Top 5 websites to start as a freelancer(Part 1)

Will talk about sites and apps where you can a head-start to learn and grown in the freelancing world.

Freelancer

A person who is self-employed and not always committed to a particular employer. Freelance workers are also few times represented by a company or a temporary agency that sells freelance labor to clients. Rest work independently or use professional associations, websites to get work.

Fields where freelancing exists:

Music, writing, acting, computer programming, web design, graphic design, translating and illustrating, film and video production, data handling, Data entry, transcription, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), blogging, logo design, social media handler, and more more.

The term freelancer is commonly attributed to Sir Walter Scott 

Fiverr

Fiverr is a marketplace that connects freelancers (sellers) with customers looking for small or large services (buyers). There are a variety of different categories. SInce, it will be you who is promoting your services, you have flexibilty to chooose many fields. . In order to make money, you have to create “gigs”, which are sales pitch that will bring in customers to buy your services.
You can earn extra cash by tips from customers, extra work or revisions.

Ups and downs:

The firstmost hurdle is your first gig; using right keywords, your work examples, reviews and their types affect your customer attraction. After landing upon your first customer, you need to put in your best and take time to create the work given. It takes time but build your profile.

The things you need to be aware about is that this platform takes 20% of your every service you give. The minimum price you can charge is $5 which ends up around $4. If you love what you do, want to experience and learn how to attract customers and how to deliver your work; work for longer hours with adequate pay, fiverr might be good for you.

The issue most people complain about is it takes a little longer in payment process. Just like any freelancing job or any job in focus, scammers exist. Let the payment process be within the freelancing core, do not take accept or pay outside Fiverr.

Upwork

Clients can post a job to hire or buy a predefined service from the project catalog. Also, freelancers can access the job board and offer a service to sell. As you can browse billions of jobs to find the one which you would like to offer, it is great for beginners. You get to know to build your profile and learn from others sellers how to display your projects.

Ups and downs:

 They do higher-paying projects, payment protection, credible clients, get jobs quickly after interviews to know legit clients. They have started to charge freelancers a small fee to submit proposals to projects, said to increase your chances of selection; fees can be troublesome, clients do offer smaller budget requests which you use to learn how to work on UpWork. It can be great place for you to learn about services and build up your confidence.

Simply Hired

Simply Hired is an employment website and mobile application and an online recruitment advertising network based in Sunnyvale, California. The site is a job search engine that collects job listings from thousands of websites and job boards. To find a job, simply type the search box with related keywords. You can also narrow down jobs of your interest by filling out your city, state, or ZIP code.

Ups and downs:

Integration with LinkedIn.com gives you better results to search and apply for your desired jobs.  Simply Hired price starts at $199 per user/month, making it a little more expensive. The platform has a salary calculator and a ‘quick apply’ feature.

Be aware about outdated jobs. Ensure by calling the companies and clear your doubts. There are hidden costs for training and such which makes it costly. Email and SMS confirmations, partnerships helps you get jobs soon. Plus, it is available in more than 24 countries and in 12 different languages.

College Recruiter

College Recruiter is the leading, interactive, recruitment media company used by college students and recent graduates to find great careers. Our clients are primarily colleges, universities, and employers who want to recruit dozens, hundreds, or thousands of students and recent graduates per year.

Ups and downs:

College students who want to earn while studying, this site will provide them with many internships, part time jobs, entry level jobs and probably even get a permanent jobs. People find it easier to look for jobs in this site. Due to lack of complete job profile there can be issues with some jobs, lack of filters does make it hard to shortlist your choice of companies but it gives you lots of options, give your personal information scarcely since you might get unnecessary job invites; you can give a secondary email as well.

Aquent

Aquent is a leading talent services company, providing marketing and creative talent, managed services, extended workforce benefits, project management, and professional development. It is known as a staffing company specializing in placing temporary employees in marketing and creative industries. Aquent also has free online courses that provide training to hone one’s skills. You can search with keywords and a location, or browse all of the job openings in your nearby area.

Ups and downs:

Be aware of scammers, especially calls asking about personal information. There are chances of jobs ending early as well as there are chances of long term plans as well. Since the job can be short termed, if you will get to explore every fields you think you are fit for. The pay is decent.