In other hand, many freelancers like to do freelancing instead of regular jobs because they love to work from home. You don't have to face traffic zam, don't need to wait for bus, don't want to do some boring office works from 9 to 5pm and most importantly as a freelancer you have total freedom to choose what type of works you actually like to do.
There are tons of sites in the Internet offering a repository of freelancing jobs. You can get service as well as provide service through those sites. Buyers post projects through the sites, coder bid on the projects, buyer select a coder based upon rating, experience and bid, after coder is select, coder will be responsible to complete the project. Upon work is accepted by the buyer coder can be paid. All the freelancing sites follow these rules. There is an escrow system before coder started to work so that there exists no scam.
Besides some legitimate sites, there are tons of scam sites as well. So before doing freelancing tasks you need to aware of the good freelancing sites. In general, the sites where it asks money before doing registration normally they are scam sites. After analysis to various sites I am listing the best freelancing sites here.
1)Elance.com (USA, founded in 1998):
Elance.com is the largest online freelance site. If you want to do large professional job then elance.com is the best choice. Unlike other freelancing sites, elance.com charges freelance providers while posting the job in the list. So, it is very trusted one and posts are not fake. While in some freelancing sites there is much fake posting and bidders bid on those project but lastly provider cancel the project. So no waste of time from freelancers.
2)GetAFreelancer.com (Sweden, started in February 2004):
GetAFreelaner.com gets huge traffic compared to others because of it's posting flexibility. You can find freelance coders, writers, programmers, designers, marketers and more. But still the site needs to make much improvement as I see several bugs there. Besides they have several limitations and bad features like pop up windows while bidding or editing post. The great limitation is their support system is really worst.
3)ScriptLance (Canada, started in 2001):
Provides a service that helps businesses find freelance programmers and designers for their projects. This site has the lowest fees. It has no recurring fees, no project posting fees. Webmaster/Programmer will have to pay per project fee at the point of project acceptance (when webmaster had selected a programmer for the project and programmer accepted the project). It is your best choice if you want really cheap coding.
4)Rent-a-coder (USA, started in 2001):
Rent-a-coder may also be your choice but it has several limitations. As posting project is totally free so freelancers sometimes waste much time while bidding a project that is going to cancel. When you get a project done through Rentacoder you put the entire project fees into an escrow account. You don't release the fees until the project is complete. From my experience I see Rent-a-coder is biased to seller. So upon completion of your work you may not get your money. But it is really good for buyers(software providers). Another limitation of them is they are not good who have really slow internet and sites become down often. So you may not submit your tasks within the site in time and any off -site communication means they will not pay you.
5)Guru.com (USA, started August 2000):
According to Guru.com, it is one of the leader in freelancing industry with more than 1 million registered members and 100,000 active freelancer profiles. By using SafePay Escrow, Employers are guaranteed 100% satisfaction with their project results. They have some innovative features, such as an online Video Profile, give Freelancers a cutting edge platform to highlight their skills and experience to attract new business and retain repeat customers.
6)GetACoder.com: (USA, UK, Hong Kong, Portugal):
It was one of the good site in the freelancing sites. Now they rather go much for advertisement instead of freelancing. Still you can use them. According to them. When you use GetACoder you are stretching your budget and saving as much as 60% over traditional outsourcing. GetACoder is changing business, now it's no longer about what you own or build but which resources and talent you can access. With GetACoder you reduce expenses, increase efficiencies, aggressively grow your business, and create a sustainable competitive advantage.
Other Sites in terms of less popular
"Post your project today to receive bids from 100's of professional service providers. When bidders compete for your project, you save time and money. It's quick and easy and best of all, it's free."
"Freelance Work was created to connect freelance and contract professionals with qualified employers. Through our project and job seeker databases, freelancers can find their next great projects and list their qualifications so employers can immediately find them."
"Connecting businesses with programmers."
"Connecting Programmers with Custom Software Buyers & WebMasters."
5) Freelance Job Search
"New Jobs Updated 8 times an hour from every major freelance job site on the interwebs."
6) Contracted Work
"Find Professionals Fast, Easy & Free."
