• Collins Akaniru

4 Best Freelance Sites to Find Your Next Gig as a Freelancer

Updated: Apr 21


Do you want to start freelancing and probably wondering where can you get the ideal work or client? You're in the right place.


There’s absolutely no question freelancing can be a really quick and safe to start a business either as a side hustle or a full-time business. It provides you a safety net to do all your tasks in the comfort of your living room without requiring a spacious and cozy office.


But with all the perks that come with working as a freelancer, searching for customers obviously isn’t one of them. I'm sure thoughts on how to market your services and get clients is most likely what has been holding you back as it is indeed one of the most tedious tasks that you can face. This is where freelance websites come in.


I understand. Most freelance sites can be over-crowded and requiring you really have to work hard to stand out. If you’re not careful, you can end up wasting time, effort, and, worse, money.


However, if you’re just getting started as freelancer, or maybe you want to run freelance a little on the side, freelance sites can provide an easy, steady, flow of potential new projects to help you get you get your head above water.


What’s Unique About Freelance Platforms?

  • Easily sell your services

  • Makes Acquiring Clients Easy

  • Easy Billing

  • In-App Communication Channels

  • Easy and Secure Payments

  • Easy Project Delivery Timeline Monitoring


There are lots of freelance platforms out there, but I'll be focusing on just four because they are the ones I've tried and tested. The main object of my blog is to share my personal experiences in starting and running a profitable side business.


Here are my recommended 4 best freelance job sites you you can leverage and find work on if you're a Nigeria based freelancer.


Fiverr.


Top of the list is fiverr. This is probably the most crowded freelance site by freelancers, but so also, it is the most trusted freelance platform by clients.


So there's no question of supply being higher than demand. If you learn and play the game right, you'll get your share of the market.


The reason why this is top of the list is because unlike other freelance sites where you have to apply for projects to get hired, Fiverr does it differently. Instead of applying for projects, you market your services to get hired.


And their freelancer tool ANDCo helps you with invoicing


Start a Freelancing Side Business Today on Fiverr to Earn Extra Income

Upwork


No freelance job sites list will ever be complete without mentioning upwork. It is one of the biggest freelance job site on the internet today, offering any kind of freelance work there is.


If you're considering starting a freelance business, upwork is a good place to go searching for clients. Upwork can be a really quick way to find new clients and get freelance jobs as well as also build your portfolio and learn what it’s like to work with clients.


Either you’re just getting started as a freelancer or already a professional considering to try out a freelance site, you can try Upwork and see if it’s a good fit for you.


Freelancer


This platform provides a market place that enables freelancers to market their services easily, supporting professionals, creatives, and technicals.


The major system used here is bidding. Freelancer provides freelancers the option to apply for jobs either on an hourly basis or via contests, which is unique to this freelance job site.


99designs

Number 4 on the list is 99designs and is popular for graphic designers. This platform was built for designers. If you are a design professional with good skills, then the platform is the right place for you.


The system used here is for designers to compete in contests. Unlike the usual freelance sites with unlimited list of service offerings and where freelancers apply for jobs, 99designs lets designers compete in contests with the prize being a contract with a client.


clients are required to outline all of the requirements for the project.


If you're a beginner, this place is a good start for you to work on actual projects and build your 'rap sheet'. Even if you don't get to win the contest, at least you get to build your portfolio.


So far.....

If you are just starting out as a freelancer, the best place to market freelance services is still freelance platforms. They offer a great array of benefits that could greatly improve your career. And the most important of these is marketing.


But make no mistake, these sites are merely designed to help you secure clients. It is but your performance and quality of service delivery that will matter at the end of the day.


If done right, these platforms are bound to help you in building a successful freelancer business. Joining any freelance platform means you no longer have to make phone calls or email clients. What could be better than that when you're just starting?


If you’re on the hunt for global freelance sites, but not sure where to start, now you’ve got 4 great options to consider.


You might want to test each of them to find the best fit for you. But however you choose to proceed, I wish you luck in building a profitable freelance business.


You can keep the conversation going by letting me know which freelance platform you've been using to secure clients as a freelancer.


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