Always looking for another tool to build your freelance career? For the latest in tools, productivity hacks, portfolios and more, you’ll want to check out this epic list of best freelance websites.
Freelancing is a great way to augment your income, and can quickly become your main revenue source.
But it can be overwhelming at times. After all, you’re on your own, without the support structure of a corporation or office. The Internet however, can be your savior – if you know how to use it.
There are tons of handy resources on the web for freelancers, whether you are a wedding photographer or a golf ball diver (yes, that’s a !).
Take a look at these websites that can help you find jobs in a jiffy, improve your skills, learn new things, keep you from making embarrassing (and potentially costly) mistakes, and a whole lot more. ( to tweet this exhaustive list.)
Websites to help you find work
is oriented towards tech, digital and editorial positions from a wide range of companies, featuring full-time as well as remote job positions.
is searchable by job type and location, and features a “show only new jobs” option to display postings that appeared since your last visit. You can also bookmark specific search queries, like for freelance health writers.
has a variety of job listing, though the majority are looking for writers, designers, programmers or social media marketers. On this site, freelancer to bid for a job and go through an interview with the employer.
is like Elance, but jobs posted here tend towards pay-by-the-hour, while Elance is more of a fixed bid place.
Both oDesk and Elance can be a bit bewildering the first time you dive in. The secret sauce is to find those jobs that pay a rate you’re comfortable with, and strive for repeat work from those clients.
is quite similar to Elance and oDesk, but it usually caters to assignments that need a bit more experience.
The features job listings for online content, and sometimes features calls for writers from large websites.
includes gigs under various verticals, including online jobs and calls for magazine submissions. While Problogger only features jobs posted on its job board, Freelance Writing pulls listings from a variety of sources, including Craigslist and company websites.
features a job board geared towards its audience of programmers and web and graphic designers. Jobs listed here include full-time jobs as well.
Websites to increase your productivity
For all those poor souls who just can’t resist Internet distraction, the for Mac and for Windows are your redemption.
If you like to intersperse work with intervals of leisure, could be what you’re looking for. It comes preloaded with some well-known “productivity time sets”.
Traffic too loud where you work? Or just the opposite — things are so quiet they give you the creeps? and let you create the kind of background noise you like.
Stressed out about deadlines or lack of work? Meditate! According to research, (and a whole lot of other things). is a popular online option, as is of audio.
If you’ve got writer’s block, offers a way out with writing prompts. For those in a more visual line of work, offers nice inspiration.
Bonus: Reddit’s can also help with creativity. Like the rest of Reddit though, this page can be a bit of a hit-and-miss — so use it at your discretion.
Websites to help you get paid
is a free tool to track the time you spend on a project, making it easier to bill clients. is similar, with free and paid options, but doesn’t have the invoice-creation feature that Worktimer has.
If you just need to generate an invoice, , and will serve you well. As for contracts, the template for web designers and more general template are good starting points.
If you’re still wondering how much to charge for your work, try .
Ever had to deal with late payments? is sort of like insurance when you’re stuck with tardy clients.
Once you’ve made money, you still have to pay your taxes. has advice for this rather complicated adventure.
Bonus: A lot of these websites require an email address to sign up. In case you just want to try them out before giving them your real ID, use .
Websites to help you learn new skills
First, let’s get some well known sites out of the way. , , , , , and offer free courses in a variety of topics, at several learning levels, with a mix of theory and practice, and sometimes in languages other than English.
If you need to crowd-source your learning trouble spots, try , a community for homework issues. The is useful if you’re taking college-level courses. It accesses around 10,000 academic journals that offer their content for free.
For writers, by is a great resource on freelancing and blogging.
What’s the biggest benefit the Internet has offered Carol as a freelance writer? “Research,” she says. “What used to take hours and hours in a physical library, finding sources, finding publications, finding facts — it’s now all at your fingertips online.” She adds, “I look back now to the pre-Web days and have no idea how I got assignments done!”
If you want to learn programming, , and have great tutorials.
isn’t a traditional learn-to-code site. It features work from various programmers. Surf the site, pick stuff you like, and learn from the code posted there.
and feature tutorials on coding, graphic and web design, as well as marketing, blogging and product design. (whose job board is featured above) isn’t a place to start your coding journey, but it’s great for keeping web design skills sharp and exploring new ideas.
Websites to help show off your skills
As a freelancer, selling yourself is one of the most important things you need to do. Here are a few websites that help.
is a must for every kind of designer. Though the sheer size of the site can be overwhelming, it’s reasonably common for freelancers to be solicited based on their profile here.
and aren’t exactly portfolio sites. But they do let you offer your graphic design, music, web design, video, or photography skills for sale.
Programmers can feature (but not sell) their work on and (also mentioned above), while photographers can put their work up for sale at and — just two of the many stock photography sites out there.
There’s nothing like your own personal website, of course. If you aren’t in the business of web design, pick up a Creative Commons site template from .
Bonus: Your clients are among your most valuable assets, so you might want to keep them up-to-date on your work with a newsletter. You never know what new ideas and job offers it might trigger. is a free tool that takes the hassle out of newsletter creation.
What websites have been valuable assets in your freelance journey? Leave a comment!
Alka Pratap is a community volunteer, traveler and yoga-nut. Between answering emails and teaching meditation, she can be found enjoying what’s left of the planet’s natural wonders.