Need a work from home job but afraid of being scammed? This is one of the many concerns shared by people all over the world, who want to become freelancers but not sure where to begin. Well, this article is all about shedding light on a few of the most popular unpaid freelancing websites around. Unpaid here means that you can offer your skills to anyone around the world without paying any subscription or registration fees, at least not unless you want to. Are you ready? Let’s get started.
One of the most popular freelancing websites, Fiverr allows you to sell your services online at a base fee of…you guessed it…five dollars. That might seem like a small amount but with gig extras and the ability to create multiple or custom orders, that $5 can quickly turn into much bigger amounts. It is a pretty simple platform where you set up a profile and create several gigs (skills you’re offering) so that people can find you and hire you. You may also bid on jobs posted by clients, proposing an amount to do the job in the process. There is no charge to sign up for Fiverr, nor is there a subscription fee to pay, so you don’t need to pay anything to get on or maintain your account. However, for every sale you make, Fiverr takes a small percentage. In other words, Fiverr only takes money from you if you make money, and this fee is partly used to maintain the website. Sounds pretty fair, right?
Previously known as Odesk and now merged with Elance (another freelancing site), Upwork is a bit more formal than Fiverr. That’s because you have to provide your educational background and employment history when setting up your profile on the site. Also, you don’t set up gigs on Upwork, you get hired by browsing through the thousands of jobs posted by clients from all over the world and sending proposals to the ones you like. With all that, you won’t need to pay anything to sign up or send proposals. You get a set amount of free connects that you can use to make proposals, you only pay if you want more connects than the amount you have been given, which is highly unlikely. You may also be asked to upgrade your profile to a paid account in order to receive more benefits but that is entirely up to you and doesn’t determine whether you get work or not. Like Fiverr, Upwork will only take money from you after you have gotten paid for a job and the amount is usually 10% of your sales, along with a small transaction fee to transfer your money to a Master Card.
This is one of the oldest players in the freelancing marketplace and, subsequently, one of the largest. Freelancer is quite similar to Upwork in how you create and set up your profile. The bidding process is also similar, where you see jobs you like and send proposals. You may also bid on contests, which are posted by employers from time to time, or post a particular service that you offer. There is no fee required to sign up or send proposals; you’re only charged when you get paid for a job and the fee is 10%, regardless of whether it is an hourly or fixed price job. Additionally, if you post a service and it is purchased by a client, you will be charged 20% of the amount paid by the client. You may also choose to sign up for certain membership packages where you are charged a monthly fee for additional benefits but that is entirely up to you and does not affect your chances of landing jobs. There are quite a few other unpaid freelancing sites out there you can explore but the three listed above are among the most popular, especially if you’re just starting out in the world of freelancing. Check them out and let us know your experience. You can also share your experience with us if you’re already using a freelancing website to make money.