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LAST UPDATED: March 8th, 2022
LinkedIn is not specifically for freelancers, but there are lots of freelance job opportunities on the site. LinkedIn's mission is to provide a place for professionals to network, look for employment, and find employees. The company was launched in 2003 and claims to have 380 million members across the globe, including executives from all the Fortune 500 companies. LinkedIn provides a job search feature that allows its members to search for jobs by keyword, company, and location. Members can apply for some jobs via LinkedIn. For other jobs, members may have to go to the companies' websites to apply. LinkedIn does not handle payroll, track assignments, or resolve disputes for freelancers.

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The Good

  • Free to join
  • No fees for jobs
  • Large membership
  • Variety
  • Training
  • Guaranteed applicants
  • Branding assistance
  • Varied networking opportunities
  • Mobile app
Free to Join: Individuals can join LinkedIn for free. There is also a premium membership offered for individuals for $29.99 per month. The Premium membership has a 30-day free trial and allows you to:
  • Send message to recruiters
  • Be placed at the top of application lists as a "featured applicant"
  • See who viewed your profile and the search they used to locate you
  • Show you how you rank compared to other job applications based on experience, skill level, and education
No Fee for Jobs: LinkedIn does not track who is hired for specific jobs advertised on its site and does not charge a fee or percentage on any work a freelancer receives. Large Membership: LinkedIn claims to have 380 million members in over 200 countries. LinkedIn calls itself "The world's largest professional network." Variety: LinkedIn members post a lot of freelance jobs for a variety of fields. A recent search using only the keyword "freelance" showed 258,757 available jobs spanning multiple industries, including writers, web designers, software designers, photographers, and project managers. Training: LinkedIn has blogs, articles, and slideshow presentations from its members about how to improve your chances of getting hired and how to recruit employees. Guaranteed Applicants: For a company that posts a job on LinkedIn and chooses from a drop-down list of available companies and industries, LinkedIn guarantees at least 10 applicants will apply for that job. Branding Assistance: LinkedIn tracks who viewed your profile and provides tips for increasing your outreach to potential employers/customers. The site also gives you key milestones for the people in your connections list, such as work anniversaries and promotions, which allows you to increase your communication with potential employers. Varied Networking Opportunities: LinkedIn has over one million members who post articles or blog on the site to connect with other members of their industries and to attract new customers. You can add links to your profile on LinkedIn to your work, including any articles or blog postings you have online, so recruiters and companies can see what you do. Members can follow companies to find out the latest news about their growth and hiring prospects. There are also multiple discussion groups on LinkedIn for freelancers that members can join. Mobile App: LinkedIn has an app that allows members to access their profile and network of connections, plus search and apply for jobs from their smart phones.
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The Bad

  • No oversight or tracking of jobs
  • Difficult to contact
  • No company ratings
No Oversight or Tracking of Jobs: LinkedIn is not set up specifically for freelance workers or the employers who hire them. The company does not keep track of job progress, provide a way to securely pay freelance employees or provide dispute resolution. LinkedIn's User Agreement states you access other members' websites and content at your own risk and that LinkedIn is not liable for the activities of third parties. Unlike some other freelance sites, you will not be able to track your earnings or view your history of in progress, or completed projects. Having the ability to track the number of jobs they have done and their earnings is very helpful for freelancers who have to pay taxes on their earnings. Difficult to Contact: Locating the Help section on LinkedIn's website takes some searching. Once you do find it, you have to make at least one search through the help center's topics before you can contact customer support. The only option to contact support is via email. There are no phone numbers listed to reach someone should you have an issue with a member or a company on the site or should there be a technical problem. Recent postings in the Help Forum of LinkedIn's site also point to an issue with members' postings being moved from discussions to job postings when they are not job related. Glitches in the system that create inaccurate postings for jobs may slow job seekers down in their search for employment. No Company Ratings: LinkedIn members do not have an option to rate or review their experience working for companies that post job openings on the site. If members could rate companies on whether they pay promptly and how their rates compare to other companies hiring for similar work, applicants could use the ratings to target the best companies to approach for freelance work.
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The Bottom Line

LinkedIn is an excellent resource for networking and searching for job opportunities. With 380 million members and hundreds of thousands of job postings, it provides a means for freelancers to network with colleagues and prospective employers. Freelancers can also post links to their work in their profiles and contribute articles, slide shows, and post to discussion groups to broaden their reach to potential customers. Although LinkedIn has the membership and the job listings that make it an attractive resource for freelancers, you are on your own when negotiating with potential employers, or if there are issues with payment or disputes over your work product. Because LinkedIn provides no assistance for freelancers should problems arise with a customer, this site might be best for experienced freelancers who know how to set up contracts with customers, arrange for secure payment options, and negotiate favorable payment terms. If you are new to freelancing, you may want to start with a site that provides more support and will assist with dispute resolutions rather than using LinkedIn to find work.
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Charlotte P Herriman, UT

