10 Places to Find Work at Home and Freelance Jobs

by Melanie Edwards on April 7, 2010 · 26 comments

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If you’re looking for telecommute jobs on sites like Careerbuilder, you will have a hard time finding legit positions. A quick search for telecommuting or work at home normally results in job listings that either say “no telecommuting available” or that are scams.

So, where can you find some legit work from home jobs, freelance work, or telecommute positions? There are several blogs out there catered to the freelance community that provide job listings. There are also quite a few job boards available on well-known web design, blogging, and tech blogs.

I’ve been perusing these job listings for a few months now and have found some decent job postings. Typical job listings include blogging jobs, freelance writing jobs, and social media management and consulting jobs. Even so, you still have to be careful about some of the listings, since scammers will be scammers and can post their scams anywhere. But, for the most part, I’ve had good luck.

The following is a list of 10 places to find work at home and freelance jobs. I’ve divided them up by the category the site defines itself as: freelance community, work at home mom (WAHM) community, job board, etc.

Freelance Jobs

  1. About Freelance Writing
    This blog provides information on freelance writing, including tips for how to write and how to earn money from freelance writing. Three times a week, it also provides a list of jobs. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, you can expect to find a list with an average of 30-60 job listings compiled from various resources.
  2. Freelance Switch Job Board
    This is a fee-based job board, which requires a subscription for $7 per month to apply for the jobs. You can see the job listings, but no contact information or method for applying is provided unless you’re a member.

Work at Home Mom Jobs

  1. Mommy Works Online
    Run by a work at home mom, this blog provides work from home and telecommute job listings found around the web. A description of the job, contact information, and sometimes a link to the original posting are provided each weekday.
  2. Work at Home Mom Revolution
    Owned by the same woman as Mommy Works Online, this site provides very similar information. However, you will not find the same job listings duplicated on both sites and will sometimes find relevant news or articles for the work at home mom.

Job Boards

  1. ProBlogger Job Board
    Being hosted by ProBlogger, this board, of course, primarily provides listings for blogging jobs. But, you can also find other writing gigs and occassionally some social media job listings.
  2. Mashable Jobs Site
    Jobs listed here include social media, marketing, and web development positions. Not all are work from home or telecommute jobs, but you will find some amongst those listed.
  3. Smashing Jobs
    Providing both full-time and freelance job listings, this site primarily provides design and programming positions.
  4. Latino Community Job Board
    Although targeted to the Latino community, this job board really lists jobs suitable for anyone.


  1. oDesk
    Though a bit controversial since employers can watch over your work when using the oDesk system, you can find many blogging, social media, and freelance jobs posted on this site.
  2. Elance
    As a provider of services, you can create a profile, view job listings, submit proposals for jobs you choose, and get paid through the Elance system. There is a free plan, as well as paid subscription plans available.

The majority of these sites provide an RSS feed for the job listings. What I do is subscribe to the RSS feeds and put them all in a “jobs” folder in my reader so that I can go to one place to browse for jobs.

Good luck on your search! Let me know if you know of any or find any other useful sites for finding freelance, telecommuting, or work from home jobs.

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2 racnicole April 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hi, this is Nicole from Rent a Coder. Rentacoder provides access to programming, writing, illustration, even data entry jobs. (You can get a sense of the broad scope of work available here: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/SoftwareCo…).

I'd like to point out a few issues with using services like Elance and oDesk since those issues could influence your satisfaction and earnings.


Workers on Elance cannot place more than 10 bids a month unless they pay a subscription fee ($10/month for 20, $20/month for 40 or $40/month for 60). It also charges workers a monthly subscription fee of $10/month – $40/month just to show test results on their profiles.

Odesk charges 10% for all types of projects versus 6.5-10% on Rent a Coder. So we let you keep more of your money and if you bring a repeat buyer from Odesk, you're guaranteed a cheaper 9% maximum rate (and perhaps lower – see http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/dotnet/Doc…).

Rent a Coder does not have any subscription fees or any other types of hidden fees. Our project fees are as low as 6% and we guarantee all types of unlimited work.

