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WEBSITES THAT CATER TO AGES 55+
Upwork.com: This is the largest network for freelancers with more than 10 million registered users, four million clients, and three million jobs posted every year, Upwork has something to offer for everyone from writers and architects to legal aides and photographers.
Fivver.com: This is a platform for creative types, including writers, filmmakers, producers, photographers and more. List your services for a price of your choosing, and business in need of content connect with you. It's super simple and can very profitable as you build a good reputation.
Topal: This is a freelance network of elite software engineers and digital designers from over 100 countries around the world. The company’s screening process weeds out all but the top 3 percent of talent in multiple categories, which means that once accepted, you’ll join an exclusive community of experts. Toptal lets you decide if you want to work hourly, part-time or full time, and you set your own rates so you’ll never be stuck in a bidding war. What’s perhaps best for freelancers is that Toptal also screens clients -- and works with top companies like AirBnB, IDEO and JP Morgan.
Workhoppers: Here is a site where companies hire, on-demand, local professionals for freelance, contract, gig, temporary, permanent telecommuting, compressed work week, job sharing or part-time positions. Workhoppers specializes in finding the ideal match in your own city and clients negotiate terms directly with contractors. No middleman.
Peopleperhour.com: This is a freelance site for all skills related to web projects, including software engineers, digital designers, SEO specialists and marketers.
LinkedIn Open for Business: You can use the Open for Business feature to take better advantage of your LinkedIn network. The feature allows small business owners and professionals to network and connect with members looking for the services they offer, and it allows service providers to reach potential clients.
LinkedIn Profinder: LinkedIn is helping freelancers find their next job. NOTE: If you need to access this site directly from your LinkedIn page, click on the “Work” icon on the top corner of your LinkedIn page, then “ProFinder”, then click on your name in the top right, then drop down to “Are you a Pro?”
Gersham Lehrman Group (GLG): GLG is made up of a network of more than 700,000 experts. GLG connects its clients with subject matter experts in a specific topic, business, or industry for a call or an in-person meeting. SME's set their own rates.
Mechanical Turk: Mechanical Turk is Amazon.com's foray into the online freelance marketplace. Similar to Upwork, Freelancer, and others, Mechanical Turk connects freelancers with businesses who need small jobs—called human intelligence tasks (HITs) on the site.
Simplyhired.com: This site offers the largest variety of freelance jobs. From construction to concierge work, the site helps freelancers find jobs in over 24 countries.
Freelancer.com: This is a large freelance job board with over 9 million postings. Many of them are tech-related, but you’ll also find listings for graphic designers, tutors, sales and marketing jobs and many others. The site includes a Freelancer Local section, featuring posts for things like pickup and delivery, photography and maintenance gigs.
Freelancermap: Freelancermap focuses on IT projects only. It includes web development work, game development, and even social media. Many, but not all, of the projects there are remote. It is an open marketplace for freelancers, consultants, and agencies across the globe, helping freelancers for over 15 years, connecting freelancers with companies looking to hire them directly, without ever taking a percentage from freelancers’ earnings.
Freelance writing gigs: This is a job board that is updated daily with fresh freelance writing and blogging jobs. The offerings vary from technical writing positions to writing about recipes, photography and healthcare, making it a great site for writers interested in testing their hand at different types of professional writing.
Guru.com: This site lets you easily showcase your past work experience and offers a daily job-matching feature to make sure you don’t miss out on any good opportunities. The Guru Work Room lets you easily manage all your work.
Jolly: Jolly is a new platform to help event freelancers grow their reputation, find work and network with fellow hustlers like them.
iFreelance: This platform accommodates some of the usual suspects of the freelancing world (writers, editors, coders, etc.) but also features freelance marketers as well. Unlike other sites, iFreelance lets you keep 100 percent of your earnings.
99designs: A platform for freelance designers, 99designs lets you compete in design contests and get feedback as clients choose the best ones. It’s a great way for talented designers to prove their talents.
HighSkillPro: A platform that helps highly skilled professionals market themselves, and connect with clients and projects.
