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Where to Find Part-Time Freelancing Work to Build a Side Gig

Beatriz SbeghenBeatriz Sbeghen
Beatriz Sbeghen
Beatriz Sbeghen

Finding work as a freelancer, whether full or part-time, can be a great way to increase your income and gain experience in case you are changing your career.

There are infinite opportunities to work independently, in different areas: customer service, content creation, design, translation, marketing, administrative services, and many others. The ways to find clients and projects are also broad: from friend referrals to social media, since nowadays opportunities are everywhere.

One of them, however, became quite popular for those who are starting and need to build a portfolio: the freelancer's websites and platforms.

In this article I will share information about some of the main websites where you can find part-time freelance work and, of course, share information about the main sites where you can register.

Finding part-time freelance on websites

Freelancer websites are often a controversial topic among independent professionals. It is not a coincidence that there are very important points of attention to be considered when joining one of them.

As negative points, due to the large supply of professionals, the work rates are often below ideal. It is also more difficult to maintain a long-term relationship with customers since interactions take place exclusively through the platform.

On the other hand, for those who want to start freelancing or looking for part-time side gigs, these sites can be a great way to build a good portfolio, increase income, and gain experience in the freelancing world.

If that sounds like what you’re looking for, see below some of the most used platforms to find work as a freelancer:

To help you navigate this new path, we have listed the best freelancing sites for you to know where to go. Below is a summary of some of the best:

  • Upwork is the best freelancer site in general, containing tools to help you develop your career. It offers tools that may help you find the freelance job that you are looking for. This includes collaborative spaces, a native invoice creator, and a transparent recruitment process.

  • Skyword is a global platform that offers freelance content and marketing jobs by connecting exceptional writers, graphic designers, videographers, photographers, and other creatives with top-tier brands that are looking to truly connect with their audiences through great storytelling.
  • Writer Access:  If you want to become a freelance writer, Writer Access is the best platform. It covers all types of written work. This includes online articles, case studies, rich materials, etc. The website has many tools, such as content analysis, keyword optimization, and a content planner for you to do a more effective job.
  • Freelancer: This is the largest freelance platform for remote jobs, with more than 32 million registered users. To match that number, there are thousands of job offers that you can apply for.
  • Aquent has won many awards as a freelance firm. The site is well-established and known for having workers specialized in marketing, digital and creative content. Although Aquent is more suitable for freelancers with more than 2 years of experience, recent graduates can also explore the job offers available. And if you have no idea how much to charge for your skills, the platform has a salary guide to help you with pricing. Enter Aquent if you are already an experienced professional, as the platform is made especially for more experienced ones.
  • Nexxt offers a more diversified, inclusive platform for the most different types of professionals. Nexxt made job searching easier by categorizing it through 4 criterias: career, location, diversity, and global. With these categories, this freelancer site also allows you to try various job opportunities that align with your career interests.
  • At Fiverr, freelancers can expose their finished projects, which can attract new customers and make one stand out for new employers. This alternative removes the need for contacting employers one by one. Also, the platform offers free courses for you to learn and develop new skills and experiences.

Before you start your work hunt through all of these websites, I need to emphasize: if you are interested in looking for opportunities as a part-time freelancer on websites and platforms, focus on one or two websites at first. 

That’s because on most professional websites you will receive evaluations and grades that make your profile more attractive for new projects. That way, potential customers can see on your profile the number of freelancers that you have already worked for through that specific website, which increases your chances.

In addition to the possibility of a more attractive profile, you concentrate the costs to keep paid profiles, reducing your business maintenance value (even if this business is just you and your job).

Finally, take this job search as an opportunity to also build a portfolio that will then allow you to find work as a freelancer in options that are usually more profitable and allow a greater interaction with your clients, such as referrals and active prospecting.

Beatriz Sbeghen
Professionally, Beatriz went from Lawyer to Copywriter, with many other roles in between. Personally, she’s someone who believes in simple living filled with experiences and fulfillment. Three years ago, she took a break from her career in law to spend three months in Australia. After falling in love with the country, she then decided to miss her flight back home, “waste” five years of study, and start over with a whole new direction. Thanks to her love of words and passion for how to use them well, she now works as a freelance writer, sharing her personal stories and turning good ideas into creative and engaging content. Beatriz is also passionate about meditation & finds herself facilitating group sessions where a collective intention is cultivated to create positive and sustainable changes.

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