Remote work is the new industry standard.
Remember how everyone was writing about “the new normal,” referring to the possibility to work from home indefinitely? No one is talking about that now because there’s nothing new about working remotely at this point.
But, what’s new is the surprisingly large number of people who decided to do a complete career change and become freelancers. This motivated entrepreneurs from all over the world to start using freelancer platforms even more.
However, some gamers in the industry existed long before this pandemic happened.
In today’s blog, we will talk about freelancer platforms where you can easily find a job in 2021. There’s something for everyone - from the top-rated freelance platforms to the ones dedicated only to specific experts, we have all of them on our list.
1. Simply Hired
The first one on our list is Simply Hired. Recruiters will put Simply Hired in the same line as Glassdoor or Indeed, and that speaks a lot about their high-quality service.
Simply Hired acts as a search engine for jobs. Job seekers have a chance to use free resume templates if they have trouble setting up their resumes.
Although recruiters have to pay to use Simply Hired, there are more than 3 million employers worldwide who trust Simply Hired. The company also has quite the knowledge base that can help any recruiter or business owner find the ideal candidate.
As it’s mentioned on their home page, We Work Remotely is the biggest remote work community in the world - the number of their website visitors is over 3 million!
The simple and clean design adds to the overall positive brand experience. You can immediately see the job ads, when the ad was posted, the nature of the job - whether it’s a full-time or part-time job, or whether you can work remotely. While some users may find this boring, this way of publishing ads saves a lot of time.
You can publish your job ads for a fixed price of $299. Plus, the company puts a significant amount of effort into making the entire experience better for the recruiters. Their Learning Portal is a must, don’t hesitate to check it out.
It’s hard to stay indifferent to the original design of the Working Not Working website.
Their use user-generated content to both provide a unique experience and create social proof of the profiles of their best talents.
They stick to their unique value proposition - innovative companies come to their website to find some of the most creative designers and professionals, who have exceptional skill sets.
They have two pricing plans, check both of them before making a decision.
Toptal’s greatest unique proposition is the top 3% freelance talent on the market, and the company is doing everything it can to keep that number.
Their screening process is detailed and rigorous, they only accept a fraction of the talents. Toptal’s team takes pride in their selection process, even though they’re only working with developers, product managers, finance experts, project managers, and designers.
It can be extremely difficult to enter their pool, but if you manage to do it, you’ll have a chance to work for experts from Shopify, Duolingo, Airbnb, and many more.
Here’s the platform we’re constantly getting compared to - Fiverr.
If you’re a freelancer, you’ve definitely heard of Fiverr. Fiverr is the leading freelance platform in productized services. Fiverr creates opportunities for professionals from different industries, just like our platform.
You can use it immediately, as it’s free for use both for business owners and freelancers. You can create packages and offers, create starting prices, and then clients can bid on them.
Fiverr is an excellent platform for beginners, so if you’re starting with your freelance career, this can be a good starting point.
There are countless freelance platforms for professional writers, and Freelance Writing is one of them.
As the name suggests, it’s a platform to collaborate with talented writers. The platform has a writing job board, it offers free resources for freelancers to improve their writing skills, and there’s a possibility for them to enter writing contests.
For all the content writers, copywriters, ghostwriters, bloggers, and journalists, this is the marketplace to find your next gig.
You didn’t think that we’d forget to feature one of the best freelance platforms on our list, right?
Upwork has become the epitome of remote work. The company rebranded itself from oDesk into Upwork in 2015 and since then, Upwork is the place to find freelancers from all over the world.
It’s simple to use, it’s free, and every freelancer gets monthly contacts to spend with each proposal. Now, writing good proposals is an art by itself - that’s why the company offers tons of resources for educating its users on how to become better freelancers. Also, the company has an excellent community online, offering the best support system.
Qualified as the Upwork for writers, Writer Access is home to a large writing community. There are over 15,000 writers, 500 editors, 200 copywriters, 500 translators, and 250 designers.
They offer a detailed search filter, a star rating filter, and a listing priority. One of the perks of using Writer Access is the chance to hire talented and experienced writers in many different niches. The writers are personally reviewed by the team employed in Writer Access, and they can receive stars based on their performance and job well done.
There are three pricing plans for customers - Basic, Pro, and Premium, and a 14-day free trial.
If you’re looking to hire reliable developers and designers, this might be the ideal freelance platform for you.
Authentic Jobs is designed to be easily understandable for anyone, even if you’re a beginner in the industry. But, even with such a simple design, some of the most prestigious companies have hired their employees here - Tesla, Twitter, Apple, and many more.
Although Authentic Jobs is not free - they have two pricing plans - if you’re not satisfied with the platform, you can choose between a free job posting or a full refund.
10. People Per Hour
People Per Hour is one of the most refreshing companies in the freelance platforms industry.
