Freelancing has to be one of the easiest fields to get into. There are so many websites dedicated to the topic that the opportunities probably outweigh the people looking for them. The types of opportunities also vary greatly. From getting paid to draw to getting paid to code a website. The pay varies a lot depending on what you do. You can get paid to do just about anything. The upside to being a freelancer is that there is no long term commitment. There is also the possibility of permanent hire if you are in the market for a new job.
1.) Mechanical Turk
Get paid to do what machines can’t. Amazon’s mechanical turk program puts work at your fingertips instantly. You apply as a mechanical turk worker to perform what are called “HITs” for a requester. HITs are Human Intelligence Tasks. The requester then must approve your work for a predetermined payout. Some forms of HITs can include but are not limited to, audio transcription, image filtering, web surfing, writing paragraphs, and more. There is no startup cost, so this can be a good head start to making money online. Head over to and try out Mechanical Turk today!
If you haven’t heard of it yet, Fiverr is a website that allows you to do jobs for $5.00. Well actually for $4.00, they take $1.00 off the top for providing their service, but its still a deal non the less. A lot of these jobs, or “gigs” as they are called on Fiverr, require some amount of skill while some don’t. You can even offer your own unique talent up as a gig and if you’re marketable enough you’ll get paid. From singing to drawing, programming to promoting, find your thing and do it for cash!
Here’s an alternative to Fiverr, it’s called Just A Five. Same concept, the only difference is that you can charge, $5, $10, or even $20. So why not sign up for both. There are lots of these sites still popping up, I doubt I’d even be able to name them all.
Companies like oDesk connect freelancers with companies that are looking for workers. At the time of writing oDesk has thousands of job opportunities available for freelancers. There are companies looking for web developers, data entry specialists, virtual assistants, and much more. This is something that should definitely be looked into for the work at home job seeker.
Like oDesk, Elance connects freelancers with their clients. Elance is a slightly more popular service so there’s a good chance that you that there are more positions available. Currently they are boasting nearly $700,000,000 in payments to date (yes, $700 million).
CrowdCloud is a site similar to Mechanical Turk. Do a few simple tasks for a few cents to a few dollars. Worth signing up for if you need a little extra.