Freelance sites are among the most powerful instruments for those who are looking for remote jobs. However, nowadays, there are many different sites online that are offering such services. I decided to review the most popular of them and make my own comparison of freelance sites.

If you think that I missed some sites, please let me know here

So here are the most popular freelance sites reviewed:

 

elance

Elance.com

Description: This is easily the most popular website among freelancers. It was founded in 1998 and have more than 2 million contractors registered.. But the site is not free. Actually, it does have free membership, but it is very difficult to find a job or contractor using that kind of account.

Specialties: Web development, mobile web development, data science, design and multimedia, writing, translation, office and administrative, customer service and moderation, marketing and sales, engineering and architecture, finance and management, legal, project management.

Advantages:

  • The most popular site and you can find many jobs and freelancers here.
  • Very good site structure.
  • It is very easy to compare candidates for your job.
  • There is a service guarantee in place. You can pay only when the job is done and if you did the job, then you will be 100% paid.
  • Easy to message a candidate.
  • Even free accounts can have “Payment Verified Seal” icon which means more trust from freelancers.
  • Each year there are almost a million of jobs posted
  • There is a Workroom where you may communicate with your contractor during the working process.

Disadvantages:

  • Too many contractors apply on popular jobs so it is not easy for new freelancers here.
  • Many companies instead of freelancers.

 

odesk

Odesk.com

Description: It is very big resource that has thousands of jobs and freelancers. Some time ago, I used it when I needed someone to do a job for me. Online since 2003, it has very big database. After Elance, this site is the second one in this niche.

Specialties: Website designers, content creation, developers, search engine optimization, mobile apps, site managers, software creators.

Advantages:

  • Very large resource.
  • Has many different specialties so you can easy find the best person to do your job.
  • If you are looking for freelancer urgently, then you can count on receiving many applies in the shortest period of time.
  • Many high quality responses are received.
  • Less companies than Freelancer so you can more easily find an individual here.

Disadvantages:

  • Too many contractors apply on popular jobs making it difficult for new freelancers here.
  • Resolution center works only for hourly jobs.
  • Difficult to compare candidates.
  • Not very clear navigation.

 

fiverr

Fiverr.com

Description: Fiverr is one of the most popular services because they offer many different kinds of jobs for only $5. I’m not sure that it is a very typical freelance site, but if you are looking for cheap services, then this site is for you. They have many different jobs: from “I will write your name or text on a coffee cup” to “SEO services”.

Specialties: Graphics and design, online marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech, advertising, business.

Advantages:

  • Very cheap.
  • Easy in use.
  • Has many quality services.
  • Good refund system.
  • Good review system.
  • Possibility to contact the seller before making the order.

Disadvantages:

  • Many sellers do not provide the highest quality of work.
  • Not a typical freelance site.
  • Many people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.
  • Slow resolution center.

 

project4hire

Project4Hire.com

Description: Projec4Hire describes itself as a marketplace where you can hire all sorts of services ranging from a virtual assistant to a translator. It is a very good platform but the majority of the projects on the site are ICT based. That is to say if you are looking for a web designer, web developer or a programmer to build an app for you on Apple or Android phone, the site is one of the best online.

If you are looking for a translator, yes, you will find it here as well. You just may not attract as many bids as you like. Over all, it is a fantastic platform and is highly recommended.

Specialties: Accounting & Finance, Business, HR & Legal, Data Entry & Admin, Design & Multimedia, Engineering & Science, IT, Software & Programming, Languages & Translation, Mobile & Tablet Apps, Other Services, Sales & Marketing, Web Design & Development, Writing & Content.

Advantages:

  • Focuses more on ICT projects.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Good resolution center.
  • Since there are not so many freelancers, you can easily choose a contractor.
  • You can see if freelancer who bid on your project is free or paid.
  • Very good job filter.

Disadvantages:

  • Not very big database of jobs and freelancers.
  • Not very easy to navigate between received proposals and freelancers portfolios.

 

freelancer

Freelancer.com

Description: This used to be one of the biggest and the most popular freelance websites ten years ago. Now, it requires a lot of improvements to be a real competitor in this niche.

Specialties: Websites, IT & software, mobile phones and computing, writing and content, design media and architecture, data entry and admin, engineering and science, product sourcing and manufacturing, sales and marketing, business, accounting, legal, translation, local jobs.

Advantages:

  • Has a very big user database.
  • Very popular among freelancers.
  • Multilingual so communication is easier.
  • Has more than 6.5 million projects on the date when this post was created.

Disadvantages:

  • You may receive many bids not related to what you asked for in the advert.
  • Not easy to navigate between candidates and their proposals.
  • Many not quality freelancers.

 

99designs

99designs.com

Description: The biggest freelance website to use if you are looking for a web designer. It has a community of almost 1 million designers from all over the world. It works in the following way:

  1. You choose a design package.
  2. Launch your contest.
  3. Receive feedbacks and give them your feedback.
  4. Select the winner.