Sure, they target the same audience as most of the websites on this list, but their approach is slightly different. Those who wish to offer their freelance services need to get certified by the company. That creates additional security and credibility in the service the customers will receive.
Over 1.1 million jobs have been published on People Per Hour. It’s free for buyers.
However, some freelancers would argue that the platform fees are quite high and that the support team may need longer than usual to respond to a request, but nevertheless, People Per Hour remains a freelance platform worth investing time and money.
Guru is a freelance platform that’s rarely praised, but equally valuable.
As their homepage shows, they have a 99% customer satisfaction rate, which is a number worth remembering. You can post a job for free, and with it, you’ll be joining the 800,000 employers present on their platform.
You can choose between many industries and four payment terms and methods.
12. Flex Jobs
Supported by the leading companies in the media industry like CNN, WSJ, CNBC, FlexJobs is on this list for a good reason.
Established in 2007, Flex Jobs is positioned as a company dedicated to investing in its freelancers. Aside from offering more than 30K jobs to freelancers, their team is fully committed to educating their freelancers.
They offer multiple career coaching services like resume and career advice, webinars and events, 1:1 calls with career experts, and many more. This makes Flex Jobs ideal for beginners, so if you’re just starting out, this is a good place to do it.
Arguably, Behance is the only platform on our list with a breathtaking design. It’s user-generated content but used in the most creative ways possible.
Behance is a freelance platform where you can find creative jobs, usually from the designer industry. You can search freelancers by keyword, location, different creative fields, and such.
If you’re having trouble finding pro designers and creative people, Behance might be the solution for you.
Another platform dedicated to creative professionals and freelancers.
Dribbble is used by many designers as a way to promote their work. If you’re a freelancer, not only will you have a chance to get clients on the platform, but you can showcase your work too.
Plus, their pricing plans are really affordable. For €5 per month for the Dribbble Pro and €14 for the Business Pro, you’ll get access to exclusive job boards, search listing priority placements, etc.
99designs is ranked as an ideal platform for designers and clients. The brand is appraised by Entrepreneur, The New York Times, Forbes, and many more.
There are over 90 design categories on the website. Aside from the design of the website which is extremely enjoyable for any visitor, 99designs offers creating contests for designers to participate in. It’s an effective and fun way to receive applications from original designers.
99designs has four pricing plans, and although they are considered a bit pricey, they can be your #1 choice for choosing suitable designers.
Another freelance platform on our list dedicated to the design industry. DesignHill is a leading marketplace designed to connect talented designers with international clients. Just like it’s mentioned on their website, you can find designers here who can create logos, websites, T-shirts, and other creative designs for you.
Just like other platforms on the list, DesignHill creates contests for freelancers to participate in.
One interesting thing about DesignHill is that every freelancer has a chance to create their own stores. With them, they can start working on building their own brand and sell their services worldwide.
A big pro about DesignHill is that they offer two payment withdrawal options - PayPal and Payoneer. Not a lot of freelance platforms work with Payoneer, and this gives an opportunity to freelancers from more areas to create a better life for themselves.
Do these guys have the best business name in this industry or what?
Freelancer.com offers an exceptional user experience. With the video, the illustrated price, and the deadline for the projects, they instantly provide value for the upcoming clients.
Amazon, Facebook, IBM, and Google are some of the many companies that had a chance to collaborate with experienced professionals from Freelancer. As a client on the platform, you can browse portfolios, track the progress, or even receive fast bids.
They have 180 different categories on their website, proving to be one of the few go-to places to find exceptional talent.
18. Solid Gigs
Just like the name says, Solid Gigs is the place to find solid freelance gigs.
Solid Gigs is a platform mostly used by freelance writers. It might seem like this is just another freelance platform, but it’s not. Once you sign up, you tell what kind of clients you like to work with and the team of Solid Gigs sends them your way. Every freelancer has a chance to work with only the clients they like, without the trouble of having to find them manually.
They have two pricing plans, but according to the testimonials on their website, it is worth every penny.
With more than 1 million freelancers, 500K projects finished and 25K service gigs, Truelancer is an ideal place for startups.
They’ve actually rebranded themselves as the go-to freelance platforms for startup founders.
They take pride in their secure payment system, dedicated support, and 100% satisfaction rate.
If you’re a startup founder, you can find designers, developers, content writers, and assistants who are ready to help you scale your business.
Last but not least.
AngelList is another freelance platform that focuses entirely on the startup community.
Their employees put a great amount of effort into connecting the right freelancers with the right startup communities.
Over 130K tech jobs are available on the platform and the team has made more than 6 million matches. If you’re a fan of the startup industry and you like working with startups, here you’ll have a chance to connect directly with founders.
And that’s it!
What do you need to remember from our list?
That every platform is designed for different markets, offers different benefits, and above all, tries to solve its users’ problems in the best way possible.