Top 13 websites all freelancers in Kenya should know about

Want to know the top 13 websites all freelancers in Kenya should know about? Websites that other freelancers use to find well paying online jobs? Websites that clients frequent when looking for freelancers for hire to to outsource tasks to? Read on.

12. Nerdy Turtlez  ‘Freelance Writing Jobs Online | Academic Writing Jobs

This website posts mainly academic writing jobs on its platform. If you want to build your professional writing career in the academic writing niche, check it out. Some of the disciplines you can write on include medicine, law, engineering, finance, arts and agriculture.

The other content categories you can check in the site are:

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  • SEO writing
  • Copywriting
  • Blogging (blog post writing)
  • Business / market report writing
  • CV / resume writing
  • Creative writing
  • Infographic designing

11. Toptal ‘Hire Freelance Talent from the Top 3%’

Is a popular site with developers and clients looking for developers (software / apps / websites)
You want to check it if you are a software developer, a designer, a finance expert, a product manager or a project manager.

10. UpWork ‘In-demand talent on demand’

This is one of those biggest freelance marketplaces that is popular with beginner and expert freelancers in Kenya.

You can create a profile on the website and start bidding for jobs.

It has several categories offering clients a pool of talent in areas such as:

  • Web, mobile and software development (Android / PHP / iOS / WordPress / JavaScript / Python / Facebook / software developer)
  • Design and creative (Logo, graphic, UI, UX and web design)
  • Content writing (resume writing / technical writing / blog posts / article writing)
  • Sales and marketing
  • Admin support
  • Customer service
  • Data science and analytics
  • Engineering and architecture
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Other services freelancers and agencies offer on UpWork include SEO services, virtual assistant services, bookkeeping services, copywriting services, and database administration services.

9. Freelancer ‘Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online’

Similar to UpWork, Freelancer also has many categories clients can go to when looking for freelancers to outsource work to.

To start making money freelancing on this site you will have to create a profile in order to be able to start bidding on the jobs clients post in various categories such as these top six: writing, mobile apps, marketing, logo design, website development and graphic design.

Some of the other areas freelancers concentrate on on this site include ghostwriting, accounting, finance, legal, manufacturing, logistics, article writing, internet marketing, Amazon Web Services, 3D modelling and Photoshop.

8. Fiverr ‘Freelance Services Marketplace for Businesses’

Popular in most countries, including Kenya, the website is known for its 5 dollar gigs. Clients can go to the site to outsource simple tasks from rates as low as five dollars. Freelancers on the site sell their services in several categories. Some of these categories include:

  • Articles and blog posts
  • Logo design
  • Translation
  • Voice over
  • WordPress customization
  • Music and audio
  • Graphics and design
  • Digital marketing
  • Video and animation
  • Business
  • Programming and tech

7. PeoplePerHour ‘Hire Freelancers Online & Find Freelance Work’

This is another freelance marketplace that has a similar look and feel like UpWork and Freelancer.

Though it is not as popular as the two, there are many Kenyan freelancers using it on a daily basis to make money in categories such as:

  • Technology and programming
  • Writing and translation
  • Design
  • Digital marketing
  • Business
  • Music and audio
  • Marketing, branding and sales
  • Social media

6. Truelancer ‘Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online’

If you like work from home jobs this is another website you should know about. You can find online jobs on different categories such as:

  • Freelance writing
  • Graphic design
  • Data entry
  • Virtual assistant
  • Customer service
  • Voice over
  • Translation
  • Interior design
  • Logo & web design
  • Web development
  • SEO consultancy
  • Android and iOS development
  • Front end and backend development
  • WordPress development
  • Java and PHP development
  • API development
  • Translation (English, German, Hindi and French)

5. Kuhustle ‘Get an Expert’

This website sources freelance projects across the globe and outsourced the work to skilled African freelancers.

If you want to be among the people okay with taking work listed on the site, browse the jobs in categories such as:

  • Software development
  • Tutoring and training
  • Content and marketing
  • Design and creatives
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4. Problogger Job Board ‘Problogger Jobs’

Is a job board found on Darren Rowse’s popular blog about blogging – Problogger.

Usually clients list jobs on the site when looking for freelancers to help them with their content creation needs.

