Are you looking to quit your 9 to 5 job and work as a freelancer? It has never been a better time to start out as an entrepreneur or freelancer in India. The population of freelancers is growing across India as the next generation is looking for flexible working hours and creative working environments. Co-working hubs have opened in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi to cater to this niche emerging segment.
The average freelancer in India is in his mid 20’s and earns between Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 every month. Their population is concentrated in the urban areas of Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Most of these youth bid for projects online on marketplaces. Once they bag a project, they focus on completing the project and getting paid.
The top category of freelancer jobs online are in data entry work, logo and graphic design, web design, building mobile apps, software development, digital marketing and search engine marketing. Anybody can start working on these project once you sign up at different portals.
Freelancer – freelancer.com
The company began it’s operations in 2009 and has it’s headquarters in Sydney, Australia.. Most of Freelancer.com users come from the US, India, Philippines and Pakistan. In the last couple of years, the parent company has acquired more than a dozen different domain names targeted at niche overseas markets. The company also owns escrow.com. Freelancer.com is the market leader and competes with Upwork.com for the top freelancer website in the world.
Guru – guru.com
Guru.com was initially founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com. The website boasts of more than 1.5 million registered freelancers who are listed in their directories. It is by far the most popular website among newbies who are still learning to freelance. You will meet many experienced professionals on this website from whom you can learn the tricks of the trade.
People Per Hour – peopleperhour.com
Has a community of curated experts who are willing to work remotely on your projects at the click of a button. The UK based company was founded in 2007 by Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris. The company was named among Europe’s top 100 hottest startups in 2012. The companies focus is on getting your work done at the earliest at the cheapest possible rate.
Toptal – toptal.com
Toptal claims to be an exclusive network of only the best freelance developers and designers. The company counts Hewlett Packard, Airbnb, JP Morgan, Emirates, Zendesk and Pfizer as some it’s clients. The company seeks to help both small and large companies in finding the best talent without straining their financial resources. It does this by providing a no-risk trial to companies looking to hire freelancers on it’s website.