Gaining Skills in Flight
As people across the world are losing their jobs due to Covid-19, there are also areas of opportunity and growth.
Many countries are shutting down and sending people home. In the world of IT, some global service providers have dependency on lower cost geographic markets. The complication with some of these countries is that many workers have to go onsite to do their jobs. They don’t have the resources or the infrastructure across their country to support a work at home model.
The result is that even if a technical service provider had the resources to issue each of their workers a device to take home, they may not be able to connect to anything. From a business continuity perspective, most companies never planned for an extended global pandemic. It would have been too costly.
This means, there is work potential for many people that do have access to resources. Many people that have the basic skills for Level 1 or 2 IT Help Desk may not know or realize they know enough to do the job. There is a spectrum of work in IT that goes from fairly easy to extremely complex. There are opportunities across the board.
There are also many jobs available that aren’t IT! I’ll post a blend below!
How do you know if you have the necessary skill?
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/transferable-skills (Transferable Skills)
Where do you look for work?
Take a Chance
Now that we are in a situation where we are asked to stay at home for work, our physical location will be less important for the short run for any jobs that we can take on remotely.
The bottom line is that you don’t know if you can do something until you try. If you aren’t working now and you have some technical knowledge, it may be enough for working a help desk. There are many other kinds of technical jobs that don’t require programming or coding. While not everyone is a project or program manager, if you are well organized and task oriented, you could learn some basic skills on the job.
My advice is to, “Take a chance,” and “Go for it!” You never know who you will speak with and what opportunities are in front of you!
The Search for Options
Where to go..
https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/ – NJ State
https://cv19engagementportal.cityofnewyork.us/#/display/5e7634997ad67502161607c2 NY Gig Work
NRF (National Retail Federation)
List below from LinkedIn
- Store Associate
- System Operator
- Certified Public Accountant
- Healthcare Specialist
- Construction Worker
- Warehouse Manager
- Vehicle Mechanic
- Academic Advisor
- Delivery Driver
Companies with the most open jobs in the U.S.
Taken from my post “The Now of Work” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/now-work-howard-howie-cohen
~ Data sources are included
- Upwork: The most popular freelance job site on the Internet today, birthed from the merger of oDesk and Elance. When you first start out, they take a 20% cut of your earnings, but this reduces as you build more experience.
- Guru: If Upwork’s service fees make you squirm, Guru is a more reasonable option. More than a million freelancers use this platform to find fixed price and hourly jobs.
- Freelancer: On Freelancer you can apply for freelance jobs and make submissions to design contests. It’s a relatively new platform on the market but already has a huge base of customers and clients.
- We Work Remotely: A job board for all sorts of freelance services, including customer service, programming and more. The only rule for posting jobs on the site is that no office is required!
- Fiverr: Here you can offer just about any kind of freelance service at a starting rate of $5 per project. Don’t let that put you off, you can easily earn hundreds a day if you set up the right kind of gig.
- Onsite: A curated marketplace of freelance opportunities in a variety of fields. It’s an invite-only platform, and you’ll have to provide work examples to be considered for admission.
- Folyo: A platform that connects businesses with a network of freelancers and influencers who review their needs and refer them to different freelancers who might be right for the job.
- Matchist: A platform where anyone can submit a project idea they want to bring to life. Matchist will assign a project manager and then match them with “experts” to make it happen. Become one of their experts and start benefitting from the job opportunities!
- Mechanical Turk: Run by Amazon, it’s a platform linking businesses and developers with an on-demand workforce to complete their projects. Join up, and you can make money working on HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks).
- The Muse: A platform offering a searchable database of more than 80,000 jobs in companies around the world.
Here’s a list of 79 current, active sites you can visit to find freelance job opportunities now. Shop around and find the ones that post freelance opportunities that you’re best suited for.
- Indeed: Aggregates data from job opportunities around the Internet all in one place. You can easily find more than 2,000 remote job opportunities on the site.
- Freelanced:A social network designed just for freelancers. You set up your profile, set your rates and apply for job postings on the sites. Clients can also give you “kudos” points that appear on your profile.
