Best Websites to Find Freelance Work?

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What would everyone name as the top 3 Websites to find Freelance work.. I am asking because my girlfriend would like to begin her journey away from a normal day job and take her work to the internet.

She would probably be doing Graphic Design and Article Writing along with some SEO thrown in.

Thanks in Advance guys! I've never really had experience with any of these freelance websites so this will be a huge help to my girlfriend and myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author R.Rapp
    For that type of work I would suggest that she try out Elance
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    • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
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      • Profile picture of the author RWHinton
        Here's a few you can check out!!!!

        Freelance Websites
        • Elance.com
        • Allfreelance.com
        • ScriptLance.com
        • Freelancer.com
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Here are some additional:

    odesk.com
    guru.com
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    • Profile picture of the author serverunion
      Originally Posted by rapidscc View Post

      Here are some additional:

      odesk.com
      guru.com

      I have used oDesk, but make sure to do test runs with the freelancer. I have hired a lot or writers because of a glowing resume, just to have them produce "engrish" articles for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author It Is Me
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author monsur
    getafreelancer.com and Odes.com are the best to me
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  • Profile picture of the author igorb
    I would suggest her to try

    freelancer.com
    vois.com
    elance.com

    It takes some time to find reliable freelancer which fit your needs, but every dollar invested in outsourcing pays off very fast. Wish her good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Powers
    Well,try these two:freelancer.com and scriptlance.com.Both of them are pretty good and worthy to have a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author mgkimsal
    My vote would go to craiglist. With many of the others mentioned - guru, odesk, etc - you're competing against the entire world. Usually with craigslist you're able to look at local needs, and you're typically 'competing' against just other local people for that particular work.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Originally Posted by jitterbug978 View Post

    What would everyone name as the top 3 Websites to find Freelance work.. I am asking because my girlfriend would like to begin her journey away from a normal day job and take her work to the internet.

    She would probably be doing Graphic Design and Article Writing along with some SEO thrown in.

    Thanks in Advance guys! I've never really had experience with any of these freelance websites so this will be a huge help to my girlfriend and myself.
    Elance and Guru.com are two tops ones. They cost money to bid on the projects. I had more success with Elance, but be prepared to bid against offshore providers at dirt cheap prices and in order to compete, she will need a dynamite portfolio of her work. Until she actually gets a bid accepted, she will have to work very cheaply to get some feedback from a project or two. I finally gave up freelancing my graphic design on Elance due to the strong advantage that offshore providers have over US providers.
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  • Profile picture of the author RACNicole
    Hi, this is Nicole from Rent a Coder.

    I'm surprised to see our site isn't mentioned, so I'll add it to this growing list. Rent a Coder is an international 3rd party online international marketplace for contracted employment. It provides access to programming, writing, illustration, even data entry jobs.

    If you have any questions, please let me know. You can also call in to talk to a facilitator 7 days a week, or email us.

    Nicole
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    • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
      Originally Posted by RACNicole View Post

      Hi, this is Nicole from Rent a Coder.

      I'm surprised to see our site isn't mentioned, so I'll add it to this growing list. Rent a Coder is an international 3rd party online international marketplace for contracted employment. It provides access to programming, writing, illustration, even data entry jobs.

      If you have any questions, please let me know. You can also call in to talk to a facilitator 7 days a week, or email us.

      Nicole
      Yeh, I wouldn't advise people go to rentacoder.com, it's a joke. That's probably why it wasn't mentioned Nicole.

      They are blatantly upfront about favoring their buyers over their 'workers', but you can't have one without the other.

      I would also put in my recommendation for Elance.com, Freelancer.com, and Guru.com.

      ..also, as mentioned above, be prepared to compete against almost impossible competition because of the offshore providers.

      Good luck to her!

      Tell her to get her work on deviantart.com too if she hasn't already. It can make for a great portfolio.

      *EDIT*

      I advise people report Nicole above for blatant self-promotion in body of message. Check her other posts. Surprised she hasn't been caught out for spamming.
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      • Profile picture of the author bydomino
        I have used ScriptLance.com for a while with nothing but good to say about them

        Kevin
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      • Profile picture of the author RACNicole
        Originally Posted by Damien Roche View Post

        Yeh, I wouldn't advise people go to rentacoder.com, it's a joke. That's probably why it wasn't mentioned Nicole.

        They are blatantly upfront about favoring their buyers over their 'workers', but you can't have one without the other.
        Damien, perhaps there's something about Rentacoder's operation that you don't understand? I can help with that. If you spend a fair amount of time on the Internet, you'll notice that Rentacoder is highly recommended by a large number of people as well as Warriors on this forum. Success with the site greatly depends on your education about outsourcing in general, so perhaps your disgruntled position can open up a dialog.