Escrow/Guarantee of Payment:

With pay-for-time type projects, Elance doesn't allow you to verify your time on pay-for-time projects by punching in and out of a real-time system, and cannot conclusively prove to the buyer that you were working. As a result they do not guarantee payment, and if the buyer does not wish to pay you, you may end up with no money.

Rent a Coder allows you to verify your time spent on a project by punching in and out of a real-time card application which records your desktop and webcam. The end result is indisputable proof that you've worked and deserve payment.

In addition, Elance does not offer escrowing on pay-for-time projects so payment is not guaranteed on these types of jobs. And oDesk does not require escrow for pay-for-deliverables projects. But Rent a Coder protects your money with escrowing on all job types.


Elance charges $66.66 or $133.33 for each arbitration, which may make it too expensive to be a legitimate option on your project. In addition, a buyer intent on abusing the system can stall the start of arbitration on Elance for 21 business days and during this period your money is not available to you. You also won't find any detailed rules on how Elance arbitrators make their decisions.

oDesk's limited arbitration could prevent you from getting rightfully paid for the work you do. And they won't test your work to make sure it meets contract requirements.

At Rentacoder, we offer arbitration on all projects free of charge and we test your deliverables to make sure they meet requirements so that you can get paid. We also prevent abusive buyers from stalling the start of arbitration. As a result, 45% of our arbitrations are completed under a day. 75% under a week. We additionally publicize the detailed rules of how our arbitrators make their decisions.

There are other differences as well. I invite everyone to compare the 7 major services through this link to learn even more: http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/DotNet/mis

If you have any questions, please let me know. You can also call in to talk to a facilitator 7 days a week, or email us (see http://www.rentacoder.com/RentACoder/misc/Feedb…).


3 nadeem1414 April 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm

http://www.jobz.pk i have visited to this site which is more informative for the job seeking persons at home basis through the net sources.

4 Faiqa April 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

This was great, Mel, thanks for posting it. I'm planning on getting back to work, soon, and these are going to be great resources.

5 modernmami April 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Some have definitely come in handy so that you don't have to browse multiple sites every day. Good luck going back to work!

6 annew April 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

Thanks so much for the links to my jobs and other resources for writers… appreciate it.

7 modernmami April 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

No problem. Thank you for taking the time to compile the job listings.

8 sharondavis April 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Hi there, Sharon here from 2Work-At-Home.com. I post work at home jobs every day on my blog: http://blog.2work-at-home.com/WordPress/ I also host a weekly radio show all about working at home: http://toginet.com/shows/yourwaytoworkathome

9 modernmami April 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Thanks Sharon for sharing your resources with us.

10 camo cargo pants April 11, 2010 at 5:34 am

Thank you so much for all the links that you've provided.

11 modernmami April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

You're most welcome. Glad you find them useful.

12 Alex April 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Donanza is also a great place to search for freelance jobs. Donanza aggregates job from allot of sites and marketplaces and has a deep filtering options. http://www.donanza.com/

13 modernmami April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thanks for the tip!

14 angelica perez April 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Great and valuable post! You're good at finding little gems like these and sharing them with us the readers. What a great resource. Thanks, Melanie!

15 modernmami April 14, 2010 at 10:16 am

I do what I can, Angelica. LOL I'm glad it was valuable to you, though.

16 kellytederson April 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm

This is a lot of very useful information to synthesize all at once. Nicole made a pretty good case that RentACoder is the best website, comparatively, for freelancing work. The fees, especially, are much lower and much more reasonable in scope and structure.

17 modernmami April 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thanks for your kind words and input. I had never heard of RentACoder before, but may check it out.

18 mamipicture April 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Wow! Thanks for sharing this!!
Great Post!

19 modernmami April 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thanks! Glad you like it.

20 Alaina April 15, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Great List! My blog lists legitimate work from home jobs if you are interested. We are at http://www.telecommutingmommies.com

21 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 11:23 am

Thanks for the link! I'll definitely check that out.

22 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for the link! I’ll definitely check that out.

23 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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24 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Thanks for the link! I’ll definitely check that out.

25 modernmami April 16, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Thanks for the link! I'll definitely check that out.

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