Looking for alternatives to Upwork?
Both freelancers and businesses will benefit from this list of freelance and remote 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 contract or remote job sites that focus on quality over 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.)
CloudPeeps - One of my favorites. It's a little competitive depending on your specialty, but the quality is great here. However, you can't submit free proposals anymore. But from what I can tell from before it was paid only, the opportunities are good and budgets are on the higher side.
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.
We Work Remotely - Jobs are separated by category, featuring customer support, programming, design, marketing jobs and more.
Werk - Curated remote-only positions. Some full-time, part-time.
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. I actually don't think I got accepted.
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.
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. If you want to be a part of new tech or a new industry, definitely browse the jobs here. Keep in mind that some startups may only pay in shares/equity at first, although most of these are part-time. But if something excites you and you think it may take off, obviously the rewards for being a part of that will be amazing. Plus, a lot of startups don't have offices, so remote work is cool 99% of the time.
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.
Power To Fly - This site is essentially a virtual recruiting firm that aims to increase diversity in tech. Mix of on-site and remote jobs available.
Others to Consider
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.
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.
Guru - This is a "bidding" site that's on par with Upwork. 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.
Psst. This list is constantly being updated, so bookmark it and check back for new ones. Just be sure to avoid People Per Hour, Fiverr and Upwork, unless absolutely necessary.