World’s 5 Best Freelance Websites | 2015

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 5 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.

5 Best Freelance Websites (Updated 20th June, 2015)

1. 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

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2. Toptal

A 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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3. Elance

It is the oldest and one of the most trusted freelance website. It was launched in the year 1999 and since then it has done a total freelance transaction of about half a billion dollars. With a large number of freelancers in different fields like web designing and development, graphics design, content writing etc and about 50,000 jobs posted every month, there’s always a huge scope in getting fresh jobs here.

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4. Upwork (Formerly known as

Upwork, formerly known as is my personal favorite. oDesk rebranded itself to Upwork in first week of May. But nothing has changed, it is still the same amazing place for finding jobs and hiring freelancers.

When I started my freelance career I did it with this site. It provides very high quality service and the fees that they take for projects are also small. The most important thing that I love about oDesk is its support team. It never happened that they were not able to respond to my queries and problems.

5. 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.

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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So, what do you think?

21 Responses to “World’s 5 Best Freelance Websites | 2015”

  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, Guru, VWorker etc. I did try bidding a job on 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.


  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.


  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, 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 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.


  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 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 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

  16. Syed Saqib says: – This is the best available plate form for freelancer who want long term monthly basis job.

  17. Rait says:


    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, 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 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 which is recently came to web

  21. Ram Shengale says:

    Thanks for sharing the site with us Pawan.

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