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10 best freelancing job sites to find work in 2023



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As of December 2022, there were around 4.3 million self-employed workers in the United Kingdom | Source: Statista

Freelancing is growing at a rapid rate. By 2027 freelancers are expected to make up the majority of the U.S. workforce.

As interest in freelancing grows more people are signing up for freelance job sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. In an ever-growing market, where are freelancers and digital nomads finding work?

We are sharing the best freelancing websites (in no particular order) in 2023.

1.    Upwork

Upwork is one of the leading platforms for freelancers. As one of the largest platforms, UpWork has a wide range of jobs available, ranging from web development and design to marketing and admin support.

What is Upwork best for?

Clients can post projects with detailed requirements. Upwork takes a staggered approach to fees meaning the more you earn per client, the less commission you pay the platform.

2.    Fiverr

Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. On Fiverr you create gigs showcasing your skills. Like Upwork, Fiverr can be used for a range of services.

What is Fiverr best for?

Generally, employers reach out to freelancers. Once your Fiverr profile is set up all you have to do is wait, unless you want to pitch using buyer requests.

Since Fiverr offers a range of subjects to list services, new freelancers can try a range of services until they find what they love.

3.    Behance

Behance allows creatives to showcase their work and connect with potential clients. Since Behance is specifically developed for creatives it can be a good starting point for clients looking to hire for creative skills.

What is Behance best for?

Behance is best for creatives. What’s also great about Behance is that it allows freelancers to build a portfolio of their work. This can be helpful in attracting new clients and landing jobs on and off the Behance platform.

4.    TaskRabbit

Generally, TaskRabbit connects buyers with Taskers to undertake jobs such as assembling furniture or grocery shopping. However, on TaskRabbit, freelancers can also provide more complex tasks and services, such as event planning.

What is TaskRabbit best for?

Tasks generally need to be completed in person or in the local area, so TaskRabbit is great for the manual worker or the person who wants to find opportunities offline. Generally, TaskRabbit is connecting people who are located quite close to each other so you could find opportunities to help your local community.

5.    Guru

Guru has a wide range of services that freelancers can provide on the platform, including digital marketing, web development, graphic design, and video. Guru makes it easy  for business owners to find qualified professionals while allowing freelancers to display their skills and be hired quickly.

What is Guru best for?

Guru is completely free to use, but for those who prefer to stand out, you can pay for benefits such as more bids and discounted job fees. The paid profile is unlikely to be selected by the majority of freelancers so you can stand out.

6.    Freelancer

Freelancer is one of the largest freelance marketplaces, home to hundreds of freelancing gigs. Clients and freelancers can connect on the platform and clients can even find freelancers in specific parts of the world, which can be helpful for someone planning to quit a desk job to work on the road, while travelling..

What is Freelancer best for?

Freelancer is one of the oldest gig sites. For those who feel a little nervous about freelancing you can know that has been around long enough for you to trust their systems and payment processes.

7.    Flexjobs

Flexjobs is a freelancing site and a  source of information for freelancers. On the platform, you can find career advice, events and webinars. Many of these resources are available to the freelance community with some being locked down to members only.

What is Flexjobs best for?

Flexjobs was created for freelancers by a freelancer back in 2007. The platform boasts hand-screened jobs and insists that employers are screened for professionalism. This is likely to result in less spam for freelancers.

8.    Contra

Contra, founded in 2019,  is one of the newer freelancing platforms. The platform aims to replace other professional platforms; think of a freelancing hub where you can invite clients, manage projects and payments in one place.

What is Contra best for?

Contra is commission free to freelancers. Instead of taking a commission on jobs, freelancers can pay a subscription to earn increased visibility in the platform. The subscription is optional so it’s perfect for freelancers who want every penny of earnings sent to their bank.

9.    Toptal

Toptal comes from ‘Top Talent’. Toptal wants to connect the greatest freelancers with serious buyers. The screening process is longer than the average freelancing site and takes upto five weeks to complete. It’s unlikely that Toptal will be your first freelancing site.

