I love Odesk and freelancer.com! I also do Mechanical Turk when I have some spare time but the others are my two favorites. Right now I am on a freelancing writing kick, if you enjoy writing check out Textbroker, they pay decently and I’ve met some great people on there. I was on Yahoo Contributor Network a lot and right after I finished a review for this website they closed down YCN… perfect timing….
I am kind of shocked at how many jobs I see listed on places like Facebook and Twitter lately. Many places will help to shift through the load of jobs out there in order to help others who are looking for work at home type jobs. I visit three sites almost daily now that all do this for me and I love finding legit leads too.
I didn’t know that freelancer.com was still in business. I haven’t used them in years so I will have to check it out again. I know of a couple of other places that you can look if anyone is interested in micro-task sites.
I thought they went away a few years ago too but it seems they are back in business. I tend to check out both sites every now and then to see what they have listed. For a while there I was not seeing any new leads which I thought was a little odd, maybe they were taken over by another company or something and had some downtime.
As a writer, I find I have better luck finding new work on forums than I do using the freelance sites. I like the oDesk model, but it can be hard to get gigs that pay real money as a writer. Sadly, there are a lot of providers there who will take peanuts for their work.
I think that is one of the problem with some of these sites. Some of the freelancers are working for very little money and consequently there are no jobs available that pay a decent amount for your work. I don’t want to spend time working on a writing job to be paid below minimum wage.
I’m subscribed to an email digest called Freelance Writing Jobs that is a huge wealth of good leads. I’ve landed several gigs from it, although I’ve also applied to many that went nowhere. It’s hit or miss depending on your area of expertise, but I recommend it for writers!
I think this depends on what your trade is. For writers a lot of freelance work comes from working contacts at publications you’re a good fit for. For anyone, I think your local community is a wealth of resources.