Since there are more than 54 million freelancers in the U.S., and that number is expected to jump up to 60 million by 2020, there’s no shortage in freelance job sites out there. There are actually hundreds of freelancers who have chosen this specific life balance way to make a living who can be used to specifically for those special tasks you need done, but you don't want to hire a full time employee. You can hire writers, designers, or just someone to do general tasks.
But, you probably don’t have the time to scour each of these sites. That’s why I’ve narrowed down the list to just eleven of my favorites to help you get started in hiring a freelancer.
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If you’re in need of qualified and extremely skilled designers and developers then Toptal should be the first place to start your search. It's where I met a developer that helped me build a multi-million dollar company. Toptal puts each freelancer through a series of screenings, tests, and interviews each person before their application is accepted. This allows the company to only select the top 3 percent of applicants.
In other words, because Toptal is highly selective, you can be certain that you’re only getting the best of the best.
In 2014, oDesk and Elance merged to form a new company called Upwork. The result? A huge marketplace where millions of freelancers from writers to accountants to virtual assistants can secure work. No matter what type of position you need filled, or the scope of the project, you can be certain that you can get matched up with the right person for the type of job or task you are in need of getting for your project.
And, before you agree to hiring the individual, you can interview them online and then hire with just one-click of a button if you want to proceed. Using Upwork I was able to build my time tracking tool for my company. Took them around 10 hours and was one of the smoothest freelancer experiences I've ever experienced.
Sure. You can use Coworks to recruit talent. And, thanks it's advanced filters, you can easily find freelancers for design, writing, photo, and web projects. However, what makes Coworks unique is that it can be used to manage your entire remote team.
On top of recruiting, you can also import your freelancers so that you can manage everything from posting jobs, sharing documents, and paying your team in one convenient location.
Guru is another excellent site to find freelancers ranging in a number of industries like sales or design. In fact, with over 1.5 million members worldwide, you shouldn’t have any issues finding the freelancer that you need for your specialized task. Prior to hiring a freelancer though, you can explore their previous work and read reviews that have been written about them.
Once you hire a freelancer, you can then use the platform’s “Work Room” where you can keep tabs on the projects being accomplished, such as when a milestone has been reached and from which team.
With close to 20 million talented freelancers around the world, Freelancer gives members the chance to competitively bid on the projects that you post. What I like most about this site though, is that it’s transparent when it comes to the pricing for projects. For example, I can see immediately that a website development project starts at $99. You don't waste time trying to find the best deal.
Another awesome feature is that Freelancer can connect you with local freelancers if you ever need help with a task that can’t be done remotely, like moving or photography.
Since LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site in the world, it should come as no surprise that you can also use it to find freelancers. By searching through freelance groups or LinkedIn ProFinder you can narrow down your search to locate a specific set of skills - in most cases you can find skillsets that aren’t always found on other sites.
One of the best advantages about using LinkedIn is that you can lookover profiles and read colleague reviews before hiring someone.
Regardless of your business requirements, you may need an author for your blog or a wireframe designer - or whatever - you can use PeoplePerHour to complete specific tasks. Depending on your needs, unlike other freelancer job sites, PeoplePerHour is really handy if you require work that isn’t as conventional. At the very minimum, get on their website and see how they introduce their team in a seamless interface (down further on the landing page). This idea could be incorporated on any website for anything you want to sell or introduce.
You can also collaborate with freelancers and track the progress of tasks. And, the freelancer isn’t paid until you’re satisfied with their work.
Flexjobs has 55 different career categories that range from part-time telecommuting gigs to executive positions. To ensure that you’re hiring legitimate and qualified freelancers, Flexjobs hand screens each applicant.
On the side of, "How to find top finding remote employees?" Flexjobs also shares advice on everything from searching for freelancers to staying productive.
We all know that Craigslist is perfect for finding great deals on items like furniture. But, it’s also great for finding freelancers in your local community. Posting job positions is inexpensive and you can include specific requirements so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
10. Peer Hustle
Similar to apps like Uber, Peer Hustle uses geolocation to find freelancers in your area. This makes connecting with freelancers almost instantly. With Peer Hustle, you can then chat to potential team members in real-time via the in-app calling feature.
Funds are placed in an escrow so both parties are protected from trying to stiff each other. This means that the job doesn’t start until funds have been deposited by you, but the similarly the funds won’t be released to the freelancer until you verify that you’re happy with the work.
Crowded aims to handle the concern over supply and demand with freelance opportunities by aggregating freelance job postings from numerous platforms. This gives both on-demand workers and on-demand platform businesses in various industries an opportunity to connect and engage.
Although it was just founded in 2015, Crowded has already added over 11,000 freelancers and 400 platform partners.