World’s 10 Best Freelance Websites | 2016

Online freelance websites and marketplaces are changing the way we work. We can work from anywhere, choose how much we want to work and at what time we want to work. We don’t have to worry about waking up early to get ready for the job or even taking a long holiday with our family. We are your own bosses!

As the freelance culture grew famous during the last 3-4 years, hundreds of websites have been launched that provide great service to freelance workers and outsourcers. I did some research on the web and found the following 10 best freelance websites that are really changing the freelance landscape of the world and have already established themselves as mega sources of freelancing and outsourcing.

10 Best Freelance Websites

1. Toptal

toptalA newer player in the freelance game, Toptal is great for experienced software developers. Their screening process is pretty intense – only accepting the top 3% of developers – so it’s not as easy to get up and running on a project as with some of the other sites listed here.

If you are able to get through the screening rounds, though, it’s a pretty great setup. The service pays really well, higher rates than all the other sites listed here. They can set you up with a range of projects from short- to long-term, and will match you with projects that fit specifically to you and your skillset.

If you are looking for a highly qualified developer for your startup or any other high quality project, I strongly recommend you hire your developer from Toptal.

Note : This is a the most Premium freelancer network that I’ve found on the web. Guys there are highly talented and are usually paid much higher than other sites.

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2. Freelancer

It is one of the biggest and the oldest player out there. After the launch in year 2003, it has now grown into world’s biggest outsourcing destination. It has recently acquired the two big giants in the freelancing marketplace: vWorker and Scriptlance and now become bigger than ever.

If you are looking for a place to start, then Freelancer is the best place for you. Its easy to sign up as a freelancer or employer and start earning or hiring. I always recommend newbies and even the professional freelancers who have worked on other freelance sites to  join Freelancer.com.

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3. Upwork (Formerly known as oDesk.com/Elance.com)

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Upwork is the new beast that has come out of merging of oDesk.com and Elance.com and is my personal favorite. oDesk and Elance, the world’s two biggest freelance websites joined hands and merged to form Upwork.com in middle of 2015 forming a big competitor for Freelance.com. But even after so much noise around people opposing this decision of theirs, I personally think it is still the same amazing place for finding jobs and hiring freelancers.

When I started my freelance career I did it with these sites and now I feel good that I have one website and one portfolio. Upwork provides very high quality service and the fees that they take for projects is also small. The most important thing that I love about Upwork is their support team. It never happened that they were not able to respond to my queries and problems.

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4. Fiverr

It is the world’s largest marketplace for small services. The most interesting part is you can create gigs for as low as $5. It  can prove to be a money making system for you even if you don’t know the coding or design stuff. Just have a look at the gigs others are creating and see if you can do that too. If you can do something very usual that people may be willing to pay $5 for then you can make significant amount of money here.

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5. Guru

Freelance Website - guru.com

Since 2001, this platform enables freelancers to showcase their skills and services and to find appropriate jobs. Freelancers and employers both create their profiles on the site and enter into a job contract after reviewing each other’s professional reputation. A freelancer manages his/her activities through Work Room and payments are made following SafePay system.

Freelancers, looking for good pay jobs in designing, writing, IT, marketing, administration, and other fields, sign up here.

6. PeoplePerHour

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This site brings together people who are either seeking or offering services relating to writing, web development, designing, social media, business development etc. It is a UK-based company, which follows a system, pretty similar to other freelancing sites. On this site, you will find both online as well as on-site freelancing gigs. Jobs are either fixed price or hourly type.

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7. iFreelance

Freelance Website - ifreelance.com

If you offer services in accounting, administration, marketing, designing, programming, and writing or in any other related categories, you can join iFreelance to find prospects. Simply create your profile, advertising the services that you offer. Alternatively, you can bid on the projects that are suitable to your skills.

Joining iFreelance is not free. You must purchase one of its paid membership plans. Personally, I don’t think it is a drawback since it compensates by not deducting any fee from your earnings.

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8. 99Designs

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This site includes only designing gigs in the form of contests. A client puts forward his/her design brief. Freelance designers work on that. Only the approved design wins the prize money.

In my opinion, this site offers immense opportunities to aspiring designers. Even if you don’t win a contest, the designs you make will be a great addition to your portfolio.

Be it logo design or book design, join 99Design if you have skills in any type of design work.

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9. SimplyHired

Freelance Site - simplyhired.com

It is difficult to beat SimplyHired when it comes to the variety of freelancing jobs. From personal care to high tech, from administrative to construction, this is the marketplace for online and offline freelance jobs. The site lists jobs from 24 different countries. Besides job listing, the site includes other useful resources like company directory, success stories and career development tips.

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10. Craigslist

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Many don’t know that Craigslist is also a marketplace for freelancing gigs. Due to its location-specific listing feature, it is possible to find on-site freelancing jobs through Craigslist. A freelancer can use the site free of cost and browse jobs in nearby major cities.

