Gig work is where you get paid for services such as accounting practices, content writing, photographers, proof reading or maybe SEO creation.
As we have mentioned in our review of the gig work economy, more and more people are turning their hand to completing freelance work over the internet. More and more of these gig sites are showing up each day.
A gig is a temporary job. The employee often works on a specific project for a company, either as an independent contractor or a freelancer. Sometimes the gig work is full-time, and other times it is part-time. Some have a specific end date, while others go on indefinitely.
Here is a list of the top gig work sites out there, and what you can expect from each one.
How you get paid can be varied depending on the site and the contract, some will pay an hour rate, whereas the most common form of payment is a one off fee, which is often negotiated or set up front.
If you want to read our more comprehensive guide on the pro’s and con’s of gig jobs, then check out our other blog here.
The 10 Best Sites
There are many different job search sites for gigs, freelance jobs, part-time jobs, and more. It is worth shopping around and finding a site that fits your needs.
Freelancer.com offers you several different kinds of job opportunities, including fixed-price and hourly projects. You can also submit to “contests,” in which job seekers submit to a project and receive a fixed prize if they are selected. For job listings, job seekers place bids on jobs and receive the job if their bid is accepted.
Upwork offers a variety of projects (some ongoing, some for a fixed period) for freelancers to complete. There are hourly and fixed-price jobs. You can track your hours and get paid through Upwork, which streamlines the process when you are working for multiple companies.
FlexJobs lists flexible, part-time, freelance, and telecommuting jobs. The site requires a monthly fee, but they thoroughly vet all employers who want to list jobs. It is a great way to avoid scams. They offer jobs in lots categories, so there are plenty of options for every kind of employee.
Fiverr claims to be the biggest global network of freelancers. The site offers freelance positions in a variety of fields, from tech to graphic design to music to writing. Most jobs are only $5 or $10, so while you might not make a lot of money, it is a great site to use for building your portfolio.
Gigster is a niche job site specifically for people looking for gigs in IT, with a focus on software development. Gigster requires you to go through a screening process to be accepted on the site, and they take a percentage of your fee for any project. However, many of the jobs are very lucrative, so this is a great site for IT professionals looking to begin gig work.
Guru lists thousands of freelance jobs in a variety of categories. You can search for jobs by category, payment type (hourly or fixed price), location, and more. You can also post your previous work to demonstrate your skills. Guru has a virtual “Work Room” where you can schedule your tasks, communicate with employers, share materials, and decide on payment.
LocalSolo allows freelancers to find gigs in a number of industries. The site initially only listed jobs that involved face-to-face contact with the employer, but now they also list telecommuting jobs. The site does not get involved with payment or contracts, putting the freelancer and employer in control. This site also allows users to network with each other.
TaskRabbit allows people to post requests for help with various chores and tasks, ranging from making deliveries to cleaning houses to moving boxes. TaskRabbit notifies you of jobs nearby, and you can select the ones you want to complete. The site does not have as many IT and creative jobs as other sites, but they allow you to find jobs with extreme flexibility.
Toptal helps IT and finance freelancers find gigs. Jobs range from coding to software engineering to web design financial modeling. Toptal only accepts a percentage of freelancers who apply. You have to complete a series of screenings and interviews first. However, if you are accepted, you have access to some excellent IT and finance positions.
Hopefully you found this article useful, and are starting to get success in finding gig work. If you have any specific questions about doing gig work, then feel free to email your questions to us.
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