7 Alternatives to Upwork That Don't Suck
July 13, 2015
Finding quality work on Upwork (formerly oDesk) sucks. The pay is terrible and the job descriptions are generally vague and below par. So here are 7 places to find freelance work online that are much more effective. Note that these are in no particular order.
Folyo is an extremely selective job board for designers, with about 70 % of the designer applications being rejected. Folyo prides itself on drawing on a very exclusive “hand-picked” community of designers. Considering this, the work that you will find (if you are accepted) is truly top notch. Also, the job postings are well written and clear (Folyo helps with this), which is a huge advantage over some of the other job boards.
Workshop has a steep price point (it’s $100/month), but is well worth it. It differs from other sites by not really being a site at all; it’s a newsletter of quality leads delivered every day. We’ve mentioned before that we’re bootstrapping Krit by freelancing in addition to working on our products. A couple of months ago we were having trouble finding new work and so we said what the hell, and signed up for Workshop. So far we’ve gotten a response from every job we’ve applied for and made $1500 from jobs in the first month. Well worth the $100. Our advice, follow their tips on how to email employers and stick to the jobs that are exclusive to Workshop. They don’t show up as often but they’re usually better jobs.
Hirable is a relatively new site started by some friends of ours in New York. They’re another site that vets their applicants before accepting them which generally means they can attract higher quality jobs with higher budgets meaning more money for you. Also because they’re relatively new, there’s less competition for the jobs and they’re super happy to help out.
Onsite is a promising, relatively new job board that we came across with both freelance and permanent jobs. They are somewhat selective when it comes to accepting new freelancers, so to apply you have to “have a portfolio of work that demonstrates a certain proficiency in their chosen fields.” But this isn’t a problem for you of course, because you know the first and most important rule to finding jobs is doing good work!
RemoteOK aggregates quality remote jobs from around the web (not a job board itself). It has contract work, fulltime and part-time jobs, and even internships. It’s the place to go if money is a big sticking point of yours; the average salary for a full time remote position is $75,000.
Formerly the 37signals job board, weworkremotely, as is obvious by the name, is a great place to find “jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.” The majority of the jobs posted are programming or design jobs, with many being permanent or long term.
Crew is a very selective job board. There is an extensive vetting process in place for both the freelancers and the clients. This is really good, because the projects are always super high quality, with the average budget being several thousands of dollars. They are also more long-term projects, often times spanning over a couple of months. One caveat though, is that (according to what we’ve heard), there is a rather large waiting list for members so this might not be the best solution if you need more work now (or yesterday).