What is Toptal best for?

Toptal is better reserved for established freelancers who are more likely to complete the screening process and find a place on the platform. It’s better for freelancers who have a proven track record of delivery and a high standard of work.

10.                     PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour connects freelancers and clients. Although titled people per hour, the platform can be used by freelancers who are selling services with a project rate.

What is PeoplePerHour best for?

Like Upwork, PeoplePerHour takes a 20% fee and uses a staggered commission rate meaning the more you work, the less commission you pay.

What is The Best Freelancing Platform For You?

If you have a specific set of skills, like creative work, look for a niche platform like Behance which is designed specifically for your skills.

Ultimately, the best way to discover which freelancing site is the best for you is to sign up and give them a go. Try a few platforms and see which ones you prefer and which ones provide you with the most work. Sign up for a mixture of the largest platforms and the smallest to explore whether smaller platforms are less saturated and therefore more abundant with opportunity.

Interest and online searches for freelancing work have increased since 2020

Popularity of Freelancing Job Sites

Remember, in 2023, freelancing is bigger than ever and freelancing platforms are improving by the minute. It’s a competitive place to find work but as the pool of freelancers grows so does the desire to hire freelance talent.

New freelancers should consider signing up for a few platforms to see which freelancing site is truly the best.

Commonly asked questions about the best freelancing websites:

Which is the safest site for freelancing?

The safest sites for freelancing are listed amongst the top ten in this guide:

  • Upwork
  • Fiverr
  • Behance
  • Taskrabbit
  • Guru
  • Freelancer
  • Flexjobs
  • People Per Hour
  • Toptal
  • Contra

Freelancers should feel safe to try any platform in this guide. The main thing when it comes to staying safe on freelancing platforms is making sure you’re using the site properly So, read the terms and conditions and don’t take risks.

The best platforms are developed to protect freelancers and buyers and there will be processes for payments, card details and personal information.

What site is better than Fiverr?

There’s no one freelancing site that is better than another. Different freelancing sites are buit for different purposes. Whilst Fiverr is very good if you prefer not to pitch for work and have buyers come to you, Behance is better for creatives.

Try different platforms to see if one platform is better than another.

Is Fiverr better than Upwork?

Fiverr is not necessarily better than Upwork. Fiverr is generally lower maintenance to set up and find work since you have to pitch for work on Upwork. But Upwork’s fees are lower.

Zoe Ashbridge is an SEO freelancer. She has traveled to over 20 countries by bicycle and writes about travel, SEO, digital marketing, and freelancing.


The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project announces 50 nominees



Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project
Kim Rihal, founder of social enterprise Equal Education, is one of the 50 women shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project

Earlier this year, on International Women’s Day 2023, Häagen-Dazs launched ‘The Rose Project’, a global initiative with a $100,000 (USD) bursary grant inviting nominations to recognise unsung trailblazing women in honour of the brand’s female co-founder Rose Mattus. Yesterday, 23 November, on what would have been Rose Mattus’ birthday, Häagen-Dazs announced the top 50 #WomenWhoDontHoldBack nominees being shortlisted for their achievements and its five globally accomplished Häagen-Dazs Rose Project judges.

Over 2,500 applications were received for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project putting forward pioneering efforts and societal contributions made by women across the globe. From these, 50 talented and inspirational women have been shortlisted and will be put forward to win one of five monetary grants of $20,000 (USD), which will be announced on International Women’s Day 2024, to continue their exceptional work, unleash their potential or give to a cause they are passionate about. The top 50 shortlist includes women from 17 countries hailing from across Europe, Asia, Africa & Middle East, Australia and the Americas.

The all-female judging panel from across the world has been handpicked for the final selection stage of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project includes. UK-based author, broadcaster and philanthropist Katie Piper, fashion entrepreneur and advocate for women’s fertility issues, Velda Tan from Singapore and Spanish entrepreneur and creative director Inés Arroyo, are amongst the judges.

