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The Ultimate Freelance Job Board List 2010

Ask most freelancers what the hardest part about their job is and they will tell you finding new clients. It’s a pain to do and takes up time you could be devoting to other more important things. One thing is for sure though, new jobs are what powers your freelancing business and you want to take advantage of every opportunity you can find.

One of the best ways to find new projects is by keeping an eye on the job boards, but there are a lot out there and they are hard to keep track of. This list aims at being a centralized location for you to be able to come back to and use for your never ending search to bring in that next big client. One thing I would like to mention, is that I only added job boards that had recent activity and looked half way decent. I did come across a lot of job sites that were defunct or appeared to have been created circa 1999 and so they were not added to the list.

Pay to Post

Job boards that make you pay to post a job listing.  These boards usually have high quality jobs, but also receive more applications per job posted.

  1. Jobety
    Type: Design, Development
  2. krop
    Type: Creative, Design
  3. Authentic Jobs
    Type: Creative, Design, Development, Mobile, Management
  4. Coroflot
    Type: Creative, Design
  5. Freshwebjobs
    Type: Design, Development
  6. Crunch Board
    Type: Development, Management, Sales
  7. Problogger Jobs
    Type: Writing
  8. Web Designer Wall
    Type: Design, Development
  9. Smashing Magazine
    Type: Development
  10. FreelanceSwitch Jobs
    Type: Design, Development
  11. Joel on SoftwareJobs
    Type: Development
  12. Wired Jobs
    Type: Design, Development
  13. ars technica
    Type: Development
  14. ReadWriteWeb
    Type: Development
  15. Ajaxian
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing
  16. VentureBeat
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing
  17. Boxes and Arrows
    Type: Design, Development
  18. Gizmodo Jobs
    Type: Design, Development
  19. CreativeHeadsJobs
    Type: Video Game, Animation
  20. All Data Jobs
    Type: Data
  21. CodeBeach
    Type: Development
  22. Mojolin
    Type: Development
  23. PHPJobs
    Type: Development
  24. RORJobs
    Type: Development
  25. Inside Network
    Type: Facebook, Social Gaming
  26. TapTapJobs
    Type: Mobile Design, Mobile Development
  27. RubyToolbox
    Type: Development

Free to Post

Job boards that are free post a job listing. These boards usually have less traffic and the quality of jobs posted generally is not as high.

  1. No Agencies Please
    Type: Design, Development
  2. Geekup
    Type: Development
  3. Programmer Meet Designer
    Type: Design, Development
  4. Blellow
    Type: Design, Development
  5. nPost
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing
  6. Metafilter
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing
  7. RealWebJobs
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing
  8. Craigslist
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Selling your kidneys
  9. Creative Hotlist
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing
  10. Startuply
    Type: Design, Development
  11. Zend
    Type: Development
  12. Django Gigs
    Type: Development
  13. Python
    Type: Development
  14. PHPClasses
    Type: Development
  15. JS Ninja
    Type: Development
  16. Rails Work
    Type: Development
  17. Ruby Now
    Type: Development
  18. Rails Job
    Type: Development
  19. Rails Jobs India
    Type: Development
  20. Blogger Jobs
    Type: Writing
  21. Freelance UK
    Type: Design, Development
  22. CebuFreelancer (Philippines)
    Type: Design, Development

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing websites take a unique approach to the typical job board. They usually hold contests that allow you to submit you work. If the contest holder likes your work and picks you, then you win the contest and the job.

  1. 99designs
    Type: Design
  2. CrowdSpring
    Type: Design
  3. hatchwise
    Type: Design
  4. DesignCrowd
    Type: Design

Marketplaces

These sites allow you to bid on projects. The sites benefit from the amount of jobs / projects being posted, but the downside is that most a lot of times you will be working for less than you are worth.

  1. Elance
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  2. Freelancer
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  3. oDesk
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  4. Guru
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  5. vWorker (formerly Rent A Coder)
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  6. Scriptlance
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  7. Freelancer Jobs Network
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  8. GetACoder
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  9. iFreelance
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  10. DesignQuote
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  11. PeoplePerHour
    Type: Writing
  12. SuperLancers
    Type: Design, Development, Writing, Marketing
  13. PHP Freelancers
    Type: Development
  14. Writerlance
    Type: Writing

Search Engines

Job search engines search jobs from hundreds, maybe thousands of job boards. It’s harder to find freelance work on these, but worth checking out from time to time. They are certainly helpful if you are looking for a more permanent position.

  1. Jobety
    Type: Design, Development
  2. indeed
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  3. simplyhired
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  4. Hound
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  5. Job
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  6. sologig
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  7. Careerjet
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing

Job Aggregators

Job aggregators bring in jobs from some of the most popular job sites out there and combine them together for you to view in one central location.

  1. Aggrly
    Type: Design, Development
  2. Jobpile
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  3. Most Hired
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  4. Freelance Job Search
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  5. Joblighted
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  6. Jobagg
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  7. Burryman
    Type: Writing
  8. Freelance Writing
    Type: Writing
  9. FreelanceQ
    Type: Design, Development, Marketing, Writing
  10. Plasis Jobs
    Type: Design, Development

What Else?

Did we miss any good sites? If so, let us know in the comments and I will add them to the list.

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  2. I love the fact that you grouped these sites according to its specialization/category. Great list! I will definitely bookmark this. Lately I hired a developer from staff.com and by far, he is doing great job. I will definitely outsource more and try your recommended sites too.

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