Top 10 Sites For Freelance Work In 2016

Never Run Out of Freelance Work with these 10 Resources

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••• Never run out of work with these 10 freelance sites. Credit: Svetikd | Getty Images

According to a survey by Contently, the largest challenge facing freelancers today is securing enough work. In fact, over 34% of the freelancers who were surveyed cited finding enough work as the biggest challenge they face on a daily basis. Luckily, freelance work is becoming increasingly common, and there are tons of sites popping up to connect freelance workers with clients.

If you’re wanting to freelance, or are struggling to keep your client numbers up, here are the 10 best sites for finding work as a freelancer in 2016.

For Developers/Designers:

1. Toptal

With the recent launch of Toptal Designers, Toptal has solidified its place as the best freelance site for top software developers and designers. Beginners should be wary, however, since joining Toptal’s network takes undergoing an intense screening process that includes language and personality tests, an in-depth skill review, a live screening test, and test projects. Those who are able to pass these tests get access to verified clients, whom they are personally matched with based on their experience and skills set.

2. Behance

Behance is best known as a portfolio hosting site, but it also features an impressive job board that freelance designers can use to find work. Current postings include requests for UI/UX designers, art directors, and graphic designers. Many of these opportunities are permanent or location-specific, but freelancers can look through the options to find contract and remote work as well.

99designs is a site that specializes in freelance jobs specifically for designers. The platform provides thousands of design contests, which aspiring design experts can use to practice or hone their skills, while also applying for work at the same time. They system also allows freelance designers to receive feedback on their work while winning clients.


For Writers:

Contently is a content marketing site that also offers a network for creative freelancers. On the site, freelancers can create a Contently portfolio to showcase their work to potential clients. Using the portfolios, Contently’s talent team matches writers with new and existing clients.

As a pretty standard job board, Freelance Writing Gigs regularly posts available opportunities specifically tailored to freelance writers. Currently posted opportunities include sports writing, translation, and blogging jobs. Best of all, Freelance Writing Gigs also publishes its own content to help freelance writers improve their skills and turn their freelance work into a full-time career.


For General Freelancers:

CloudPeeps is a great option for freelancers with experience in marketing, PR, and community building. Clients simply post a job on the site, which features the top 1000 applicants, and then they are free to search the community or receive personalized pitches. CloudPeeps has a low ratio of “Peeps” (marketing professionals) to customers, so once freelancers become part of the network, it’s fairly easy for them to find well-paying work.

With opportunities for freelancers in almost any field, SimplyHired is a great option for any freelancer who is looking to expand his or her reach. As an added benefit, SimplyHired allows freelancers to find jobs in 24 different countries and 12 different languages, so it’s not only restricted to English-speakers.

8. Aquent

Aquent offers remote and location-based job opportunities for freelance professionals who make it through their screening process, which includes a business interview, a technical screening, and a portfolio review. The site then puts together a talent profile for those in its network, which freelancers can use to apply to listed opportunities on the site’s job board. Aquent offers both temporary and contract-to-hire staffing.

Everyone knows LinkedIn as a go-to for all things job-related, but did you know that they launched a job site specifically for freelancers in October? If this is news to you, be sure to check out ProFinder and apply as one of their “Pros.” ProFinder is a tool to help businesses find professionals who work independently or as freelancers for pretty much any type of work, including accounting, marketing, career coaches, strategy consultants, and more.

Freelancers must pass a series of tests and training before becoming a part of CrowdSource’s network. After completion, they can choose from a variety of tasks and projects from the site’s catalog of work. The site also offers performance-based promotions to incentivize quality work.


You might notice the larger freelance marketing sites like Upwork and are not on this list. Why? The goal of this list is to not only provide resources for work, but insuring a positive environment for the freelancer, including getting paid what the work is actually worth. Your work and time is too valuable to waste on sites that don’t have much quality control and often have “employers” that want to undercut your price.