Freelancing websites are the most precious gifts internet has given us today. No matter if you are a graduate or not but if you have the right skills, the freelancing websites can be your full time career opportunities. During my graduation, back in 2007 I think ( I am sorry I don’t exactly remember) during a lecture of Web Marketing, one of my classmates asked:
Sir what are your other engagements and our teacher replied:
“I work on multiple freelancing websites.”
That was the very first moment, I heard about freelancing websites and the most famous term “freelancing”. So my feelings at that time were like Man! I’ve to do this. After that I officially started freelancing in 2011 after my graduation and in March 2014. Hence I’ve become a full-time freelancer and above all I really love to be in this field. Therefore I thought I should compile a list of world’s best freelancing websites you should join to start building up your online career. If you are having a hard time in finding a job, most noteworthy these freelancing websites can certainly be your life saver.
More importantly, I would say I have earned a passive income as my side hustle through freelancing websites but I must say I have learnt a lot in my freelancing career. You learn even more through freelancing websites because every employer or job seeker is using modern tools, unique apps and different infrastructure, That’s how you’ll interact with amazing technologies on daily basis and your resume will furnish like a charm. These freelancing websites are the most trusted platforms where your earned money will always be in safe hands with no gimmicks or scams. Though I didn’t go very deep but I tried to mention the key features of all the famous freelancing websites, their signing up procedures and supported payment methods.
With that being said, here is the list of the World’s Top Freelancing Websites you should join today to both learn and earn. Let’s start over…
Upwork was first known as oDesk and later it was merged with Elance and became Elance-oDesk. But after a couple of months, it was rebranded and emerged as Upwork in the internet space. It’s a very popular freelancing platform growing consequently. I started my freelance journey when it was oDesk and from that day I fell in love with it.
As per Upwork’s statistics, 60 thousand jobs are posted every week, there are 5 million registered business clients hiring people daily. About 12 million freelancers and agencies are registered on Upwork making it one of the biggest freelancing websites in the world with an annual business worth of $1 billion USD.
Signing up on Upwork is pretty simple, you can click the Sign Up on Upwork button below. You’ll need to enter your name and your email address that you use often. More importantly remember to put your name that is written on your government issued ID card and bank account. Because you’ll need to get your profile verified later and Upwork demands such documents. Furthermore, you can edit your profile later too but its better to be smart to avoid any inconveniences in the future.
The following screen will be prompted with your locating country, set a strong password and click the Work as a Freelancer button since you are here to work as a freelancer.
Finally click on Create my Account and a confirmation email will be sent to the given email address, verify your email address and your account is ready.
Congratulations! Your account is ready and its time to build a great profile. Certainly your profile is the major asset that will attract the clients. It will increase your chances of getting hired even more. Therefore, here are some tips to build an eye catching profile on Upwork:
Hurray! it’s time to get the rewards of the hard work you did, indeed hard work pays off. If you are a newbie, remember it can take some time to get your first job on Upwork. Be patient and keep trying and stick with it no matter what. I am sure you’ll learn and earn.
After your wallet got fatter, Upwork supports the following methods to get the payments,:
You can follow this link to add a payment method of your choice. I recommend direct to local bank as its fast, its cheap and the amount is remitted into your personal account within a business day. Happy Earnings!
Fiverr has got immense reputation and popularity in the freelance market in the last few years. It was included in the top 200 most visited websites in the world as per Alexa. If you are looking for content marketing, video, animation, copyrighting, web development, web designing, graphics, logo or UI/UX designing, Fiverr is your exact spot.
Honestly I am feeling very delighted to say that Pakistan secures the 2nd Place in the world for having the most number of freelancers on Fiverr after USA. There are sellers selling their services on Fiverr and earning thousands of dollars each month. Therefore if you are a skilled designer or developer, join Fiverr, create a fantastic Gig, deliver the work in time and get paid.
To become a seller on Fiverr, click on Become a Seller or you can click the below sign up button. Also Fiverr has the options to sign up using Facebook and Google Connect. In order to create an account, simply enter your email and click continue.
An email will be sent to the email address, click on Activate your Account to get the account activated.
A gig is the core asset you have on Fiverr, the more awesome it is, more buyers it will get. More importantly try to make it as professional as you can by writing your offers, pricing and delivery time.
