Upwork and Fiverr are the most common general-purpose websites that employ literally anyone from any skill level.
These two companies are open to freelancers and employers worldwide to offer opportunities and services amongst each other.
There is a variety of services that a freelancer can offer on these platforms, Both skilled and unskilled gigs.
For example, graphic design, website creation, data entry, translation, sales and social media marketing, virtual assistant, customer service, telemarketing etc. Suffice to say there is work for everyone.
Despite the above websites being so popular with African Freelancers. There are other alternatives to these two sites that work as well and are available to the African demographic.
1.People Per Hour
PPH is a freelancer market place where you can find different freelance opportunities.
As I mentioned this earlier on a previous post become a virtual assistant . It is a location-based website which enables employers and freelancers to find opportunities within their locale as well as locations of their choice.
The company links companies with freelancers for different services.
A freelancer has to create a profile of themselves and choose up to 15 skills that they can offer. In addition, you must complete a competitive compelling profile to be marketable.
It’s advisable also add your previous work samples and/or portfolios to show your competence before you start bidding for work.
Payments are made via bank transfer or PayPal.
You can check out more info on www.peopleperhour.com
As one of the biggest freelance markets in the world freelancer.com has a large user database as one of its advantages.
Here You can find freelancers and employers from all over the globe making it a very competitive marketplace.
Furthermore, you are privileged to set a comfortable work schedule, meet people from various countries and different walks of life.
In most cases, employers prefer to hire cheaper workers with less experience here. Hence this makes the site a great start for beginner freelancers who are just starting.
After bidding and approval of the projects, a freelancer will start the job within the given timeframe.
Thereafter once the job is done and the employer satisfied, the funds are released and then one can withdraw the money directly to their bank account or using PayPal.
To find out more head over to www.freelancer.com .
Truelancer is a curated marketplace with a large number of freelancers.
All you need to do here is sign up and create a profile, Browse jobs then send proposals for the tasks you wish to undertake , wait for approval from buyer to proceed and work.
This platform is great for beginners. Additionally, as a newbie you’ll start with low rates and scale as you grow.
Moreover, it is totally worth it for developing your skills and learning here so as to be marketable elsewhere.
Payment withdrawal options on Truelancer are both via Payoneer and Paypal.
If you are interested head over to www.truelancer.com to find out if it’s a great fit for you.
Kuhustle.com is a Kenyan based freelance site geared towards offering opportunities to the African market. However, the platform is more of a skill-oriented market place.
One bids for jobs posted by various companies/individuals looking for freelancers.
The site similar to Upwork, you have to create a profile with your skills and areas of expertise. Additionally, you can upload links to your portfolio which is a great way to market yourself.
Email alerts are sent to you every time a client posts a job offer that requires your skillset. You then have to send a compelling written proposal for the job you are interested in undertaking, state your budget and timelines and wait for the approval.
Jobs are few and far between so it is important to be patient.
Payment is by cheque once task is completed reviewed and accepted. There are plans underway to add more payment options.
Check out www.kuhustle.com for more information.
Guru.com is also another crowd market open place that brings freelancers and employers together.
Guru has been around for many years and is Open to freelancers 18 years or older.
To sign up just like all platforms you have to set up your username and password. Then choose membership as a freelancer.
Set up your profile and you are good to go and start searching and bidding for available jobs.
Employers can add funds to SafePay (a shared account between freelancer and employer) and pay by check, credit card, e-check, PayPal, cash account funds, or wire transfer.
Head over to www.guru.com to get more insights on what is on offer there.
Overall please Consider checking these multipurpose websites out as you may find opportunities that you had no idea existed in the first place.
It is of paramount importance for you to read reviews, research and ask for more information.www.quora.com is a good place to go and find more first-hand information.
Above all practise due diligence online.
Happy Freelance job Hunting!
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