Top portfolio career boosting platforms

No matter where you are on your journey: making your living as a portfolio career professional, looking for a side hustle in addition to our day job, or a recent...

28 best platforms for finding portfolio work
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No matter where you are on your journey – making your living as a portfolio career professional, looking for a side hustle in addition to our day job, or a recent graduate – there are many ways to monetise your expertise, diversify your income sources, and build new skills.

Don’t limit yourself to freelancer positions and their associated platforms – there are board roles, part-time roles, tutoring and coaching opportunities, and much more.

You can also volunteer pro bono to stay busy and learn new digital skills. It is all part of building a portfolio career.

We found 84 platforms out there, then selected these 28 based on their volume of work, ratings from the freelancers, and keeping the list diverse.

Most professionals should be able to find at least two or three that match with their skills and passions, or will be inspired to build new skills to take advantage of these platforms.

This is an ever changing landscape, so please let us know if we missed something.

UPWORK

In Demand Talent On Demand

The Alternative MBA Career Choice – A Portfolio Career

Suitable for

Better for experienced freelancers, as competition is tough and clients prefer quality and experience over price.

$8-100 per hour

Earning rates

20%

Platform commission

Sliding scale service fee: 20% for the first $500 you bill your client across all contracts with them, then reduces
Basic = Free Pro = $15 per month

Platform fees

Typical work types

Graphic & Website Design Virtual Assistance Market Research & Content Writing Digital Marketing Web, Mobile and Software Development

Pros

  • higher hourly rates
  • corporate clients like Microsoft, IBM, Dell
  • safe ‘escrow’ payment functionality
  • intuitive working platform

Cons

  • each ‘connect’ to a job post costs $0.15
  • freelancers don’t understand how their success score is calculated
  • hard for new freelancers to win work
  • initial 20% commission

FREELANCER

World’s Largest Freelance Platform

Freelancer platform for portfolio work

Suitable for

Suitable for all kinds of freelancers who are prepared to hustle to justify the monthly fees.

$20-100 per task

Earning rates

10%

Platform commission

10% or $5 whichever is greater for fixed fee projects and “contests”, 10% for hourly projects – all upfront.
Sign-up = £0 Intro = £1.19/month Basic = £3.54/month

Platform fees

Typical work types

Graphic & Website Design Virtual Assistance Market Research & Content Writing Digital Marketing Web, Mobile and Software Development

Pros

  • has the most registered clients
  • low commission rate.

Cons

  • too many spam jobs
  • fake profiles
  • expensive freelancer plans
  • slow customer support

BARK

A Revolutionary Way To Hire Local Services

Bark platform for portfolio work

Suitable for

Good for both experienced and new freelancers, but you will have to spend $50-100 to secure leads.

$200-1,000 per task

Earning rates

0%

Platform commission

They send you free leads – then you pay if you want to contact them = $1.60 per lead

Platform fees

Typical work types

Web Design Counseling Personal Trainer Business Services Photo and Videography

Pros

  • good quality leads, free account
  • vast range of services
  • local connections

Cons

  • no refund if the lead is spam
  • you can’t see how many professionals have bid on each certain project.

TRAKTION

Hire Verified Digital Marketers

Traktion platform for portfolio work

Suitable for

Only suitable for digital marketing experts.

$55-75 per hour

Earning rates

15%

Platform commission

Commission based on the service fees charged to your client on a monthly basis.
Free = $0

Platform fees

Typical work types

Search Engine Optimization Search Engine Marketing Social Media Marketing Email Marketing

Pros

  • top 5% of digital marketers
  • professional clients including Uber, Tinder and Amazon

Cons

  • very difficult to join Traktion as they are only looking for experts
  • you can’t apply to jobs on your own

GOODSTED

Collaborate for Social Impact

Goodsted platform for portfolio work

Suitable for

Good for keeping busy on furlough, gaining experience and doing good.

$0 (Pro Bono)

Earning rates

0%

Platform commission

Free trial then volunteer (or their sponsoring organisation) pays = £4-7 per month

Platform fees

Typical work types

Graphic & Website Design Digital Marketing Copywriting Mentoring Business & Brand Strategy

Pros

  • anyone can join Goodsted as a volunteer
  • helps you do something good, stay active and develop new skills

Cons

  • projects are unpaid
  • platform is in Beta

WORKINSTARTUPS

Number One Startup Job Site

Work in Startups platform for portfolio work

Suitable for

Good if you have tech/ startup experience, plus for keeping busy while on furlough.

From $4,000/month

Earning rates

0%

Platform commission

Free = $0

Platform fees

Typical work types

Co-Founder/ Chief of Staff Marketing/ Sales Engineer/ Web Developer Machine Learning/ AI Customer Support

Pros

  • easy to use layout
  • no spam jobs
  • part-time and furlough opportunities

Cons

  • clunky website
  • most projects are related to technology or marketing
  • being granted access to apply for jobs can take time

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