Best Sites to Find Online Freelancers and Virtual Workers

Let’s face it. There will come a time when you can’t just do everything on your own. If you are a one-man entrepreneur or a micro business owner, you are constantly pulled in different directions. Like a magnet forced in repelling directions, you feel canceled out and so is your productivity.

If this has happened to you in more than a few occasions, then it’s time to call for help. And know that you are not alone. Many solo entrepreneurs resort to recruiting freelancers online, not only because of budget reasons, but because of the flexibility working with freelancers bring.

If you have read the book “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman, you’ll notice that for many chapters he’s harping on how globalisation has spurred outsourcing to other countries. I agree that it’s an impetus of change in “levelling the playing field” where hiring staff tends to be practiced by bigger, more mature businesses. Also, an article in INC.com explains there are more resources than ever to find freelancers and that this could be the future of work.

Whilst nowadays you can pretty much outsource any job, below is a list of jobs most commonly outsourced to freelancers:

  • Graphic / Logo Designers
  • Mobile Developer / Designers
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Web Developer / Designer
  • Writers
  • Accountants & Consultants
  • Sales & Marketing Experts
  • Customer Service Agents
  • Virtual Assistants
  • Admin Support
  • IT & Networking Support
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Translation
  • Engineers & Architectures
  • Legal

As an entrepreneur, if you are ready to explore the world of freelancers, here’s a round of some of the best sites to find online freelancers and virtual workers.

Upwork

Previously known as oDesk, Upwork recently joined forces with Elance to establish itself as one of the largest freelance communities with over 9 million registered freelancers and virtual workers.

Guru

With over 1.5 million members and over 1 million jobs completed, Guru is a great site to showcase your past work experience and offers a job-matching feature to ensure you don’t miss out on any good work opportunities.

People Per Hour

This is a great and easy-to-use platform, focusing on freelancing with the option of paying per hour or on a fixed budget. It’s a great platform for finding web projects so if you are a web designer, SEO specialist, graphic designer etc., peopleperhour is worth checking out.

Freelancer

Unlike most other platforms for online work, Freelancer allows freelancers to compete with each other in contests to prove their skills. Freelancers need to be competitive and confident in their expertise so the quality of work is continuously striving for excellence.

Toptal

Toptal has a distinctly different approach than the other platforms on this list, boasting an exclusive network of top, seasoned freelancers. As a freelancer, passing their screening process gives you unparalleled access to top projects with great clients (JPMorgan, Pfizer, Zendesk, Airbnb, etc.) and with fair compensation (no low-bid contests).

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Written by OJ Quevedo

OJ Quevedo

OJ is a Bangkok-based online Entrepreneur who loves the interplay between Social Media, Online Marketing and Business Outcomes. When not writing for Retail Plus, he is Director of Social Media at BAM Social Media Services in this vibrant Thai city he now calls home.