Top 25 Freelance & Part Time Work Platforms For Professionals

Numerous, diverse ways to monetise your skills & knowledge

Whether you make your living as a portfolio career professional, have a day job and just want a side hustle, or have recently graduated, there are many ways to monetise your expertise, diversify your income sources and build new skills. And don't just think about freelancer platforms - there are board roles, part-time roles, tutoring/ trainer/ coaching opportunities and much more. You can also volunteer pro bono to stay busy and learn new digital skills.

We found 81 platforms out there, then selected these 25 based on their volume of work, ratings from the freelancers and keeping the list diverse. Most professionals should be able to find at least 2-3 platforms that match with their skills and passions, or will be inspired to build new skills to take advantage of these platforms.

 

This is an ever changing landscape, so please let us know if we missed something.

1. UPWORK

In Demand Talent On Demand

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Typical Work Types

Graphic & Website Design

Virtual Assistance

Market Research & Content Writing

Digital Marketing

Web, Mobile and Software Development

Earnings Rates

$8-100 per hour

Platform Commission

20% from earnings

Platform Fees

Basic = Free

Pro = $15/month

Pros

Higher hourly rates; corporate clients like Microsoft, IBM, Dell; safe 'escrow' payment functionality; intuitive working platform

Cons

Each 'connect' to a job post costs $0.15; freelancers don't understand how their success score is calculated; hard for new freelancers to win work; 20% commission

Suitable For

Better for experienced freelancers, as competition is tough and clients prefer quality & experience over price

2. FREELANCER

World's Largest Freelance Platform

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Typical Work Types

Graphic & Website Design

Virtual Assistance

Market Research & Content Writing

Digital Marketing

Web, Mobile and Software Development

Earnings Rates

$20-100 per task

Platform Commission

10% from earnings

Platform Fees

From $5-70 per month, depending on plan

Pros

Has the most registered clients; low commision rate

Cons

Too many spam jobs; fake profiles; expensive freelancer plans; slow customer support

Suitable For

Suitable for all kinds of freelancers who are prepared to hustle to justify the monthly fees

3. BARK

A Revolutionary Way To Hire Local Services

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Typical Work Types

Web Design

Counseling

Personal Trainer

Business Services

Photo and Videography

Earnings Rates

$200-1,000 per task

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

They send you free leads; you pay $1.60 per lead if you want to contact them

Pros

Good quality leads, free account; vast range of services; local connections

Cons

No refund if the lead is spam; you can't see how many professionals have bid on each certain project

Suitable For

Good for both experienced and new freelancers, but you will have to spend $50-100 to secure leads

4. TRAKTION

Hire Verified Digital Marketers

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Typical Work Types

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Marketing

Social Media Marketing

Email Marketing

Earnings Rates

$55-75 per hour

Platform Commission

15% from earnings

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Top 5% of digital marketers; professional clients including Uber, Tinder and Amazon

Cons

Very difficult to join Traktion as they are only looking for experts; you can't apply to jobs on your own

Suitable For

Only suitable for digital marketing experts

5. GOODSTED

Collaborate for Social Impact

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Typical Work Types

Creative Brainstorming

Graphic & Website Design

Digital Marketing

Copywriting

Mentoring

Business & Brand Strategy

Earnings Rates

$0 (Pro Bono)

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free trial, then the volunteer (or their sponsoring organisation) pays $2-4 per month

Pros

Anyone can join Goodsted as a volunteer; helps you do something good, stay active and develop new skills

Cons

Projects are unpaid; platform is in Beta

Suitable For

Good for keeping busy on furlough, gaining experience and doing good

6. WORKINSTARTUPS

Number 1 Startup Job Site

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Typical Work Types

Co-Founder/ Chief of Staff

Marketing/ Sales

Engineer/ Web Developer

Machine Learning/ AI

Customer Support

Earnings Rates

From $4,000 per month upwards

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Easy to use layout; no spam jobs; part-time and furlough opportunities

Cons

Clunky website; most projects are related to technology or marketing

Suitable For

Good if you have tech/ startup experience, plus for keeping busy while on furlough

