The Jakarta Post
Those who want professional freedom can join websites that connect job posters with freelancers. (Shutterstock/-)
In this digital era where you can get an internet connection nearly everywhere, it is easier than ever to find work as a freelancer.
Those who want more professional freedom can join websites that provide spaces for job posters and freelancers to meet on one platform. There are millions of jobs posted on those websites, allowing freelancers to bid, pick and work on the projects that suit their experiences and expertise.
For those who are not yet aware of how these website works, we have listed and reviewed five websites for freelancers.
Freelancer.co.id is the Indonesian version of Freelancers.com, which allows employers to post projects and freelancers to bid on the jobs. Payments are made through Milestone, which is provided by the employer through the website. Freelancers can also take a set of skill tests from many different fields, such as a language test, IT, writing and many more to show their qualifications to future employers. Aside from jobs, employers often host design contests to get more work submissions from the freelancers. Freelancers.co.id also offers paid memberships so freelancers can bid on more than 10 projects a month, but most freelancers say it is not necessary to pay such a fee.
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Previously known as oDesk after it merged with Elance in May last year, Upwork aims to reap US$10 billion in revenue from freelancers, according to Forbes. Freelancers at Upwork can choose projects that offer hourly or flat rates. Freelancers can get a free membership plan that allows them to get 60 Connects, a credit system that enable freelancers to apply for a job. Those who need more can purchase the Freelancer Plus plan for US$10 per month. Freelancers working on an hourly contract should use Team App to log hours and receive payment. Upwork also has skill tests for freelancers and programmers who want to get official recognition from the website for their skills.
Behance is a platform that displays visual creative works. It is like your online portfolio, but at the same time, you’ll be connected to like-minded people and even professionals on the site, thus provides a great opportunity to get recognition. Using ProSite, you can build your portfolio through its DIY web design application that later will be fed throughout its network of specific artwork-based sites, like fashion or typography, called the Served sites.
This website is an internet marketing service based in Jakarta. GetCraft connects local creative workers with brands and agencies. Unlike other websites that only provide platforms and take little commission, GetCraft acts like an intermediary between them. All submitted work will be reviewed by GetCraft, so employers don’t have worry about quality, and freelancers can feel safe since GetCraft will hold the money from employers and make sure that freelancers get paid for the work they have done.
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Sribu.com is a website based in Indonesia through which you can order a design or logo from local freelancers. With more than 80,000 designers on board, the website offers job posters an easy way to get a design made through a contest. Designers who want to join Sribu are required to pass a skills test before getting work, which will be directed to them upon registration. Once registered, they can search for contests and submit their works based on the type of design package. Clients that hold a contest will rate designs and designers through a star-rating system. The winner is announced every Tuesday and will receive 80 percent of the money paid by the client before hosting the contest. (kes)