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The Best WordPress Jobs Boards For Hiring Freelancers And Finding Clients

Posted on July 29 by in Tips & Tricks | 21 comments

The Best WordPress Jobs Boards For Hiring Freelancers And Finding Clients

If you freelance, chances are you have to work to get work. Some people choose to contract freelancers using a per-project approach, while others are hired hourly for an estimated amount of time. No matter the case, finding work is crucial to surviving as a freelancer. This post is a list of the best places to find WordPress jobs for freelancers anywhere.

Jobs available can range anywhere to full-time to part-time to simply. The goal is to meet your contractor half way by providing a fair agreement to parties.

Smashing Jobs

With over 4 million monthly users, you can bet that Smashing Magazine’s job board will be buzzing with activity. Their job listings can be filtered by full-time and freelance, with a handful of categories dealing with design, development and more.

Potential job winners get direct contact with the job poster.

Craigslist

Apart from nearly any other type of listing, Craigslist offers a great resource for those looking for freelance work. While it’s true there are some scammers and some odd looking entries, a lot of success can be won by working to find the right jobs. There are plenty of filters to introduce to your search, such as telecommuting based jobs, which doesn’t limit your freelance work to your given location.

Authentic Jobs

Authentic Jobs is a real winner in the job listing world. Jobs are offered from all parts of the world pertaining to development whether its front-end or backend, UI Design, or anything in between. Filters can be set to include full-time, part-time, contract, freelance, moonlighting, and internship based roles, all with remote capabilities.

Many top companies in the world turn to Authentic jobs to find new hires. Apple, Skype, Facebook, HBO, msnbc, and more use Authentic Jobs to power their company.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn offers jobs tailor-fit to your current job role. You can search for different types of jobs on a keyword basis which outputs jobs in many parts of the world. Most are full-time jobs, but sometimes a freelance job sneaks through.

Behance.net

Behance, since becoming acquired by Adobe, has become a great resource for art and jobs of any type. After creating an account, users can upload their design work as well as apply to jobs on the Behance job list.

Users can filter by location as well as their job type. Some fields include:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Branding
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Development
  • Web Design
  • Programming
  • UI/UX

Some jobs are on location while other jobs can be performed from anywhere.

Coroflot

Coroflot has it’s own job board similar to Smashing Magazine’s. Users can narrow their search by keyword, location, specialty, and job level.

Jobs range from designers to developers to assistants.

Dribbble Jobs

Dribbble is mostly known as a great place to post work for designers of any type. The introduction of a job board has transformed Dribbble into a resource for many freelancers designer. Their job board contains a lot of big name companies. Users can filter based on all the current jobs listed, the remote based jobs listed, and jobs pertaining to teams looking for employees.

Jobs.Wordpress.net

If you’re sticking to only WordPress, then jobs.wordpress.net is a valuable resource for you.

Jobs range from design to development to plugin development. Freelancers can apply from virtually anywhere if it’s the right fit. The current openings divide the type of jobs available based on their position type. If you like you can use an RSS reader to view the job list, giving you quick access to its daily updates.

WP Hired

WP Hired is a job board specifically for WordPress enthusiasts. Users can filter jobs by freelance, part-time, internship, and temporary positions.

Each job has a description and an apply link which makes the experience user friendly and ultimately less time consuming when you are applying for more than one position.

Use an RSS reader or twitter to get instant updates of new job listings.

Krop

Krop is geared towards the creative professional. If you design for WordPress, you can likely find a position on Krop. Lately there have been a lot of recruiters posting on Krop, which isn’t a bad thing, but if you are looking to be self employed you’ll want to find job postings from the employer itself rather than a third party.

We Work Remotely

We Work Remotely is a job board put together by the team at 37 Signals (also now known as Basecamp). The job board is meant solely for Remote based positions and it’s part of the requirements when employers decide to post a job. Jobs range from programming, design, to writing.

Telecommuter Jobs

Before we mentioned craigslist as a great resource for freelance jobs, but there are a lot of settings and filters you need to apply (as well as countless pages to visit if you are looking in specific areas for employment). Telecommuter jobs takes that experience and refines it by collecting telecommuting-based positions from anywhere for any type of job. The site simply does a lot of the work for you rather than having to navigate through the maze of Craigslist.

Tuts+ Jobs

Tuts+ Jobs advertises full time, part time and casual employment opportunities from all over the world. They believe finding a job should be easy, so there’s no need to sign up and no fees for applicants.