7. FIVERR

Freelance Services Marketplace for Businesses

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Typical Work Types

Animations

Video Production

Graphic & Website Design

Virtual Assistance

Digital Marketing

Web, Mobile and Software Development

Earnings Rates

$5-15 per hour

Platform Commission

20% from freelancer earnings

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Wide range of job postings; less 'professional' vs Upwork, so easier to get started

Cons

20% commision; low paying jobs at start and limited number of bids

Suitable For

Good for new freelancers to build skills and practice on lower paying jobs

8. TOPTAL

Hire Freelance Talent From The Top 3%

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Typical Work Types

Finance

Web Developer

Project Management

Earnings Rates

$60-210 per hour

Platform Commission

Varies with job

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Vetted freelancers; professional clients; high paying jobs; no spam jobs; good customer care service

Cons

Tough hiring process (30 minute interview); unknown commission rates

Suitable For

Only for experts

9. PEOPLE PER HOUR

Hire Freelancers Online

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Typical Work Types

Data Entry Operators

Virtual Assistant

Graphic Designing

Web Development

Earnings Rates

$5-10 per hour

Platform Commission

20% from freelancer earnings

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Diverse platform with reliable clients

Cons

Some fake profiles and spam job postings; must do 2+ projects in 3 months or account will be removed; poor customer support

Suitable For

Good for new freelancers

10. YUNO JUNO

The UK's Largest Marketplace of Creative & Tech Freelancers

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Typical Work Types

Web Developer

Product Manager

Programme Manager

Graphic Design

Earnings Rates

$60-100 per hour

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Interesting work; longer projects; no commision; good customer service; no spam jobs

Cons

Difficult to register, can take more than 2 weeks to clear your payment

Suitable For

Suitable for experienced people seeking longer projects within real teams; both remote and on site

11. TASK RABBIT

Help Around The Home, At Your Fingertips

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Typical Work Types

Delivery Service

Furniture Assembly

Grocery Shopping

Dog Walking

Earnings Rates

$17-20 per hour

Platform Commission

15% from freelancer earnings

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Fair pricing; good customer service; professional clients; vast range of jobs

Cons

Hidden fees; acceptance rate drops if client cancels the project; basic tasks

Suitable For

Easy for new or unqualified freelancers

12. INDEED

Let Employers Find You

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Typical Work Types

Most of the posts are onsite permanent jobs, but you can find some freelance work as well.

Earnings Rates

Variable

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Good source to search temporary jobs; no fees required to apply,

Cons

Well known site, so very high competition for work

Suitable For

For those seeking on site part-time (and permanent) work

13. TUTORFUL

The Trusted Way To Find A Tutor

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Typical Work Types

Tutoring (online and face-to-face)

A Levels

GCSEs

Other Levels

Earnings Rates

$20-25 per session

Platform Commission

25% from tutor fee

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Simple and inituitive design; instant payments; easy to join

Cons

25% is very high; tough competition

Suitable For

Good platform for recent graduates

14. SCOODLE

Find The Perfect Tutor For You

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Typical Work Types

Tutoring (online and face-to-face)

A Levels

GCSEs

Other Levels

Earnings Rates

$8-50 per hour

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Basic = Free

Pro = $11 per month

Pros

No commision; instant payment; verified students; Q&A page where students can post free questions

Cons

Limited subject availability

Suitable For

Good for both new and experienced graduates and teachers

15. EDEN MCCALLUM

Consulting Redefined

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Typical Work Types

Strategy Consulting

Interim Management

Project Management

Industry Expert

Earnings Rates

$300-3,000 per day

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Professional clients; high paying longer term jobs; no spam jobs or clients

Cons

Low volume of work; you need at least 3-5 years of top level consulting experience to join

Suitable For

Great for ex strategy consultants

16. BABYLON HEALTH

We're for health, for all

Typical Work Types

Remote doctor consultation via mobile app, call or video

Medical

Mental Health

Specialists

Earnings Rates

$50-100 per call

Platform Commission

Unclear. Doctors earn around $120k per year

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Work from home; growing business; choose your own hours

