Selling your services on the internet is one of the best ways to make a consistent income online. Unlike starting a new web business, the income is virtually guaranteed. It’s also consistent, provided you continue to put the work in.
The trick is making sure you have enough clients. Finding clients is one of the biggest hurdles people face when they’re selling their services online.
Different kinds of services work better in different places. Here, we’ll talk about the top places to market your services. Do note that specific industries, such as freelance writing, voiceovers or graphic designers often have their own industry-specific marketplaces. We won’t be covering those here; instead we’ll be covering marketplaces that work for everyone.
These are the 10 top marketplaces you can go to sell your services.
Marketplace #1: oDesk
oDesk is another freelancer marketplace that works a lot like eLance. The interface looks quite different, but the underlying mechanics are very similar.
The escrow system on oDesk works a little differently than eLance. On oDesk, the system favors the freelancer more than the contractor. If the freelancer doesn’t deliver on their work, there’s no way for the contractor to get their initial deposit back.
As far as raw traffic goes, oDesk actually has more then eLance, according to public web traffic data.
Marketplace #2: eLance
eLance is one of the largest freelancer marketplaces on the internet. They’re one of the oldest and most reputable.
The way it works is pretty simple. People who’re looking for freelancers post up a job description. You look at jobs that you may be interested in and place a proposal. If you get picked, the money goes into an escrow account until you deliver the work.
eLance uses an escrow system to protect both sides of the transaction. Their system makes it easy for clients to hire you for repeat work.
Marketplace #3: Freelancer.com
Freelancer.com is a marketplace that heavily emphasizes technical projects, like web programming, web design, IT, software, mobile and administration.
Most jobs on Freelancer.com are for about $200. The best way to create a consistent flow of income is to find your own stable base of clients who hire you for repeat projects.
Marketplace #4: Guru.com
Guru.com has a very intuitive interface and is very easy to use all around. Their rating system is top notch, secure and easy to understand.
What freelancers tend to appreciate about Guru.com is its SafePay system. This system more or less guarantees that freelancers will get paid quickly once the job is done.
Marketplace #5: Fiverr
Fiverr is a marketplace where everything is sold for $5. Any service you can think of, from building backlinks to drawing cartoons for people to generating eBook covers can all be sold on Fiverr.
Fiverr is a fantastic place to go if you’re just getting into online freelancing and want to see some quick cash. It’s not the best place to go for a large income, as $5 is truly a low price point.
Marketplace #6: Warrior Forum
The Warrior Forum sports a large and very active marketplace. The marketplace is very specific to internet marketing related services.
You can sell services related to writing, graphic design, website administration or marketing. Other services, like voiceovers, personal assistants, data entry and so on tend not to do as well.
If your services fall into one of the categories that the Warrior Forum caters to, you can general quite a lot of business by using the Warrior Forum’s system.
Marketplace #7: Digital Point
Digital Point’s forums work quite a lot like the Warrior Forum. Services related to marketing are posted in thread format for employers to see. Each kind of service is broken down by subsection.
In general, prices on Digital Point are lower than the Warrior Forum. If you’re positioning yourself as low priced and high volume, you’ll be able to get work from Digital Point. It’s much harder to position yourself as high priced on this market.
Marketplace #8: Zaarly
Zaarly is a marketplace that works by matching people who have skills up with people who need to hire people – All locally.
If you’re a cameraman, interior designer, personal chef or any other kind of freelancer that depends on local markets, Zaarly can be a fantastic place to sell your services.
Note that Zaarly is not a good place to sell non-local services like content writing or programming.
Marketplace #9: Craigslist
Craigslist services is another great place to sell local services. From massage to guitar lessons, from graphic design to lawn mowing, Craigslist is a fantastic place hang up your shingle.
Again, Craigslist tends to focus on local services. Even if you’re offering a service like graphic design, prospective clients will still often want to meet with you face to face.
Be sure to also look in the Gigs section to see if others are looking to hire someone of your skill set.
Marketplace #10: People Per Hour
Although this is a British website, as a native English speaker you will be able to find jobs ranging from copywriting to programming. If you have graphic designing skills, be sure to check this website for new online work opportunities.
These are ten of the top online marketplaces for selling your services. We’ve covered a number of market-like websites, as well as local online marketplaces, forums and some less conventional marketplaces as well.