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The Riley Guide: Sites with Job Listings

Freelancing & Franchising


We also have information on Funding Your Business as well as information on Telecommuting / Work at Home opportunities.

Freelancing Resources

ContractJobs.com
A job board for freelance professionals covering over 20 leading industry sectors in all regions of the world. Users can search for contracts and submit a CV for consideration. You do not necessarily need to create an account nor upload your CV to this site, but doing this will put you in their database for recruiters and employers to search. It also allows you to set up email alerts and save contracts for review. It looks very good, but be sure you check the start/end dates on the contracts.
Elance
…offers employers and business the opportunity to post requests for projects and freelance talent to review and bid on these RFPs. Website work, programming, writing, and graphic design seem to be the biggest areas, but there are many other opportunities here as well. There are fees for the "talent" as well as the businesses.
Guru.com
…."provides freelancers and consultants with project opportunities, great career advice, and essential services." Unlike some of the other freelance sites, this one does not want to turn you into a W-2 employee. All they do is give you a place to post your own profile, review projects that are available, and gives you advisors to help answer some of your work/life/tax questions. Free Registration is encouraged but not required unless you want to post your profile. Their "gig" database has a pretty wide selection of opportunities listed.
oDesk
…based in Menlo Park, CA, oDesk advertises itself as "The Marketplace for Online Workteams". This free service connects employers (buyers) to contract talent (providers), helps to track actual time spent and progress made on a specific project, and processes payments. Employers (buyers) create a work room on the site where the contract talent (providers) log in and out as they work on the project. No, oDesk is not tracking your actual work, just the time you spend on it. New Providers are encouraged to use the free skill tests to improve their profiles and attract buyers. oDesk requires buyers to pay with a verified credit card, and they will handle payment disputes. Please read their guarantees, and note that they have both verified and unverified buyers in their "jobs" database. Be cautious about accepting unclear assignments and make sure you and the buyer both meet the requirements for oDesk to guarantee everything.

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Franchising

This section does not include links to actual opportunities, but instead gives you plenty of places to look for franchises.

FranchiseDirect.com
…a nice-looking directory of franchise opportunities for you to consider, some with an investment of only $20,000. They don’t have any advice on franchising, just the listings. Be sure to read their privacy policy before requesting any information.
Entrepreneur.com’s Franchise Zone
…browse by first letter of first word, use the keyword search, or search by state. However you choose to search, you will find terrific info about franchises and franchising in general here. You’ll also find their Franchise 500, an annual ranking of the best franchising opportunities in the world.
FranchiseGator.com
…directory resource where you can search for franchising opportunities and request information on any that meet your criteria. You can browse by industry, location, or investment level (capital) or quickly create a list by searching with all of those criteria together. Pretty simple and quick.
Franchise Handbook OnLine
…directory of opportunities, news, advice, and franchises for sale.
FranchiseHelp
…search for franchising opportunities in many business areas. I like the information on franchising under the "learn franchising" category along with all of the other great info in their blog. You can search all you want and request information on any franchises for free.
FranchiseOpportunities.com
…looking to join a chain of businesses you know are successful? This is a great place to look for a franchise. You can search by industry or investment level, then click on a company’s name to get the basic info on investment and benefit. You can also make a request for more information.
The Franchise Doctor
Site developed to help you decide if franchising is for you, finding franchising opportunities, and deciding which one to pursue.
Yahoo’s Information on Franchises
…Yahoo’s listing, some divided by industry and some listed in the general category.

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