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Recruiter Top 10: Platforms to Help You Find Work in the Gig Economy

Recruiter Top 10: Platforms to Help You Find Work in the Gig Economy
From Recruiter - October 21, 2016

1. Upwork

With more than 2.5 million businesses using it to find freelancers, Upwork is the largest freelancing site in the world. Thats probably because the caliber of your average Upwork freelancer is rather high: According to McKinsey Global Institute, freelancers on the platform tend to be more educated than their competitors on other sites. Collectively, freelance workers on Upwork make more than $1 billion a year.

If youre a knowledge worker who isnt on Upwork yet, you should fix that ASAP.

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2. Toptal

All the best freelance software developers and designers are on Toptal. Dont believe me? The platform only accepts 3 percent of applicantsand it receives thousands of applications a month.

That might sound daunting, but think about it: If youve got the skills to be in that 3 percent, youll earn yourself access to top-tier projects paying serious money. So go ahead. Give it a shot.

(Thanks to the folks at Stacklist for recommending Toptal for our list. Stacklist runs a really cool operation where they assess the tools available to startups and present you with the best ones for your needs. As a freelancer, youre essentially an entrepreneurexcept you are your own startup. So check Stacklist out for more tools that might be helpful.)

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3. Uzurv

Already drive for Uber? Then check out Uzurv, an app that allows Uber customers to directly request your services. Its a great way to cultivate a dedicated customer base instead of simply taking rides as they come.

The tool can also help you turn your Uber driving into a serious business, allowing you to set your schedule, establish financial goals, and market your services to riders.

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4. HireMeDirect

For those who work in the world of live events audiovisual, IT, lighting, staging, etc.HireMeDirect is a great way to land project work. Its essentially an online staffing firm that connects talented people with the organizations and events that need their skills. It also takes some of the risk out of being a freelancer by paying freelancers as W-2 employees and providing workers comp, thereby ensuring some stability for workers in a historically tumultuous industry.

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5. Airbnb

You already know about Airbnb. You also already know that youre not really going to be able to make a career out of it. You cant exactly be a freelance room-renter.

But the reason weve decided to add Airbnb to this list is because as Nelson Chu, founder and CEO of the thinktank Tritan Collective, said when he nominated the platform for our list: This could serve as a source of very passive income.

Especially when youre just starting out, freelancing can be a rocky business with plenty of ups and downs. If you have some spare space you can rent out, you can keep your income relatively steady regardless of how many clients youve landed.

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