Despite the national unemployment rate hovering just around 4%, we live in an age where one income just isn’t enough to cut the mustard. Second jobs and side hustles are common, but by leveraging the internet and your work experience you might find freelancing in your downtime at home to be more rewarding.
More of your neighbors are freelancing than you might guess. Freelancers Union recently released a study that estimates 57.3 million Americans are currently freelancing, and more companies than ever are utilizing them for increased workloads and flexibility.
Here are a few sites to get you started on your quest for working at home, and no, they aren’t all software coding jobs. Having past work experience you can show, including a strong portfolio can help, but isn’t always required. Like everything, you just have to make the move and get started.
Music, video, web development, writing, business, graphics, and more. This is one of the most popular places on the web to offer your services, or hire someone to complete a job for you.
Platform that allows you to earn money for creating online courses and sharing your expertise with online students. Over 19,000 courses with topics from business, to film, to writing and entrepreneurship.
Helping people get real jobs from home since 1999. Over 800+ prescreened virtual jobs such as Accounting, Customer Service, Writing, Secretarial, Teaching, Sales, Medical Billing, and Translating to name a few.
Something for everyone at Upwork. Both short and long-term projects, hourly or per-project work and expert-level and entry-level engagements.
Toptal is for experienced, talented freelancers. Passing Toptal’s screening process gives you access to projects with great clients such as Zendesk, Airbnb, etc. at fair compensation. There’s even a community for frequent meetups and events.
Millions of projects. Compete with other freelancers in contests to prove your skills showcasing your abilities to attract more clients.
Company directory and location-based search where you can find freelance or permanent positions from tour guides to voice over artists and everything in between.
Professional website, big-name employers, and more opportunities than you can count. Membership is $15 per month, or $50 for the year and they boast 50+ job categories.