I'm a web developer and have been working the same job for 9 years. Recently, due to challenging economic circumstances, I've decided to start looking for freelance work to supplement my income, if not replace it. Are you a freelance web developer or designer? If so, where do you go to find work online?
I've had some success with local Craigslist listings, and I'm continuing to look there, but the volume of ads is quite low at the moment (I'm in Detroit, you see. Yes, I know I'd do better elsewhere).
I'm aware of GetAFreelancer.com
, but it seems like almost all the listings there are highly unrealistic in terms of both price and scope. "I want someone to build me a site like Youtube.com. I have a budget of $75 and it needs to be done by Saturday" is typical of the ads I've seen there.
I'm also aware of AuthenticJobs
, Sitepoint's Marketplace
, and of course Metafilter Jobs. Those places tend to have much higher quality listings, but they are few in number and the competition for them is fierce.
I've heard about Guru.com
. I've yet to try them, but I'm afraid they'll be a lot like getafreelancer.com. What experience have you had with them?
I've read some of the older Metafilter questions
that are similar to this one, but I wonder if the answer might be different in 2009.
How can I find work using the internet? Are there any other online sources I should look into?
Thank you for your help!