7) Freelance Auction
"Freelance Auction Marketplace to buy/sell freelance website services Web Design, Graphic Design, CGI, PHP, Perl, Java, XML, ASP, SQL, MYSQL Programming Script Installation, Custom Website Design, Templates, Software Development, CGI/PHP Scripts Post a quote request from freelancers or join as a freelancer, developer, contractor to bid on work"
8) Power Lance
"Our goal is to connect professional freelancers to webmasters providing both freelancers and webmasters the opportunity to expand their business and reduce their costs. Feel free to post a project for bidding or bid on current open projects."
"Freelancers.net has been helping freelancers find work and clients find freelancers since 1999. Freelancers.net is UK focused and lists many jobs and projects open to UK freelancers, however clients from across the globe use Freelancers.net regularly to source freelancers outside of the UK."
"Find Freelance Web Designers for Custom Web Design, Graphic Designers, Programmers, Coders, Writers and more
Project4Hire.com is the place to find Freelance Programmers, Web Designers, Graphic Artists, IT Professionals, Translators, Writers, Consultants & other Freelance Professionals."
"Project outsourcing. Simplified."
"OnForce is the trusted nationwide network of over 13,000 highly-skilled service professionals, available when and where you need them."
"Freelanza.co.za is an online outsource portal for professionals. Clients may outsource work to the available service providers by means of posting jobs on the notice board. Jobs will be awarded by the clients, to providers as they see fit. "
"experts for your projects"
"Outsource Your Work To Rated Freelancers
Save cost by using freelancers and home workers
Stay flexible by hiring remotely on-demand
Find trusted professionals and pay only for results"
Freelance Marketplace with a fee per job to contact the buyer.
17) Freelancer Store.com
"Freelance Programmer – Freelance Projects – Freelance Websites. This site is Totally FREE! We don’t charge to post projects or charge after accepting a freelancer; which other websites do. We don’t take any commission from freelancers; which other freelance websites do. No sign-up fees, No monthly fees, No commission fees. It’s totally FREE!"
18) Freelancer Listing
"Looking for Freelance work? Find the latest freelance job postings and bid on them absolutely FREE!"
"Offering everything that project owners and freelancers could possibly need, eTEQ.com contains auctions, job postings, and freelance ads all for free. Project owners can post their projects for free and have the site’s competent freelancers bid on it while freelancers, on the one hand, can also sign up for free and begin browsing for various projects up for bidding posted in the site."
20) ITMatch Online
"Are you a BUYER looking for outsourcing IT or BPO projects? Are you a PROVIDER looking for outsourcing IT or BPO projects? ITMatchOnline is the easiest way to find the right partner." Free registration.
"The best site on the Net for professional designers."
22) Moday Works
"International Service Providers at your Fingertips!"
"P2W2 identifies the right partners, negotiates terms, establishes the outsourcing relationship and manages projects for small business. "
24) Project Worm
"Builds bridges between Project Owners and Project Professionals."
"Welcome to the Request for Proposals Database (RFPdb), your source for RFPs and new project leads. This site is free to join and there is NO fee. The site works on a credit system."
"Work on what you want, when you want and where you want to! The lifestyle of a freelancer is taking off and gives unparalleled job flexibility. By working as a freelancer online, you can greatly increase your client base and job throughput. Have the surety of being paid on-time with our trusted escrow system for payments. For the first time you can even work at home and tap into a global pool of suppliers across a huge range of industries!"
"Bid on web, graphics and development jobs."
"It’s a new way for you to find and get work done online. Jobloha is mainly being used by freelancers (Coders, Designers, Writers,…) but offers a great variety of remote work and local job offers. Whether you are looking for the right person to do a specific job for you or you are a freelancer looking for work, Jobloha is right for you."
"Outsourcing your project to Israel makes smart business sense – ensuring a balance of high quality, reliability & cost savings. JobShuk connects English-speaking freelancers, small businesses, and service providers based in Israel with the world."
"Find qualified freelancers willing to do the job within your budget! Post your project for free and receive bids instantly."
31) Freelance Projects
"All freelance projects at one location."
"Web and graphic design marketplace."
33) The Superlancers
"Fast, simple freelance marketplace."
34) United States Freelancers
"Freelance Website to connect International, Offshore, Outsourcing Freelancers and Freelance buyers. UnitedStatesFreelancers! We are pleased to announce that we have made concessions to allow for international, offshore, outsourcing freelance work. As the United States is a huge melting pot, so should our site be… United States Freelancers is open to all international buyers and all international freelancers."
"Get opportunities to be creative using the DesignBay marketplace."
List of Non-English Sites