- Skip the Drive: Offers a database of searchable remote and telecommute jobs in business, accounting, web development, human resources, customer service, engineering, and more.
- Virtual Vocations: A hand-selected database of online telecommute jobs from more than 2,500 vetted companies. The website updates with more than 450 new jobs every day.
- Rat Race Rebellion: A platform that helps people find work-from-home jobs and earn extra cash. It hosts a job board with over 100,000 positions listed so far.
- Working Nomads: Working Nomads offers a curated list of job openings delivered right to your inbox. It’s catered to people who want the freedom to work anywhere in the world.
- Remotive: Offers a job board of freelance positions in marketing, sales, engineering, human resources, and a few other areas.
- FlexJobs: FlexJobs is all about finding you flexible, telecommute jobs. All positions are hand-screened and legitimate by their guarantee!
- PeoplePerHour: Originally designed for freelance needs in the UK, PeoplePerHour is still dominated by these businesses and freelancers. However there are job opportunities from around the world for freelancers everywhere.
- Crowdsite: On Crowdsite, employers post a 140-character shout describing their freelance needs. You can be considered for the job by responding to the tweet-like post.
- YunoJuno: YunoJuno is another great platform that helps connect businesses with top freelancers. It also offers features to support contracts and invoices.
- Just Answer: Become a Just Answer expert and start answering people’s questions on a freelance basis. Topics include mechanics, electrical engineering, computers, education, and more.
- Krop: A job board for all sorts of positions, from marketing to design, administration and more. With a free trial, you can build a creative portfolio and find jobs.
- CloudPeeps: An online community helping businesses find local or remote professionals to help with their marketing, content creation, designs and more.
- MeFi Jobs: MeFi is all about location. You can search for jobs posted by other members and see how far they are from you, based on your latitude and longitude.
- Aquent: A community of creative, digital, marketing and technical professionals from around the world that you can be a part of. As a team member, you can help fill gaps in digital and marketing staff for various companies in their network.
- Project4Hire: Project4Hire is an online freelancing platform for all sorts of services including IT, web development, translation, and more. You have to pay a 5% project fee at the beginning of every project, but it will be refunded if the client falls through.
- iFreelance: iFreelance is another platform for many different kinds of freelancers, including writers, coders, and marketers. As far as I know, it’s also the only platform out there that lets you keep 100% of your earnings!
- Damongo: Damongo calls itself the #1 website for micro jobs online! A lot like Fiverr, you can get paid for completing a wide variety of simple tasks related to graphic design, business, music, audio, and more.
- LinkedIn ProFinder: A professional services marketplace helping businesses find the best freelance or independent professionals in their area. It’s currently only available to businesses and freelancers in the U.S.
Do you have a teachable skill? Chances are there’s someone out there who needs your tutoring services. Whether it be a high school subject, a language, or just about anything else, there are platforms out there that make it easy to teach online. Here are a few to check out in your freelance job search:
- Tutor.com: Tutor.com is the Internet’s #1 tutoring site, delivering more than 15 million tutoring sessions so far. Become a tutor on the site and you can start coaching people through all sorts of subjects.
- Chegg Tutors: This platform offers flexible tutoring opportunities starting at $20/hour. According to their site, top tutors can earn as much as $1,000/month. The more you build your reputation, the more you can earn.
- TutorVista: TutorVista is another popular tutoring site with more than 10 million live sessions served. You can work through monthly packages with your students or by an hourly rate.
Want to become one of the top freelance writers online? There are plenty of job opportunities out there waiting to get you a byline and more exposure. Here are some job sites just for freelance writers:
- Online Writing Jobs: A place to find writing gigs online. It can be blogging, writing research reports, creating feature articles for magazines, and more.
- DailyPosts: DailyPosts is a freelance writing agency that uses a virtual office to manage production. Become one of their top writers to find freelance writing gigs from around the world.
- Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs: This platform is designed just for Canada, but as long as you can write using Canadian English spelling, you’re golden!
- Textbroker: Founded way back in 2005, Textbroker is a platform that connects businesses with professional writers. Become one of their authors to start earning money through their prestige and network of clients.
- JournalismJobs: Journalism Jobs is an online database of open positions and freelance opportunities in print, broadcast, and digital media. Many of the jobs listed are full-time and location-based though.