Simply Hired

As a basic search is to google, a job search is to Simply Hired. Input the job title, skills, or the company you are looking for (as well as a location if you wish), and click “Search”. The rest is history. Jobs in nearly any industry can be searched here.

ODesk

ODesk is built around freelancers from all over the world. The job board is for both those looking for freelancers and freelancers looking for work. Freelancers have many categories they can post towards which include:

  • Design
  • Copywriting
  • Development/Programming
  • SEO
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Data Management
  • Task Management
  • Software Architecture

ODesk is a very vast network, so competition is pretty fierce. Budgets tend to be on the small side, but if you can get multiple projects going you can find yourself in a good spot.

Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com is a network extremely similar to ODesk. There are a lot of projects, but most have small budgets. If you are looking to develop your skill set and make a little extra cash, then this is a great way to start. As you progress, you can get into bigger and better projects across the different job boards we’ve mentioned.

Conclusion

Job boards are becoming a popular place, if not the dominant place, to find work. More employers are contracting freelancers for work than ever before. With a constant shift forward in technology, people from anywhere in the world can connect instantly to work together on different projects. Hopefully with the resources above your search for more freelance-based work will end in success.

Article thumbnail image via shutterstock author Bloom Design

21 Comments

  1. This is a great article as I am venturing off and starting my own design business starting September 1st. Thanks for the post!

  2. I have had some experience with the freelancers dot com site, and can say it does have really really poor projects like $20 for a website. But it is a great way to build a portfolio fast.

    Elance wasn’t mentioned, but tends to have some good freelance jobs. It also has some good long term contract jobs as well!

    • You are going to get those jobs that have be done on the ULTRA cheap no matter what online service you do. Even I have do as least one of those jobs.

  3. Thanks for the sweet list! I’ve been really thinking about hiring someone from odesk to do webdesign. My website needs a better look. Granted, it’s just turning four months old and most babies are ugly anyway.

  4. I would put these job boards in three buckets.

    In one bucket would be oDesk, eLance, and Freelancer. Most of the listings on these are low paying and low quality leads. I wouldn’t advocate spending time on these unless you are very green.

    The second bucket would be sites like WPHired, Craigslist and Jobs.WordPress.net. You can find some good leads here, but about 60% of the postings are one-and-dones. You will still have to use good judgement on what to pursue – there are still postings on here that will expect a Facebook clone for $300. There are some permanent positions posted on here that are reputable.

    The rest of the listings are for permanent jobs, mostly on-site (We Work Remotely and Telecommute Jobs are exceptions). Authentic Jobs also has some remote postings and I have found that job board to be high quality.

  5. I feel that some of the sites listed offer lower quality work, I don’t care much for Freelancer, eLance, oDesk or Craigslist. I could be wrong though. I mostly agree with John L. about his comment.

  6. I make well over half my annual income at elance.com

    These job bidding boards are no get rich quick schemes. If you have a SPECIAL talent then you can make a living there. If you are just average then consider yourself a needle in a haystack. I’m not just talking about talent here. I’m talking about having specialized knowledge. Talent is in the eye of the beholder, knowledge is a little more obvious when you see it, and it is testable. To prove my point go to any job board and look to see how many bidder there are on a “need photoshop help” posting. No go see how many bidders there are on a “need AutoCad help” posting. Specialize in someting that no one else can do and you’ll make money there.

    • “Specialize in someting that no one else can do and you’ll make money there.” The only way to have a voice in today’s world where almost everyone is shouting for attention

  7. Thanks – this is really useful information! I’ve just started freelancing and am a little overwhelmed… I hadn’t heard of most of these sites yet!

  8. Thanks for the great list.
    I need to add a bit to my portfolio, so these will be a great place to look for some potential work.
    (I have an Evernote folder just for your awesome posts)

  9. I’m just looking for this kind of plugins, but could not find the right one. Thanks for posting this!

  10. Very good article Andy :) . Nice list for freelancer and fresher. But miss peopleperhour.com

  11. (a bit left field but …) Another great place to get help and make great B2B freindships is right here on ET :)

    I would like to see a post on SLA’s and the nitty gritty stuff that we need before we begin to think of starting a project…

    Thanks for the list.

  12. Well fiverr is conspicuously missing from the list. I know it starts @ 5rr but ummmm…. u knw.

  13. It’s an useful article for freelance workers. I prefer to use Elance, Odesk and Craiglist to find professionals.

  14. I have all the links open in my browser right now. Thanks for sharing Sir. BTW – might have a bad link on the dribble jobs section, I got a weird error message when clicking.

  15. Great resource of job sites here. I’m having a lot of success recently with LinkedIn and Freelancer.com

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