Best Freelance Websites

These top websites will fuel your motivation!

 

2016-min

We know that freelancers are constantly on the hunt for inspirational articles and blogs.

We also know that it is not easy to find truly useful tips and that one of the most important things when working from home is to stay motivated.    

So, we have made it easy for you! We have created a list of the top websites for freelancers.

It wasn’t easy to decide who should be included in our list, since we can’t include everyone we like. But we finally came up with a relevant group that you definitely can’t miss on!

But not only that, we also asked them to answer a question for us: “What is the first advice you’d give someone wanting to become a freelancer?”

You want to know who is in the list and what did they answer?
Keep reading!

Freelancer News

freelancernews.co.uk

 
               Freelance _News 

“Our advice would be to anyone considering becoming a freelancer:  try and prepare the best you can, that means covering where you will work, a daily structure in place to work around (hours/lunch/finish) and also believe in your skills. It's a roller coaster ride, so be ready for good days and low days. I think if you go into freelancing with your eyes open, it will help you succeed!”

Karl 

 

Total Freelance

totalfreelance.co.uk

             Total _Freelance 

“There is a lot of advice for newbie freelancers however if I had to specify one thing it would have to be the importance of online branding. More freelancers are found through the internet than ever before, therefore it’s very important to give a good first impression.  

Online first impressions are as important as face to face first impressions when looking for work. To brand yourself online well, show a quality, professional headshot, use capitals for names, and make sure there aren't any spelling mistakes, particularly if you're a copywriter, proofreader or a journalist. If possible add portfolio work to your page (wherever your clients may find you) and make it clear how prospective clients can easily get in contact. I can't say how important it is to have a quality, professional profile picture so do invest in one if you have not got one.”

Jack Telford

 

The Freelancer Club

thefreelancerclub.co.uk

           The _freelancer _club   

“Know WHO you are before launching. Of course a business plan and strategy are vital before jumping into self employment but so many freelancers don't have a clear understanding of their brand identity when starting out. Figure out your core audience and work on your mission statement. Explain exactly who you are, what you do and why your brand is different from the rest in a single Tweet (less than 140 character).”

Matthew Dowling

 

Boshanka

boshanka.co.uk

                Boshanka
"My first advice would always be 'Don't be in a rush. Take some time to build a great portfolio first'.

Your portfolio speaks for you, even when you're not there. If it's online, like mine, it get's shared, talked about and referred to when you're not even in the room, and if it's lacking in substance or quality, you'll miss out on those new clients, and probably won't get a second chance.

I spent almost 10 years working full time, then coming home in the evenings to work on the odd freelance project and over that time I built an established portfolio of work. Once I made the decision to leave my job, the rest was easy - I had a great base of clients with which to hit the ground running, and all of a sudden I was able to pick up my phone between 9 - 5, so i had a flood of new clients too. Best thing I ever did, but don't rush it. Make sure you've given yourself a great foundation before you quit your job."

Ben Shaw

 

Hubstaff Talent

talent.hubstaff.com

 
  Hubstaff _Talent   

The biggest challenge most freelancers face when starting out is finding quality work and clients. Hubstaff Talent wanted to provide a solution for this problem, so they created a directory that features the world’s top freelancers and is growing in popularity each day. The free directory makes it easy for freelancers find quality work, simply by creating a profile and waiting for businesses to start contacting you.

"Invest in you. Investing in yourself is very important when it comes to being a successful freelancer, it's the best way to set yourself apart from the rest. Invest your time in creating detailed and well-written profiles on different freelance directories as well as on LinkedIn. Invest in a personal website that features your past work and reviews from previous employers or clients. Invest in as many networking opportunities as possible, both in person and virtual, it never hurts to make connections and get your name out there. Invest time in searching for clients and work online, they say that finding a job is a full-time job in itself but the more time you commit to the search the better results you will see.

Jordyn Wegner

 

FlexJobs

flexjobs.com

       Flexjobs 

"One of the best things you an do to start your freelance career is to start with small side jobs and projects. In addition to paying jobs, this could also include working as a volunteer or trying out an internship in your field so you can build experience and contacts. Definitely get your network in order! If you're going to freelance as your full-time work, you'll need to know who your best networking contacts are so you can get started finding gigs quickly. Your job search materials should be translated into your freelance portfolio or even a  “brochure website” that serves as an expanded resume to present yourself professionally and market your services. Giving yourself or your services a name makes things even more official—you’ve started a company, and the main asset is you! To top it off, savvy use of social media will increase your visibility.

Be sure to also redo your resume and LinkedIn profile to showcase how you're an asset as a freelancer. Skills to highlight include your ability to meet deadlines, work with a variety of people/stakeholders, self-management, time management, and attention to detail. Be ready to sell yourself on day-one with a strong professional brand and track record of success."

Brie Reynolds

 

weliketowork

weliketowork.com

             Weliketowork 

"Starting your freelance career can feel like you are taking a leap into the unknown but if you are organised and take time to remember and be confident in the fact that you are the expert at what you do, you will be opening up a whole new world of opportunities. You choose when to work and which projects to take on without having to step back into office life and the rigid nine-to-five. Freelancing gives you control. At weliketowork.com we break it down to the 3 things to consider before you start freelancing: technology, a place to work and finances. Once you have these things sorted it's time to let the work come to you by signing up to weliketowork and letting us match your skills with the right projects!"