        Stating that we're blatantly upfront about favoring buyers over workers for example, is not only grossly untrue, it demonstrates your confusion about our process. We obviously could not successfully exist and favor one side. The site relies on both the coders and buyers. Without one or the other, the site would not be successful and could not sustain any type of business as both parties are vital to the existence of Rent A Coder. If Rent a Coder were to favor buyers or coders, the word would eventually spread and this would doom the site to an eventual death. But this is not the case. Rent a Coder not dying, it is growing. (see the About section on our site).

        Does our arbitration process confuse you? For a full explanation of our arbitration process, see our Buyer Terms and Conditions and/or Worker Terms and Conditions.

        -Nicole
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    Right here in the Warriors For Hire section is the best place to get freelance work in my opinion.

    If you provide quality you should have no trouble at all booking yourself full time from one $20 ad, and most likely be able to book yourself well in advance.

    You won't have to deal with the whole bidding process or trying to compete against prices that are unworkable with your exchange rate.

    You need only write a clear offer explaining what you can do and be willing to do a little free or cut price work to earn some trust in the beginning.

    You'll also find that fellow Warriors are some of the best people to work with. In my experience the vast majority are courteous, respectful and grateful - not to mention reliable to pay as per agreements.

    Plus, you'll learn an absolute bucketload just from interacting with other people in the industry.

    The Warriors For Hire section is far and away the best place to find freelance work in my view.

    All the best!
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    • Profile picture of the author Damien Roche
      Originally Posted by Kezz View Post

      Right here in the Warriors For Hire section is the best place to get freelance work in my opinion.

      If you provide quality you should have no trouble at all booking yourself full time from one $20 ad, and most likely be able to book yourself well in advance.

      You won't have to deal with the whole bidding process or trying to compete against prices that are unworkable with your exchange rate.

      You need only write a clear offer explaining what you can do and be willing to do a little free or cut price work to earn some trust in the beginning.

      You'll also find that fellow Warriors are some of the best people to work with. In my experience the vast majority are courteous, respectful and grateful - not to mention reliable to pay as per agreements.

      Plus, you'll learn an absolute bucketload just from interacting with other people in the industry.

      The Warriors For Hire section is far and away the best place to find freelance work in my view.

      All the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author Guni
    Well definately tru out Odesk. It is cool, and easy for beginners.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jamian
    Try these sites:
    Elance.com
    Odesk.com
    Freelancer.com

    Best wishes.
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  • Profile picture of the author ipodfans
    Elance.com and Odesk.com are the best to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author remotedb
      Run screaming in the opposite direction from Freelancer/GetAFreelancer, unless you like paying lots of unexpected fees and competing with $1 an hour labor. That site is pure scam from start to finish, not the people on it so much, but the admin of the site are pure criminals.
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      • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
        Originally Posted by remotedb View Post

        Run screaming in the opposite direction from Freelancer/GetAFreelancer, unless you like paying lots of unexpected fees and competing with $1 an hour labor. That site is pure scam from start to finish, not the people on it so much, but the admin of the site are pure criminals.
        I had just the opposite experience and have been using them for a long time. The relationships with some of the freelancers from there have made me a lot of money over the years.
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  • There are many of those sites, I started working online by using Getafreelancer.com and scriptlance.com. Yet, there are also odesk, elance and others.

    I recommend that your girlfriend be patient, particularly since there are a lot of people in these sites offering those same services for pennies (most are from third world countries where a dollar goes a long way) yet this does not ensure they offer quality services. But she should not undersell herself, if she is good, she should bid on the projects according to her experience. The first couple of projects could be a bit lower than what she thinks she is worth until she has acquired some positive feedback; she can then increase her bidding prices.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane Hale
    I think Rentacoder is great. Elance and Guru are awesome too. I just had better experience with Rentacoder due to their contractual process and ratings for coders.

    I heard Craigslist and Philippines were good places. (I feel it is Risky) But, I like to start off with small 100 dollar projects and see how they perform.

    Then, I usually move up to bigger projects and build relationships on all those sites.

    I have a pretty decent team in India,Republic of Georgia and some people in the United States as well.

    I usually put someone in charge and use some opensource like dot project or phpproject to manage the work.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayPeete
    Do a Google search and go through some of them and decide what is best for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    Hi...
    She can go for textbroker.com, elance.com, odesk.com

    hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author TomC123
    Originally Posted by jitterbug978 View Post

    What would everyone name as the top 3 Websites to find Freelance work.. I am asking because my girlfriend would like to begin her journey away from a normal day job and take her work to the internet.

    She would probably be doing Graphic Design and Article Writing along with some SEO thrown in.

    Thanks in Advance guys! I've never really had experience with any of these freelance websites so this will be a huge help to my girlfriend and myself.

    freelancer.com
    odesk.com
    elance.com
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  • Profile picture of the author JonAlfredsson
    she can work for elance.com/odesk.com/texbroker.com Hope this helps.
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