Now you can go and check out which of the following freelance website suits you the best. There are a lot of other sites also but these are the top players out there.

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21 Responses to “World’s 10 Best Freelance Websites | 2016”

  1. Troy Philis says:

    Thanks, especially for the recommendation of oDesk, which I was unfamiliar with. I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Ram Shengale says:

    Glad it helped you Troy. oDesk is really a wonderful place for finding freelance jobs.

  3. Vince says:

    I think you forgot to mention other sites like Staff.com, Guru, VWorker etc. I did try bidding a job on Staff.com and it’s way better than what I’ve experienced on Fiverr (no offense though). Maybe I was just so fortunate when I looked for a freelancer there, they’ve forwarded me a good list of candidates right after a few hours of waiting. And guess what, I’ve hired 2 virtual assistants from them.

  4. Ram Shengale says:

    Hey Vince, thanks for adding more sites to the list. I wrote about the top 5 famous sites that I had experience with, that’s why your mentioned sites were not included.

    Ram

  5. John Belete says:

    Hey Ram,

    Thanks for the list of freelance sites. I heard about Fiverr ealier a couple of times and now I see it here also, I’ll definitely give it a shot.

    John

  6. Sherry says:

    Everywhere you read about freelancer websites there are sites linked like odesk or elance. but there are a lot of other very interesting platforms, where you have nice projects. i’m using freelancermap.com, it’s an international platform which is totally free and I’m really successful with it. there are also no commission fees, which isn’t typically. maybe you should also test the smaller platforms :)

  7. johnny says:

    Thanks for the great article, indeed I find it useful.
    But I think you forgot SEOCLERKS.com it is one of the largest freelance site right now. I personally work on it and it is great.

  8. Shafiqur Rahaman says:

    oDesk policy is totally fake. Now a days most of Employer’s also not agree with oDesk terms and conditions. Most of valuable employee lost their career history. They lost their account permanently without any reason. Your career also will be finish, money will be lost. I have approval documents.

    Thanks
    Shafiqur

  9. Ram Shengale says:

    Thanks for the comment Shafiqur but I have been on oDesk for last two years now and I have never came across such situation yet. I think oDesk is doing some really good job and they are growing bigger each day.

  10. Ram Shengale says:

    Hey Johny, I went through seoclerks.com and its also a good site. Thanks.

  11. Sun Chen says:

    My experience with oDesk has been absolutely awful. I’m surprised to see that they are up so high on your list. Their support has continuously been awful and opaque towards me, banning my account and refusing to even give a reason why. I’ve also read of people having their accounts banned while they had funds stored in oDesk’s accounts, leaving them unable to access the money they earned and that their clients were satisfied enough to pay to them.

  12. Sudhir says:

    I have been working on odesk since last 3 years, but recent policy change at odesk is completely against experience contractors, Odesk is promoting less experienced, contractors who are either new or not getting jobs, that way they think they will be able to attract more contractors.

    I will suggest to clients, that if you post your jobs on odesk, take time to carefully review profiles, when you search for contractors for a skill, skip first 5 pages, contractors on first 5 pages of search result are almost new and doesn’t have even few hundred hours of odesk experience, when you go down the list, you will find real gems who has worked thousands of hours on odesk and has finished dozone of successful jobs on odesk.

  13. ms rana says:

    Very useful blog. The list of best freelancing sites is really perfect. Thank you very much for your kind effort.

  14. nikhil says:

    You can also include http://www.fivepa.com in your list. Fivepa is an new micro job site launched where you can offer your services for $5

  15. Rad says:

    vworker,scriptlance merged with freelacer.com

  16. Syed Saqib says:

    Staff.com – This is the best available plate form for freelancer who want long term monthly basis job.

  17. Rait says:

    Hi,

    I just finished my own article about freelance bidding sites and your top 4 were all mentioned, although I found PPH and Elance to be most suitable for me, while Freelancer and oDesk I just mentioned. I must have missed Fiverr, so will check it out, ty for hint.

    If you have time, please have a look at my opinion (in my blog) and feel free to destroy it :)

  18. Gom says:

    I have used almost all the major sites, like freelancer.com, guru, odesk, elance. you have to have patience, lots of patience, but now after all these years, i have join a company job as it also give me some time to relax.

    As far as odesk and elance is concern my experience is that once i had argue with the client over a project they elance has closed my account and odesk has gave some warning first then after another dispute they also have closed my account.

    well with freelancer.com i had a very terrible experience with their services.

    That’s why i have decided to join a company, now i am free after 8 hours jobs, also sat n Sunday.

    Anyway nice blog Ram.

  19. Ram Shengale says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience Gom and glad you liked the blog. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter so that you don’t miss out my new blog updates.

  20. Pawan says:

    There is one more freelancing jobs/ projects website http://www.wsession.com which is recently came to web

  21. Ram Shengale says:

    Thanks for sharing the site with us Pawan.

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