Update: 8/11/2017 – Updates to reflect the current marketplace status in 2017. Also checkout our latest post on 50 Freelance Websites to Hire Freelancers or Find Online Jobs. Upwork will always have it place, but now there are a lot of other marketplaces that can say the same. I wouldn’t say better, just different. Update: 12/11/2015 – To summarize the
Freelancing has changed the way businesses operate and how people work. These days, you can build a career without leaving the comfort of your home. You can even operate with other freelancers to make your own agency. For freelancers, it makes sense to join as many as you can and find the ones that work
We have plenty of posts on what to outsource, and how to hire online freelancers, but we have little on getting started on UpWork. And what better way to find out, then to hire a freelancer that did exactly that. And I’ll chime in with my views from a hiring perspective. First off, Upwork or any other freelancing
An important component of business is being self aware. Many entrepreneurs tend to want to be a jack of all trades, but if you really want to scale your business you’re going to have to find out what you’re best at and delegate the rest. “Musicians play their instruments, I play the orchestra.” – Steve Jobs
Arguably, the first thing you’ll need for your business is a website. Nowadays, there are free options, but you get what you pay for. You can hire a designer and a new website can set you back thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. Today, I’ll show you what I do for most projects, and
Yes, Mark Zuckerberg wears the same shirt everyday to minimize decisions that don’t have anything to do with Facebook. Whether you’re a consultant, salesperson or CEO; you’re constantly meeting people to generate more business. Take Neil Patel for example, before dropping a few dimes on clothes he mentioned he closed business deals at a rate of about 25%.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a freelancer, or looking for a full-time job, the first thing a prospective employer is going to do is Google you. On any of the freelance marketplaces we’ve extensively covered (99designs, Upwork, DesignCrowd, etc.), employers flip through profiles in a matter of seconds. At least a resume is a page
Most outsourced projects fail, or at the very least businesses settle for “good enough” out of business necessity. I talked about this in-depth in my essay on why most outsourced projects fail. I’ve seen it first hand. I’ve seen it with friends. Clients. Business partners. You name it. But, remote work is the future. It’s an industry
I caused quite a stir when I wrote the post oDesk vs Elance: Why It’s a Battle YOU Won’t Win with related followups here and here. In total, we’ve seen over 130+ comments with freelancers and businesses telling their side of the story. Some have failed, and some have succeeded. Instead of commenting, reader John D. decided
We’ve went into detail with our Elance/oDesk review… but what about Fiverr? We touched on them briefly as they’re one of the companies trying to disrupt the freelance marketplace: There are new companies aiming to disrupt the freelance marketplace, Fiverr is one example, recently allowing services up to $500 (up from $5). Fiverr differentiates by
Before 99designs, logo design was expensive. You’d have to shed a couple hundred bucks for a few logos that you wouldn’t even like. 99designs sought to change that paradigm and since it’s launch in 2008 they’ve grown to be the largest online graphic design marketplace paying out over $51,222,431 to designers awarded via contests. If
Editors Note: This is a continuation from last weeks piece, part one can be found here, “Freelance Scams to Watch Out For on Online Job Marketplaces“. This guest post has been submitted anonymously. Quality contractors can be found on either, or all platforms. And a dedicated freelancer may find a great client after many proposals.