Whether you’re planning on quitting your 9-5 to travel the world or just want something on the side to help pay off your student loans, freelancing (and other remote work) is worth looking into. It’s a big leap for many people, venturing out on your own, “being your own boss,” and leaving stability, but it certainly can pay off.
You have to start somewhere though. Determine what your skill set is, build up a portfolio or a base of clients.
These sites will help you do just that.
Fiverr is perfect for those looking for small side jobs for extra income. It is also great for building up a portfolio. You and post or find ANYTHING on Fiverr. From logo design to psychic readings, anything is possible.
This site is most popular in the U.K., but becoming bigger in North America as well. Great for freelancers looking to get into design, copywriting, translation, promotion, or development. You can offer fixed hourly projects called “hourlies” or apply for posted jobs.
The smallest of the sites, but great nonetheless. It’s interface isn’t as straightforward as I’d like, but easy enough to figure out. This site is great for work on websites, business admin, support, sales, and writing/translation.
Personally, I’ve had the most success with Freelancer. I like their interface as I find it the most intuitive. You can browse both online and local jobs here. Great for freelancers looking to get into writing, business, technology, sales, or media.
Arguably the biggest and the best, but also takes some of the highest fees. Upwork came from a merger of Odesk and Elance, and has the most users, however when starting out this may not be your best bet as there is also the most competition on this site.
Check out some of my experiences freelancing and working remotely by clicking the picture above. You can also sign up for my free email course to land your first online job from this page.