So, you will just usually find a lot of listings by people, companies, agencies and businesses looking for content in a variety of niche topics. And the jobs there often are about:

  • review writing / product review articles
  • blog post writing
  • tutorial post writing
  • magazine writing
  • fiction and nonfiction writing
  • guest post writing

3. Guru ‘Hire Freelance Online and Find Freelance Jobs Online’

This is another site where you can find lots of freelance jobs in different categories. It looks like UpWork and Freelancer and has jobs with hourly, task-based and fixed prices So, if you want to carve your own pie of the gig economy, do check the various categories on the site. You will find jobs on these areas:

  • Data entry
  • Development (apps / Android / web / Python / Java / JavaScript / jQuery / API / iOS / software / Angular JS / MySQL / SQL / HTML / C# and PHP)
  • Marketing (social media marketing, email marketing, Facebook marketing and sales)
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Design (Adobe Photoshop, graphics, UI – User Interface, UX – User Experience, logo, web, and 3D design)
  • Translation
  • WordPress
  • Engineering and architecture
  • Sales & marketing
  • Customer service
  • Accounting / bookkeeping
  • Art, illustration and animation
  • SEO and copywriting
  • Staffing and recruiting
  • Content writing (web content & blog posts)
  • Video editing

2. Envato Studio ‘Logo Design & WordPress Customization’

If you remember FreelanceSwitch from back in the day, the URL now redirects to the Envato Studio website. When I searched for it on Google I could see that some of the popular categories on the site fall under the following areas:

  • Logo design
  • Websites and programming
  • Design and graphics
  • WordPress

Other things freelancers offer clients on the website include:

  • Branding services
  • Ecommerce and CMS development
  • Copywriting and content creation
  • Online marketing services
  • Audio services
  • Video and animation services
  • Landing page design
  • App development

1. Niabusiness ‘Hire freelancers in Kenya / Get freelance jobs in Kenya’

This is a website helping connect online freelancers in Kenya and clients. You can place your ad on the site for free:

  • as a freelancer looking for work
  • as a client looking for someone to outsource work to
  • as an agency advertising its services

The site has the following categories:

  • Freelance writing
  • Ad management
  • Outreach, SEO and link building
  • WordPress services
  • Email marketing
  • Graphics & design
  • Website / blog setup & migration
  • WooCommerce, online shop & e-commerce
  • eCitizen, KRA, NTSA & taxes
  • Online courses
  • eBooks & publishing
  • Virtual assistance
  • Customer care & support
  • Coding, programming & development
  • Social media marketing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Audio transcription & podcast services
  • Video creation and editing
  • Incorporation, bookkeeping and accounting
  • Legal consultation, intellectual property, patents and trademarks
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Other sites to look at

99designs ‘Logos, Web, Graphic Design & More’

Is a website popular with the designers all over the world. Here are some things freelancers and clients go to do / buy on 99designs:

  • Web page design
  • Landing page design
  • WordPress theme design
  • App design
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Product packaging and label
  • Flyer and postcard design
  • Book cover design
  • Designs for social media pages
  • Facebook cover design
  • Letterhead and envelope design
  • Business card design
  • Email templates design
  • Posters

FreelancerKenya

This is one of the popular blogs about online jobs in Kenya. Some of the things you can learn for free on the site include:

  • Freelance writing tips you can use to bid on job sites like UpWork or do cold pitching
  • How to start your own blog
  • Internet marketing

If you are interested in online jobs, making money online or growing your visibility online, do check the blog.
Also Walter, the owner has an email list loaded with tips you can use to grow your online freelance business / career.

I know there are many other great websites and blogs out there I could have added to this list, but hey, it is only a top 13 list – for now.

You will find that:

  • there are freelancers that use a combination of these sites to get jobs and make an income
  • there are freelancers that just use one site to make all their income
  • there are freelancers that don’t even use any of these sites but still make good money every month via cold pitching (sending emails to sites and businesses in their niche to find work). Or some just use LinkedIn to find clients.

So, you can decide which sites you want to use.

Definitely read Walter’s blog, check UpWork because it is popular with Kenyans, do use Google Search to learn more about the things you don’t know, read the Niabusiness Classifieds blog and place your own ad listing on Niabusiness. It is free.

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