Although Guru.com is a freelance website with a project-based mentality that can be used for free by both clients and freelancers, it is highly beneficial for both parties to pick one of the premium subscriptions. The four different tiers unlock various perks and bonuses, and can be paid on an annual or a month-by-month basis, but if you want to unlock the full potential of Guru.com and save money at the same time, the former option is your best choice.
Amazon Home Service is an ideal place to hire handymen for in-home and outside jobs around the house, whether it’s plumbing, house cleaning or setting up smart devices. Service providers benefit equally from becoming a verified member – albeit they have to pay a price for every gig they win in the form of a service fee. And it does matter how big the price of the job is: if it is $1,000 or less you have to pay 20% of the amount to Amazon. However, winning a gig that exceeds $1,000, Amazon waives half of said fee, meaning that you only need to pay 10%.
Outsourcely is a freelance website with a strong emphasis on user-friendliness, which is further proven by the fact that both clients and freelancers are entitled to enjoy the site’s services for free. Granted, employers must opt for a premium membership in order to meaningfully use the service, but luckily all clients are entitled to start a brief trial before subscribing. And to top it all, every subscription offers a one-month long trial period that promises 100% money back guarantee.
Fiverr is website where everyone can apply to deliver services of all kinds to others. No matter what needs to be done – translating, logo designing, research, online marketing, article writing or partaking in a prank – you’ll find someone willing to accomplish it for a competitive, pre-set price. Account creation is completely free on Fiverr, and you won’t run into any sort of subscriptions, which is commendable. The site puts a tax and a transaction fee on purchases, however. Sadly, this also means discounts are not a common sight with Fiverr, besides a referral program.
crowdSPRING is a freelancer website offering creatives to partake in design, writing or brand naming contests while allowing clients to choose from a huge pool of creative work. The site can be used for free by freelancers and offers pre-priced, rather costly payment packages to clients that include the service free and the prize money. However, you can reduce those pesky prices by choosing one of the many content bundles: this way you can not only get extra features, but you can also save up to 18% on the total.
PeoplePerHour is a community-curated freelancer website specializing in all kinds of digital work – from web design to translations and software development. This is already quite attractive, but the biggest selling point of the site is that they have several methods to make sure you get what you want/get paid under favorable conditions. Furthermore, you can reduce those prices (even to zero) by either inviting a friend to the site for vouchers, or by inviting clients to be waived from paying service fees forever.
DesignCrowd is an online job board where employers can post design requests and let multiple artists apply thereto. In this system, everyone is happy: employers receive multiple designs, while artists get compensated, even if their work isn’t the winning one. To further increase satisfaction, the site operates with multiple pricing packages, allowing you to add more features. However, the more features you order, the pricier the package becomes; that’s why DesignCrowd gives you a discount on the transaction fee, plus you are entitled to receive some upgrades for free.
Toptal is a true online club of freelancer web designers and web developers of the highest caliber. The site uses a strict screening process to maintain a high level of quality, thus ensuring that employers can expect a worker who speaks fluent English and can join any workgroup without hinders. In fact, the site allows employers to “try” the selected freelancer with the guarantee to a full refund if they are not satisfied for any reason. If you are a freelancer, you will be pleased to hear that the site is completely free of charge. Even though you have to go through a rather brutal application process, once you are in, you don’t have to pay any contracting fees.
99designs is a graphical design-only website dedicated to be the ideal site for freelance artists to showcase their talents (without the need to pay service fees). For companies/employers it’s a perfect platform to launch a competition to have the choice between the best artwork only. Since the latter group has to pay a fortune for holding contests and getting the designs they want, losing that money due to the failure of selecting a winner is a huge punch in the guts.
Thankfully 99designs has a foolproof way of preventing you from any money loss. If you hold a contest without a guaranteed prize and fail to select the winning artist in the last round, you just have to ask the company for a full refund.
Freelancer.com is one of the most famous freelancer marketplaces where employers can find skilled workforce in a relatively short amount of time. The site caters to both employers and freelancers in equal measure with countless features to make their work-relationship easier. Although Freelancer.com is completely free of charge, once the works kick in you have no choice but to pay. However, if you want to minimize the costs of the standard service fees, there is a one-month free premium membership for freelancers with countless extra features unlocked. As for clients, they can jazz up offers with boosted urgency rate, private status and increased success rate either separately or in a special bundle.