22 job sites for freelance programmers and designers
Freelance marketplaces offer a consistent flow of clients by connecting talented freelancers with employers around the world. Some of the most well-known marketplaces are Freelancer and UpWork, both offering a variety of jobs ranging from writing and design to software development, data entry, engineering, sales, marketing, legal services, and accounting.
These large marketplaces are a great place to enter the freelance market, but specialization is the name of the game. For freelance designers and programmers, we recommend the following websites to find work:
Designers compete in “contests” to offer the best logo, web design, apps, clothing, packaging, book/magazine, illustrations, and more. If, after seven days, your design wins the contest, you receive the predetermined “prize money” for the project, your work is copyrighted (to the client), and you earn a preferred slot for future tasks with that employer.
Peopleperhour.com is an online marketplace matching freelance or self-employed professionals with project work, usually in small or medium-sized businesses. People Per Hour is known in the industry for having higher paying jobs then other marketplaces, which is a sign of more Western buyers wanting to spend more to achieve a higher quality product.
Coroflot is a company created and run by designers. The site connects designers with potential job opportunities in a range of verticals including graphics, UX, fashion, illustration, architecture, industrial, and 3D modeling. The site focuses on great design, and using the site is free. Designers will also benefit from the portfolio advice, hiring tips, and salary surveys.
DesignCrowd divides design opportunities into four categories: web design, graphic design, print design, and corporate identity. Freelance design jobs have two distinct phases. The first phase is where a customer receives quotes from designers interested in working on their project. The customer then selects a designer, pays for the quote, and the selected designer works on producing the designs for the customer. What separates DesignCrowd from other crowdsourced marketplaces is that designers are eligible for payment (usually about $20 to $50) simply for participating in a design contest…even if they don’t win.
Anyone seeking a technology job in the U.S. should investigate Dice. With job board offerings for project managers, business analysts, QA analysts, Java programmers, developers for iOS and Android, and many other areas of the IT world, Dice offers a variety of technology oriented positions. The site also provides information on training programs, tips for preparing a CV, and discussion forums.
A creative business matchmaking service, Programmer Meet Designer (PMD) recognizes that those who have excellent design skills and those who are adept programmers are rarely the same people. The site introduces programmers and designers by having each post projects of interest to the other, for mutual benefit.
This freelance marketplace requires contractors to pay a small commission once awarded a project. Apart from this, it is easy to use and a great platform to post projects and find freelance jobs for coders, consultants, graphic designers, and software developers.
Additional Web Design/Development Resources
8. Crowd Spring
9. Freelance Designers
13. Authentic Jobs
15. Behance Job
16. We Work Remotely
20. Simply Hired
21. Smashing Jobs
As you grow your client list and add skills to your repertoire, you can determine which projects to accept and which clients to work with. To achieve this status, you must diversify yourself among large-scale marketplaces, industry specific (niche) marketplaces, and job boards. Do you have any suggestions to offer programmers and designers looking for work? Let us know in the comments below.