I used LinkedIn to stay connected with past colleagues that had moved on and to see what other companies were out there and what they had to offer. It was a way for companies to look at your accomplishments and offer you jobs based on whether your profile matched up with what they were looking for. It was a good way to collaborate with other like minded business people. Now, it's just another social media site where people share family photos and motivational mems...I have Facebook, Instagram and Tiktok for that kind of stuff I don't need to get onto LinkedIn and see a picture that was taken of a dying grandmother, or your kids first day at school.

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Karen Torino Tallahassee, FL

LinkedIn is great for biulding connections and meeting others with similar interests. It gives you the ability to present your work and chat with others who show interest or partake in similar activities. Great website.

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Kristen Roseville, CA

I set up my LinkedIn account to help me find new job opportunities. It had been great of notifying me of potential jobs to apply for. The suggestions are always relevant to my skill sets.

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Bryan Peterson Herriman, UT

Linked in ia great. As someone who will be in the job market soon, I have spent more time there making connections and seeing what jobs are out there. It is great to use existing connections to find others!

3 months ago

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Ron Thurgood Denver, CO

I like that I have connections with people with similar skills in various companies, and like to see as people progress and move. Opens opportunities in other companies for me if needed.

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Laurel Dalton Salt Lake City, UT

I have been very impressed with how well informed LinkedIn keeps me on viewers of my profile. I often receive emails letting me know which companies have visited my page which improves my circle of contacts. Very impressed with all of the networking opportunities found within LinkedIn.

4 months ago

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Tyler Payne Tallahassee, FL

LinkedIn is a great website/resource that allows you to connect with the business world and put yourself out there. Amazing work!

2 months ago

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Jordan Bell Orem, UT

LinkedIn is a great app for networking. I updated some information and started getting companies in that area looking into my profile.

3 months ago

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Lisa Williams Jacksonville, FL

This is a great place on trying to put yourself out there so that many people can get connected and know who you are so that you are able to get a job or internship in the future.

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Delaney Payton Slocomb, AL

LinkedIn is very easy to use and it a great platform to stay connected with colleagues.

2 months ago

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Lyssa Havana, FL

I love using LinkedIn to connect with my peers from college, it is a great tool for networking!

2 months ago

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Emily Hamilton Salt Lake City, UT

This app has been so helpful with new job finding and being able to out my skills out there .

3 months ago

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Yanesezah Fenelon Delray Beach, FL

I believe LinkedIn is a good platform to make connections with other professionals and possible future employers. I also appreciate how and simple and easy the platform is to use and understand.

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jaci finch Corpus Christi, TX

Linked in is a MUST HAVE for business professionals. I have built my profile to be an extension of my resume and connected with so many great contacts. It is easy to match your profile to your strengths and gain opportunities through the app.

1 year ago

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Glenn Dalton Salt Lake City, UT

lots of contacts and easy to access and use. Not much results from any contacts, basically a social chat with limited connections developed.

3 months ago

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Brielle Spencer Pleasant Grove, UT

Great for networking and the business world. You can meet people and grow you business.

3 months ago

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Matt Clark Provo, UT

LinkedIn is a great networking platform. Honestly, I like it mostly because of how popular it is, so you can connect to people in many fields

6 months ago

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Jodianna Tallahassee, FL

I appreciate the fact that I can easily find a free lancer. I do not like how others must create a linked in to connect.

6 months ago

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Vikti Mehta Frisco, TX

I like how LinkedIn connects me to my classmates and co-workers. I am updated on their professional development and can easily showcase my passions and experiences as well.

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Shannon Biassou Tallahassee, FL

LinkedIn is an amazing place to network and make connections with people in your prospective field.

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Kenneth Okerlund Orem, UT

I find the website quite confusing and not user friendly. I gave up on keeping my profile up to date because of the hassle it took me to figure out how to do it on top of the lack of results.

4 years ago

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Lindsay Fritts San Diego, CA

While I think Linkedin is great for connecting professionals, I don't love the website itself. You get lost trying to look for things and most people have paid accounts so you can't reach out unless you pay.

3 years ago

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Christine ,

It's an average source for freelancing an job searching, but i'd rather focus on more specialized apps and services

1 year ago

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peter harmatuk Poolesville, MD

A great place to network for future employment and to keep current on the professional development of friends

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Rashida Laumatia Saint George, UT

Love the service they provide and the website is easy to manage. Love the professionalism it upholds.

3 years ago