If you’re a freelancer, or a full-timer looking for additional income, there’s a variety of places you can go to seek for project-based work.

Typically, a lot of work comes from referrals, advertising in your local area, or through your website. And there’s a ton of websites geared specifically for freelance workers, such as Elance, Upwork and Toptal.

But if projects are running thin or you’re seeking to expand your project search beyond the obvious places, check out these places you might not have considered before.

1. Google Advanced Search

There’s a ton of sites you can visit to find project-based work, but it’s not efficient to go to each of these places and wade through outdated job listings.

If you want a speedier way, try out Google Advanced Search. You can customize how your search terms are used, extend the number of results per page, and limit the publish dates.

Here’s a few examples you can try (tip: limit your search to “this week”):

2. eBay

So you’re really desperate, right? No one’s going to your website or responding to your local paper ads. No better way to get people to buy your stuff than on eBay.

If sellers can find people willing to buy a Wizards & Dragons musical snow globe (it’s nice, I’m going to get one), there’s a good possibility that you can get some jobs from there.

Here’s some categories you may want to list in:

3. The Job Boards of Popular Blogs

High-traffic blogs sometimes have a job board section where employers can post their job availabilities. It gives their audience — who probably have the same interests — a chance to meet and collaborate with other like-minded individuals.

Here’s a few job listing sections of some popular weblogs.

4. Classified Listings

Yes, craigslist isn’t only for finding dirt-cheap furniture and late night hook-ups (or searching for your soul mate); you can also find web projects listed in your local area, as well as other geographical locations. Since it’s web work, many seekers don’t mind if you work remotely.

Aside from craigslist, check out these other online classifieds:

5. Websites That Need Work

If you’re a web worker, chances are, you encounter lots of websites everyday.

Almost instinctively, whenever I see a website that I think needs a bit of work, I automatically check out the page source and reach for some Firefox Web Developer extension options like “Display Div Order“, “View CSS” and “View JavaScript“, looking for traces of Frontpage mark-up, or silly JavaScript code that can be harmful to a website’s security.

If you find a website that you think will benefit from a re-design, or if you find flaws that need immediate attention, shoot the administrator a polite email about the issues you find, and include your proposed fixes.

Contact them in a professional way, and they may hire you to remedy the issue. At the very least, you can feel good about not letting a poorly-developed site go on without doing something about it.

And yes, I am aware of the lack of padding on the left side of Six Revisions which affects people with smaller screen resolutions… and I’m doing something about it real soon. So, please, do exclude it from your list of “websites that need work”, thank you much! :)

lead image - Question! - by -bast-The internet has given the web professional a plethora of venues for seeking project-based work. With lots of places offering freelance gigs such as, classified listing sites such as craigslist , and job boards on popular weblogs such as FreelanceSwitch and Smashing Magazine, the resourceful web builder can scout and find jobs that extends their geographical boundaries.

An effective creative questionnaire allows you to gain relevant, focused, and helpful design information without taking up a lot of the client’s time. I use the term “questionnaire” because it’s a familiar term, but as you’ll see, some examples aren’t questions.

This article is primarily about developing a one-way questionnaire where you aren’t there to explain or expound on the questions you’ve asked the respondent, though the same concepts apply whether you’re communicating via email or during a face-to-face meet.


leading photo - Fireworks 1 - by  AMagillThere comes a point in time where we want to improve our website’s interface or provide a captivating experience that our users will remember.

We have three main options (from hardest to easiest): write the scripts ourselves, use a JavaScript framework such as jQuery or mootools (which will make coding easier), use a pre-made script that works with existing JavaScript frameworks or that the author has developed from scratch. This article’s for the individuals who chooses to make things a bit easier and those who don’t want to re-invent the wheel.

Here’s a collection of 10 powerful yet easy-to-implementJavaScript effects to supplement your web page’s interface. These were picked using a “bang for your buck” methodology; meaning that these effects were chosen specifically because they provide high-impact effects with very little effort in installing and using them.

Author’s note: Title of this article, by request, was changed to reflect the content featured in this list. I apologize for the confusion this may have caused, and better quality control will be implemented in subsequent articles.


Lead-in image: an architectural structure with the words More. Photo by  Gaetan Lee.A recent article of mine entitled “20 Websites That Made Me A Better Web Developer” attained a large amount of popularity and I was pleased to find out that many people found a link or two that they’ve bookmarked.

The list started out as a massive collection of 100 websites (after going through my massive-huge bookmark collection) , but I then decided that, instead of overwhelming readers with 100 links that will be skimmed and forgotten the next day, that I would filter it down to only 20 quality websites that have been truly helpful and rich with information. A few things on the list were there for sentimental reasons, such as Web Monkey and SitePoint, which did help at the beginning, but now I’ve outgrown.

I received plenty of feedback regarding sites that should have been on the list. Here, I’d like to make amends and list down websites that have helped you (and me) further our understanding of web development and design.


Computer Geek Award - photo by eecueAs a web developer, if you’re to be successful, you have to have a constant yearning for learning new things. In an industry that evolves rapidly, you’ve got to keep up or you risk being obsolete and outdated. Keeping up with trends, weeding out the fads, and adopting new techniques to your web-building arsenal is an essential part of being a web developer.

I spend (literally) most of the day in front of the computer and even in my spare time, I choose to read, learn, and keep up with web technology news. This leads to a massive collection of bookmarked links, but through the years, there are only a handful of websites that I frequent.

I’d like to share 20 websites that have broadened my knowledge, expanded my skill set, and improved the quality and efficiency of my web development projects. Most of these (hopefully) you’ve already encountered, but if you come out with just one or two links you’ve never heard of or you end up bookmarking a link or two, I would’ve accomplished my goal.


talk_nerdy_to_me.jpgEveryone needs a website made, but not everyone can talk “tech” like we can. From the farm owner in Indiana to the brain surgeon in Malaysia, we quickly see that employers can come from all walks of life. Learning how to carry on a compelling conversation about web development is a paramount skill that all web developers should possess if you want to keep the checks coming in. Maintaining your audience’s interest and gaining an accurate picture of what they truly need to get done can prove to be a challenging part of any web development project, but here’s a few tips that might help a bit.