassDoor is not a freelance platform, it’s a job board that connects employers with freelancers. The site allows you to find jobs related to your industry near your local area and apply for the jobs. GlassDoor has a massive directory that will guarantee a freelancing gig for you.
This UK based website offers two options for freelancers: A Free account with limited features or a £11.99 per month premium plan which allows users to bid on an unlimited number of projects, rank higher on the charts, access to business directories, and more.
Throttl is a platform that has a curated selection of freelancers. Getting accepted into this platform won’t be easy and you’ll have to prove your skills but it will be worth it. Throttl is a fairly new platform and offers jobs that are in the digital marketing industry. The platform fees for Throttl are not disclosed on the website (or I was unable to find them). Reach out to them via email for more info.
Robert Half Talent Solutions (previously Creative Group) is a creative staffing agency that connects freelancers with marketing, advertising, and public relations agencies. If you’re a freelancer from the US, you can submit your CV through the site and get access to their offers. Or you can start looking for jobs using its remote job search tool.
Work N Hire is yet another freelancing site from India, which uses a credit system for applying for jobs. You get 20 free proposals every month. Adding an additional 5 credits will cost you 50 INR.
Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with any of these freelancing sites and I haven’t tested out their services. So, proceed with caution. Some of these sites are completely new and they might even disappear at any time without a warning. Read each site’s terms, conditions, and privacy statements. Choose wisely.