If you’re a freelancer, you know all too well how frightening looking for work can be. Sure you might have a regular client or two, but they’re not always going to get you through the month. That’s to say nothing of what happens if you lose one of those big clients.
Fortunately, today’s freelancers aren’t limited to their own networks when it comes to finding work. There are a whole slew of platforms they can turn to, both international and local.
Here are a few of the best platforms available to South African freelancers.
We featured NoSweat a little earlier this month. The platform specialises in connecting freelancers with advertising agencies, which is great for anyone who plays in that niche.
The best bit about it though is the fact that it takes care of all the tax and payment admin for freelancers.
Freelance Cape Town isn’t so much a place for freelancers to find work as it is for companies to find freelancers.
According to its “about” page, the site allows anyone with any skills or a service to advertise themselves, “from your traditional freelance photographer, a bookkeeper doing tax after hours, right up to a small business / startup who sells sushi at a local market”.
It should, however, be noted that freelancers do have to pay to be on the platform.
The South African Freelancers Association (SAFREA) is a massively important resource for freelancers.
It advocates for and supports freelance workers in the communications fields. It also provide resources, tools, training and networking to strengthen freelance careers.
It’s a great place to find out what the going rate is for a piece of work, how to deal with a difficult client, and the latest community events you should know about.
Importantly, there’s also a jobs board. It is, however, only open to members.
SA Creatives is a creative network where people can enjoy creative lifestyle reads, consume daily news, get inspired by industry leader articles showcase their work and most importantly enjoy the vast selection of free creative tools to help uplift their careers.
Among those tools is a jobs portal which covers freelance, part-time, and full-time jobs. Freelancers can also post their resumes to the site, making it easier for companies to find them.
Mintor is different to most freelancing platforms in that it’s aimed at students and graduates. The idea is to facilitate students and businesses’ collaboration on high impact projects. This collaboration provides tertiary students with far more opportunities to build market relevant skills and credibility, and “progressive businesses with a structure, to cost-efficiently vet students as potential future hires while getting pending tasks done”.
Given the high rate of unemployment among young people around the globe, it’s a platform that has the potential to be very important.
Another niche player, Crew Pencil offers an online directory of crew and suppliers for the South African film industry.
This allows the people producing the film to source who and what they need for their shoot.
While the directory on its own would be useful. Crew users can additionally manage their own profiles online and have access to a diary, an inbox, and invoicing facilities.
Production users meanwhile have access to online job booking sheets, a pencil system, messaging as well as file sharing with their crew.
Is there an amazing freelance platform that we’ve missed out here? Let us know in the comments section below.