I am a recently graduated graphic designer. I would like to know if there are any worthwhile websites that I could present my portfolio and receive or look for job offers.
I have came across the following freelancewebsites by searching the web that seem to meet my criteria:
- Design Week: Freelance jobs
- oDesk: Freelance Graphic design Jobs Online
- Craigslist (the most famous website for people seeking for employers and employees)
I’ve also found two articles providing reviews on these types of sites:
- 50 Freelance Job Sites For Designers & Programmers – Best Of
- 17 Great Websites to Find Freelance Jobs
I am new to the online freelance market. As a result, I don’t have any clue which websites are mainstream for graphic designers and illustrators (which are my specialties). It’s not immediately discernible to me which sites are the ones that are not a scam and are also good place for establishing myself.
I’m mainly looking for the resources that experienced designers are familiar with. I’m looking to narrow it down to the ones that have been used by those established in the industry. As a result I decided to consult the matter here and ask for input.
If you are looking for freelance work, you can try Elance or Freelancer. Both sites allow you to upload your portfolio for a fee, but the best way to find projects in those is to browse the ones other users upload.
I’ve worked with both, so I’d recommend you to be particularly careful about which projects you choose, there are lots of fake ones and it’s quite competitive, as there are freelancers from all over the world with very different money exchange rates. My advice: Charge what works for you, don’t go lower than your usual rate just because of the other offers.
It’s probably better if you choose one site (between those two, I’d pick Elancer, they are more professional, no unexpected fees like freelancer), because these pages are based on reputation + portfolio. Upload some good examples of your work, and try to get some projects, perhaps smaller, to get you started. Having some positive feedback makes a huge difference, and while it’s a bit tricky to get hired without reviews, once you have a couple of them everything gets easier.