Elance is one of the most recognized freelancing websites. In order to start getting jobs on Elance you will need to create a profile (which is like a CV) for the employers to see. Then you'll have to verify your identity, which may take some time, but it certainly can be worth it. After that you will be able to bid on the projects you are interested in. If you are chosen, you’ll complete your work and get paid via paypal. Employers can post two types of jobs here: per hour and fixed price jobs. One of the best features of Elance is that they guarantee your payment with their escrow system so that if you accept a job offer you can be confident that you will get paid. The membership is free but you will only be able to apply to around 15 jobs per week; so if you want to increase your applications you will have to purchase a subscription (around $10 per month). You can sign up here.
Pros: Guaranteed payment.
Cons: 15 or fewer applications per week.
This website is very similar to Elance but they do not have any paid subscriptions so it is completely free. The best way to increase you application quota is to fully complete your profile (this will give you a quota of 20 applications per week) and verify your identity (not sure how many applications you will get). They also offer both per hour and fixed price jobs but they only guarantee the payment of per hour jobs. This is because they have a software that monitors your activity when you’re doing a per hour job but not when you are doing a fixed price job. You can sign up here.
Pros: Completely free.
Cons: They only guarantee the payment of per hour jobs.
This is another great place to find freelance job. The process of finding a job is pretty much the same as on Elance. They offer both free and paid memberships. If you are under a free membership you will be charged a 10% fee from your earnings (here you pay the fees while on others the employer pays them) if you are under a paid membership the fee will be much less. They do have many job postings available and they offer payment protection through SafePay which guarantees your payment upon successful completion of a project. You can sign up here.
Pros: Lots of job postings.
Cons: High fees.
If you are interested in finding freelance jobs, I suggest that you create a free account on all of these sites and start biding on projects that interest you. At first you might need to accept relatively low payments but that will help you build up your profile. The more projects you complete the better chances of being hired for projects that are on the higher payment side.
Is there any other freelancing website that you know and you’d like to recommend? Please share your thoughts!