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Finding Freelance Jobs, Contract Work, Elance & Freelance Projects

Freelance jobs, short-term projects, and contract work abound online, especially for IT professionals, graphic designers, and writers. The Internet has spurred a thriving job market for freelancers, many of whom obtain clients and deliver work over the Internet. This phenomenon, which epitomizes the new economy, has become known as elancing. Growing demand for the skills of free agents, technical gurus, and independent professionals has created a trillion-dollar elance marketplace. Many people want to work from home, and thousands of freelance work exchange sites cater to an evolving need for contractors. In-demand skills include freelance graphic design, writing, web design, and IT services. Although the emphasis in the elance world is on graphic designers, information technology professionals, and new media occupations, these sites offer many other project categories. They fall into two categories: some, like Elance.com, require you to bid on projects posted; others function as large talent databases or job banks. Still others offer specialization by industry or skillset. If you entertain fantasies of branching out on your own and are Net-savvy and technically or creatively inclined, you could join the thousands who are embracing this flourishing trend. Check out the resources below, and if you're tired of telecommuting, see our large collection of resources for finding permanent employment or making a career switch.

Writers: see our writers page for additional freelance writing resources, including markets, guidelines, and much more. Web designers: see our web design section for additional job listings, webmaster tools, and more. Resume stale? Check out our digital resume tips. Students: see our youth employment resources for internships, co-op programs, part-time and seasonal work, and more!

Some Currently Available Freelance Projects

Here's a small sampling of current E-lance postings.

Graphic Design Projects

Logo Design Brochures Corporate Identity Photography

IT Jobs & Programming Work

Web Design User Experience Design Web Programming Mobile Apps Developer

Technical Writing & Copywriting Services

Web Content Writing Copywriting Work Technical Writing Jobs

Management, Sales, & Marketing Work

Lead Generation Public Relations SEO Search Engine Marketing

General Freelance Work Exchanges & Marketplaces

Clients post projects. You respond with a brief proposal or bid, auction-style.

FreelanceSwitch Job Board eLance FreeAgent Project4Hire DoMyStuff.com Guru Sologig SmartHunt ContractedWork Freelancers' Net (UK) Freelance Work Exchange SmarterWork.com

Industry or Skill-Specific Freelance Exchanges

List yourself in these online skills pools.

Graphic Design & Other Creative Work

CreativeJobsCentral Aquent Krop FilterTalent FreelanceJobSearch HowDesign.com Job Bank CreativeHotlist.com Portfolios.com CreativePro Designer Directory Coroflot.com AIGA Member Directory GDC Member Directory GDC Members with Online Portfolios

Technical & IT Contract Work

Aquent Jobs&Gigs JobBurner IT Match Online BrainPower RentAGeek CodeLance WithCake (CakePHP)

Writing & Jobs for Writers

Aquent PWAC's Writers.ca WriterFind FreelanceWriting.com FreelanceBank FreelanceJobSearch Creative Freelancers WebLens: More for Writers' iFreelance.com

Translation Work

Proz Translators Cafe Aquarius.net Translator's Corner More Translation Job Sites

Journalism Jobs

StaffWriters JournalismJobs JAWS NewsJobs (great gateway!) MediaBistro

Public Relations Work

PRWeekJobs.com JustPRJobs.com WorkinPR.com PRTalent.com Canadian Public Relations Society Public Relations Society of America Int'l Association of Business Communicators