Here are some tips to create the best Gig:
Fiverr comes with 3 payment methods to withdraw funds:
Paypal does not work in most of the countries, Direct Deposit is available for US citizens and you can get the Fiverr Revenue card. But there is a huge volume of recommendations is to use Bank Transfer method as it’s supported by Payoneer. Payoneer is a gift and a blessing for freelancers, its supported world-wide. Most noteworthy I’ve found it amazing and every internet geek recommends it as the best payment choice. Happy Earnings!
99Designs is the best options for the designers to showcase their designing skills. Therefore, if you are a graphics designer, a logo designer, a web or an app designer, 99designs is the no. 1 website with a global community of professional designers. After every 2 seconds, a new design is created, there have been 97 million designs created & very soon it will cross the 100 Million mark.
99designs is also very popular for creating 3D designs and thousands of 3D designs have been created. Freelancers from 192 countries work here making it the biggest designers community, enjoying the opportunities of both learning and earning. There are multiple categories available to browse the designs, among logo, web & app, business, advertising, photography and clothing are the most prominent.
If you are a passionate designer and want to get your creativity & designing skills enhanced, if you’d love to be a member of the global community of professional designers, hover your mouse over the signup button below to have your freelance designer career ignited.
Select I’m a designer since you are looking for opportunities to design, write a professional display name and register. Finally a confirmation email will be sent to confirm. That’s it, you are now registered as a designer.
There are 3 levels on 99designs, Entry Level, Mid Level and Top Level. The level appears as a badge under the name on your profile, I’ve linked the levels so you can explore more about each. There is a certain criteria set for the designers & you’ve to fulfill those requirements to get at the top. Trust me its all about respect, loyalty, hard work, professionalism and obviously the largest prizes.
I’ve compiled some ideas and tips that can help you become a platinum designer:
In order to withdraw your earnings, 99designs provide 2 payout options:
The minimum amount that can be withdrawn is $25 & as I recommended Payoneer above because you’ll be able to get your amount in the local currency directly into your bank account. Just click Request a Payout button on the Earnings page under your account to withdraw funds. Happy Earnings!
Freelancer.com with a very powerful domain name is a great platform for freelancers. The website is old in the freelance business and now as per their stats, there are over 38 million users worldwide with over 16 million jobs posted. The Freelancer.com users network is spread in approximately 240 countries with most of the freelancers based in USA, UK, India, Pakistan, Indonesia & Philippines.
There are over 1350 different categories, app development, logo & graphics designing, copywriting, internet marketing and software development are prominent.
You have to 2 choices to sign up on Freelancer either via facebook or with email. You can click the button below to sign up:
Choose a username, you won’t be able to change it ever and then click on I want to work arrow. Finally verify the email address to complete the signup procedure.
Congratulations on signing up, its time to build a dashing profile but first of all let put up some skills into the profile. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are posted on Freelancer in their respective categories.
It is very very important to add the skills, why? For example if an employer is looking to hire a node.js developer, he’ll browse the development category. If the same skill is added into the profile, the search engine will immediately show up your profile. It’ll make higher chances to lend a job on this website. Its easy for the clients too who are looking to hire. As many as 20 skills can be added, if you find them relevant, add them all.
Here are some more compiled hacks to start your career as a freelancer on Freelancer.
Funds can be withdrawn using any of the following available methods:
On the right hand side, click on the drop down arrow to see the Finances & Account management sections. Under Finances, you can find the Withdraw Funds option to withdraw the earnings. Minimum earnings you can withdraw using Paypal is $30 & $500 using the wire transfer. Happy Earnings!
It’s a global platform with a lot of features available for freelancers to work and earn in a better way. There are over 1.5 million registered freelancers on PeoplePerHour with over 100 million earnings in GBP. Either you are a seller or a buyer, PPH provides Money Protection Guarantee, your amount is in safe hands. Here are the stats of PPH as per their website till date:
.You can sign up using facebook connect or with your personal email address. Select the account type as Freelancer to get started. Click below to sign up:
The sign up process is complete, just get your email verified to begin the freelance work & building up the profile.
I always take it as the most challenging part because its your profile that will lend jobs quicker & bring up endorsements. Highly endorsed profile with excellent reviews and a 5 star rating will rise it like a shining star. Here are some hacks that can help you to become a successful freelancer on PPH:
Following are the supported methods to withdraw funds from PeoplePerHour:
Click on the icon at the top right bar, it should be your profile picture, go to settings and payments. Click on the Add New Account button to add a payment method of your choice or simply click this link. Happy Earnings!