In his “State of the Word” addresses at recent WordCamps, it is my understanding that Matt Mullenweg (the co-founder of WordPress) has often made mention of the growth of WordPress and the growing number of professionals and businesses which are earning a full time income using WordPress.    As someone who makes a majority of his income online, this is something that I’ve spent some time working towards as well.

I’m sure upon hearing about these numbers, many people’s initial reactions may be that Matt is referring to the many premium theme authors who earn their livings creating professional themes which are in turn sold to the WordPress community, but what people may not know is that there is also a huge market for WordPress freelance work that designers and developers are making a large income from.   These freelance jobs can range from building a custom plugin for someone, custom coding work, or even completely custom theme designs!

I know we have a lot of readers who are very talented developers and designers.  If you are looking for freelance work as a WordPress designer or developer, here are a couple of great places to find potential clients:

  1. WordPress Jobs – This is the official job board and includes a feed so you can easily keep updated on what jobs are needed.
  2. eLance – eLance is a website which is used by all types of freelance designers and coders, but includes a very busy WordPress section where people can post their needs and freelancers can bid on them.  You can also review rankings, earnings, and other information about the freelancers.

These sites were designed specifically with the intention of helping freelancers find clients, and I’m sure there are many others available as well.  To our readers that do commissioned freelance work professionally, what have you found are the best ways to find work?

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  • http://thefrosty.com The Frosty

    Always browsing jobs.WordPress.net.

  • Webdev

    Thank you :) When I get to find a new job/project I’ll check these out. However, there are much more freelancer sites that involves WordPress jobs too.

  • http://www.jwrmedia.com JWRmedia

    I have a blog with several php, wordpress tutorials, webmaster related info and other news. On there I promote my wordpress services so when people arrive here through search engines and read my stuff, they contact me for help if they want to.

  • http://andreasnurbo.com Andreas Nurbo

    In his interview with WPTavern Matt included the hosting companies in the “making money of WP” group. That was quite absurd in my opinion.

    Personally I have no interest in doing consulting. Work for money? how absurd and timeconsuming.

  • http://wpmututorials.com Andrea_R

    And the wp-pro mailing list. :)

    I find also if you are an active member of the community, and are helping people in places like forums and on twitter, then your name gets recognized as a go-to person.

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  • http://www.thebookofblog.com The Book of Blog

    I think it is worth mentioning that producing free themes to list on the theme directory, can eventually turn into income opportunities.

    I’ve put out a couple of themes and try to provide all kinds of free assistance to users. But from time to time when big theme overhauls are requested I provide a budget, and more often than not people are happy to pay for theme customization or new theme design.

    I’d say 99% of the advice I provide is free, but the small fraction that turns into paying gigs helps out! I’m guessing others have had similar experiences.

  • Paznokcie

    I used eLance for quite a bit. It’s pretty nice. Sure it’s not the best thing if you want to support yourself from that but it’s great as an additional source of income.

  • http://www.getafreelancer.com Mark

    GetAFreelancer.com gets a steady flow of WP projects for those looking.

    In my early days I found using multiple sites like these the best way to get a steady flow of work.

  • http://www.snilesh.com snilesh Wordpress expert

    I use Elance and Getafreelancer.com both are good if you are thinking about freelancing work. All the work completed by me on both sites are related to wordpress.

  • http://freelancerguru.com/ Kelly Thomas

    There are many websites that offer to connect clients with a freelancer. These services often have many freelancers who bid on particular projects that clients post. Other services simply post projects and allow freelancers to submit a resume and samples of previous work. A freelancer often can find projects through word of mouth, from a former employer, or from classified ads in print as well as on the web.

  • http://www.akon-online.net Pete

    Thanks for sharing your experiences on this article about WordPress Freelancers. I also feel that many people are searching for WP freelancers. I made an article with 13 incredible WP-plugins for Freelancers, maybe it helps someone here.
    Keep up the good work,
    Cheers!

  • http://www.corebloggers.com/blog/ Nimit Kashyap

    These are good places to find the wordprss work, also forums are good platforms to get the work.

  • Michael

    You can find some great wordpress jobs here: http://www.webfreelancing.com/wordpress-jobs/ WordPress is so easy to use! I love it. Fast to setup, and people are willing to pay lots of money for a nice WP site!

  • TJ

    Another obvious one is http://www.wordpressfreelance.com , which seems to be getting a bit busier these days.

  • push

    http://www.wordpress-freelancer.com/
    which seems to be getting a bit busier these days.

  • http://www.wpmayor.com Jean

    The best place to find all the WordPress jobs under one roof is:
    http://www.wpmayor.com/wordpress-jobs/

  • Al

    from http://wordpresslance.com site you can find wordpress freelance jobs or wordpress experts

  • Don Silvernail

    Always looking for new clients! Thanks for posting!