10+ Networks To Look At For Creative & Freelancing Opportunities
Make More Money Doing What You Love!
Some networks are better than others & some pay more than others, it just depends on your goals, experience and what you like to do. Whether you’re looking to enhance your portfolio or make some extra income, there’s a ton of opportunities to browse through!
Udemy is home to thousands of online courses, teaching a large variety of things.
Instead of spending all of your time reading & learning online, why not try teaching?!
This one is more than a network, it’s like a learning marketplace. It allows you to not only create the course on their platform and charge for it, but they also allow you to reach millions of students, interact with them and potentially expand your personal brand.
Write Tutorials/Teach Courses:
#2. Envato Tuts+
Envato Tuts+ is all about teaching, but how you teach is up to you!
They let you create courses through videos, presentations, publications or tutorials.
Basically, you share your knowledge & they compensate you for it.
They have over 5 million students using their network…..a month.
Never underestimate the power of Craigslist.
I’m not kidding.
Personally, this one has been by far my most successful network when it comes to finding jobs. I found two local internships on Craigslist, a few part time jobs, and a few freelance jobs. It all depends on your location and what you’re looking for.
Yes, of course some of the stuff is a little spammy, so it takes a bit to comb through the ads and double check on the businesses’ but in my personal experience, it has totally paid off.
These 3 Networks are all completely different than one another, but they’re all focused around the same thing…..finding you freelance work.
Upwork allows you to create a profile, browse jobs & submit proposals. What I like about this one is that they have a space for estimated project budgets, so before you make a proposal, you can try to gauge if it’s worth it or not. You can also totally look at the other people that sent in proposals for the job……a little stalkerish feature, but I find it pretty interesting.
# 5. Fiverr:
Fiverr allows you to sell your skills at a set price. A lot of jobs start at $5….so it sounds kind of cheap, but I’ve seen a bunch of people utilize the up-sell method to help generate more income. A quick task could be posted for $5, but if the person wants it in 2 days, instead of your usual 5 day turnaround time….you could add an extra $15 to the project cost.
Don’t get me wrong, Fiverr has a bad rap for some things, but I honestly think it just depends on the person and the service. If you expect to get a complete web design done for $5…..you’re out of your damn mind. But getting a simple icon done for $5 could be a little more reasonable. (Toss in a 10-pack of simple icons as an up-sell option and BAM you just made $50.)
#6. Indeed Or Simply Hired
A lot of people think of Indeed & Simply Hired as job finder networks, which technically they are…..but they also have a ton of freelancing opportunities.
Type: “Freelance” into the keyword search box & a list will pop up of related opportunities…or you can get specific about the freelance opportunity you’re looking for, like design, writing, etc.
Create Content For Brands:
Did you know that about 84% of consumers make purchasing decisions after reading about a product/service on a blog? No wonder brands are spending money for blogger reviews & posts!
These 3 networks connect Blogger’s & Creative’s with brands that fit their audience & personal brand. When you join, you can search through a bunch of sponsorships & companies willing to pay you for quality content about products & services that you already love.
Basically, big brands need help connecting and communicating with their consumers on a personal basis. As a blogger & creative, you have a more authentic way of doing that & ultimately play a big role in consumer influence.
Blogging & creating content for large brands can also increase your own audience & help you establish authority within your niche!
It’s kind of like a win, win.
Edit or Write Content:
If you love writing or editing, you really need to check this one out.
Scripted gives you opportunities to write about things you’re an interested in…like business, technology, video-games, entertainment, sports….and the list goes on….
Basically, they connect you to writing jobs & opportunities…..in your field of expertise.
You’re in charge of your workload, so the amount of work you do is totally up to you.
They pride themselves on having high-quality content, so they hire writing editors to clean up writing, check for errors and double-check guidelines. So, If you prefer to edit content, over writing it, than this opportunity could be gold for you.
They also open their doors to let you apply to be a Scripted writer (meaning you get to write for the company itself!)
Contribute A List:
#11. List Verse
This one is almost exactly what it sounds like…..you make a list & if they like it, they pay you for it. Of course there’s a few guidelines, but you can make an easy $100 from this bad boy.
Don’t know what to pitch them? They give you a few ideas on the topics they usually pay for, to help get your creative juices flowing.
Sell Your Stock Photos:
Selling your stock photos has the power to make you some extra money. Fotolia is now part of the Adobe Creative Suites, so when you contribute your photos to them you have potential of reaching every person who uses any of their programs….which is over 4 million, and counting. They offer a royalties between 20%-46% per image sold, and that money is deposited into your account immediately, instead of waiting to hit a threshold or pay period.
Enter A Contest:
#13. 99 Designs
Graphic design more your style? Compete with other graphic designers in order to help a client find their perfect design. If a client loves your style, they can chose you, personally, to work on more projects with them, right on the website. If you nail just one client from the platform, they could end up a returning customer…..and possibly a referring customer (who doesn’t like those?!)