When I started out in digital marketing as a web designer in 2004, freelancing was not really a thing I considered, these freelance marketplaces didn’t really exist so the obvious choice was to go work in an agency.
Over the next few years, freelancing marketplace websites started popping up across the globe and many have turned into prominent go-to websites for online marketing services.
But as a freelancer, which ones are worth the time and the effort? Which freelance marketplaces are going to actually make you money? Which marketplace is going to actually give you the support you deserve?
Well, I’ve explored and rated the top 6 most popular freelance marketplaces for online marketers below, so you can make the best decision to grow or start or freelancing business today!
SEOClerks has been a trusted freelancer marketplace for more than seven years.
Generally, the work on offer is of high quality and has gained a reutation that has led itself to been second in my league table.
SEOClerk a place where quality and value match deliverables with good prices.
The network is good for general web developers, graphic designers, content writers, and social media marketers, as the site does not focus exclusively on a single niche of freelancing.
People looking to get started out with freelancing, and people who want to jump to the top will also find a lot of work and opportunities with SEOClerks. The network’s Freelancer of the Month is a great way to establish yourself on the site.
However, good content always helps you attract and organize your own clientele.
SEOClerks is the best choice for marketing-centric freelancers. If you’re a writer, an SEO expert, or a social media marketer, this is a great marketplace for you to promote your services.
The platform has a diverse portfolio of clients from across the globe looking to work with the best and get the best possible work.
Further boasting a simple interface, easy to set up account, responsive customer service, and superior dispute management system, SEOClerks is a great way to establish yourself as a freelancer with regular demand for your services in today’s ever-changing market.
The community boasts of hundreds of active users, and the project feed is filled with opportunities from a broad spectrum of businesses. Even if you’ve just started out in the game, you can still land your first project on this platform.
And with the seller fees of 20% for every successful project you manage to land, SEOClerks is a great platform to turn your side hussle into a serious professional endeavor.
Founded by Matt Barrie, an Australian entrepreneur, in 2009, Freelancer was the first online freelance website to create a platform that enabled employers to connect with freelancers.
Freelancer is the place where the clients come to freelancers, so, in order to attract and hold on to clients as a freelancer, it’s best to keep your profile updated and active.
Freelancer is very safe and secured when it comes to the transaction. My recommendation is to take advantage of their escrow system.
The collaboration system is elaborate and user-friendly. And if you’re migrating to another website, you can transfer your funds/reputation to another platform without paying any extra fees.
It is an international freelance marketplace where the client list is ever increasing because of the light-weighted arbitration system on there.
Freelancer is constantly searching for talented individuals that can be brought into the platform to get the job done properly.
If you have the skills, Freelancer is the place for you. It has a very competitive platform fee when compared to Upwork or Guru. It charges just a 10% fee for each project. As a freelancer, you can even submit a project at zero-cost. It’s a great way for freelancers to get exposure.
It currently has millions of registered users and was one of the first platforms to tap into the global freelance workforce.
For the budding entrepreneur, seasoned freelancers, and businesses looking for the best talents to hire, Upwork connects opportunities with the perfect match.
Upwork represents a unique opportunity to connect with the best-talented freelancers and dedicated clients who value quality work.
The platform offers a comprehensive profile and hiring process, secure payment method, dispute management system, competitive pricing models, and 24/7 customer support.
Further boasting of its transparency, Upwork empowers every aspiring freelancer to get involved in real-world projects and build a sustainable career.
Today it is one of the top destinations for businesses seeking to connect with a pool of highly-skilled freelancers across the globe for complex projects and for freelancers looking to earn money in a variety of industries and job categories.
The Upwork fees, just like all other platforms, vary based on the type of project and freelancers’ skills, talent, and experience. Often, you can find freelancers offering their skilled services for as low as $5 per hour.
Upwork also has a comprehensive bidding system that allows clients to set their preferred budget and have the freelancer who is willing to accept the lowest bid to win the project.
Upwork has a great reputation for facilitating remote work, and at the end of the day, it’s about working with people who deliver the best results. So, if you’re looking for remote work to make sustainable money online or if you’re looking for people to work remotely for you, you should consider Upwork.
PeoplePerHour pretty much does what it says on the tin.
Every type of freelance worker has a good chance of listing services, whatever your role is. However, you’ll need to work through a network that boasts over 100,000 registered clients. Meaning getting noticed can prove difficult.
PeoplePerHour can, however, can be a decent freelance marketplace for web developers looking to build a formidable portfolio, for graphic designers looking to establish themselves as a leader in their field, and for writers seeking to get their voice out into the world.
Businesses and individuals seeking global talents will appreciate PeoplePerHour’s bidding system that is simple and well-designed.
When you visit the PeoplePerHour homepage, you’ll see that most freelance gigs have a “buy it now” price. You simply select an hourly rate, and you’ll receive notifications of projects that call for your services.
The only downside is that your hourly rate may end up being higher than you expected, but you can always use the browse opportunities section of the site to inspect the posting and negotiate a better rate.
All that being said, PeoplePerHour is for everyone – rookie or expert, designer, or developer.
PeoplePerHour is growing and accepting a lot of new talents across all sorts of fields. In fact, you never know who you’ll end up working with and for.
As for the marketplace fee, PeoplePerHour has officially announced the latest marketplace fee structure. The new structure is 20% of the first 250 GBP, 7.5% of the next 5000 GBP, and 3.5% for every additional amount.
The platform also charges a 10-cent brokerage fee for each job posting, but that’s a small price to pay for a big pool of fresh freelance talent.
Be warned though, if you sign up, you’ll receive a lot of emails from them, most of which will be better off in your bin.
Fiverr is probably the best known freelance marketplace online. However, this could also be its downfall.
You’ll be competing for ‘gig’ positions as a freelancer. As a customer, you’ll have to watch who you spend your money with because there are some seriously shady ‘online marketers’ offering UNVETTED services!
The website is best suited for setting up a freelance business with a start-up budget, or if you don’t value your service to be worth more than… you guessed it 5 bucks!
That said, Fiverr is a very popular freelance marketplace where you can sell your ‘gigs’ for $5 per order.
There are many categories like Graphics and Design, Writing and Translation, Digital Marketing, Music, Video, Hardware & Electronics, Software & Web Development, Medical & Health, and more, and as a freelancer, you have the opportunity to create gigs in any of the categories and get paid to work on orders placed by many clients.
To help you improve and get ahead in business Fiverr does provide you with some basic tools: Personal Dashboard allows you to manage all your orders, sales, and activity. Status Meter allows you to preview your performance.
The Gig Extras feature allows you to customize your gigs. You can leave a public comment about each order placed and rate your clients even (not sure why you need to rate a client and potentially turn others away).
For every project, you are charged a transaction fee of 20%, and the client is charged 5% when the purchase is greater than $20.
Fiverr, one of the biggest in the industry is for those who are new to the market. With an entry-level freelancing budget, you no longer have to spend a lifetime establishing your reputation and building your portfolio. As a newbie, you can create a new Fiverr profile and earn your first five dollars by offering services in the lowest-paying markets.
The bottom line Fiverr is suitable for those who are looking to make money online by doing some work from home.
However, if you’re simply looking for one-off projects, or you value yourself or people you buy from to be worth more than $5, then this is not the right place for you.