Specialties: Logo and identity, website and app, business and advertisement, clothing and merchandise, art and illustration, packaging and label, book and magazine.

Advantages:

  • Very good site design.
  • Easy to use.
  • Money back guarantee.
  • You can get an estimated number of submissions based on your budget.
  • Blind contest – others will not see the competitor’s submissions.
  • Has a special room for those with a small budget.
  • Usually, you will get hundreds of proposals on your project.

Disadvantages:

  • In each category, there is a minimum price feature that will not allow you to set a lower fixed price.
  • You can’t review designers portfolio and resume.
  • Designers who participate in contests may not get paid for their efforts if they don’t win many contests.

 

crowd

CrowdSPRING.com

Description: This site is very similar to 99designs.com. They work only with logos and design creation projects. Their community has 165,000 members. It works as follows:

  1. You choose what you need from 43 job categories.
  2. Name your price and deadline.
  3. Receive the proposals.
  4. Select the winner

Specialties:

  • Design: graphic design, web design, industrial design and mobile design
  • Writing: naming, creative, business, online

Advantages:

  • 100% money back guarantee.
  • The average entries per project is 134.
  • Starting prices are less expensive than on 99designs.com.
  • Offers own writing services.

Disadvantages:

  • Too many proposals means that it will not be easy to make your choice.
  • Not very easy to review each proposal and navigate between the designers.

 

peopleperhour

PeoplePerHour.com

Description: Founded in 2005, this large freelance site offers dozens of different categories ranging from design to web development.

Specialties:

  • Design: Logos, wireframes, web pages, icons and badges.
  • Development: PHP/ASP, HTML, CSS, WordPress, Joomla, Magento.
  • Content: Marketing copy, sales collateral, SEO articles, blog posts, infographics.
  • Promotion: Google adwords, Facebook pages, Twitter followers, Link building, forum submissions, press releases.

Advantages:

  • Offers 15 free credits for non-paid accounts
  • It is free for contractors to bid on the job, but you have limited number of bids if you are not a paid member.
  • Employers can post their job for free, but only a limited number of jobs, too.
  • You can review the feedback of the people who sent their proposal.
  • You can set fixed price for the project.
  • Ability to receive screenshot of the workers.

Disadvantages:

  • Less than impressive support.
  • Upfront payment required.
  • Site administration has the option to remove feedbacks and sometimes fair feedbacks disappear.
  • Some categories have very poor freelancers.

 

crowdsite

CrowdSite.com

Description: The site was founded in the Netherlands in 2009 with a dutch website called ontwerpen-voor-geld.nl. Since 2011 it was launched in English here CrowdSite.com with the goal to get more international Freelancers and customers which need a graphic design. Today mostly focuses on English speaking freelancers and contractors. To improve the communication between the Freelancer and the customer they have started a partnership with Duolingo. Duolingo is a big start up based in the US. The app will improve the English language by starting an exam. When somebody pass this test, he or she will get an official English certificate.

Specialties:

Their specialty is Graphic Design. Small businesses do not always have the budget to get an expansive design. They give them an option to get a great design by starting a design contest. They can determine their own price. When a Freelancer have won the contest, they will receive the price money.

Advantages:

  • International freelance resource: except English they offer Schweiz and German
  • Guarantee and not guarantee contest. It is when the customer choose the option guarantee: the Freelancer will receive their price money and when the customer choose a not-guarantee contest, he or she can ask his price money back.
  • In the meantime has more than 50,000 freelancers registered
  • Good resolution center
  • You can compare candidats without leaving the page
  • Money back guarantee

Disadvantages:

  • The site is smaller than big players in the market and it may be difficult to find a freelancer fast
  • Upfront payment required

 

toptal

Toptal.com

Description: Toptal is US based freelance website that, according to their about page, is a rapidly growing network. Toptal is only for developers. Of the thousands of applications this website sees each month, typically less than 3% are accepted. It is not typical freelance website like Elance or Odesk. They have 1500+ developers and 500+ active projects.

Why only less than 3% accepted?

  • Only 26% of applicants pass language and personality screening process
  • 4% pass times algorithm testing process
  • 6% pass technical screenings process
  • 2% pass testing projects process
  • And only 3% remains

Specialties:

  • Developers:
  • Android Developers
  • C# Developers
  • iOS Developers
  • Java Developers
  • JavaScript Developers
  • PHP Developers
  • Python Developers
  • Ruby on Rails Developers

Advantages:

  • All developers have proven records as senior guys and have passed tough screening process
  • all English speakers
  • team of staff engineers help you pick developers
  • engagements begin with trial period which can be cancelled up to two weeks for no fee

Disadvantages:

  • more expensive than other options
  • at a first glance this site may appear not cheap: they require a $500 deposit from new contractors. However, it is applied to the first project, and can be refunded if the project doesn’t follow through, or if they can’t find a developer they like.

 

I hope that this list will help you in the future when you need to use a freelancer to complete a job for you. As you can see, there are good points and not so good points about them all. It is just a matter of what will work for you at any given time.