2017 has started and you’ve laid bare your New Year’s resolutions. You now need to find freelancers.
It could be you’ve dusted off that idea for a startup that will blow Facebook out of the water or you’ve finally decided you want to write that epic novel that will put you down in history as one of the greatest authors ever. But now you need to find help getting the work done. So your mind turns to the idea of hiring a freelancer. Well you aren’t alone. Plenty of people are doing the same. But where do you go to tap into the brightest freelance minds to find a freelancer?
I’ve pulled together my list of the best places to find freelance talent. This list is a start – and I’m still busily working behind the scenes to try out the enormous variety of freelancer marketplaces available. So never fear! I’ll be regularly updating this post.
I’m also going to be running separate reviews and tv episodes on each marketplace so you have the best information at your finger tips when it comes to hiring a freelancer. Subscribe below so I can let you know when the reviews are posted.
Also – if you are looking for the best places to find design freelancers then make sure you check out my post: Where to Find the Best Freelance Graphic Designers.
Toptal connects clients with a network of freelancer developers, designers and financial experts from all over the World. Where Toptal is different from other marketplaces is they undertake a rigorous pre-screening process as well as test and interview all of their freelancers. In fact they only ever hire the top 3% of freelancers who apply to join their marketplace.
What this translates to is a really solid reputation – clients know that Toptal’s freelance talent are skilled, reliable and available to work – demonstrated by such companies as Airbnb, JP Morgan, Emirates and Zendesk being clients.
A review coming on these guys very soon!
Boasting 22 million registered users (not all of them are active) and 10.6 million jobs posted since they started, Freelancer is HUGE!
Freelancer is designed around the concept that clients post a project and freelancers then compete with proposals to ‘win’ the job (and the prize of a big fat cash payment). This means that freelancers ultimately have to work hard to demonstrate why they’re the best fit for your project or job, based on their skills, experience and of course their charms.
Given their scale, they invest heavily in their marketplace with a range of neat tools and processes to make your life easy as a client.
Upwork is huge too. By huge, I mean HUGE! It has a whopping 9+ million freelancers in its marketplace. It truly is one of the giants of freelancer marketplaces. Formed out of a merger between perennial favour Elance and oDesk, at last count it had 1.5 million clients. It’s a marketplace in the truest sense of the word – you can hire a variety of freelancers from virtual assistants, graphic designers, accounts right through to engineers.
So if you want a real diversity of freelancers who will compete hard to secure your job then Upwork should definitely be in your short list.
A platform for anyone wanting to hire freelance designers, 99designs gets freelancers to compete in design contests. You then provide feedback on the designs you like, the designers work to change their designs – then you shortlist and ultimately choose the winner. It really is a great way to find talented designers who provide a wide variety of designs you get to choose from.
It also provides the opportunity to continue working with graphic designers you like through the platform. I’ve used 99designs heaps – and always enjoy the experience.
I’m a fan of Fiverr. It’s my go to place for small, fixed priced jobs and it hasn’t let me down yet. So if you don’t have a huge budget and you can work within the confines of fixed scope jobs then Fiverr is a good freelancer marketplace to consider. It’s particularly good for boot strapped startups that are looking to get maximum bang for their money – for example if you are about to launch you can hire a heap of really good freelancers to help you with SEO, explainer videos, logos and even websites design.
Generally jobs, as the site name goes, start off at $5 (USD). But freelancers normally offer more advanced packages on top of this with extras, as well as providing extras when you check out. It actually feels a bit like buying a burger meal at McDonalds as in you end up upsizing your order (or maybe that’s just me?). Regardless, it’s reliable and covers a really wide range of freelancers including: SEO, Graphic Design, Copywriting, Videos, Music, Programming, Consulting Services. Then you get into the stuff that most business would be unlikely to need like astrology, spiritual healing…and my favourite…pranks (my imagination is already running wild).
Since launching all the way back in 2001, Guru has completed over 1 million jobs and paid out over $200 million (USD) to it’s over 1.5 millions freelancers. So this place is popular.
To help you shortlist freelancers, you are able to look through freelancer profiles, see previous work and feedback, as well as skills and experience.
People Per Hour focuses on freelancers for a variety of projects including: design, audio/video, web development, sales & marketing, business support, writing and translation. It provides a really straight-forward, easy to understand user interface and set of tools to help you manage your project/job with your freelancer.
It also provides a great snapshot of currently popular skills – just in case you might be thinking about putting any unutilised skills to good use and becoming a freelancer yourself!
Simply Hired has a wider range of freelancers than most freelance marketplaces because it hasn’t just focused on freelance jobs only. For example you can hire plumbers through it. It is in fact a job directory. Offering more than 6 million jobs in 974 occupations through 700 thousand unique employers in 24 different countries (try remembering that!) – it has a wide spread of people.
The site is popular with over 30 million unique monthly visitors and in a year those visitors make roughly one billion searches. It’s a bit different when compared to Freelancer, Upwork and Guru – but it’s definitely something to throw onto your shortlist for top places to find a freelancer. In short it provides you with flexibility around finding freelancers from industries that are not covered in other marketplaces.
Totally focused on design – designContest enables anyone seeking corporate branding, illustrations/contextual design, product design, advertising, clothing as well as app and web development design, to find freelancers.
Following the same model as other graphic design freelancer marketplaces, you list your competition, wait for designs to come in…and then get to choose the lucky winner who will then deliver you the awesome design you’ve seen in advance.
Focused on freelancers who are writers, editors, bloggers, publishers or a mash of all of these skills Freelance Writing Jobs is a good marketplace to find them. It’s a simple site – you won’t find all of the bells and whistles compared to Upwork, Freelancer or Fiverr, but it does the job and it has a good range of quality freelancers available
A simple interface that feels more like a jobs board, Rent a Coder is a good place to find technical experts – including design and development.
With a focus on design projects, and an equally visually appealing website to match their creative credentials, Designhill follows the proven model of design competitions. You list your brief, wait for the designs to come flooding in, provide feedback and iterate designs…and then choose the luck designer who gets to see you using their hard work.
Projects range from: Brand Identity, Logo design, Logo and Business Cards, Packaging design…and Clothing Design.
Where I think Designhill stand out is their range of really affordable packages to get design work done.
Damongo like Fiverr is a micro jobs market place – with jobs starting from $5 (USD). You get to publish jobs as well as hire based on fixed price packages across a wide selection of freelancers offering services in business, graphic design, fun, online marketing, coding, videos & audio and writing. It’s a great place to go if you need to get something done quickly.
iFreelance is an easy to use platform that lets anyone find good freelancers across accounting, business, engineering, graphic design, technology, web development right through to training.
A large freelancer marketplace, Project4Hire provides access to hundreds of thousands of freelance programmers, web developers, IT specialists, translators, writers and virtual assistants.
What do you think of these freelancer marketplaces? Do you have any other marketplaces that you use and would recommend? Let me know in the comments below.
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