According to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Intellectual Property refers to the creation and labor of the mind, including its fruition. It could be inventions, artistic and literary works, symbols, names, images and designs used in commerce. So, when someone came up with an epic or novel artistic creations, it can be protected in various ways and in many levels. This can be Patents, Trademarks or Copyright. But what are they exactly and how are they any different?
Freelancing is heaven for people who want to have more of their time, instead of their time having more of them. As we all know, that freelancing offers us the luxury of choosing what work we like to take, in what time and in what place we like as long the collateral needed is not an issue – power and internet.
Nowadays, online freelancing companies are sprouting everywhere like wild mushrooms. And each has it’s own features and special showcases to freelancers. Finding these companies over the internet should not be that difficult for you.
Freelancing could in fact, be the best alternative to a 9 to 5 daily grind of a classic corporate life. And the probability of earning high is as probable as having a cup of coffee every day. But as to what freelance companies are going to sign-up, read up to our quick freelance tips below before the main menu.
1. Portfolio. In freelancing portfolio is king. You can be the best designer, writer or freelancer in general as you say, but without your best foot forward to show to your probable client, you would be able to get that gig. So, work on your portfolio before any thing else. But, what if you don’t have portfolio yet, am a greenhorn you say. Read on…
2. Proposal Letter. If ever your portfolio is not yet established as you are just a newbie in the industry, then work on composing a great proposal letter to your probable client. You may not have much to show yet to your client, but with your comely business pitch, you’re one step ahead closing that freelance deal.
3. Skill Sets. Develop as many skill sets as you want. It’s a wild world out there. The freelance competition is global, not local. Your online presence with your portfolio will be brushing elbows with those masters in the industry. When I say masters – a lot of them! And the industry is offering multifarious job types that needs to be met with various skill set.
So, the more skill set you muster, the higher the probability of being hired. But don’t forget the value of mastering particular skill you like most.
4. Equipment. Each and every one of us, freelancers, has different level of working gears to boot from. For obvious reasons, a designer’s equipment differs that of the writers. A video editor will need to have a much more tuned-up computing equipment as compared to a simple computing set of a freelance writer which only need a simple word processing software.
Above all, there are two things you might need to check before starting a freelancing gig – stable power supply and stable internet connection. These are golden requirements. Don’t forget!
5. Discipline. When I say discipline, it’s discipline across the board. Discipline with your time, money, health, manners and few other cohorts in being the best freelancer. I give more emphasis on time. Clients more often opt for freelancers for a fast turn-around time. They shy away from big structured agencies because of further hassles these agencies offer. But with freelancers, they can have a closer and personalized business deals and they can dictate the time they want the project around.
So there is your quick freelancing tips. Don’t take it as the only tenable advice you get. There are hundreds of tips out there to help you kickstart with your freelancing goals. Try and check them for yourself.
And for the main menu about the top freelancing websites, the list are not arranged according to the best or the least. You, be the judge for it. Read on…
Toptal is a freelancing platform that connects businesses with software engineers, designers, and business consultants globally. The firm developed personality, language, and skills testing to remotely screen engineering candidates, and accepted the top 3% of several thousand monthly applicants.
The firm matches business engagements with developers from its network and brokers the terms of each job. In 2015, it expanded to include freelance design. In 2016, it acquired the freelancer platform, Skillbridge, which offered freelance accountants, statisticians, and consultants in market research, financial modeling, and due diligence. In 2017, the company launched a vertical specializing in software engineers and designers for the automotive industry. It also launched a vertical for blockchain engineers in February 2018. (Wikipedia on Toptal)
Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by number of users and projects. We connect over 34,684,932 employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries, regions and territories. Through our marketplace, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services.
Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk, is a global freelancing platform where businesses and independent professionals connect and collaborate remotely. In 2015, Elance-oDesk was rebranded as Upwork. It is based in Mountain View and San Francisco, California. The full name is Upwork Global Inc. (Wikipedia on Upwork)
On Upwork you’ll find a range of top talent, from programmers to designers, writers, customer support reps, and more. Start by posting a job. Tell us about your project and the specific skills required. Upwork analyzes your needs. Our search functionality uses data science to highlight freelancers based on their skills, helping you find talent that’s a good match. We send you a shortlist of likely candidates. You can also search our site for talent, and freelancers can view your job and submit proposals too. (Upwork)
PeoplePerHour started in 2007 with a pen, pad and telephone. A lot has changed since then but our goals remain the same; connect clients to our community of expert freelancers who are available to hire by the hour or project; provide flexibility to work when it suits you, outside the archaic 9-to-5 day; and enable people to live their work dream.
So far we’ve connected over 1 million clients and freelancers and paid over £100 million to freelancers — We think we might be onto something. (PeoplePerHour)
Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. Founded in 2010, the company is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and provides a platform for freelancers to offer services to customers worldwide. As of 2012, over three million services were listed on Fiverr. (Wikipedia on Fiverr)
At Fiverr, it’s our mission to grow and cultivate the world’s largest digital marketplace, a place where people can find and purchase any service they need, and build any business they dream. As an employee, your work is inspired by the success of our users and the celebration of your own personal growth. Join us. (Fiverr)
Guru.com is a freelance marketplace. It allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work. Founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com and still headquartered there. (Wikipedia on Guru)
Guru makes it easy for quality employers and freelancers to connect, collaborate, and get work done flexibly and securely. Milestones are like checkpoints you create to ensure you’re happy with the work every step of the way. Build as many milestones into your job as you want — set a due date for each milestone and the amount to be paid. (Guru)
Our team of trained researchers works tirelessly on your behalf to find and screen the best remote and flexible jobs—part-time to full-time, entry-level to executive, in 50+ categories. Have access to job search checklists, award-winning career content, one-on-one career coaching, resume review, expert skills tests, video introductions, and more to help you find your dream job! (Flexjobs)
Launched in 2015, CloudPeeps is a community, marketplace and platform that empowers freelancers and businesses to do their best work. We connect trusted freelancers and professional service providers with top clients, in a seamless platform that makes it easy to manage relationships, payments and more.
We believe that work is changing and this change is happening fast. The future involves more professionals working independently, remotely, and creatively. We are passionate about building an ecosystem that makes it easy for this future generation of freelancers to do work they love with clients who value them. We also want to create flexible working environments where mothers and fathers can stay engaged in the workforce while caring for their families. (CloudPeeps)
Envato Studio is a community of hand-picked designers, developers and digital talent, available to work on your project. From logo design to web development, to video production, we make it easy to connect and work together to get your job done.
In April 2013 we launched a beta version called Microlancer, focussed on small design and development jobs with up-front pricing. Over the first 12 months our community of talent and buyers quickly grew, as did the size and type of jobs they completed. So, on our first birthday we changed our name to Envato Studio to better reflect who we are and what we do. (Envato Studio)
Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services, community service, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.
Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries. (Wikipedia on Craigslist)
There goes your handfuls of freelancing portals. Note however, that these are not exhaustive lists as obvious, but just suggestions. Google out there and you’ll see hundreds more of these. Try your best foot forward on these and good luck!