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Five Websites to Kickstart Remote Work Today as a Freelancer

Being a remote freelancer can be advantageous and offer flexibility not found in a traditional job – mainly, you can work from anywhere, on your own time, and set your rates. The rise of freelance remote work is upon us. According to a study done by Small Business Trends and Upwork, 43% of working Americans will turn to freelance work over the next few years. If you’re interested in a lifestyle where you’re your own manager and your paycheck is determined by the effort you put in, freelance work is for you.

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Advantages of Freelance Work

Schedule flexibility – You can work whenever you want and keep to the schedule you wish to – there are no set hours you must clock in, like a 9-5 job.

Autonomy in projects – You can choose your clients and select what work you do for them at your specified rates. You’re not answerable to a boss above you, and you can control your workload, which can lead to a better quality of work.

Work-life balance – Since you can be more selective about the work you choose, you can enjoy a better work-life balance than you usually find in a traditional role.

Managing your own business – Freelance remote work means that you are solely responsible for starting and growing your own business, with no cap on your income level. This is exclusively dependent on your efforts to attract clients and do great work. Plus, when you deliver great work, you can often unlock new opportunities for networking and gaining new clients.

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Websites you can use to get started today

  1. FlexJobs

FlexJobs is a paid site where you can find thousands of active job postings, from entry-level to executive roles, both freelance gigs and long-term jobs. Although it is a paid site, you benefit from using it because it does not take any percentage of your pay as other platforms do, and the competition is usually lower than other sites.

1. Upwork

Upwork is one of the more popular websites for freelance remote work out there. It is a marketplace connecting businesses and individuals to freelancers, allowing for remote collaboration. When you’re an Upwork freelancer, you’re given 60 connects every month (they function as credits), and for each proposal you submit, a certain number of connects is deducted.

Remote work on Upwork varies from video editing to writing and web development. You can also take proficiency tests on Upwork to prove your skill level and build trust with potential clients. Many well-known companies hire on Upwork – though it may take some digging, you can find great gigs that suit you the best.

Upwork does take a 20% fee when work is delivered to the client – however, the cost goes down to 10% for projects delivered to the same client if the lifetime value of all services rendered has exceeded $500.

2. Fiverr

Fiverr is an Israeli company that also functions as a gig marketplace. Those who prefer freelance work can sign up, create gigs for free, and offer up to seven gigs when they’re brand new. Each gig is a detailed mini proposal on what services you can offer clients and what add-ons to the assignments you offer.

Great service will get you excellent ratings, and you’ll move up in the Fiverr algorithm and get promoted to higher seller levels. The Fiverr model is different than other remote work websites and marketplaces because it allows the clients to come directly to freelancers, taking the effort out of hunting for projects. However, the site does deduct 20% of the freelancer’s earnings.

3. We Work Remotely

We Work Remotely is one of the best remote sites connecting freelancers with clients at large companies. It provides a link to the employer to send your materials and complete the hiring process with your potential employer. Here, freelancers can find contract jobs for long-term gigs.

4. Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com connects clients and freelancers by posting remote jobs that freelancers can bid for, offering remote workers a free or paid membership choice. The built-in messaging allows both parties can discuss the project and determine if they’re the right fit.

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 Many are eschewing traditional jobs and turning to freelance remote work to build their business, gaining autonomy and flexibility over their schedules and projects. To start and run your freelance business, freelancing marketplace websites are a great place to facilitate interactions with clients and sell your freelancing skills. Which sites will you create a profile on today?

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Written by Kevin Leyes

Kevin Leyes is the Chairman of Leyes Enterprises and the Founder and CEO of Team Leyes, an urban jewelry company, and Leyes Media, an SMM and PR agency. He is an Official Member of the Forbes Business Council and Young Entrepreneur Council.

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