- MediaBistro: MediaBistro is another great job board that writers, editors, and other media professionals can use to connect with magazines and trade publications in their industry. The site features thousands of telecommute jobs writers can apply for.
- The Shelf: If you’re a blogger and freelance writer, The Shelf is a good opportunity for you. On the platform, you can connect with other businesses and become an influencer to help them reach the right audience.
- Problogger Jobs: Problogger Jobs is a job board for open writing positions as a blogger. You can find regular postings in all sorts of blogging niches.
Local/offline freelance jobs
Of course, freelancing isn’t all about working from your computer! There are plenty of offline contract jobs you can take on to start earning extra money. Here are some sites that are designed to help you find local/offline work:
- TaskRabbit: An app that connects people with local freelancers to help them out with just about anything they need. It could be something as simple as walking their dog, or hiring a professional plumber.
- Uber: Uber has just about replaced cab services in a lot of towns. Sign up for the app and get approved as one of their drivers, and you can start earning cash driving people around your town.
- Lyft: Lyft is Uber’s biggest competitor in the transport services market. They’re worth a look!
- Sidecar: Sidecar is an up-and-coming transport services alternative you can check out as well. They focus on offering rideshare services so you can save money on your regular commute.
- LocalSolo: LocalSolo is an online platform to help businesses find freelancers based in their city. It’s still in its early stages, but to date has curated a network of over 25,000 local freelancers.
- Localancers: A freelancer/digital nomad directory combining local cooperation and international outsourcing. It uses your location to help companies find people who work in their preferred time zone.
- Bark: Bark is designed to help businesses find help with just about any kind of service locally, whether it be car repairs, photography, accounting, or more. The site is catered to helping people find someone close by that can help.
- Wonolo: Wonolo is an on-demand staffing platform helping businesses find temporary or contract staffing for their needs. You can become a pre-screened worker in a variety of fields, including general labor, administration, delivery, warehouse operations, and more.
- Ozlance: Ozlance is all about helping businesses in Australia and New Zealand find the freelancers in their country. The site supports all sorts of freelance opportunities.
Have a nice camera and an eye for photography? That’s all you really need to start earning money as a freelance photographer. Here are a few websites that will help you find paid freelance photography gigs online:
- Freelance Photographer Jobs: This website is a curated database of photography job opportunities in the U.S., UK and Canada.
- Photography Jobs: Photography Jobs Online is a site where you can submit your photos to sell to millions of potential buyers. You can choose from all kinds of photography jobs on the site and earn up to $125 per photo.
- Get Photography Jobs: This is a searchable database of photography jobs from around the U.S. based on state.
- The Creative Loft: This is another searchable database of photography jobs from around the U.S. It includes job opportunities in fields such as weddings, technical photography, travel, studio, portrait, and more. You can sort the job list by “freelance.”
Tech workers are probably the most in-demand in the world. Businesses struggle to find contract workers who can help them with their technology needs, while hiring a full-time employee just isn’t in the cards. Luckily, there are plenty of sites out there designed to help tech contractors like you find companies you can help:
- PowertoFly: PowertoFly is an online community charged with connecting women tech workers to their dream jobs, whether they be in office, flexible, or remote.
- Authentic Jobs: Authentic Jobs calls itself the leading job board for designers, hackers, and creative pros. Some of the positions available are in-house full time, but remote freelance opportunities also come up.
- Stack Overflow: Stack Overflow is one of the most popular job boards for employers to find tech freelancers. Some of the jobs listed are location-based, but you can also search for remote positions.
- Sologig: Sologig is a searchable database of engineering and IT jobs. You can search for positions based on keywords or location. There are many remote options available.
- Dice: Dice is an online search platform for tech jobs. You can easily search based on job title or keywords and location to find the perfect tech position for you.
- Gigster: Gigster connects companies and entrepreneurs with developers, designers and project managers to help them with their projects. Become one of their vetted developers and you might get opportunities to work with tech titans.
- FreelancerMap: FreelancerMap can help you find freelance, contract positions in the IT industry from around the world.
