I received my Master’s degree in chemical engineering from SU, USA. I worked as a writer and researcher for Fortune 500 company clients.
5 Best platforms to find digital marketing jobs
Here are some of the best freelance platforms to find digital marketing jobs and build potential long-term relations with clients.
Upwork, which was formerly Elance-oDesk, is the largest freelancer marketplace in the world, posting over three million jobs annually worth USD 1Bn. The platform has over and five million clients and eighteen million freelancers.
The platform boasts a wide range of job listings such as resume writing, blogging, technical documentation writing, website copywriting, and many more. Freelancers can choose to work on short-term or long-term contracts or take up hourly or project-based work. Being the largest freelance platform clients range from small businesses to larger ones.
As a new freelancer, it might take time to build a reputation and an eye-catching portfolio at the site. Whereas experienced freelancers can cut the uphill climb by adding existing portfolios, inviting more jobs and reviews from clients.
New freelancers can join Upwork for free and begin with developing a freelancer’s profile. Upwork goes by the bidding system. It provides free “connects" points to every freelancer every month. The free connect points are used every time a freelancer applies to a project. Short projects utilize fewer connect points while longer ones demand more points. Upwork holds the freelancer’s payment in escrow until the final project has been submitted and accepted by the client. Initially as a new freelancer at Upwork, one might have to bid below one’s pay rate to build feedback ratings.
Link-able is a dedicated platform specializing in link building and content marketing. This platform allows clients to find and hire talented freelancers who are experts in their industry to perform link building or content writing jobs. Interesting to note, Link-able calls their freelancers “Authors”, but essentially these freelancers are Digital Marketers - as they must have link building and content writing skills along with a strong knowledge of SEO and PR. Link-able has strict requirements and freelancers must apply for an author account, before being able to join.
Once accepted, Link-able is a great platform for freelancers to find link-building and content marketing jobs. So if you’re into link building or content writing, this is a great platform to be on. Moreover, Link-able is completely free to join and does not charge freelancers a fee for bidding or connecting with clients. Link-able guarantees payments of a successful job and pays out via PayPal. However, they do take a commission based on the earnings amount of the freelancer. All in all, Link-able is a great place to find and connect with new clients and build relationships with them to continue long-term work. The platform ensures the presence of reputed freelancers and a variety of clients in every niche.
Freelancer.com is an Australian online job marketplace website that is similar to Upwork. Potential clients post jobs and interested freelancers can bid on them. The platform covers a range of job fields, including everything from logo design and graphics to SEO and online writing jobs, both by the fixed project and hourly rate. Freelancer also offers a third “Contest” option. Here, freelancers create their content according to the clients’ project needs. The clients pick and pay for their favorite(s). This works to the advantage of the new freelancers, as one can build a portfolio and also get paid – without having a ton of experience! Although the platform isn’t for free, it allows only 8 free bids per freelancer per month. Also, one will have to pay 10% for all their earnings. However, freelancer.com fees are cheaper than Upwork and the platform offers a lot of opportunities.
Guru.com is another popular freelance job marketplace platform that was founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com and is still headquartered there. Just like Freelancer and Upwork, one can create a profile, connect with clients via messages and job applications, and get paid through their platform. “Guru Work Rooms” are unique features offered at the platform that helps freelancers to manage their project communications and daily job matches, making it easy for freelancers to work on projects rather than searching for jobs. Although freelancers can sign up for free either via their Gmail, LinkedIn, or Facebook account, guru offers limited bids of 10 per month. Yes, they do offer most free bids compared to other common platforms and also charge the lowest commission fee i.e., 9% of the freelancers’ earnings.
5. People per hour
PeoplePerHour was founded in 2007 with a vision to connect freelancers to clients and empower people to live their work dream. Freelancers can choose to work by the hour or project. So far, the platform has connected over 1 million clients and freelancers and paid over £100 million to freelancers.
Just like other freelance platforms, here as well, freelancer’s complete an online application form, which is carefully reviewed by the moderation team, ensuring that only the best freelancers are made to pass through. Once approved, freelancers are expected to build an interesting profile. The profile helps one to stand out when the clients are browsing it. The PeoplePerHour platform has an artificial intelligence system that matches the freelancers to the most suitable projects based on profile and abilities. Freelancers can manually search for projects or save automatic searches to notify of new projects and then submit a compelling proposal to win the project. Freelancers can send up to 15 proposals per month for free. But if one wishes to quote on more projects, one must buy additional credit.
Digital marketing is wonderful! And working freelance as a Digital Marketer is the dream. However, it can really be challenging, especially if you are a newbie. Luckily, there are many freelance platforms and gigs out there to help you succeed!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2021 Nikita Nandakumar Thattamprambil