Cons

Miss face-to-face contact with patients

Suitable For

Primary care doctors and specialist who want to work from home with flexible hours

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17. LINKEDIN

Connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful

Typical Work Types

Consulting

Non-Exec Director

Coaching

Technology

Earnings Rates

Variable

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Lots of choice

Cons

Clunky platform; fewer part time jobs

Suitable For

People with a glowing LinkedIn profile and the time to sort/ filter/ apply at scale

18. HANDISS

Filling Talent Gaps in Engineering, Architecture and Construction

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Typical Work Types

Architects

Structural Engineers

Project Estimation

Transportation Engineers

Earnings Rates

$35-65 per hour

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Easy to sign up; high paying jobs; no commision; fast payments

Cons

Competitive site; difficult to get first job

Suitable For

Suitable for experienced freelance architects.& other construction specialists

19. GLG

The World's Knowledge Marketplace

Typical Work Types

Providing Industry Insights To Investors & Consultants

Problem Solving

Paid Surveys

Earnings Rates

$40-60 per survey (15 minutes)

$100-2,000 per hour for calls

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Good hourly rate; interesting calls

Cons

As this is linked to investing, there are lots of compliance rules - main one is that you can't talk about your own employer, so your knowledge needs to be much broader

Suitable For

Industry/ subject matter experts who don't work at listed companies, but have their finger on the pulse of the latest trends

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20. WORKSOME

Transforming The Freelance Market

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Typical Work Types

Graphic & Website Design

Market Research & Content Writing

Digital Marketing

Web, Mobile and Software Development

Engineering

Earnings Rates

$80-110 per hour

Platform Commission

4% commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

All clients are big companies; low commision; good hourly rates; local opportunities

Cons

Low volume of job postings

Suitable For

Professional freelancers, but only as a top-up plan due to low volume

21. COACH THE WORLD

The best online coaching platform and online meet and greet with stars and influencers

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Typical Work Types

Online Coaching (fitness, wellness, public speaking, gaming) Online Business Consulting

Earnings Rates

$20-2,000 per hour

Platform Commission

15% commision

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Diverse audience; a good source for recurring income

Cons

Very competitive - may not get much work

Suitable For

Good for those with a well known name or deep expertise

22. SKYWORD

Enterprise Content Operations Made Easy

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Typical Work Types

Content Marketing

Social Marketing

Content Translation

Earnings Rates

$20-100 per hour

Platform Commission

Varies per job

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

All clients are professional; work with a team of other (vetted) freelancers; some longer term projects

Cons

Not a reliable enough source of work to fill your calendar

Suitable For

Professional freelancers who like to work in a team for professional clients

23. MOVE ME ON

Home of Top-Tier Consultants & Alumni

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Typical Work Types

Strategy Consulting

Interim Management

Project Management

Industry Expert

Earnings Rates

$300-3,000 per day

Platform Commission

12.5-25%

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Professional clients (e.g. Amazon), interesting jobs; good customer care

Cons

Difficult to join for new freelancers, high commision rate, highly competitive

Suitable For

More suitable for expert consultants

24. UDEMY

Improving Lives Through Learning

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Typical Work Types

Create & Upload Video Training Courses:

Personal Development

Business

IT & Software

Health & Fitness

Music

Earnings Rates

$20-200 per video view

Platform Commission

50% of course fees, unless you provide your own traffic, then a lot less

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

If you upload a course and it is a hit, this is easy money. It also costs you nothing to upload a course

Cons

Udemy takes 50% of course revenue. They also don't give you the student contact details

Suitable For

Passionate experts who are also good trainers

25. NUROLE

Board Level Recruitment For The 21st Century

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Typical Work Types

Non-Exec Board Roles:

Fast Growth Companies

Investment Funds

Foundations

Earnings Rates

$0-100,000 per year

Platform Commission

No commission

Platform Fees

Free

Pros

Once you have uploaded your profile, relevant board opportunities come to you by email

Cons

Can only join by referral; around 50 people apply for each role, so odds are low

Suitable For

Seasoned executives with stand-out skills