Freelancing is a competitive field of business. Some find it hard to believe that working from home using a computer take this much effort, but only freelancers know the real struggle behind the screens.
Millions of freelancers from different fields are competing for jobs through sites like Freelancer.com and UpWork. The competition is fierce and offering lower prices than the others is no longer an option for scoring clients. So you need to be on the lookout for new opportunities.
Earlier in March 2015, when Envato Studio announced the launch of the new content writing category on the platform, I was delighted to join and to offer my services. I was one of the first freelancers to join this new category and offer services from day one of the launch. Jobs started pouring in since the first day and even today it’s still one of the main sources of my income.
Thanks to its very low competition, I was able to get far ahead and rocket to the top of the category in just a matter of days on Envato Studio to even be featured as the recommended service under the content writing category.
So, always look for new freelancing sites to join and offer your services. Be the first to join brand new sites and get a head start on your competition. Here are a few new and growing sites that might help you get started. Envato Studio was my breakthrough, yours’ could be among this list.
Truelancer is one of the brand new freelancing sites that’s on the verge of becoming the next big platform for outsourcing work. Truelancer gives you the opportunity to both sell your services as gigs, like on Fiverr, and also apply for projects posted by clients.
You can join the site for free and start offering your services. Truelancer charges a Service Fee 10%, which can be lowered to 3% if you’re willing to subscribe for a paid membership plan. Your payment can be withdrawn via PayPal, Payoneer, or Bank Transfer.
Many freelancers are still unaware of this new platform. This is your chance to shine on the web and begin your freelancing career.
Over 95% of the freelancers on Outsource.com are based in the US, but that doesn’t it’s not effective for people from other countries. However, Outsource.com may not be the ideal site to get started as a newbie freelancer because the site’s competition is tough.
You’ll have a better chance at scoring clients if you first build your reputation and make a name for your field of work before joining the site to offer your services. The site also requires a subscription, which starts at $16.99 per month and billed as a 6 month payment. But if you couldn’t find work in a 6 month period, the site will extend your subscription for the next 6 month for free.
Paypal, Wire Transfer and Paper Check are few of the methods of payment on Outsource.com.
Toptal is not really a new freelancing site. It’s been around for about five years. But the site is quite restrictive when it comes to accepting new freelancers. Similar to Envato Studio, Toptal only accept experienced freelancers with a solid background. According to the website’s description, Toptal has developed a rigorous screening process to identify the best and accepts only the top 3% of freelance talent.
If you could get your account approved by Toptal, you’ll be guaranteed to land some quality and high paying jobs from reputable companies around the world, such as Airbnb, Zendesk, and Artsy. If you’re a freelance designer or a developer, Toptal is the ideal place to grow.
Demand Media is a network that creates content for popular brands such as USA Today, Radioshack and more. The site has an exclusive platform called StudioD for creative freelancers to join and complete projects offered by their clients.
A great thing about this site is that you don’t have to go look for clients on your own. The site already has a portfolio of brands working with them and Demand Media will bring clients to you whenever they need your expertise.
Writing, video editing, photography, design, are some of the categories you can work with on this site. However, you will need an established background in the freelancing world to get accepted to this new network.
According to a survey, “almost nine in 10 university graduates with first or second class degrees see freelancing as a lucrative career choice.” College Recruiter is a freelancing site exclusive to college students and recent graduates, especially in the US, helping them to get started on their freelancing career quickly without having to deal with big competition.
Start off with a niche and exclusive site like College Recruiter will give you a head start into your freelancing career. It even allows you to join internships and apply for entry-level jobs offered by colleges, universities, and top-level employers.
Freelancing is now considered to be just as a serious profession than any other field of work in the world. It’s not only a great way to earn more for you skills and get recognition, but also gives you the proper value for your experience while providing you with financial freedom and independence to work for yourself at your own pace.
Don’t take my word for it, if someone’s making you doubt the future of freelancing or starting your career in freelancing, just show them the results of these studies and surveys.
“The median income for all respondents is $10,001–$20,000. A little over 19 percent of respondents made more than $50,000 last year, including about five percent who earned six figures,” Study by Contently.
“Over 34% of U.S. Workers are Freelancing,” – UpWork
“The 53 million Americans who are freelancing already contribute more than $700 billion to our national economy and help U.S. businesses compete and find the skills that they need,” Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance-oDesk.
It’s never too late to upgrade your career path.