Are you looking for a new job or side hustle? Do you prefer working on your own with the flexibility in terms of working hours and location? Perhaps you are thinking of adding another income stream? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you should really look into freelancing or what some refer to as the “gig economy”.
Thanks to the booming industry of technology and the shift towards remote or hybrid working arrangements, it is now easier than ever to become a freelancer. You can just focus on what you do best - it can range from designing, copywriting, content creation, web development, bookkeeping, telemarketing and the list goes on!
#FunFact There are close to 4 million freelance workers in Malaysia and the number is increasing by the day. The government even made the “gig economy” part of the 12th Malaysia Plan 2021-2025.
Now, you must be wondering - how does a freelancer find and secure a job? There are actually tons of websites and marketplaces that connect freelancers and business owners / employers. Here’s a list of some top freelancing sites in Malaysia to get you started!
JobStreet is Asia’s leading online employment marketplaces. The platform helps to share job opportunities and match job seekers with employers. You can create a free account and set up your profile with a few simple steps - attach your latest CV for easy job application.
Indeed provides free access to search for jobs, post resumes, and research companies. Start off by either browsing through the jobs available (sort by date posted + preferred location and salary range) or simply upload your resume for employers to find you. There are jobs you can apply for without even logging in.
Pro Tip: Create an alert for upcoming freelance jobs so you don’t miss out on any opportunities.
Workana is the largest freelance and remote work platform with a strong presence in Southeast Asia. There are over 30,000 monthly projects - with some of the top skills in demand being data entry, digital marketing, SEO consultant, designer, developer and translator.
HOW TO USE WORKANA?
Create your profile - list your skills and experience. Browse through the projects available and send your proposals for projects that best suit your expertise. As soon as a client picks you for the project, you can start work. Upon completion, if the client is satisfied with your work, Workana will release the payment to your account for withdrawal.
4. Facebook Jobs
A recent study found Facebook to be the second most popular social network for recruiters. Chances are you already have an account on Facebook, so just click on the Jobs tab and you can start browsing. The most effective way is to search for your preferred job before narrowing down the results by location, industry and job type.
The application process itself is super easy and straightforward. Some employers would have additional questions for you to answer - or else, just your basic details and resume will work. The best part, Facebook would auto-populate job history and other information which you have included on your profile so you won’t have to start over each time.
UpWork allows you to do the work you love, your way. Start by creating your free profile and highlight your skills, experience and ideal pay. You can even add your portfolio to increase your chance of getting hired.
In terms of being a freelancer, there are several ways you can earn on UpWork. You can either (1) search on Talent Marketplace for the work you’re looking for and submit your proposal accordingly, (2) create easy-to-buy projects with Project Catalog to match what your potential clients might need or (3) let the recruiters assess your experience and match you to exclusive opportunities with trusted clients.
In addition to the top 5 freelancing sites above, you can also check out Fiverr, Truelancer and Favser. These talents-focused job platforms connect digital, creative and business talents to innovative companies and business owners. Browse away!
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