Starting out as a freelancer can feel both exciting and scary. Knowing where to look for jobs and support can make the journey less daunting. Here’s our pick of the 12 best freelance websites of 2017 to guide you on your way.

Some of the sites listed are big, established websites. There can be fierce competition from people prepared to work for next to nothing. Be prepared to begin on the lower rungs to build up your profile and reputation, but don’t sell yourself short. Other sites listed are recent launches with great potential.

  1. www.peopleperhour.com

Varied work available, from web development, design and content writing, to administrative tasks and jobs for electricians and bookkeepers. You’ll find everything from quick £10 tasks like converting a document to PDF format, to sewing 100 ballet skirts. You can send 15 proposals a month for free.

  1. www.FreelancersintheUK.co.uk

Straightforward platform for self-employed professionals, consultants and sole traders to advertise their skills. You create a profile advertising your skills and experience. Costs £12 a year to join this directory. Their blog also has some useful information for freelancers.

  1. www.taskrabbit.co.uk

From assembling IKEA furniture and cleaning, to managing gardens and household chores, find local work that fits around your life and skills. A super new concept giving flexibility for freelancers, known as “taskers” to do odd jobs locally.

  1. www.upwork.com

One of the biggest freelancing websites around and a great place to get started. Be prepared to take on lower paid work initially in order to build your profile. Make sure you complete the relevant tests to boost your credentials. Upwork charge on a sliding scale starting at 20%.

  1. www.zeqr.com

Zeqr (pronounced seeker) is a global knowledge-sharing hub. You provide live online classes in your specialist subject, ranging from fitness, personal development and health, to money management, computer skills and business mentoring. They charge 20% commission.

  1. www.freelanceuk.com

UK network for creative and media freelancers, where you can showcase your portfolio and CV. The website is also a hub of information about freelancing, covering issues like tax, finances, liability and advice on marketing and technology.

  1. www.YunoJuno.com

If you can meet the requirements of big-name high-end clients YunoJuno offers a very slick and free service for freelancers. There is a standard 9% commission charged to the client. Their website and their app are easy to use and even provide a time tracking feature to log how long you’ve spent on a job.

  1. www.freelancer.co.uk

Another of the big players but also a good place to get started. It is free to create a profile and you can bid on up to 8 projects a month. There are a variety of upgrade packages to further enhance your profile. They also have a range of exams you can take to demonstrate your skills, though some of these cost.

  1. www.wiredsussex.com

For freelancers in the digital media and technology sector, covering Sussex and surrounding areas. Membership only site for £49 +VAT a year. They describe themselves as a regional digital cluster, the site is great for jobs, information about digital events and news in the region.

  1. www.fiverr.com

This smart site lets you sell your services to a global audience. From make-up tutorials and crochet-beards, to proofreading and typing, if you have a skill and you’re willing to put in some effort in creating a profile this site could provide a great platform. They charge 20% commission.

  1. www.constant-content.com

One of the largest and most established marketplaces for SEO friendly content, connecting businesses with the best freelance writers online. You can either take commissioned work, writing blog posts or articles as requested by the client, or you can write the articles you want and post a set price for uploaded work.

  1. www.indeed.co.uk

This enormous job portal has some interesting freelance work if you know how to search for it. There are several ways to bring up relevant jobs. In the what field enter “freelance” leaving the where blank, or leave the what field blank and type “work at home” or “home based” in the where field.