One of the main attractions working as a freelancer has for me is the ability to have control over my earnings, my space and my time. It’s true that the downside is the fear or “work drying up”, but in reality, there is too much demand for this to be a real concern, especially if you have the right skills.
To help get you started with freelancing, I have compiled a list of 12 freelance job websites where you can find web design jobs.
1. Upwork (A Merge of oWork and Elance)
Upwork has a wide variety of available projects for every type of freelancer. Jobs vary from long-term to short-term, paid hourly or per project, entry level to expert. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, there will always be something for you. It also works as a good platform to get your foot in the door of work, and get regular clients who you might work with in the long run. Upwork allows free registration of both job seeker and client profiles, and it is very easy for you to get started right away.
Craiglist is not just a place for buying and selling things, it is also a fantastic source for freelancing jobs. There are lots of jobs posted to their site that are perfect for freelancers – whether you’re looking for location-specific work or remote work.
Freelancer.com has a great deal of categories of freelance jobs including a web design job category. Members can browse jobs that match their specific skill sets and apply to their chosen openings directly. In addition to offering millions of projects, Freelancer allows you to compete with other freelancers in contests to prove your skills. If you’re competitive and confident in your expertise, it’s a great way to showcase your abilities and attract more clients.
This freelance job website lets you easily showcase your previous work, and offers a daily job-matching feature to make sure you don’t miss out on any good opportunities.
Like many job sites, Guru displays a freelancer’s portfolio, which includes reviews, past jobs and how much the person has earned through the site, so companies can verify the quality of a potential worker. The site also shows how much a particular company has spent on Guru freelancers, so job seekers can filter out time wasters very quickly.
Toptal is a job website great for experienced designers and developers. This marketplace puts all of its applicants through a series of screenings, tests and interviews and only accepts the top 3 percent of applicants. Because of this rigorous prescreening, potential employers know that members of Toptal’s freelancer network are highly talented and ready to work immediately.
If you are very well experienced, then passing the screening tests should be a piece of cake. The platform pays really well and they can set you up with a range of projects from short- to long-term. You will also be matched with projects that fit specifically to you and your skillset.
Hirable is a social network where freelancers and employers meet. It connects companies and entrepreneurs with top freelance developers for short to long term projects. As a freelancer, you create a free professional profile which is tailored to your skills and experience. You can also follow people who share the same skills with you. When you are free to take up a job, you can make your status “Hireable” and when you are not, you can set it to “Busy”.
Authentic Jobs is a job board for “designers, hackers and creative pros”. It contains a little toggle on the frontpage where you can very quickly filter the job list to show either “All Jobs” or “Remote Jobs only”
This is another freelancing site where you can find web design jobs. However, in order to join iFreelance and bid on the projects, freelancers have to pay a monthly subscription of around $7 monthly. On the upside, this means that you get to keep 100% of your earnings as iFreelance doesn’t charge commissions or transaction fees.
This is a great platform focusing on freelancing for web projects. There are a wide variety of freelancing projects here to choose from, depending on your skills. After creating your account you can personalize your profile with videos and pictures to help convince clients to buy your services.
10. Awesome Web
AwesomeWeb is a professional freelance marketplace for people who are good at what they do. They manually review each freelancer before allowing them to be shown in the search listing. For $27/month, you can have an AwesomeWeb account. Just like iFreelance, no percentage of project fees is charged. You complete your profile by choosing your skills and letting clients know why they should hire you. You can also add projects to your portfolio.
11. Smashing Jobs
SmashingJobs is the recruitment service arm of the popular web design magazine – SmashingMagazine. It is a good place to find the latest developer and design positions, including full time remote work.
As the name suggests, this job site lists several jobs that can be done remotely. You can find several web design freelance jobs that suit your taste. Again, this is a list-based site which shows all the current design and programming positions which can be filled remotely.
This is the job arm of the popular site where hackers and web developers go to find solutions to onerous web development problems. As such, recruiters on this site are usually not looking for entry level developers. If you’re at an advanced level in your practice, this is a good place to find technically challenging jobs which push your abilities to the limit (and reward you handsomely in exchange). It is also interesting to note that the jobs state upfront whether the employers are willing to sponsor a visa, should one be required. A good place to search your search if you’re experienced and wanting to relocate.
This needs no introduction, as it does exactly what it says on the tin.
15. GitHub Jobs
Github is a collaborative development tool which allows users to collaborate on projects and also for similarly minded people to find solutions to technically challenging problems. This means that the job arm of this site if for experienced web developers looking for a challenge.
RemoteCoder is a list-based site which focuses on long-term development jobs which can be done remotely.
Remotive exclusively features remote jobs across various professions including engineering and design. They appear to have their own independent job leads, unlike weworkremotely which scrapes job boards for retie positions.
WFH is another job board which focuses on remote technical jobs, with a slightly large proportion of development jobs at last check.
If you’re interested in working for an European company, this is the site to go to. It offers a selection of tech-only jobs across various companies operating in Europe.
This is one of the best sites to go to if you want to apply directly to startups, with no middlemen. All you need to do is click on the “Job Type” and select “Remote OK”.
If you’re a Ruby developer, you would be pleased to know that there is a job site dedicated to finding you a job.
Even if you are working for a web development company, you can start taking freelance jobs in your spare time. Not only will it help you to get a source of extra income, it will also help you to improve your skills and meet new people