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  1. UPWORK

    Offers a little of everything for every skill set. Not yet inundated by Southeast Asian sweatshops (low cost employment opps) Upwork recently went over to a pay per credit model to apply for jobs. While costing just a few cents per credit (usually two credits to apply) this should fend off some of the sweatshops and “mass appliers” as I call them, you know the kind that simply send in applications for every job… a human “bot” of sorts. Upwork has some very skilled people and often has some decent jobs available. A tip is to look at how much potential employers have previously paid for jobs completed. A living wage is not $4.00 an hour avg.

  2. Toptal

    A distinctly different approach than the other services on this list, the website is for seasoned, talented freelancers. Passing Toptal's screening process gives you unparalleled access to meaningful projects with great clients (JPMorgan, Zendesk, Airbnb, etc.) and fair compensation (no low-bid contests from sweatshops). You’ll also be able to join the Toptal community for frequent meetups and tech events. A real community feeling that focuses much more on the “tech side” of the business.

  3. Freelancer

    This site has become the center of sweatshop/low cost employment. Looking for a quick cheap fix… freelancer is your place. Great for finding low cost designers, web developers and previously one could buy 1000s of likes (to tell you the site type). For serious employment opps you will be competing with sweatshops so going in even with a great resume at more than a few bucks and hour will lead you to nowhere.

  4. Craigslist

    Yes… the same site. Odd jobs at ok rates fair enough. Do not look for web developers or software coders here but to clean up a yard, paint a fence etc… a great site. Just watch out for the spammers that will come your way. The site does a decent job at filtering but it is craigslist.

  5. PeoplePerHour

    A great platform, focusing on freelancing for web based projects. If you’re a designer, web developer, SEO specialist, etc., peopleperhour is definitely worth checking out, outside of that… not so.

Other sites of note I would include sweatshop heaven in Fiverr.com, Kolabtree (scientists), CollegeRecruiter (yes for college students) and of course the remote.io for remote jobs.

What are your thoughts? Experiences?