Here is a list of marketplaces to hire freelance designers, developers, writers, finance professionals, social media marketers, and more. There are general marketplaces with huge pools of workers in hundreds of fields as well as specialized marketplaces focused on areas such as design, Amazon stores, and even expert consulting.
Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk), is one of the most popular freelance marketplaces. The platform includes unlimited proposals, built-in collaboration tools, work history verification, and reviews. Categories include “Web,” “Mobile Dev,” “Design,” “Writing,” “Data Science & Analysis,” “Sales & Marketing,” and more. Browse the marketplace to find professionals, pre-packaged projects, or use Upwork staff to find the help you need. Advanced features include dedicated project assistance, project promotion, project tracking, and reporting. Price: Free to post a job. Premium service plans start at $49.99 per month.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace enabling individuals and businesses (known as Requesters) to engage a 24/7, globally distributed workforce (known as Workers) to perform human intelligence tasks (HITs). The Requester site provides a broad set of sample templates to get started creating HITs for Workers to complete. Workers use MTurk to find assignments, submit responses, and manage their accounts. Price: 20 percent of the reward and bonus amount paid to Workers.
Jungle Scout Market
Jungle Scout Market is a marketplace that connects Amazon sellers with expert freelancers. All freelancers are prequalified and specialize in all areas of FBA and Vendor Central, including product photography, listing creation, listing optimization, product research, pay-per-click management, graphic design, coaching, legal services, and more. The marketplace is part of the Jungle Scout platform, which provides data, insights, and tools to sell on Amazon. Price: a 5-percent fee on all orders.
Fiverr is a popular marketplace, connecting businesses with freelancers offering digital services in 300-plus categories. Fiverr lets you browse the selection of freelancers, and place orders in just one click. A service on Fiverr is called a “gig.” (Originally, all gigs cost $5.) Only registered users can buy and sell on Fiverr, which also offers Fiverr Pro for higher-quality services. Price: All purchases are subject to a service fee of $2 up to $40 of purchases, and 5 percent on purchases above $40.
Gigster helps companies create custom software. The Gigster Talent Network fills development roles in under 10 days, from a group of 1,000-plus members with advanced skillsets, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, React, Kubernetes, and more. Contact for pricing.
Clarity is a community of advisors to guide entrepreneurs and their growing businesses. Search through the experts to find the right one. Set a time for the call and specify your reason. Invite up to eight others from your team to join the call. A conference line is provided. After the call, pay the expert’s per-minute rate and leave a rating and review.
Guru is another popular marketplace for freelancers, with 2 million service providers, including 500,000 developers and 300,000 designers. Post a job for free. Manage multiple freelancers for the same job in separate workrooms. Manage files, team members, communication, and payments in one place. Price: 2.9-percent handling fee. However, the fee is refunded if you pay via e-check or wire transfer.
Outsourcely is a platform for hiring remote freelancers with an emphasis on long-term projects. Outsourcely does not take a percentage of a worker’s pay, so you should be getting the most work for your cost. Engage teams in 14 primary categories, including web development, web design, video editing, writing, customer service, software development, and more. Manage workers with real-time communication, including instant private chat and live video. Outsourcely also uses a third-party work history verification system to ensure employers can review profiles. Price: Plans start at $19 per month.
Freelancer claims to be the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by the number of users and projects, connecting nearly 45 million employers and freelancers from over 247 countries. Hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry, and design — as well as engineering, sciences, sales and marketing, accounting, and legal services. It’s free to post your project. Use the desktop app to track progress, monitor hours, and communicate. Use the mobile app for on-the-go messaging and updates. Release payments according to a schedule of your goals, or pay only upon completion. Price: 3 percent of the job (fixed rate or hourly).
Toptal, a derivation of “top talent,” focuses on working with freelancers who are experts in their fields. Each applicant to the Toptal must pass a screening process (two to five weeks to complete) to measure expertise, professionalism, and communication skills. The network offers expert designers, developers, financial analysts, project managers, product managers, and more. Contact for pricing.
Envato Studio, part of the Envato network that includes ThemeForest and Tuts+, is a freelance marketplace of hand-picked designers, developers, and digital talent — for logo design, web development, video production, and more. Compare prices, portfolios, and community recommendations to find the expertise you need. Manage your job with inbuilt messaging and job management tools. Quickly purchase Express Jobs, offered by freelancers and agencies for quick installation without customization. Price: Envato Studio does not charge a processing fee on top of the freelancer’s invoice.
99designs is a platform to find designers in logo and brand identity, web and app design, advertising, and more. You can run a contest with fixed-priced packages and pick your favorite design. You can also hire a designer from over 90 skillsets. Filter designers by category, level, recent activity, and search terms. Price: 5-percent platform fee.
DesignCrowd is another design marketplace to run a contest or search freelancers for hire. The platform hosts over 800,000 designers. Set project packages with a budget starting from $99 and turnaround times for as little as three days. DesignCrowd includes a money-back guarantee for design contests. Price: 4-percent transaction fee and a posting fee up to $129.
Textbroker is a marketplace for freelance writers. Outsource product descriptions, blog posts, press releases, social media posts, news stories, and technical articles. Add your target keywords to the order dashboard. Create an open order available to over 100,000 writers, commission an author with a direct order, or use a team order for hand-picked practitioners. Price: Starts at 1.5 cents per word.