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5 Websites to Help You Find Work as a Creative Freelancer

Karisa TateKarisa Tate
Karisa Tate
Karisa Tate

If you’re a creative freelancer searching for your next client or gig, but you’re not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place!

Depending on your profession, there are several websites specifically tailored to helping creatives like yourself search for work.

No more cold calling or blindly submitting into a black void. These sites will connect you directly with clients looking for freelancers and allow you to showcase your best creative work. 

Top 5 Websites for Creative Freelancers to Find Work

1. Upwork

The chances are that if you’re a freelancer, you’ve heard of this site. It’s one of the most popular for several reasons -- this site understands the problems most businesses face when trying to find great creative professionals, it solves that problem, and makes the entire process seamless.  

Freelancers fill out their profiles and then they can search for projects and respond to client invitations. They have the freedom to choose who they reach out to and are able to set both an hourly or per-project rate.

The downside is that Upwork takes a percentage of whatever a freelancer bills their client.

2. Guru

This platform is home to over 1.5 million freelancers and it specifically caters to those in creative and business fields. According to their site, “We strive to be the premier platform where professionals go to connect, collaborate, and get work done.”

Freelancers can set up their profile with examples of past work and then respond to project openings by sending their profile and a quote. 

If hired, Guru makes the collaboration process extremely easy with their Workroom. You can share important documents, updates, and chat with clients without ever leaving the website.

3. Freelancer

Freelancer is a user-friendly platform that simplifies job searching. Their website touts “You can find just about any job you can imagine.” Freelancers start by filling out their profile and then the site will match them with jobs that fit their qualifications. 

Freelancers also have the option of searching through the jobs and writing a “bid” or “pitch” for any project that catches their eye. If the client likes what they see, they could be awarded the job and start earning money.

4. Smashing Jobs

If you’re a designer or developer, check out this site.

The website site states “[the] job Board helps designers and developers find great jobs, and connect with great companies.”

This site lists openings from several reputable brands with open positions. If you’re looking for more full time work, this is a great place to browse because it has both a mix up full time and freelance opportunities. 

This website is often overlooked for the more popular sites above, but if you’re a designer or developer, definitely check it out as it’s full of hidden gems.

5. 99 Designs

This platform is changing the way traditional graphic design is done. This website allows freelancers to showcase their best design work, including logos, illustrations, branding, and websites.

Freelancers can then search through creative briefs, see what a potential client is looking for, and then submit their designs for consideration.

If the client chooses them, the website makes it extremely easy to work with clients through their Projects Function. You can send ideas, mockups and receive feedback all on the site.

If you’re a graphic designer, get on this website!

Karisa Tate
Karisa Tate is a creative who's been writing professionally for the past 4 years, and has covered everything from large entertainment companies to small businesses. In 2016, she made the leap to full-time freelancing and has never looked back. Karisa has a passion for marketing, entertainment, culture, and mental health, and especially loves writing pieces that help other freelancers like herself succeed. When she's not at her keyboard, she can be found both on and off screen working as a writer/producer/actor.

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