Before I start the topic about best freelancing websites let me ask you 3 questions.
- Do you want to work under someone?
- Ever felt bored of your 9 am – 5 pm job?
- Why don’t you start your own company?
I know many people don’t like their job they are doing especially if you are working in a software company. And working under someone means you are working for their dreams but not yours.
But freelancing is not like your 9-5 job. Freelancing means self-employment that means you no need to work under someone. You are the boss for your freedom.
Earlier finding a freelance job was bit difficult. But now we have many sites to find the job and get paid easily. Everything made simple.
But there is a lot of competition to get a project from freelance websites. For any newbie, it’s very difficult to get a project from freelancing website. There are mainly 3 reasons for why a newbie don’t get a project from a freelance website.
- The first reason is your proposal for the job.
- You don’t have any ratings for your profile.
- Your bid price.
I will explain to you how to send a proposal to your employer & how to get the rating to your profile & how to bid at the end of this article. Before that select one freelancing website below. I have filtered out them based on their popularity and trust. Select the one you wish to try.
Best Freelancing Websites
Toptal is a good freelancing website founded in the year 2010. It is best suited for experienced software developers because their screening process is a bit difficult compared to other freelancing websites.
You can see on their website they only hire top 3% of developers. But they provide good pay & also a wide range of projects.
This is one of the oldest & biggest freelance community. It was founded in the year 2003. If you are a newbie this would be the right place to start.
But the commission is too high. You will be charged 10% fee + they will ask for upgrades.
Upwork has more than 9 million freelancers & 4 million registered clients. Elance & Odesk sites merged to Upwork in the year 2014. That might be the reason for them to have a large community. There are plenty of projects available in Upwork website. It’s easy to bid.
It was founded in the year 1998. Initially, they targeted only North America but later Guru has expanded it services globally in recent years. Now it has evolved into a large community. However, their commission fee is bit high & withdrawal process is also complicated.
PeoplePerHour is also a good freelancing website. Especially it is suited for Web projects. But they too charge high commission & they lack support services.
99Designs is a bit different from other freelancing websites. Here the client post a project and freelancers need to submit their work. Which ever is the best client will select the winner and you get paid and you continue to work with client further too.
These are some best freelancing websites. There are few more freelancing websites such as Craigslist, Demand Media, GetACoder, College Recruiter, iFreelance, Project4hire, Fiverr, SimplyHired. There is nothing wrong to try out these sites too.
Now let’s learn about how to send a proposal to Client?
How to send a proposal to Client?
When you are sending a proposal to the client you must keep in mind few things. Because your proposal decides whether you are the right person to give you work or not. Follow this trick while sending the proposal.
- Your proposal must be short. Sending lengthy proposals will not work because no one reads.
- You need to get client attention fast. So while sending a proposal start your application with his/her full name instead of only first name. This will help you to think client that you know about him. So there is a chance to see your proposal.
- Include your sample work before sending the proposal. If they like your sample work then you are almost near to get the job from the client.
- Explain why should the client hire you. Include your work experience & showcase your skills.
- Be professional while communicating with the client.
Once you follow this tips you will definitely get a project from one of the clients. And once you get a project you need to prove yourself. Because client gives you a rating for your work. So the rating is important to create a trust among clients. And always bid the right amount. Don’t bid if you are not confident enough to deliver the project.
Once you build a good relationship with clients you can get more projects from them and ultimately you can start your own company.
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