If you’ve recently made the switch from corporate life to freelance, you’re not alone! Today, over 53 million Americans (34% of the U.S. workforce!) are considered freelance employees. While working from home and working from project to project isn’t necessarily a feasible lifestyle for everyone, the lifestyle definitely has its benefits. If you haven’t considered becoming a freelancer, consider the facts:
- 65% of freelancers reported an increase in job satisfaction in the past year
- Median salary is $10,001-$20,000
- Work from the comfort of your own home
- Make your own hours and work schedule
Though freelancing isn’t a steady job option for everyone, many are finding that picking up freelance jobs here and there is a huge help when paying bills, AND they still get to keep their other full or part-time jobs on top of it.
If you have a skill that could be put to the test, there are TONS of websites out there that help freelancers get matched with individuals or companies that have a project they need completed. Here’s a list of four of our favorite websites for finding quality, high-paying freelance gigs!
Fee: 10% or $5.00 USD, whichever is greater
Features: Compete with other freelancers in contests to prove your skills, real-time messaging between clients, take tests in the “Freelancer Skills Lab” to prove expertise, has a mobile app
Ideal for: The competitive type!
Features: Apply to as many jobs as you’d like, clients are required to leave feedback, showcase your past work experience, offers a daily job-matching feature via email
Ideal for: Projects that require multiple freelancers
Features: Good for both short and long-term projects, hourly or per-project work and expert-level and entry-level engagements
Ideal for: Beginners
Fee: $1.42-1.50 per bid (most jobs require multiple bids)
Features: Get text notifications for jobs matching your expertise, a maximum of 5 people can apply for each job
Ideal for: Local Jobs
Are you going to sign up for one of these freelancer sites or do you have a favorite site we didn’t mention? Keep us updated on your progress by tweeting at us!