Are you digitally skilled and technologically creative? Do you combine a deep love of logic with an artistic sense that could make you a marvelous web designer, digital editor, user-experience expert or cyber security maven? If so, the world is your oyster. Your skills are in hot demand and allow you to charge premium rates for your services.

Platforms for the technologically creative

Most online platforms that cater to the technologically creative are agnostic about your specific technological skills. They invite tech experts in everything from analytics to Word Press to sign up, describe their niche, level of competence, and rates. Notably, too, while some bid-for-work platforms, such as Upwork, are a waste for people with more commonplace skills, they can work well for those with complex technological knowledge. That’s simply because there are fewer experts who can bid for jobs in this rarified territory.

The following online platforms invite technologically creative individuals to sign up to find work. There are obviously plenty of options and, importantly, you are not limited to signing up with just one — or even two. Our best advice is to sign on with several platforms for the technologically creative to see which markets your skills the most effectively.

Web design/user experience

WorkingNotWorking and Creatively are technically both geared toward artists and designers. However, the positions these sites advertise are increasingly digital. So if you’re a designer of beautiful websites or a user-experience expert, who can make websites and apps both intuitive and attractive, these are great places to post a portfolio and look for work. Neither site takes a commission from creatives who find work here.

Braintrust

If you have at least five years of experience, you can apply to join Braintrust. A tech cooperative, all prospective freelancers here are given a piece of the network, so your acceptance to Braintrust hinges on being interviewed and accepted by the freelancers already there. Your Braintrust shares don’t pay dividends, they simply give you a vote in how the network operates. Currently, if you find a job through Braintrust, you’ll get 100% of your rate. The site will add a 10% fee to the client’s bill to pay network expenses.

Catalant

Catalant is a marketplace for skilled freelancers in nearly any job category, from accounting to tech. The site uses software to help companies describe what skills they need. It then uses the same technology to search through it’s database of 70,000 registered freelance experts to find the right experts for the job.

SMA Inc.

SMA Inc. enlists freelancers for software development, systems engineering, computer graphics and presentation, management analytics and other projects. The site asks freelancers to sign up with a detailed resume explaining not only what they’ve done in the past, but what systems they’ve used, how they measured their success, and what roles they played in completing various projects. Those who make it through the screening process are invited to work on jobs that pay between $28 and $80 per hour.

FreeUp

Freelancers on the FreeUp marketplace are also heavily screened. But those who clear this hurdle say they find plenty of work and it’s well paid. You view open projects from employers. If you want to take a project, you contact the client for a brief — 10 to 15 minute — chat, during which time the client decides whether or not to hire you. Freelancers are paid based on their skill level. The site doesn’t nick freelancers for fees, but it adds a 15% commission onto the client’s bill. 

Toptal

Toptal likes to brag that it hires only the creme de la creme of tech talent. It then markets that talent to corporate clients needing project work. In theory, freelancers set their own hourly rates and simply make their services available via the platform. However, a company spokesman says Toptal lets freelancers know when their expected hourly rates make them “uncompetitive.” The site is secretive about its mark-up, which is rumored to be substantial. But freelancers working here say they’re still well compensated.

Onward Search

OnwardSearch is a staffing company that encourages workers to sign up online and post a resume and links to past work. It will then try to match you with an employer who needs full-, part-time or temporary workers who do what you do. Employers on this site hire workers in a wide array of technology and creative positions — project management and account services, web design and development, content and copy writing, video, animation and production.

If the client and worker agree on job details, Onward Search will handle the worker’s pay and provide the option of benefits. If the worker has benefits elsewhere, they can decline the benefit option in exchange for higher pay.

Fiverr

You don’t necessarily need mad coding skills to build a simple website with Wix or WordPress. However, thousands of people seek this service every year. If that’s your tech talent, you can find plenty of work on Fiverr. This broad-based marketplace allows freelancers to set the prices and parameters of the job they’re proposing. Clients come to you.

For instance, a designer named Zainsaeed100 proposes to build a three-page website for $100 and a 10-page site for $380. With more than 1200 reviews, it’s clear he’s made hundreds of thousands of dollars on the site. And since the web package he offers is a fairly standard template, he can likely spin out new sites within an hour or two.

Meanwhile, Fiverr Pros — those with more experience and credentials — offer bespoke sites at much higher rates, usually $1,000 – $5,000 per site.

GoLance

GoLance is also a broad-based freelance platform that connects tech specialists with clients. You set up a profile that says what you do and what you charge. Companies contact you when they’re interested. If you get hired, you pay an 8% fee to GoLance for making the connection.

Upwork

As we’ve mentioned above, Upwork is not a platform that SideHusl.com normally recommends. That’s mainly because the site has freelancers bid against one another for work. And that bidding process can drive rates into the basement. That said, if your technological skills are distinct and rare, you can make real money with Upwork. Just be careful not to get caught up in a competitive frenzy to win work. 

SkiptheDrive

SkipTheDrive is a curated job board that helps you find telecommuting work in a wide array of fields, ranging from accounting to tech. Although many of the jobs are professional level, they also have a junior-level search function. 

Most job listings are not original to SkipTheDrive. The site appears to scrape other job boards, such as CareerBuilder and ZipRecruiter, for many of its listings. However, SkipTheDrive does a good job of categorizing and culling for telecommuting work. And, unlike FlexJobs and many other curated sites, it does not charge job seekers for access.

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