Web design and development
If those general tech sites weren’t enough for you, there are plenty of other opportunities out there in the industry. Here are some other freelance sites that will help you find jobs in web development, design, and other creative projects.
- Joomlancers: Joomlancers is a job board for freelance projects related to Joomla, Drupal, OScommerce, Vbulletin, WordPress, Magento and more. Some are simple gigs that take only a little time to complete and some are quite complex.
- Hirable: Hirable connects businesses with freelance developers for short or long term freelance projects. You’ll need to be pre-screened before Hirable can start connecting you with potential clients.
- Gun.io: A platform for developers and designers to meet up with companies who need freelance work done. Big name companies like Amazon, Zappos, and LonelyPlanet have found freelancers through this site.
- Smashing Magazine: The Smashing Magazine job board is another great place where freelance developers and designers can find job opportunities.
- WordPress Jobs: This is the official WordPress job board where freelancers can find jobs in theme development, plugin development, site optimization, and more.
- WPHired: This is another platform focused on helping you find freelance jobs related to WordPress needs, including design, plugin development, theme development and more. Occasionally blogging and site management job opportunities are posted as well.
- 99Designs: 99Designs is the go-to site on the web for businesses who need logos, websites, and other material designed. Businesses post opportunities and designers submit their creations. If they choose yours, you’ll receive a predetermined amount of money.
- DesignCrowd: DesignCrowd is a marketplace people go to get their logos, websites, posters, and other digital designs made. Like 99Designs, you need to participate in design contests to earn money.
- SquadHelp: This crowdsourcing marketplace is another contest-based platform for designing logos, slogans, and other marketing materials. You submit your creations to a client contest, and if they like it the best, you win the money.
- EnvatoStudio: EvantoStudio (formerly FreelanceSwitch) is a place where developers and other freelance creatives can find work opportunities. You have to apply to be a service provider, then you can set your own price through the platform.
- Behance: Behance offers a job board for creative professionals such as graphic designers, digital artists, and more. You can find a job based on your location, skills, and other qualifications.
- ArtWanted: Are you an artist looking to get paid for your work? Join ArtWanted, an online community to showcase your work and network with other artists. Art you post on the site can be purchased as original work so you earn some profits!
- DesignHill: DesignHill calls itself the world’s largest graphic design marketplace. Customers post design contests to the site that freelance designers can submit to. Whichever design is chosen gets a pre-defined monetary reward.
- Coroflot: Coroflot is catered to creative professionals. Designers post their portfolios to the site and companies post their job openings. Coroflot will make the connections.
- Dribble: A job board for designers. Employers have to pay a several hundred dollar fee to start posting jobs, so you know they’re serious (and have some money to spend).
- Juiiicy: Juiicy is private online community for freelance designers. Here you can find jobs and get referral opportunities from your designer peers.
If those job categories weren’t enough for you, here are a couple more specialty sites to help you find very specific job opportunities:
- Toptal: Toptal is catered to businesses looking for talent in the finance industry, including consultants, financial modeling and valuation, fundraising, market research, and more. You have to apply to the site to become one of their freelance finance experts.
- Traction: If you’re a marketing professional on the lookout for brands or advertisers to work with, then you’ll want to check out Traction. This platform will help set you up with potential clients as one of their marketing partners.
Here are more (with some duplicates)
A BIT FOR EVERYONE:
- Demand Studios
- Genuine Jobs
- Just Answer
- Mechanical Turk
- People Per Hour
- Short Task
- Smashing Jobs
- Student Freelancing
- We Work Remotely
FOR WRITERS AND EDITORS:
- Freelance Writing Gigs
- Freelance Writing Jobs (Canadian)
- Government Bids
- Journalism Jobs
- Online Writing Jobs
- Problogger Jobs
- Task Army
- Writer Bay
FOR DESIGNERS AND PROGRAMMERS:
- Art Wanted
- Authentic Jobs
- Computer Assistant
- Envato Studio
- Field Nation
- Get A Coder
- Hexi Design
- Programmer Meet Designer
- Smashing Jobs
Use Your Network
If the search options above weren’t enough or you want to make some connections, reach out to me on LinkedIn and I will do what I can to help!
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