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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 ProjectsLogo Design Brochures Corporate Identity Photography
IT Jobs & Programming WorkWeb Design User Experience Design Web Programming Mobile Apps Developer
Technical Writing & Copywriting ServicesWeb Content Writing Copywriting Work Technical Writing Jobs
Management, Sales, & Marketing WorkLead 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 WorkCreativeJobsCentral 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 WorkAquent Jobs&Gigs JobBurner IT Match Online BrainPower RentAGeek CodeLance WithCake (CakePHP)
Writing & Jobs for WritersAquent PWAC's Writers.ca WriterFind FreelanceWriting.com FreelanceBank FreelanceJobSearch Creative Freelancers WebLens: More for Writers' iFreelance.com
Translation WorkProz Translators Cafe Aquarius.net Translator's Corner More Translation Job Sites
Journalism JobsStaffWriters JournalismJobs JAWS NewsJobs (great gateway!) MediaBistro
Public Relations WorkPRWeekJobs.com JustPRJobs.com WorkinPR.com PRTalent.com Canadian Public Relations Society Public Relations Society of America Int'l Association of Business Communicators
In a Class by Itself
Don't miss this resource! Tell them we sent you :-)The Monster List of Freelancing Job Sites
Advice on Going It Alone
Do You Have What It Takes?LifeHacker: Freelancer Self-Assessment Have You Got What It Takes? Vault: Make the Most of Your So-Called Sideline Vault: The Risky Business of Independent Consulting FreeAgent: Avoid a Free Agent's Isolation
Pricing, Fees, Contracts & NegotiationsComputerJobs: Average Rates for IT Contractors Dice.com: Average Rates for IT Contractors More Salary tools on our Jobs page FreeAgent: Determining What to Charge FreeAgent: How to Negotiate and Get What You Want FreeAgent: Know Your Contract Basics SquareTrade Dispute Resolution Service Lawyer Locator Lawyers.com
Promoting Your Services101 Ideas to Get More Freelance Work and Generate Client Leads WebLens: HTML & Web Design WebLens: Search Engine Optimization WebLens: Search Engine Submission WetFeet: Tips for Freelance Success
Tools & Resources for FreelancersWeb-Based Job Tracking & Project Management FreelanceSwitch
Upload Your Portfolio to the Web
Showcase your work for the world to see!Portfolios.com Bullhorn Aquent FreeAgent BlackBook PortSort Portfolio.ca PortfolioOne Espectro Online Portfolio Strategies FreeAgent: Push Your ePortfolio Over the Top Yahoo Graphic Designer Portfolio List (for inspiration)