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Important Web Sites
for the "Self Employed"
by Enrique de Argaez

With over 13 million people claiming the status of "self employed," websites have sprung up online to fill this niche and offer help through a variety of services. From helping you find work projects to offering advice and coaching, these sites can be a real asset to anyone striking out on his own and for the "free lancer" work crowd...

Job categories range from writing, management, legal, Information Technology, marketing, and more. The primary focus of these "Business to Business" (B2B) sites is to match your skills with companies who have projects for someone with your talents. Some charge for membership, some are free, and some take a percentage of each job that is awarded (usually from the employer).

Each of these sites requires you to fill out an online profile specifying your experience and skill level. Some allow you to list examples of your work.

Let's take a closer look at the main freelance sites:

1) Guru:

This is probably the most popular, likely due to their large advertising budget. You'll find their ads in all of the more popular magazines and pasted everywhere online.

Like most of these services, you must first create a profile that details who you are and what you do. The site currently claims over 32,000 members with over 7,000 job listings. They also offer a variety of backend services such as articles, and an ezine and other goodies that will help you run your home business more efficiently.

2) Upwork (eLance):

This site is set up in an auction setting where you bid on projects that interest you. Use of an online rating system allows buyers and sellers to make comments about each other which are then publicly shared. eLance covers all business categories you can possibly think of.

3) FreeLancer:

Registration includes building your online resume, which can be added to by creating a skill profile to go with it. Searching for projects is simple. When you see something you like you can e-mail the project owner with your comments through the use of a private profile number.

4) Self-Employed in the U.K.:


When you are self-employed you have to take care of your taxes and obligations. Not to do so on a timely basis is to invite disaster. In all countries, you must get tax information and register. Here is the tax information for the United Kingdom.

5) USA Gov for the Self-Employed: https://www.usa.gov/business

Self-employment was considered in the past as one secondary means of bringing a person into the mainstream of society as a productive and contributing individual. Growth in self-employment over the last two decades in most western economies has changed this perception. Self-employment is now considered as a full and viable alternative to traditional wage and salary employment. Self-employment is used to reduce unemployment and foster entrepreneurship. Here is the U.S. Government's official web portal for the Self-Employed. It is structured like a table of contents listing the various subjects and/or issues related to self-employment.

6) Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/

If you are an Independent Contractor (Self-Employed), here is a collection of links to U.S. State government Web sites with useful information.

7) Website for the self-employed: https://www.theselfemployed.com/

Last but not less, the National Association for the Self-Employed has good information and tips for the Self-Employed at their website, called www.nase.org with a collection of links to articles with useful information for running your own business.

So next time your business is slow and you're not quite sure where your next paycheck is coming from, browse through the "free-lance" sites and you will have an "online job" in no time at all!

Likewise, if you need to outsource your work, check the above sites to get good prices and save money outsourcing your own company work projects.

About the Author:
Enrique de Argaez is webmaster of several Internet websites and author of several newsletters. He is active in Internet Global Marketing, Internet
Publishing, and Internet Usage Research. Visit his main English website at

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