Though freelancing or working from home is not a new trend in Malaysia, it’s starting to grow even more popular in recent years, with the country’s freelancing economy experiencing a strong growth of 31 per cent, according to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in a report by The Borneo Post.
Popular freelancing platform Freelancer.com also reveals that Malaysia has the third largest freelancing market in the region with most of the jobs being tech-related and coding work such as PHO, MySQL and software architecture.
A good majority of Malaysian freelancers surveyed by the International University and Colleges (INTI) chose to forgo traditional employment at their own will, and not because they didn’t have any other option. This indicates that freelancing is the future.
For those new to freelancing or working from home, one of the biggest problems of starting out is not knowing where to find projects or jobs. We’ve listed a few job platforms where you can find work from home opportunities in Malaysia (or globally), besides the popular Freelancer, Fiverr, and Upwork.
Find work from home opportunities in Malaysia or globally at any of these 8 job platforms:
RemoteOK is the popular go-to platform for techies and those interested in working in tech. The platform also features non-tech jobs across various industries. Work for top companies or startups and earn perks such as full premium coverage, employee profit sharing, paid time off (PTO), catered lunches, training allowances, and visa sponsorship.
Types of jobs available: Tech (e.g. software development), Customer Support, Marketing, Design, Online Teaching, and other non-tech jobs.
PartTimePost is where you can find freelancing jobs at various Malaysian companies and also top companies like Louis Vuitton Malaysia, Club Med, Foodpanda, IKEA, GrabCar, Guardian, Toyota, Poney, Resort World Genting, and YTL Corporation.
The platform is also user-friendly, where they categorise job openings based on different types of job seekers, for example, Single Parent, Retiree, Person With Disability (OKU), and even Non-Malaysians. Find jobs easily that best match your schedule or situation.
Types of jobs available: Varied (e.g. Writer, Hand Painter, Translator, Investment Planner, Video Editor, Project Manager, Product Buyer, and more).
Freelancing.my is a Malaysian freelancing marketplace platform that connects freelancers with local businesses. The independent platform also counts other job platforms eRezeki (a government-linked job platform), ContentWriter, and Jooble as its partner sites. You’re required to create an account to bid for the available projects listed.
Types of jobs available: Content Writer, Web Developer, Programmer, Graphic Designer, Translator, Data Entry, Social Media Marketer, and other digital work.
Favser is another Malaysian digital talents-focused hiring platform that connects digital, creative and business talents to local companies across industries. Partnering with government-linked MDEC and eRezeki, Favser requires you to create a profile and a portfolio before you find freelance projects based on your talent and submit bids.
Types of jobs available: Technology & Programming, Art & Designing, Writing & Translation, Digital Marketing, Media & Entertainment, Finance & Accounting, Administrative & Human Resource, and Sales & Marketing.
Similar to Freelancing.My and Favser, freelanc3r is a marketplace platform that requires freelancers to create a profile before they start bidding on available projects. The platform also works as a mediator between freelancers and project owners in case something goes wrong while working on the project.
Types of jobs available: Varied (e.g. Web Development, Data Entry, Photography, Content & Copywriting, Graphic Design, Digital Marketing, and more).
6. StartUpJobs Asia (MY)
One of the most reliable job platforms that connects you to the best startups in the region, StartUpJobs Asia (MY) is where you can find freelance and work from home opportunities with Asia’s rising startups.
From tech jobs to non-tech projects, you’ll definitely find something that matches your talent, no matter what industry you’re in. Make direct applications to startups by creating a profile and uploading your resume or CV. They also provide resources that could help you build your career with startups.
Types of jobs available: Varied (e.g. Tech, Business, Design, Marketing, Public Relation, Editorial, Investment, and more).
What sets HotCopy apart from other similar platform is that freelance content writers and translators don’t need to waste time bidding for projects, as the platform handles all the hard work of finding clients and getting projects for you.
To work as a freelance content writer or translator with them, you’d have to create a profile and pass some tests based on the type of work you’re interested in doing. You’ll also need to have a PayPal account to get paid.
Types of jobs available: Content Writing and Translation.
Earn money on your own free time by helping various companies achieve their goals. Supahands is a platform where you can work remotely with a curated team called the ‘SupaAgents’ and project managers by taking care of tasks, such as:
- Verifying receipt details
- Entering data into spreadsheets
- Approving/rejecting images
- Handling live customer chats
To start working as a SupaAgent, you need to get qualified by completing their online assessment and onboarding to start working on available tasks. Enjoy exclusive deals with Supahands’ partners once you’re on board!
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