When I started in 2002 there were different freelancing sites. Some got acquired & others merged. Heres the list of best & most active freelancing sites of 2019.
When I started freelancing from college in 2002, there were numerous freelancing sites like Scriptlance, RentACoder, iFreelance. Over time many small freelancing sites were acquired and merged to form more prominent websites.
In 2019 we have few market leaders. Here is a list of top freelancing websites for those who want to be a freelancer and work from home.
Upwork (previously oDesk and Elance) is possibly one of the largest marketplaces for projects. You name any expertise, and you will perhaps see projects and freelancers related to it. Apart from a wide variety of technology it also has shorter-term projects, longer-term projects, entry-level projects. Moreover, for seasoned freelancers expert level high paying projects.
I used RentACoder when I was in college. Then moved to Elance. Now has moved over to Upwork from Elance.
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The site that offers all-around freelancers and outsourcing marketplace with a wide range of categories like, Web Design, Video, Audio, Web Development, Sales & Marketing, Support, Writing, Translation, Social media, Software Development, Mobile Development.
PPH has also adopted the Fiverr concept. Freelancers can list what they offer for an hour. Clients can order the same. As a freelancer, one can also add perks similar to gigs on Fiverr.
Guru is yet another marketplace for finding job and projects. They have a straightforward hiring process, and so it makes it easy for the clients to hire freelancers. It is comparatively a smaller marketplace. So we don’t see many freelancers as compared to upwork / freelancer. It makes it less price competitive. Apart from that Guru has Work Room feature which makes it easy to manage all the jobs.
If I remember correctly, Freelancer was started as GetAFreelancer and was more commonly known as GAF. They acquired many freelancing sites known to me — sites like ScriptLance, vWorker (Previously RentACoder) to name a few.
It is quite a big marketplace — possibly second best to Upwork. Upwork quotes as having 4+ Million clients on their home page and Freelancer quotes as Millions of small businesses use them.
My experience with Freelancer is – jobs are by clients of clients and not by direct clients.
Fiverr is a different kind of marketplace. Freelancers post what they can offer for $5 (five-rr), and clients can search for those and order.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to offer everything for $5, and you can always have additional perks for increased pricing. Fiverr fees are a lot higher than Upwork / Freelancer.
Unquestionably the most significant social networking site for professionals with a lot of jobs offers. There are millions of jobs (Mostly full time but few part-time) jobs offers on a daily basis.
If you find position fitting right for your expertise, you can always apply for it.
Freelancing site for writers and is possibly one of the biggest marketplaces for writers. You can apply for thousands of writing offers available and is one of the best place for writers.
Probably the largest marketplace for logo, web and Graphic design. It is more like a contest based marketplace. Clients provide a brief of the design and designers submit their entries. As a client, you will receive tons of design entries to choose.
Can get many designs to choose. Freelancer.com has also adopted a similar concept for their web design projects.
Toptal has come up with an entirely new process of individually screening each freelancer. It is only after the screening; they open up their projects to freelancer. It helps in cut off those low-quality low-price proposals.
I did get an invite to join them or schedule a meeting for the screening process. It is because I am overly occupied with my existing clients recently.
Designhill is one of the upcoming marketplace for logo, web design & graphic design contests. The best part is, the option to sign up as a designer is not very intuitive. So there is a lot less competition among designers. It means a less competitive marketplace so people can get paid higher.
As per their website they have more than 50,000 happy clients.
All freelancing marketplaces have fees for clients and freelancer, but HubStaff has launched it differently. No fee structure. It is entirely free for clients and freelancers — quite an innovative way to start a new marketplace. Moreover, as per their blog, they have already hit the 7,000+ freelancers mark and multiplying. I have created my profile.
A marketplace much similar to Fiverr but with an Indian focus. They have the lowest commission structure of only 2%, and it is the buyer that pays all the fees. As per their website feature it mentions, and I quote:
Seller will get full amount whereas buyer will pay commission as per payment gateway selection.
So it means you get paid what you have listed your services for unlike Fiverr where you pay 20% less. Though the site is new, it is gaining much of an attraction for its lesser commission structure and is a must watch freelancing site for 2018.
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