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Help Wanted: Websites For Finding Design And Programming Jobs

January 31st, 2012

There are a lot of advantages to freelancing. You will have more flexibility over the hours you work, you won’t have to commute to work any more and best of all, you are your own boss. It can be hard work landing a job. Not to mention making sure a project is completed successfully can mean working unsocial hours from time to time, however most people who leave their 9 to 5 jobs are happy with the freedom freelancing offers.

You can’t just sit at home waiting for the work to come to you though (unless you are an established freelancer with years of experience). You need to be proactive and go out and find work every month. The two most common methods of doing this are job boards and freelancing websites.

With job boards, the website owner or company posts details of the job or project that they need completed. It is then up to applicants to contact them with details of themselves, their experience online and why they are suitable for a project. Freelancing websites are a little more competitive, with many freelancers privately or publicly bidding for work from employers. Due to this, good feedback from previous clients can be an important factor on whether you are successful in a bid or not.

Today we would like to show you 18 websites perfect for finding design and programming jobs. The first 9 are on this page, and the others are on the next. Just follow the link at the bottom of the post to continue on with this hopefully useful resource.

Help Wanted Websites

1. Freelance Switch

A great freelance job board that’s updated regularly. It publishes online jobs where location isn’t an issue and location based contracts from around the world. Design, development, writing, illustration and flash positions are all listed.

Freelance Switch

2. Smashing Jobs

Used by top digital companies such as Google, Apple and Linked In; Smashing Jobs lists full time and freelance design and programming jobs.

Smashing Magazine

3. Sensational Jobs

It’s not updated frequently however there are still good design and developer jobs published on Sensational Jobs every month.

Sensational Jobs

4. WP Hired

A good place to find theme and plugin development work for the WordPress platform. Freelance and full time positions are advertised and you can also upload your resume so that employers contact you for work.

WP Hired

5. WordPress Jobs

A job board from the makers of WordPress, WordPress Jobs lists designer, programmer and blogging positions. There are also employers who simply need their WordPress installation upgraded.

WordPress Jobs

6. Authentic Jobs

Online since 2005, Authentic Jobs lists positions from companies such as Facebook, Skype, Sony and Electronic Arts. Full time, contract, freelance and internship positions are available for design and development projects.

Authentic Jobs

7. Coroflot

A design website that features jobs for a range of different design jobs from large well respected companies. Users can upload their portfolios so that employers can contact them directly.


8. WooJobs

Another WordPress jobs board that is actively updated. A range of WordPress design, development and support positions are advertised here.


9. Krop

A creative job board for designers, directors and freelancers. Users can create a portfolio and resume so that companies can contact them directly.


Don’t give up yet! That perfect freelancing design or programming job may still be lingering right around the corner. There are still more opportunities on the rest of the job boards and websites we have left. Read more here.

Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog. He can also be found on Twitter: @KevinMuldoon.


21 comments for „Help Wanted: Websites For Finding Design And Programming Jobs
  1. César Rodríguez on January 31st, 2012 at 11:56 am

    nice compilation :) thanks!

  2. Flowrhent on January 31st, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you very much, a valuable list. In the same genus as Authentic Jobs, there RemixJobs for French.

  3. Carlos Sánchez on January 31st, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Very useful for a freelance project, and generate proffesional contacts. Thanks from Chile!

  4. DesignMock on January 31st, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Nice Information.. Thanks!

  5. Mohsin Nazir on January 31st, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Themeforest will also help in this regard

  6. Dhruv Bhagat on February 1st, 2012 at 7:59 am

    really awesome… I really love your website. Fantastic Content always. Keep Going. You will rock one day

  7. Charles on February 1st, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I’ve had some success with Thumbtack. Not exactly designer specific, but a decent place to be discovered by clients that may not know about these other sites.

  8. Glauber Kotaki on February 1st, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Nice list, but I’ve tried them and they are all US related (most of them ONLY US). Is there any website like that in UK?

  9. Evan Skuthorpe on February 2nd, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Doe anyone actually have any success from sites like these when freelancing? I stay away from bidding sites but sites where you have to pay membership for just to view/apply for jobs I’m dubious about…

  10. Molly! on February 2nd, 2012 at 5:08 am

    This is a great list of job sites for me to check out. Though, I am a fresh college student, with a tiny portfolio and no real experience. Do any of these websites, or others, share a focus for internship/apprenticeship positions? The internship boards I’ve been given from college isn’t helping for graphic/web design positions, nor help much in finding internships for the state I’m going to be moving into.

  11. Adrien Antoine on February 2nd, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    There’s also Careers 2.0 that is very nice :

  12. Max Harris on February 4th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    What? No dice?

  13. Marko Petkovic on February 5th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Honestly, this posts looks like you are pushing your own websites and similar ones to the top. There are many freelance websites with huge traffic out there and none are on the list.

  14. Max Min on February 7th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Great compilation. For mobile app developers, this is also a very valuable source:

  15. Alex on February 8th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you. Very useful

  16. Vincenzo La Rosa on February 14th, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I did not know these portals .. I only yesterday I used Twango, Freelancer, and other similar .. ;) Now I’ll give a look to those who have sugerito :)

  17. Paul on February 17th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for these looking into starting freelancing so this is very useful

  18. Wubbleyou on February 22nd, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I used to look at these sort of sites (usually the bidding based ones) and it slowly turned into everybody wanting ridiculous things for pennies. There is a few here I’ve never heard of though, maybe they’re different.

  19. Anne on March 29th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Hey all!
    I’m a designer, so i apologize to the programmers you might find this post boring!All the websites you mention are pretty great. I had my experience with some of them but i like more the ones that are specialized for designing jobs. I have to say that and are my favorite and most effective ones since i’m eligable for most of the jobs posted there. Of course the competition is high so i also have accounts to some other freelance bidding sites

  20. Joe Porter on June 3rd, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Very nice! And a lot of these are free as well :)…here is also a good job board:

  21. Athiruban S M on July 28th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you very much. I gathered lot of useful information about freelancing. I hope to find a freelancing job in the coming years! :)