When launching a freelance career in content creation or specialized services, Gen Z and Millennials face frequent obstacles: connecting with clients, differentiating their brand from their competitors and managing payments. However, the rise in online freelancing sites gives young entrepreneurs a unique way to start their careers. Though it can be tricky to make your business stand out in a saturated market, using a freelance platform can remove the pressures of finding customers on your own, giving you more time to work on your branding and marketing! Here are three of the most popular sites.
One of the most popular freelancing sites, Fiverr allows anyone from all over the world to set-up an account. A physical address is not even required, making this a great choice for young entrepreneurs embracing a nomadic lifestyle! Fiverr includes a broad range of categories, including lifestyle coaching, graphic design, jingle writing and psychic readings. Clients contact you via the platform with their commission. Due to the high level of competition on Fiverr, commissions tend to be listed at $5, though it is possible to pick any price. The platform also started three and six-month subscription options, allowing you to complete regular work for a client.
In some ways, Upwork has the antithesis of Fiverr’s operating model. This platform allows clients to post job listings, and then freelancers registered with Upwork can bid for the commission. Clients also can browse freelancer profiles that list their specialties and experience. In their job listing, they can then indicate which freelancer they would prefer to complete their job. You then work with your client to determine project details and schedule.
Similar to both Fiverr and Upwork, clients can contact freelancers on Freelancer.com with their job requests or post job listings for freelancers to bid on. However, due to the higher project fee for recruiter projects through the “preferred freelancer program,” commissions tend to be listed for competitively higher prices on this site. This could make it a more lucrative platform for a successful freelancer who receives several commissions a month and is committed to primarily using Freelancer.com.
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