Kolabtree: This is a freelance platform for scientists and academics looking for help with research, writing and more. PhD-qualified freelancers typically find gigs writing, editing, consulting and analyzing data. Fees are agreed upon between the freelancer and the buyer once a suitable connection is made.
Thumbtack: Freelance project site for skilled pros for events, home services, lessons, wellness and much more. Compare professionals.
Airtasker: Site for matching tasks needed to be done and providers. Tasks include home cleanings, house clean outs, furniture assembly, handyman, marketing & design and home & gardening.
Craigslist: Although most people see Craigslist as just a platform for buying and selling miscellaneous things, it’s actually a great source of freelance jobs. You can easily browse for local offerings if you prefer something in-office, or you can search by major cities if you prefer working remotely.
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LocalSolo.com: As the name suggests, LocalSolo.com was created to help companies and freelancers who prefer to work face-to-face, but there are now remote job listings as well for tech professionals, content providers, designers, marketers and many others. The site is free for freelancers and includes access to LocalSolo’s collaboration and networking communities. Once you make a connection with an employer, you work directly with the client — the site does not get involved with setting rates, contracts or payments.
HourlyNerd.com: This marketplace connects businesses to top-tier MBA alumni for short-term business consulting projects. So if you’re a graduate of a top-40 B-school who likes consulting on topics like competitive analysis, fundraising presentation or company valuation, HourlyNerd might be a good fit. The site says its “nerds” include stay-at-home parents with strong industry expertise, former management consultants looking for greater flexibility and retired professionals eager to use their expertise in a more flexible way. Experts generally earn from $75 to $200 an hour.
PatinaSolutions.com: This site offers project-based and interim employment to professionals with 25 or more years of experience in a wide variety of functions and industries. Registration is free.
YourEncore.com: This site matches seasoned talent with top companies in the life sciences, medical devices, and consumer goods industries. Assignments can last from a few days to over a year and compensation is determined by factors including project type, skills required and marketplace standards.
ReServe: This site (URL is reserveinc.org) helps find people age 55+ part-time work at nonprofits and public institutions in seven locations: New York City, Boston, the Mid-Atlantic, South Florida, Northern New Jersey, Southeast Wisconsin and Westchester County, N.Y. Assignments average 15 to 20 hours per week, pay a small stipend of $10 an hour and can be ongoing or time-limited. Currently, the average placement lasts 13 months. Not everyone who applies is accepted. To become a ReServist candidate, you must fill out the site’s “First Impressions Registration” and then attend an orientation session to learn about the program and meet with ReServe staff. If your application is approved, you can then search ReServe’s Opportunity Board for positions that match your skills and interests.
FlexJobs.com: Rated one of the best jobs board for flexible work which charges a minimum of $14.95 a month. FlexJobs is fastidious about checking the legitimacy of its listings before posting. As a result, the site boasts an unusually high percentage of flexible professional jobs. You’ll find jobs in more than 50 categories and a wide range of scheduling arrangements — part-time, telecommuting, full-time but flexible, etc.
CoolWorks.com: This site features seasonal and part-time “jobs in great places” and is designed to be as appealing to boomers as it is for their kids. CoolWorks even has a job page called Older & Bolder, targeted at retirees or soon-to-be retirees, where you’ll find a variety of part-time and seasonal posts.
Behance.net: This is an online marketplace where artists and creative types (photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, etc.) can showcase their work and search for part-time jobs and freelance opportunities.
Uber and Lyft Match drivers with people who need rides.·
AirBnb Enables you to rent out a spare bedroom or two, or start your own short-term rental business.
Roommates Can help you find a long-term renter for that spare bedroom or two.
Urbansitter Matches parents with baby sitters (think Grandmas-r-Us).
Rover Matches dog owners with dog walkers, with the important side benefit that you'll get plenty of exercise.
Taskrabbit Matches homeowners with nearby people who are handy and can fix things.
Wyzant Enables people to find a nearby expert or tutor on a variety of topics.
DoorDash Lets you to deliver restaurant food to people's homes.
Honor Honor matches people who have long-term care needs with qualified care providers.
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