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Freelancing, Consulting, Contracting, and Temping
These sites specialize
in providing job matching services for short-term employment. The freelancing / contracting / consulting
sites usually have a different business model (who pays for the service) than the temping sites.
On this page you
will find Web resources for:
- Freelancing and Contracting: Sometimes
the "client" (person or company seeking to hire a contractor) pays
the fee for the matching service. Usually, the "freelancer" pays for
the matching service. Occasionally,
the matching services are free and other for-fee services are offered.
Sometimes organizations offer the matching services for free to organization
members. Look for a "How it works" or "How we are paid" link to explain their process to you. Be sure that you read and understand the contract, typically called "terms and conditions" which includes who pays the fee, and when / how you will be paid for your work, before you sign up for any of these services!
Find the fees! Most of these sites are supported
by fees paid by someone (either the employer or the freelancer).
Be sure to read, print, and save any/all of the legal notices appearing
on the Web site, particularly the terms and conditions of the site's
the legal documents governing your relationship with the site --
your responsibilities and their responsibilities. Be very cautious
if you don't see any! And, check the site periodically to see if
these documents have been changed.
- Temping: Most of these sites
are the Web versions of "real" employment agencies with names familiar
to generations of job seekers. They hire the temporary worker and
then sell the worker's services to an employer. So the "temp" worker
receives their paycheck from the agency. Typically, employers may
offer the temporary worker a permanent job, but terms and conditions
apply that usually cost the employer an additional fee. This raises
your cost of hire, but it gives both you and the employer an opportunity
to "try before you buy" - testing the relationship and the
In addition to the sites below, many other sites also offer short-term
employment opportunities, as well, particularly in the computer field.
If you don't find what you need here, check out the Employment
Super Sites, Computers and Technology,
or some of the Recruiting and/or General
sites that are in your specialty.
and Contracting Resources
These sites require that you complete a registration form with
your contact information before you can search through the opportunities
posted by potential employers. Be sure to track down and read the "terms
For many, freelancing is a way to continue an income stream without changing locations. I doubt that many freelancers get rich this way, although being "freed" from the usual workplace situation may be more than enough compensation.
- businesses post "jobs" (by category, which ranges from administration and law to Web design plus many more) and evaluate
the responses from "service providers." The fee for
this matching service is paid by the service provider and varies based on the "plan" chosen by the provider. A rating system
provides pre-selection feedback on the service providers and a payment management system is offered, too. A privacy
policy posted in the terms of service.
- connects independent professionals (a.k.a. "freelancer") with contract
- an employment portal targeted primarily to contract, temporary, and temporary-to-permanent
- PeoplePerHour - based in the UK, charges a minimum flat fee to the freelancer for any "job" found through them based on the type of membership the freelancer has selected. The jobs available cover many categories and the freelancers offer a very wide range of "skills for hire." Be careful of the difference in the value of currency if you aren't based in the UK. A privacy statement is posted.
Be sure to check with your local yellow pages for listings of local
temp agencies. These are mostly national and international.
- AccounTemps - an international
temporary employment agency, owned by the Robert Half international staffing company, which specializes in finance and accounting
positions, search by city and state or province (in the U.S. and Canada)
- Adecco - an international
temporary employment agency supplying the services of both temporary
and full-time clerical, industrial, and technical associates. Registration
is required before searching the jobs. A prvacy policy is posted.
Services - pick your country and keywords or specialty. Then, search for a
A privacy statement is posted.
- Manpower Professionals - specializes in engineering, IT, finance and accounting, healthcare, and other professionals, offering contract and contract-to-permanent positions.