There are many companies, which prefer employees on part-time(whenever there is requirement or work) than full-time jobs. These companies hire employees from third-party on a contract basis. The hiring of employees from third-party is called outsourcing.
There are many outsourcing sites which connect job seekers to paid employment. A company or individual can post a job on these outsourcing sites and members of outsourcing sites can apply for that job. Then, employer can decide whom to select for the job depending on his/her qualification.
There are many sites which offer outsourcing jobs, however only few are legit and popular among employers. I have listed these site here.
Outsourcing Sites For Home Based Job Seekers
Elance is one of the oldest freelancer sites. Its concept is very simple; employers post their job and afterwards bidders perform biding on that job. Employers after that select a job seeker based on biding price and his qualification. Here is a small snapshot of Elance’s performance:
World’s largest classified site which allows for a massive range of freedom in posting for and finding talent. The biggest advantage of site is that you can find local employer or a local job on this site. There’s no “reputation” system for contractors, so most of the employers prefer local job seekers.
oDesk focuses on by-the-hour contracting rather than fixed-project pricing. They also strongly push the visibility aspect of the software, which allows you to “watch your contractors work” via remote screen-casting software and tracks hourly progress. So, if you are looking for some serious work then this site is for you. If you own a website then you can participate in their affiliate program also.
Mechanical Turk is a subsidiary of Amazon. If you are from USA then you can register on this site, it has stopped taking new members from other countries for now. Mturk members are called Turkers, these Turkers work on small tasks which are called hits and get paid once employer approve a task. For non-USA members there are few alternative sites of mechanical turk(mturk).
As the name suggests, this site is for people who want to work as a part-timer. You can select a task from various categories and bid on it. Once you bid is selected by employers, you can start working on it. An employer has to pay few percentages of total payment before a freelancer starts working on a task. You can withdraw money using Paypal. If you want to know more about this site, then check my other post.
This site is like other outsourcing sites. Just like other sites, employers can post a job and then freelancers can bid on that. This site also offers freelancers a chance to post about services they can provide. Here is an example of the same:
If you are not finding any job, which suits you, then try working on some small tasks online. These tasks might not fetch you hundreds of dollars, but it is good to earn some extra bucks while working whenever you have little free time.
p.s. If you’ve had success with outsourcing sites like these (or even if you haven’t), we’d love to hear about it in the comments.