I've been using Hostgator now for 6 years - and I can't fault them. With an amazing 99.9% uptime, 24/7 support (I've used it plenty of times!), really well spec'd servers and some great Cpanel interface features and extras - they've been critical for my success.
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I've used 99designs for a number of years now and they always deliver what I want.
The process to list a job, then communicate with graphic designers and select a winner is so easy. Using a competition based system - not only makes it fun, but means you get a diverse range of designs that can help shape your thinking about what you want.
Snaggit and Camtasia are my go to tools for helping me explain requirements for my projects and the bugs I find in the work my freelancers do. Easy to use and powerful - they're an essential part of my toolset for hiring freelancers and managing freelancer projects.
Freelancer is all about finding and hiring freelancers. With it's user friendly interface, wide range of freelahcers across web, mobile, design, engineering, data, sales & marketing and accounting - it's a definite go to place for me freelancer clients. One thing that I think stands out for them: 24/7 support/live chat (great when when you are havng problems at 2am in the morning)!
A marketplace where you can just about find anyone to do anything - Fivrr is a great place to find freelancers who will do work for you on a 'fixed service for a fixed price' agreement. Whether it's graphic design, digital marketing, writing, translation right through to a whole host of business related services (including virtual assistant, legal consulting and financial consulting) Fiverr's got it covered. I even had the voice over for my podcast created through Fiverr - for a really great price!
Toptal is premier marketplace for businesses to hire the high calibre freelance software developers, designers, and finance experts. Using a really rigorous evaluation process to select freelancers for their platform - which means that on average, less than 3% of all applications to join the platform are accepted. Toptal is a really good option if you are running a business and you want confidence in the skills and ability for your freelancer to get your proejcts delivered.
Envato Studio...coming soon!
A specialist graphic design marketplace which gets graphic designers to compete with the very best designs for your work, designContest covers a wide variety of design needs including corporate identity, web design, illustrations, product design, advertising, clothing, and app design. A really simple way of getting what you want.
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