We recently wrote an article about different ways that we make money on the side. Almost all them are doable on the fly, if you have a laptop and wi-fi (at least for part of the day). One of the ways that we make money remotely is through freelancing. There are several different freelancing sites and I have tried several of them. Some are niche sites for writers or techies. Others are more general and attract a wide range of both customers and freelancers. When I started using Elance (which is now Upwork) I didn’t have any real marketable skills. I analyzed the different options, chose one and taught myself. My first jobs were rough to say the least. I use the sites to earn income while we travel. I can download what I need and work offline, then upload when I get to wi-fi.
Here isa list of some of the best and most popular sites.
Upwork – Upwork acquired Elance and Odesk, which were successful in their own right. Upwork allows businesses and individuals to hire freelancer for whatever jobs you can think of. There are some longterm jobs in there, but most are project based. The site rewards using the same freelancer more than once, with lower fees and boosts freelancer profiles when they perform well.
Freelancer – freelancer was the first site that I tried out. freelancer, like Upwork, hosts a wide range of jobs and projects and serves as a meeting place for employers and freelancers. In my opinion, Freelancer attracts more international business and therefore the pay is a little lower on this site.
99Designs – This site operates a little differently and services niche market of design. We have hired graphic designers to create logos, t-shirt designs and other branding collateral. There are several levels that an employer can choose from the first of which costs $99. Artists are invited to participate and the employer goes through several rounds and eliminates artists as he goes. Hopefully in the end, he has a great artist and a great design.
Fiverr – Five boasts jobs starting at $5. They have serval categories that include graphics & design, digital marketing, writing & translation, Video/animation, music & audio, programming & tech, business and fun & lifestyle. They now have a section called Fiverr Pro where they vent the freelancer for the employer.
Guru – Guru is very similar to Upwork and operates almost the same. Guru allows a freelancer to use their business name and logo, whereas Upwork only will allow you to use a name and photograph.