Freelancing has become a well-respected field in the last few years. It has shot up in popularity thanks to the technological advances being made on internet platforms and providers – effectively cutting out the middleman and allowing creators and creatives to work together for the betterment of both sides!
The reason is simple enough, technology has allowed websites like Fiverr and Upwork to flourish, allowing more freelancers to land a gig much, much easier. Thanks to increased internet capacities, faster hardware and software capabilities in laptops and mobile devices, and a genuine rise in curiosity – freelancing work has never been easier.
This article is going to explore two of the most popular websites out there for freelancers looking to make a living.
The big kahuna. Fiverr started off with the humblest of beginnings, establishing itself as a place where people could post jobs to be completed for $5.00 (hence the name). This didn’t stay around for too long however as more people began flocking to the website and with the increased demand for diversity of charging options and thus the modern Fiverr was born.
Now freelance work is available with anything from copywriting to programming. The platform has evolved to allow freelancers to put up their profiles as well, a lot of experienced journalists, bloggers, programmers, voice actors, even videographers have sold their wares on the platform and begun making a real living from it.
The main competitor of Fiverr is undeniably Upwork. Going on a similar rhetoric as Fiverr, Upwork is a little more refined and reflective of the changing job market. They have a decent split of marketable freelancing categories for companies to choose from and come highly recommended! The main differential between the two sites (besides the talent pool) is the focus of Upwork on longer term contracts. Fiverr has a more distinct focus on burn and churn and singular gigs.
There’s never been a better time to be a freelancer, thanks to the platforming capabilities of modern technologies – the sky is certainly the limit.