“International Women’s Day 2023 marked the launch of The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project to honour the legacy of our co-founder, Rose Mattus, and create a fund platform to provide opportunities to women across all fields around the world who are truly deserving of support and recognition. We were thrilled to receive thousands of nominations across countries and our #WomenWhoDontHoldBack Top 50 shortlist is a compelling and diverse mosaic of trailblazing female narratives that moved us and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere”, says Aurélie Lory, Häagen-Dazs spokesperson.

To find out more about the story of each entrepreneur shortlisted for The Häagen-Dazs Rose Project, visit:

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47% of women feel their workplace is not combatting inequality



Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal
Katherine Maher, CEO, Web Summit, on Centre Stage during day one of Web Summit 2023 | Photo: Eóin Noonan/Web Summit

The proportion of women who feel that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality has nearly doubled in a year, a new survey has revealed.

Web Summit, the world’s largest technology event taking place in Lisbon this week, has released its third annual State of Gender Equity in Tech report, which is based on a survey distributed among its women in tech community.

76.1 percent of respondents feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position; fewer respondents (41.8 %) feel the need to choose between family and career when compared to 2022 (50.4 %); and there is at least one woman in a senior management position in 80.4 percent of respondents’ companies, a similar proportion to last year (81.3%).

The survey found that 70.5 percent of respondents feel pressure to prove their worth compared to male counterparts, while 77.2 percent feel they need to work harder to prove themselves because of their gender.

Over three quarters of respondents (76.1 %) feel empowered to pursue and/or hold a leadership position. And almost half of respondents think that their workplace is not taking appropriate measures to combat gender inequality, increasing from 26 percent in 2022 to 47
percent in 2023.

“While it is encouraging to see progress in some areas, such as those feeling the need to choose between their family and career, there are also some deeply concerning trends within this report. Seeing an increase in those who report having experienced sexism in the workplace in the last year is disheartening in 2023. We hope that this kind of research can breed some positives, and that it will push workplaces – and women within these workplaces – to broach these topics and make progress in these areas,” said Carolyn Quinlan, VP of community at Web Summit.

Last year, 42 percent of attendees at Web Summit were women and 33 percent of speakers were women. In 2023 these numbers have slightly improved with 43 percent of attendees and 38 percent of speakers on stage being women this year.

The women in tech programme at this year’s Web Summit is at capacity, and the women in tech programme at Web Summit Rio 2023 reached capacity in record time.

The WebSummit 2023 is running from November 13th to 16th in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Krispy Kreme to give away free donuts on World Kindness Day



A box of Krispy Kreme donuts opened and with donuts inside
The company, founded in 1937, is giving away 60,000 free doughnuts around the world today | Photo: Clément Proust

American multinational doughnut company and coffeehouse chain, Krispy Kreme, is celebrating “World Kindness Day” today by distributing free donuts in the US and the UK.

The chain is giving away a box of a dozen glazed donuts for free with no purchase necessary. But only the first 500 guests that visit each participating Krispy Kreme US stores on “World Kindness Day”, Monday November 13th, will be able to get a free box of donuts.

Krispy Kreme often gives away free or discounted donuts to generate buzz on special occasions. The company, founded in 1937, traditionally gives out free donuts to customers on National Donut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June of each year. And in July, a dozen of glazed donuts were sold for 86 cents to celebrate its 86th birthday.

Thousands of free donuts are also expected to be given away today across Krispy Kreme stores in the United Kingdom, with customers being encouraged to ask for the World Kindness Day offer. No purchase necessary.

The company, which operates in over 30 countries around the world, said it wants the brand associated with World Kindness Day to make “meaningful connections” with customers.

“World Kindness Day is an opportunity to make a positive difference by being generous,” Dave Skena, Krispy Kreme’s global chief brand officer, said in a release. “Simple gestures of caring and thanks, including sharing a sweet treat, is a great way to do that.”

Krispy Kreme said that it’s considering expanding a limited partnership it has with McDonald’s to sell more of its donuts at the latter’s location.

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