Are you a freelancer looking for a project? Or are you a company looking for a freelancer? To a freelancer, landing jobs is critical to breaking out amidst a sea of underemployed, bored artists. To a company, finding top talent for projects can be difficult if you’re not looking in the right places. Because it’s a war for talent, we’re here to help you discern the newest and greatest places to look for freelance jobs or freelancers in today’s competitive market.

 

Top Tier

  1. Toptal: Toptal claims to host the “top 3% of freelance developers”. If you’re an extremely talented, niche freelancer, this is the site where you’ll find jobs with prestigious companies, such as J.P. Morgan, Airbnb, etc. On the flip side, if you’re a corporation looking for an extremely specialized employee (and willing to pay the big bucks), this is the site for you.

 

Middle Tier

  1. Freelancer: This site features competitions that allow you to compete with fellow freelancers for jobs, or to have your project fought over by determined candidates.
  2. Guru: This platform allows freelancers to showcase their work history and thus prove their talents to interested companies. It also features a unique “work room”, which allows you to manage and prioritize your jobs.

 

Lower Tier

  1. Upwork: Upwork is pretty much taking over the NYC freelance scene. This is where most new freelancers will start out. However, they primarily use offshore work so the quality can be hit-or-miss.
  2. Craigslist: Most people have no clue that you can find freelance jobs in the same place you sold your last couch. Who knew? Craigslist actually has a good amount of freelance gigs and is good for freelancers or companies who are looking for someone local.
  3. College Recruiter: As the name implies, this site aimed at college students or recent grads looking for any type of freelance work.This is on the lower due to the fact that these freelancers are much less experience. On the bright side, they’ll be much cheaper hires.

 

So whether you’re a seasoned expert, designer, engineer, or just a college student looking for part-time gigs, these sites are great sources for finding jobs. If you’re a company, these are currently the best places to find talent. Don’t miss out on great people or jobs by looking in the wrong place.

 

One additional tip, if you’re just starting out as a freelancer, it’s best to start from the bottom and work your way up.  Doing so helps you build a portfolio and creates a steady stream of gigs for you to learn because being a successful freelancer is more than just delivering high-quality work.  Successful freelancers are part production, part sales, and part account management, not to mention running a business!  Give me a call if you need help with running the business.  That’s our specialty!