What: Staffing company finds jobs for digital, creative and marketing experts. Pays generous referral fees when you recommend the site to a friend looking for work or to fill a job

Expected pay: $40,000 + annually, depending on position

Commissions & fees: NA

Where: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Raleigh, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Orange County (CA), San Francisco, San Diego

Requirements: Relevant experience in the field; other requirements vary by job



  • Encourages workers to sign up online, post a resume and provide links to past work.
  • Referral program offers additional “pay.” If your referral signs up and works more than 300 hours for an OnwardSearch client, you get a $500 bonus. If you know of an open job from a non-client, you could earn a $250 bonus.
  • Employers hire workers in a wide range of technology and creative positions — project management and account services; web design and development, content and copy writing, video, animation and production.
  • The site also pays $300 each 13-weeks, which can be used for continuing education. Access to the site’s 401(k) plan is available for those who work 1,000+ hours in a one-year period.
  • A pay guide for employers, which details expected annual salaries for various positions and accounts for higher pay in higher-cost areas is published on the site. Adjustments for both the pay and the formula by geography seem reasonable.

How It Works:

The staffing company tries to match you with an employer who needs full-, part-time or temporary workers in the given field.

If the client and worker agree on job details, the site will handle the worker’s pay and provide the option of benefits. If the worker has benefits elsewhere, they can decline the benefit option in exchange for higher pay.

Onward Search gets paid from the client and likely collects a portion of the worker’s pay as its commission. If the pay is acceptable to the employed, we see no objection to the arrangement.

Hustlevida Recommended Sites: Upwork and Fiverr

What Users Say:

Many reviews found were from employees of the site’s corporate office, none from freelancers who found jobs through the site. If you have worked with this company in a freelance position, please use the comments section below to tell us what you thought. Did the job work out well? Did it offer competitive pay? Were you able to use the site’s benefits, perks or collect a referral fee?

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