Work from home jobs are abundant, but finding well-paying and legitimate work at home jobs isn’t always easy.
When you’re just starting out, or looking for more clients, it can be tempting to go straight to traditional job boards like Guru, Upwork, and Elance.
But, for the most part, these job boards do nothing but make you work for little pay. They are just content mills that don’t put a focus on the skills or value you have to offer.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a VA, writer, content marketer or social media manager, these sites will help you find the best work at home jobs. I’ve personally proven it!
I started my own freelance career by avoiding job boards and because of this I was able to establish myself as an expert and can now command much higher rates than I would if I had used job boards.
How to find well-paying work at home jobs
Traditional job boards don’t work. Why? Mostly because the work at home jobs that are available on traditional job boards are geared towards the client and don’t give you (the contractor!) any control.
They put clients in the position of “owning” the freelancer simply because they took out the job listing.
But that’s not what makes a successful relationship.
The client-freelancer relationship should be a symbiotic partnership where you’re both on the same level contributing to the project at hand.
Another reason I don’t like freelance job boards is because you simply apply for the gig — along with thousands of other freelancers — compete for pennies and hope your portfolio stands out.
Often times a company or client may have even taken out a job listing and paid extra money to make it the featured listing on a job board.
How is that even remotely fair?
You’re the one who’s doing all the hustling to build your reputation, find clients and work on different types of jobs, so you’re taking on quite a bit of risk too.
The client shouldn’t be the one with the majority of the control.
If you’ve ever used a traditional job board, you know that the company charges you a percentage of the money you’ve earned in order for you to collect your funds.
Again, this seems very counter-intuitive because the more work you do with them the more fees you have to pay. Shouldn’t you be given incentives to perform more work for less fees?
This is money you’ve worked hard for and spent a good deal of time working on.
You should be able to access your payment without paying additional fees.
This is also one of the reasons that so many freelancers try to take the payment process outside of the job board and work with the client directly. Which is even more proof that the traditional job board system is broken.
Job boards force you to compete on price instead of the value and skills you bring to the table. This is not at all the type of freelance business you should be building!
I know it’s difficult to wrap your head around not using traditional freelance job boards as a way to jump-start your business. How else are you supposed to grow a freelance business from scratch?
To help with this dilemma, I’m sharing 7 of my favorite work at home job boards so you can connect with clients and land more jobs.
1. Fiverr Pro
Fiverr Pro is brand new service that connects outstanding writers, designers, and other freelancers with awesome clients.
This service differs from sites like UpWork because in order to become a verified Fiverr Pro freelancers you must first be screened and interviewed.
They do this to prevent fake accounts from competing for super low prices and then plagiarizing or outsourcing the work. And since you’re vetted as a professional you’ll have more professional job offers and competitive pay!
Click here to check out Fiverr Pro and apply to be a work at home professional.
Contently is a New York based content startup that helps big brands and companies connect with freelancers of all kinds.
Back in 2014 I had the pleasure of speaking on a Freelancing Panel with the CEO of Contently and learned what an awesome mission they have.
I personally use their service, which is free for freelancers, and have even worked with brands like, American Express and Spark Business by Capital One, because of Contently’s connections.
One of the things I really like about Contently’s service is that you get paid once you’ve completed the assignment, even before it’s been approved or has gone through the editorial process. So you’re paid no matter if your work is published or not.
And there are no fees! How awesome is that?
Not many job boards offer that. Contently is also great for displaying a personalized portfolio of work to share with potential clients.
Much like Contently, ClearVoice is a content platform that connects freelancers to awesome clients. Some of the clients I currently work with through this platform include, Intuit and DriveTime.
In comparison to Contently there’s little difference except for the fact that you can get exposure to different clients.
You get paid after the assignment has been approved but not yet published, and I personally like the ClearVoice platform layout a bit more than Contentlys.
The ClearVoice team is also very approachable and helpful so if you’re looking for a particular job, you can always chat with them. They even have their own blog where they hire ClearVoice freelancers to write content related to marketing, advertising, social media and the like.
ClearVoice also allows you to display your portfolio in a simple and clean way that automatically imports your latest publishings. You can also add links manually and it will display these posts based on when they were published, as well as the number of social shares.
The important thing is to keep your ClearVoice portfolio updated so you continue getting the best leads and new gigs.
Craigslist.org is another great free site that has occasionally brought in one-off freelance projects for me. If you’re aiming to find more local clients then Craigslist is especially helpful.
Visit your local Craigslist site and search the Jobs or Gigs sections. You can view the jobs by available position or the gigs by job type.
There are usually a variety of jobs available with some good gems hidden among them — if you have a bit of time to sift through them. And don’t be afraid to expand your search to other cities.
Craigslist often features both remote and virtual job listings.
5. LinkedIn and LinkedIn Jobs
One of the unexpected places I still get several leads a month is through LinkedIn. The reason I think it’s unexpected is because I don’t spend any time marketing myself, or my content, on LinkedIn.
The only thing I do regularly is keep my resume updated and add the latest positions and companies I’m working with. Then every few days I log into the LinkedIn app and check the messages received, as well as requests, from people to join my network.
Another way to stay connected to your professional network is with LinkedIn Jobs. Keep an eye out for contacts who have “Recently Viewed Your Profile” on LinkedIn and reach out and connect with them.
Mention that you’d like to explore ways to collaborate and how you can work together.
6. Facebook groups (and Facebook Lives)
While Facebook groups may not be the usual place you expect to find jobs, you can connect with fellow freelancers who can become potential clients, or connect you to clients via referrals.
Most of my coaching clients come from working with freelancers that I’ve connected with in groups, like One Woman Shop.
Most connections are made online, while actual relationships are cultivated offline!
But you must first be willing to invest the time a few hours a week in Facebook groups and even doing a few Facebook Lives. Be open to sharing comments, advice and asking questions related to your particular field.
There’s a wealth of information inside private Facebook groups and Facebook Lives make you more relateable and knowledgeable. You’ll usually come across someone who needs the help and expertise you can provide as a work at home professional.
7. ProBlogger job board
While the ProBlogger job board is a bit more like a traditional job board, where you have to scroll through listings to find the right gig and then follow the instructions to apply, it has an awesome reputation for offering excellent gigs.
I’ve personally found several well-paying gigs throughout the years, specifically in the editing or social media management industry. You can connect with some really cool clients and the best part is that the ProBlogger job board is free for freelancers.
Find the best work at home jobs
Since using these sites I’ve worked with many well-known clients and have been paid as much as $1,200 for one article. Now I earn an average of $600 per assignment.
Don’t sell yourself short, even if you’re new to working at home as a freelancer. Take your time and have patience. You will find the clients who are more than happy to compensate you well for your work.