UPDATE: This post on freelancing websites in India was first published on 18 November 2019 and updated on 13 July 2021.
Freelancing is popular for all the right reasons. For starters, the flexibility in working hours and environments is too good to ignore. Your work location could quite literally be your home or a cafe where you relax sipping tea, peering from a window as you work on a project. Sounds great, doesn’t it? However, to really get the ball rolling, you’ll need to become familiar with the best freelancing websites in India.
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13 of the best freelancing websites in India
Whether you’d like to make extra money on the side of your full-time job, keep busy in addition to family duties or as a way to build your resume, freelancing is a great option. This list of Indian freelancing websites is the place to start.
In addition to web and mobile development assignments, look to this website for jobs in SEO (search engine optimisation), graphic design, marketing, accounting, writing and more. To start, just complete your profile, add your skills and browse the assignments on offer. Fixnhour’s Payment Protection assures you are paid for completed work in a timely manner.
Toptal claims to represent the top 3% of freelance talent in business, design and technology — a claim they support by requiring all freelancers to pass a screening process before listing them.
You’ll be asked to prove your skills by providing a portfolio or taking an online test, participating in a live problem-solving session, and completing a project. Once you’ve been accepted, Toptal opens a world of assignments to you. The most in-demand skills include:
- iOS Developers
- Front-End Developers
- UX Designers
- UI Designers
- Financial Modeling Consultants
- Interim CFOs
- Digital Project Managers
- AWS Experts
As stated on their website, Toptal freelancers get hired by companies like React.js, React Native, Flutter, and Ruby on Rails.
To get started, you’ll create an account, complete with your skills and portfolio. Once you’ve won an assignment, Guru asks the client to deposit a minimum amount into a SafePay account. Once you finish the project, Guru puts funds into your Cash Account, where they can be transferred out via PayPal, Payoneer,or wire transfer.
It’s interesting to note that Guru lists India, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai among its top locations.
Rated as one of the best Indian freelancing websites, Truelancer is your Mecca. This website is renowned for bringing in freelancer jobs posted by top employers. Most freelancers find jobs within weeks of applying.
- Software development
- Sales and marketing
- Writing and translation
- Finance and accounting
- Mobile applications admin
- Data entry and more
The range is wide! Truelancer’s offices are based in New Delhi and Delaware, USA.
One of the oldest freelancing websites in India, Freelancer has built a strong reputation over time. The candidates can be certain that the projects offered here are genuine.
Roles include basic data entry, research, writing, mobile apps, web designing, building blogs, digital marketing, etc. It is a trustworthy site, though it might not be very user-friendly in terms of design. But a little figuring out is all that is required to navigate smoothly for a project of your choice.
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Upwork is undoubtedly one of the most popular freelance platforms in the world.
While getting accepted on Upwork can be tricky, once you’re in, you can make a very good living here. Learn how it works here.
Freelance job boards are a great way to get freelance work. While you may need to put in some work promoting your services (not to mention the patience factor), once you build a good reputation, you could have a steady stream of projects coming your way.
Another successful website in India, Fiverr stands out in the fact that besides programming, technical writing and translation projects, you’ll also find freelancing options in:
- Video and video editing
- Animation, including 3-D animation
- Music composing and mixing
- Healing, etc.
Candidates offer services along with a rate for clients to select and then negotiate. For those candidates who’ve completed projects, there is also a rating system that gives future employers a fair idea of the quality to expect. Good reviews always act as fantastic badges to display to attract more work.
While payment rates on many freelancing websites are displayed in USD currency by default, this website uses INR so that the rate is immediately obvious, without the need to convert to check the present day rate.
This is very useful for an Indian who knows in advance exactly how much he/she would like to make.
Apart from programming and technical work, Broxer advertises for jobs in writing, marketing, business and lifestyle verticals.
Looking for an internship? Internshala is for you. It can connect you with internships in web design, social media marketing, creative writing, the sciences, management and more. Just think — you could land a job while you’re still in college!
This website makes it easy to search for internships by city such as New Delhi or Bangalore or an international location. Internshala goes one step ahead and equips you by offering specialized courses to hone your skills further.
If you’re an engineer and the 9 to 6 job is not holding your interest anymore, there’s no cause for worry. EngineerBabu — the name says it all — assists you in achieving your target as a freelancer alongside building your personal brand.
Areas of work include IT, AI and machine learning, blockchain, QA, analytics, etc.
Here is a niche freelancing website specifically for India, especially in the field of IT and related areas. If your skills include web design or creating static and/or dynamic websites, portals, content management systems (CMS), online shopping sites or Android applications, NCubeRoot is your go-to freelancing site.
Here’s a website that caters to a wide range of freelancers. From the most bizarre to the very routine, there are plenty of roles to explore.
Professionals sought include:
- Software engineers
- Wedding planners
- Yoga trainers
- Music composers
- Teachers and trainers
- Tattoo/piercing artists
- Home salon stylists
Highly satisfied members credit their growth in earnings to RockerStop.
DreamStarts caters specifically to Indian startups, helping them recruit the best talent in the market. This pays off for anyone looking for jobs in IT, software, management, business development, sales and marketing, HR, finance and accounting or even legal expertise.
Like Internshala, DreamStarts allows you to search for positions by city.
A few tips on guarding against scams
The websites listed here have good reputations, but there’s always a chance that a scammer will slip through their security. To avoid doing virtual work you never get paid for, follow these tips:
- Before you apply to a posting, check the employer’s profile. If they don’t have at least one satisfactory review from a freelancer, pass them by.
- Be suspicious of vague project descriptions or quoted fees that are much higher than the average rate. This is a common trick.
- Some freelancing websites in India display a “Payment Verified” message on postings by reliable employers.
Avoiding scam projects saves time that you could otherwise be spending on profitable work.
This could be the start of something big
If you’re just starting out, freelancing is a good way to establish yourself out there in the market. Yes, the freelancing market is scouting for the best talent to hire while you are looking for quality work for a competitive rate. Identifying the right freelancing websites makes life easier for everyone.
With this list you’re off to a flying start!