Here are a few websites that I came across in the years that I have been working online. They are great for both contractors and clients alike. I’ve listed 6 here. But if you subscribe below, you will receive a free eBook in which you will find 200 of them.
These sites act as the middleman between clients that need something done and contractors that can offer their skill for a price. The way most of these sites work is that they take a commission. e.g. in the case of oDesk, they take 10%. It may seem like much to some but keep in mind that they aim to protect both the contractor and client.
You can use these sites to kick start your business by outsourcing without the need to provide office space – a huge cost saving. As a contractor, you will find that all the jobs on these sites are capable of being done from home, which is ideal. Like in any market competition is good so you are competing with people across the planet from various countries where various levels of average income. e.g. a contractor in the US will probably have a higher rate than someone in the far east. The same goes for companies and what they are willing to pay.
A few of these sites offer a fixed price packaged e.g. Fiverr ($5), 99Designs (various packages) so it does not matter where you are located, the price does not change.
The service I use the most and find it most useful and efficient is oDesk (moving over to Elance). I’ll follow up soon with a walkthrough on how it works. I’d highly recommend it for both contractors and clients alike.
This service is a good place to get started working online. Elance simply connect clients with freelancers. They also have protections in place to ensure that both clients and contractors work securely and with minimal risk. Fees can be project or time based allowing greater flexibility. You will find almost every type of job that can be done remotely, from graphic design and programming to virtual assistant positions. I’ve read recently that they may be partnering up with oDesk hence increasing their reach even further. Definitely worth stopping by.
Odesk is great facility that I use quite often to source talented individuals to do a variety of jobs. It is great for both contractors and clients alike. If it is a digital project and can be done online, it would be safe to say that you can get it done here. oDesk is open Globally so it means that you can tap into workforces around the world from Graphic Designs to web researchers and professors.
I came across Fiverr last year and found that they have a huge inventory of people and talents on offer. It is slightly different than oDesk. People advertise a skill and a piece of work that they are willing to do for Five Dollars. Simple as that. Another good one for contractors and clients.
Freelancer is very similar to oDesk. Easily find talented people to get work done.
Rentacoder one of the first sites I came across back in 2005/2006 when I started looking into how to make money online. Like oDesk, you can get stuff done here but it is specific to software development. Any language, any platform, you will surely be able to find people to do stuff here. As someone looking for work, register here and apply for jobs.
If you are a talented graphic designer, or need web, logo, t-shirts (almost anything graphic) designs created then 99Designs is for you. It seems as though it is more in favour of the client as the process works by creating a design competition. Designers submit their designs based on your brief and you select one or more to work with to get to an end product. The designs are fixed price so you know what you are going to get ahead of time.
If you have any that are worth mentioning in this list, please drop me a note and I will be happy to take a look at it.