Want to know the best freelancing site for beginners? Well to start off, I think it’s important that I mention that my job ultimately is to tell you the truth; not to tell you what you want to hear.
So, I know that you want me to tell you that you know Fiverr is the best site or Upwork is the best site or whatever it is. But again, that’s not really the truth. The truth is, there is no best freelancing site! The best freelancing site is the one that’s bringing you a ton of clients and that could be any of them depending on your situation. What products or services you’re offering and so forth. So again, I know that’s not what you really want to hear but that’s the truth of it and so i’m not just going tell you that this site is the best because that would be wrong. That wouldn’t be the truth. I would be just making that up.
There are however types of freelancing sites that are better for beginners maybe not best or there’s maybe not ones that are exclusive only for beginners. But there are ones that are better so what I’d rather do is give you a framework for figuring out which platforms to start with for your specific situation. I think that’s going to give you much more of what you actually need even if it’s not exactly what you’re after.
So, let’s talk about the types of freelance sites.
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Best freelancing site for beginners.
1. The first one is our project-based sites like Fiverr.
Upwork has added a feature kind of like this and essentially what it is, is you go on there and you offer very specific projects with a finite scope you know you can I’ll do a TikTok dance for you to your music for 45 seconds or I’ll create PowerPoint slides for you or I’ll build you a three-page website. They’re very specific, very focused and they’re project based so that’s the first type of site.
2. The second is the open sites.
So Upwork kind of falls on that category. Freelancer gurus, these are essentially freelancing sites where pretty much anybody can join. They might have a review process but it’s not really stringent. They’re not necessarily looking to only work with a certain percentage of clients or be really strict about it they just want to make sure you meet some basic requirements but the site is basically open to any freelancer and any type of client.
3. Then, the final ones are the curated sites.
Examples of this top freelancing sites boasts that it only works with the top three percent of freelancers. So, it’s very stringent it’s very hard to get into top level people per hour. This doesn’t have a certain percentage but it does talk about how it has a sort of in-depth review process and you have to get approved and so forth.
And so, those are examples of curated sites. However, there’s some gray area and all of that but those are basically kind of the three different types of sites. So, which ones are best for beginners?
Well, when it comes to curators curated sites, it’s not very likely when you’re new that you’re going to be able to get on a curated site. This is because, they have really stringent standards they need a lot of experience. They want to see that experience and if you’re brand new, you’re just not going to have that. So, getting into top level is extremely hard to.
I’ve been an affiliate for top level for a long time. I have people who join and apply to top level through my affiliate link and I get to see whether they get approved or not and very few get approved so it’s very hard to get into a site like top level. So again, when you’re first starting out, you’re just probably not going to have the experience because you might be unique. You might be a unicorn where you know you’re new to freelancing but you have a ton of experience in the field working a job or something like that. There may be a specific situation where you can still get in and you would know that better than I would but for most beginners, they’re just not going to be a very good option for you right away.
Consider Project-based on Freelancing Sites as a Beginner.
So, what you can look at are project-based on freelancing sites. These are sort of good for the extremes. What I mean by that is, if you know that you have a very specific deliverable that you can provide; like there’s something that you’ve learned how to do or you’re really good at that you can provide, then a project-based freelancing site is very good for that because that’s what they are.
These project-based freelancing sites are basically looking for very specific deliverables. So, if you’re in web development and you know how to build WordPress websites, build a membership site, a course library, a business website or whatever and you’ve learned how to do that and you can provide, that’s very specific deliverable. The cool thing about this is, you don’t need to know everything there.
As a web developer and a beginner, you don’t need to know all of that stuff. You just need to know how to deliver this very specific thing so if that’s you, then a project-based site would be good for you. It is also good for the other extreme which is, you have no clue or you have no skills. Meaning, you haven’t necessarily learned graphic design or writing or web development yet, you can’t really deliver on anything like that. But you could offer something like doing PowerPoint slides for people or there’s people like I mentioned earlier that do Tiktok dances on on Fiverr.
There are people that will say, “I’ll give you a testimonial about your product on Fiverr” and all of these other crazy things that you know don’t necessarily require you to have learned sort of a hard creative skill like graphic design or web development. So, if you’re in that category, that can also be a good place for you to start because there’s lots of really crazy things on a site like Fiverr that people will pay for. Some examples I mentioned Tiktok dancing, PowerPoint slides, audio and video editing. If you know how to do that, it’s pretty straightforward to learn. You could probably learn how to do that in a couple hours sufficiently and then you can start doing that for people because the people that outsource that kind of thing don’t necessarily outsource it because they don’t know how to do it. They outsource it because they don’t want to do it. So, you just need a kind of a basic threshold and you can do that kind of thing.
Those are some examples of things that you could do on a project-based site.
Things a Beginner can do on Freelancing Open Sites.
Finally, then with the open sites, they’re really open to everybody and I think everybody should be on at least one of the open sites. It doesn’t have to be Upwork or Freelancer. It could be whatever you want but you should be on at least one of them because they’re typically the largest sites with the most jobs coming through daily. So, you just kind of want to have access to to those potential clients and projects ranging from small $100 dollar jobs all the way up to $10,000 dollar jobs and up. So, it just has everything that you could possibly be looking for and there’s just a lot more opportunity with these particular sites.
Now, they might have a review process to get in like I mentioned with Upwork but it’s not super stringent. You just need to meet some basic criteria and typically, you can get in. And the big thing here is, on these open sites, because they’re so big and because there’s so much work coming through, if you can kind of crack the nut and figure it out and get to the point where the site is sending you clients, you can kind of be set for life because there’s so much work coming through. Then, if you become a top freelancer, they’re just going to send you a ton of work over and over and over as long as you keep delivering for clients and making them happy.
What is nice about the open site is, you can grow from an experience doing 100 jobs to highly experience doing these 10,000 jobs all within the same site. So, all of that experience still works in your advantage, all the portfolio items and testimonials reviews and ratings and job success score, all of that stuff stays with you on the site and works to your advantage.
So again, that’s why I think everybody should be on at least one open site because it gives you a place to grow.
My advice to Beginners starting out their Freelancing Careers.
Now the real answer to this question is that, ultimately, you want to mix. You don’t just want to pick a freelancing site. You want a mix of the different sites. So you want to get on an open site and you kind of want to list your general services there so you can get started.
With that then, you can go to a project-based site and list specific deliverables. Then, as you gain experience you want to try and get on a curated site and you want to do all of that. This is because, that mix of different types of sites will help ensure that you have a steady flow of new clients and projects and aren’t over reliant on one site, one type of site, one type of project. You have a really good client acquisition mix is how I refer to it.
If one dries up or gets a little slow, you have these others that you can sort of lean on. That’s the real answer to the question. Try and be on at least one of each now.
Please note, I’m not recommending that you go out and you now apply to Upwork and Fiverr and People Per Hour and you’re on 10 different freelancing sites. That’s going to spread you thin to start out. I would say get on one open site and one project-based site and try to build up your experience there.
Try to figure those out and over time, try to get on a curated site. Once you’re on one of each and you’re now getting clients from them, that’s probably going to be all that you need for your career.
You can make that judgment you can kind of figure that out for yourself but that’s been my general experience with it.
Conclusively, thank you for reading through. I’ll talk to you next time.
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