Looking for alternatives to Upwork?
Both freelancers and businesses will benefit from this list of freelance job sites for marketers. If you're a freelancer, perhaps you've been one of the lucky ones who always has a steady stream of referrals, but it never hurts to have a backup plan, right? And we all know Upwork won't cut it.
Luckily for all of us, there are lots of high-quality, lesser-known freelance job sites that focus on quality versus cost. Here are a few I've found that I hope you'll also enjoy:
(Disclaimer: I'm in marketing, so these are skewed for marketers. If you're looking for developer sites, check out Bonsai's list here.)
Honeybook - Originally started as a community for wedding professionals, there's an over-saturation of photographers and event planners here. But, there's definitely a shortage of marketing professionals and designers, so browse discussion topics, and connect with local creatives and solopreneurs.
And Co. - This site offers time tracking, invoicing, proposal templates and more. Basically every freelancer's dream come true. Be sure you sign up for the e-newsletter to get the Gig List.
Betalist - This site for startup jobs offers both remote and on-site positions, and it has many industries. There are more on-site positions than remote, but most of the companies are startups or tech companies that may be flexible on this depending on your location and skillset.
Remote - You can set up a profile, but you can't submit bids unless you pay ($19 for 10 bids) or if you're invited to a job. Invitations are key here, though. If you set up your profile with your skills and expertise, you'll get tailored invitations frequently. That way, you can apply without paying. Since you have to pay to submit jobs, the competition is typically a little lower than other sites.
Guru - This is a "bidding" site that's on par with Upwork, but better. A LOT of competition here - mostly from India - and many budgets are on the smaller side. You get 10 bids for free and then you're required to pay if you want to send more. Quality will prevail here, so if your hourly rate is higher than others, people will notice. It may be worth building up your profile a bit here to stand out from the competition. You can also creep on everyone who has submitted a proposal for that job. If the client wants someone in the U.S. to work on their project, you'll have a big advantage here.
Moonlighting - This job is a site similar to Task Rabbit and similar project-oriented sites, but after creating a "service" I got a request for a proposal. However, not very much competition.
LocalSolo - Free to join and use with zero commissions. This one offers freelance onsite and offsite as well as full-time positions. There are less opportunities, but still worth setting up a profile on.
Zoe Pepper - When the site tagline is "The very best freelancers in advertising", you know you're in good hands. Beware: this site has a very thorough application process that took me about 25 minutes and caused some serious impostor-syndrome.
We Work Remotely - Jobs are separated by category, featuring customer support, programming, design, marketing jobs and more.
Working Not Working - Highly curated network of creative freelancers, and it's free. Make sure your portfolio is top notch before applying, because only 10% of applications are accepted.
MediaBistro - A healthy list of opportunities here, both remote and on-site. Free to browse and apply.
Digital Freelancer - Lots of remote copywriting and design jobs.
Alignable - This is a free community-based, local site for business owners. After signing up and sharing information about my services, I've gotten a few leads, although it is mostly smaller, local business owners so perhaps not the best for larger budgets and projects.
Jobspresso - There aren't a TON of marketing jobs here. Seems more like for programming and the like. This is another site where freelance jobs are curated/posted, not for bids.
Angel.Co - A startup site. As in startup nature, equity is frequently considered as part of your pay.
TaskRabbit - I have a love/hate relationship with this site. On one hand, there are a LOT of opportunities, and while there may be a healthy amount of competition, time is of the essence and each RFP can only have 5 proposals max. Businesses are required to put their budgets up front so you can decide whether or not you want to submit a proposal for that particular project. On the downside, you have to pay to submit proposals, AND you have to buy them in bulk, with the minimum amount of credits you can purchase around $50. For bigger projects, it requires 12 credits to submit a proposal.
Tispr - A site similar to TaskRabbit where you can offer services locally or remotely. Prices can be fixed or open to negotiation. There are no fees for posting or getting hired through this site. As a bonus, this site has a great user interface and not a lot of competition.
Psst. This list is constantly being updated, so bookmark it and check back for new ones.