Let’s face it, you need a lot of work done and unless you’re a fortune 500 company, you can’t hire all the staff needed. Outsourcing websites have been gaining popularity over the last few years because of their convenience and usefulness. Use this list of 22 of the best outsourcing websites to get your job done on time and on budget.
The story of FreeeUp is similar to that of many startups. The founders were tired and frustrated with the way traditional freelance marketplaces work. They decided to take a different approach to FreeeUp. Instead of having an open platform that anyone can sign up for, they focused on attracting the best of the best.
The FreeeUp team interviews thousands of potential freelancers every week and winnows it down until they’ve selected the top 1% of applicants to join the marketplace. It’s free to join as a business and pricing ranges from $5 – $75 an hour. The platform is ideal for eCommerce brands and digital agencies.
Hubstaff Talent is the outsourcing arm of Hubstaff – a time tracking application for businesses. It’s unique because they actively curate their talent pool. You can easily choose from almost 10,000 freelancers to get your job done. Right on the homepage, you can take a look at some of the top-performing creatives. If you don’t see what you need there, you can search by category, location or skill.
Finally, the interface is simple to use. You won’t get lost trying to figure out how to hire and eventually pay your freelancers. Definitely a plus in my book.
People per hour is a UK based outsourcing website that allows you to choose from amongst dozens of different categories. The rates are typically on the high side, but if you do a little digging then you’re sure to find a few gems. If you’re good at negotiating then you’ll be right at home with this platform.
Upwork is arguably the largest outsourcing website available right now after the combination of Odesk and Elance. They literally facilitate billions of dollars in transactions every year and show no signs of slowing down. Make sure you take the time to read the reviews of any freelancer before testing them out or you may regret it.
At the end of 2019, Upwork moved to a model where they charge both freelancers and businesses for using the platform. This is in addition to the fees they take out when you pay freelancers. It seems they’re feeling the crunch associated with having so much investor money.
Outsource.com is like other platforms for freelancing targeting small business owners and solopreneurs with their services. They claim to have a higher quality freelancer available to business owners that want to get things done right the first time. They have a wide range of services you can request such as graphic design, virtual assistance, and content creation.
Rentacoder is one of the largest IT recruitment marketplaces in the world. As the name suggests you can hire a coder to perform tasks you don’t have the time or skillset to do on your own. The marketplace is populated by a large number of freelancers, both the ones that are awesome and the ones that don’t know anything. Just do your due diligence and you’ll be happy with the results.
At first glance, ScriptLance doesn’t look like much, but it does get the job done. The interface is easy to use and works quickly to bring back relevant search results. If you place a project on the website, you’ll be charged five dollars once it’s awarded. If the project is canceled then you pay nothing.
Mechanical Turk is a result of Amazon putting out feelers to see what it’s like to outsource at scale. It’s perfect for performing menial tasks that require heavy repetition You can pay workers as little as $0.01 to do things like scrape emails, decide on their favorite picture, and explain what they see when looking at your landing page.
Fiverr is a marketplace that brings together thousands of services starting at just five dollars. You can find everything from graphic design to press release writing. The only thing I’ll say is to steer clear of anything remotely connected to SEO.
It has expanded its offering since this article was first written and now allows the sellers to charge much more than $5. It also has a vetted freelancer program where you can hire recognized experts for a few hundred dollars. It’s still a fraction of the cost of hiring them directly.
Hire the World is a beautifully designed outsourcing website that is helping companies create beauty for their brand. They concentrate on logo, web, and graphic design and attract some of the best freelancers in the world to make your projects a reality.
The Interface is awesome and makes you feel right at home when you’re browsing the website. Lastly, the work is done through a type of contest, just set your project specifications and the different designers will mock it up, you have 7 days to choose a winner.
As the name suggests, Microworkers allows people who don’t have specialized skills to earn a little income. It’s perfect for things like getting users to sign up, do some simple research, find a few email addresses, and the like. Each task is very cheap and will allow you to get menial tasks out of the way quickly.
Guru.com provides businesses with the ability to find and hire talented freelancers all over the world. The platform offers freelancers the opportunity to market sought-after skills to a global audience with minimal cost. It also offers a wide range of promotional and support services.
Freelancer.com is one of the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing marketplaces connecting over 18 million employers and freelancers globally from over 247 countries, regions, and territories. Through its marketplace, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry, and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services.
Remplo provides virtual assistant services. You can get a variety of virtual assistants to deal with routine tasks that a business owner would look to outsource. The best way to use these services is by hiring assistants for jobs that require minimal training and can’t be automated.
getserio.com is one of the world’s largest aggregators of contract positions and freelance jobs. It searches and filters the major jobs boards (but not the “freelancing sites”) to find the best opportunities for professional contractors. This is a useful service if you’ve grown tired of some of the outsourcing websites but still need quality work.
iFreelance is an outsourcing website for independent professionals looking for freelance work. Whether you’re in need of someone that has experience in proofreading, art jobs, or data entry, iFreelance is the hub where you can meet the right professionals to get the job done.
TaskArmy is an outsourcing market place that’s task-oriented )the name kind of says it all). It’s different from other outsourcing platforms because rather than bidding on projects, people post what kinds of jobs they’ll do and at which price. If it works for you fine, if not then keep looking.
This website is great for finding Filipino virtual assistants to take care of little tasks that you perform repeatedly and take up too much of your time. Although it costs a few dollars to sign up for the service and post a job description, it’s well worth it. If you’re willing to pay a little more, about $400/month, you can get an amazing VA.
TaskRabbit is an outsourcing website that offers a wide range of services for you to unlock the true productivity of your business. The jobs are broken down into tasks that only the most qualified workers are allowed to perform. They’re big on making sure everyone involved is safe. that means both you and the freelancer.
Crowdspring is an online marketplace where entrepreneurs and small businesses who need a custom logo design, website design, business card design etc. post what they need and how much they’ll pay. Once it’s posted, designers from around the world submit actual work from which buyers choose the most suitable one as per their requirements.
99designs is one of the world’s largest online graphic design marketplace. It connects more than one million talented freelance designers with creative people, genius entrepreneurs, savvy businesses, and anyone who needs great work. Just post your job and within a few hours you’ll start getting designs, all you need to do is choose the best one and pay.
Iwriter focuses on one thing, helping you write articles for your website. There are a lot of horrible writers here, but at the same time, there are a lot of amazing ones. Once you can assemble a team of great writers that you work with every time you’ll never look back.
Solution Inn is an online marketplace through which clients find and hire specific freelancers for a select range of jobs such as web design, finance, IT, and a few others. It has an easy to use interface and provides you with a few tutorials to get started.