Mary Dunning

 

Better Working At Home

betterworkingathome.co.uk

                   Better _working _at _home 

“A couple of tips for a prospective freelancer would be:

- you need to be prepared to do a lot of networking and self-marketing

- it will probably take a while to build up enough customers to provide a decent income, so make sure you have contingency funds to see you through that period.”

Jo Stead

 

The Dots

the-dots.co.uk

             The _dots _header _logo _full

“If you’ve always dreamed of being your own boss, there hasn’t been a better time to go freelance. The market for freelancers is incredibly hot; partly because of the skills shortage, partly because long-term client retainers are becoming increasingly rare. Businesses are working more on a project by project basis, so need to be more flexible with their workforce.  Chances are that you’ll likely earn more and work less time as a freelancer. However, you need to go into freelancing with your eyes wide open. It won’t all be smooth sailing; you’ll start wearing lots of hats (business development, finance manager, account manager, producer etc.) - all of a sudden you might find yourself being bogged down on admin.”

Pip Jamieson

 

Upwork

upwork.com

              Upwork

“Build up your online reputation. View your profile on your workplace as a more innovative, better version of a resume since it provides proof of your work. There are freelance marketplaces today that provide a way to promote yourself online so that you can tap into a much broader pool of potential clients than are available locally, such as www.upwork.com.”

Rich Pearson

 

Broke in London

brokeinlondon.com

                 Broke _in _london

“Plan ahead - Create a to-do-list

Being your own boss might sound appealing but at the same time it might be tricky, as you need to have self-discipline to be effective. It's essential to plan ahead your weekly and daily schedules to be efficient and focused on the most important tasks. I suggest you spend some time every end of the week to create a day-to-day to-do list of the upcoming week. List all the important tasks, realistic goals and deadlines of each day. At the end of the day you will see what you have achieved and how to proceed further. Being organised helps you work faster and more efficiently. There are plenty of great to-do list apps that you can use on your mobile phone or laptop.”

Manolis Zografakis

 

Freelancers in the UK

freelancersintheuk.co.uk

                  Freelancers _in _the _UK   

“My advice for budding freelancers would be to harness the power of reviews. Nothing beats word of mouth when it comes to marketing a business, so always ask every satisfied customer, large or small, to write a review of your service. Whether it’s to go on your own website, a freelancer directory, or Google, get as many testimonials and high ratings as you can, and over time you will build up an online reputation that will sell itself. Don’t stop at written testimonials, either – why not get some video testimonials too, as adding a name as well as a face to the testimonial will give you even more credibility.”

Nick Jones

 

Creative Boom

creativeboom.com

            Creative _Boom

"Go for it! Every successful entrepreneur will always tell you that they wished they had taken more risks. There is no greater or easier time to go freelance and enjoy all the benefits of running your own business. If you're worried that it's too risky, then ensure you have enough in the bank to fall back on, and keep your CV up-to-date, just in case. You can always go and get a job if you have to. I keep telling myself that, and I've been my own boss for nearly nine years! Remember, no job is really safe anyway, so what have you got to lose?"

Katy Cowan

 

Creative Digest

creativedigest.co.uk

            Creative _Digest

“Make sure you’ve got enough money in the bank to last a few months, since there's often a gap between winning you first jobs and getting paid for them. Be mentally prepared for the rollercoaster of busy spells and quiet periods, and make sure you maintain the positive mindset that it takes to succeed as a full time freelancer. If you produce quality work, deliver on time, and communicate clearly with your clients, you’ll be on the road to success.”

Joe Dawson

 

  

 

Freelance Parents

freelanceparents.co.uk

  

          Freelance _parents 

“When you become your own boss, your first challenge is to get out of the employee mindset. It takes a while to realise that you now make your own rules - you set your hours, your fees, decide when to take holidays and which projects interest you most. You don't have to ask clients for their permission to go on holiday or apologise that you work part-time. However, you do also have to take sole responsibility for the running of your business - keeping accounts, meeting deadlines, finding and scheduling work, etc. It's a steep learning curve but an exciting one!”

Lindsey Miles

 

 

Your Freelance Career

yourfreelancecareer.com

         Your _freelance _career 

"My advice to someone wanting to become a freelancer would be to first validate the idea. Before you dive into it head first, find a client to work with and see if it’s something you enjoy. If you find out you can’t stand working with a client one-on-one, or if you don’t like the idea of having to put yourself out there and market your own business, then you’re going to struggle and mostly likely not enjoy it.

Also, know that you can valid the idea of freelancing at any point. You can be in high school, college, graduated, working a full-time job—there is no better time to start than right now. The sooner you can gain experience – the sooner you can start growing."

Brent Galloway

 

Paybale

payable.com

      Payable 

“When you begin freelancing, you become a business-of-one. That means you must manage your own taxes, health insurance, marketing, and bookkeeping. This may seem like a lot, but there are a growing number of resources to help. Most often, the best advice comes from freelancers doing the same type of work as you — don’t be afraid to reach out and learn!”

Laura Zulliger

 

The Freelance Lifestyle

freelancelifestyle.co.uk

                 The _Freelance _Lifestyle   

“Be prepared to work hard - but not mind as much, because you love what you do'. Lots of people believe freelancing is taking the easy road, but it's often far more challenging and requires far more hours. Those hours are a lot more acceptable though, when you're doing it on your terms.”

Emma Cossey