Nowadays you can find online outsourcers for any job you need to get done. There are a great number of outsourcing websites which offer services to either allow you to list jobs or connect with professionals in your industry.
Since you already know what services you’re looking for, the next step is to find the hiring platform to provide you with the best people.
You should be aware that there are many different options when it comes to finding the right people, especially online, and many of those options operate in distinctive ways.
As a starting point to your research of the most appropriate platform for your needs, we’ve compiled a list of websites we have experience using.
There are other outsourcing websites out there, however, the best idea is to start finding people to hire that work from home.
Upwork could be described as the most complex outsourcing website on the internet for the moment.
It all started a few years ago, when two popular online outsourcing companies, oDesk and Elance, have decided to merge, and Upwork was the result of their successful partnership.
Upwork allows you to find outsourcers to work with, while it tracks their time and their work.
You should use Upwork if…
you want to have a wide, international selection of workers for your project, ranging from beginners to experts.
Upwork is extremely user-friendly and you can be sure you’ll find a huge number of outsourcers looking for work. Usually, if you post a task or a vacant position you’re looking to fill, you’ll likely receive a large number of keen applicants to choose from within a few days.
It’s easy to hire people through Upwork and it proves to be very helpful in your search for the best candidate, based on their portfolio, the skills they’ve demonstrated and their previous feedback.
Upwork also offers you a simple way to pay your outsourcers and, if something wrong happens, like a contractor refuses to send you the work you’ve paid them for, Upwork will step up and help you receive what you’re owed.
The time-tracker function of Upwork makes it easy to ensure your outsourcers are doing their job. Moreover, if you want to communicate with outsourcers, you can do this through the platform.
It’s quite expensive to pay people through Upwork’s system. You have to pay Upwork a 2.75% rate in processing fees for every hour your outsourcer works. While this may not seem like much, you’ll find that it does add up over time.
There are some options to lower this price to a $25 monthly flat fee depending on what country your account is based in, but it’s not available to 100% of users.
It can take a lot of time and interviews in order to fill a position. Since Upwork has one of the largest databases of online workers, there is a lot of competition when it comes to applying for the available jobs. As an employer, you might find that searching for the right person for the job can be quite time-consuming. This isn’t necessarily bad, if time is by your side, but, most likely, you’d like to find someone to do the job instantly.
The large number of people looking for jobs on Upwork implies the risk of fraud. Although this rarely happens, some applicants might be using a fake name and a fake account and ask for upfront payment for a job they don’t plan on completing.
It’s important to carefully screen your applicants. If possible, ask them to sign a contract and check their scanned identification. It’s not uncommon for disgruntled workers to do a bad job, or take your ideas to competitors, so exercise caution and protect yourself with legal paperwork.
Freelancer is a direct competitor of Upwork and they function on similar principles and processes. Both workers and employers can connect on the platform, and employers have the possibility to screen, reject or hire workers registered on the website.
Instead of partnering with another large freelance website, Freelancer has developed through their strategy of acquiring smaller outsourcing websites around the world, which have built the large company Freelancer is today.
Like Upwork, Freelancer.com allows you to set jobs for an hourly wage, one agreed upon amount, or a series of milestone payments.
Its system does not differ too much from that of Upwork, which is an advantage, as the hiring process of both websites is easy and intuitive. Freelancer also offers its users a Desktop App and a Mobile App, to make sure work can be monitored from anywhere.
Same freelancers, different website. Over the years, some people have expressed their dislike of the similarity between Freelancer.com and Upwork. This is a consequence of the fact that many freelancers around the world are present, and bid for jobs on both websites.
As an employer listing jobs on both sites, there is a strong possibility that more or less the same people will bid for your job. With that being said, if these freelancers weren’t listing themselves on multiple websites, they couldn’t actually call themselves freelancers, right?
For using Freelancer.com, you have to pay higher fees. Unlike Upwork’s 2.75%, Freelancer.com asks for a 10% fee, which can be reduced with paid monthly membership. However, when you compare 2.75% to 10%, the difference cannot be ignored.
You should use Freelancer.com if…
you want to engage the interest of workers all around the world, and have a second backup website to post a job on.
As you may know, Fiverr has been around for quite a while. Their main benefit is that you can get almost any small job done, called a ‘gig’, for just $5. While similar websites that charge other flat-rate amounts have started popping up, Fiverr has maintained its standing and popularity. The website allows employers and workers to connect by exchanging small services or items for only $5.
The key advantage is that you know you know upfront exactly how much you are expected to pay for a task to be completed. There are options to ‘upgrade’ your purchase by paying $10, or $15, but that’s up to you.
Fiverr has an easy ordering process, and the range of services and products on the website is huge. You can get social media advice, videos created, a cartoon drawn, a postcard sent, a tweet sent out to a million followers, and everything in between.
You are paying $5, so don’t hope for a high-quality service. While some expect miracles, it’s important to not overestimate what you’re buying. If you purchased a gig for a marketing message to go out to one million followers, don’t be surprised if you don’t have one million sales the next day. Be realistic about what you’re buying. While quality is definitely not the greatest, keep reminding yourself: you only paid $5 for it. The upside is that if you find a valuable gig, you can use it over and over again and save a lot of money.
The website doesn’t track the results or the work the seller completes for you. This means it is your responsibility as a buyer to read the description and, most importantly, any small print and evaluate the results yourself.
For example, if you’ve paid for someone to send visitors to your Facebook Page, take note of how many Facebook Fans you have at the time of the gig order and how many came after the gig was marked as completed. In case you don’t have any complaints about the gig, the website will credit the $5 you paid to the seller and close the order.
You should use Fiverr if…
you want to list a potential $5 job, or just want to pay for a quick, basic job to be completed for $5.
RentACoder offers employers the possibility to hire software programmers on a per-project basis. The website connects freelance developers and people who need a website, mobile or desktop app completed by a professional.
The biggest advantage is that Rent-A-Coder is very specific in what it offers. The website caters to employers who want to hire professionals for IT specific jobs. Because of the nature of the website, outsourcers bidding on your project are more likely to be qualified in their field. This is comparatively an advantage, as outsourcers from other freelance websites tend to bid for jobs not necessarily relevant to their skill set.
Rent-A-Coder doesn’t provide an escrow. Most outsourcing websites charge the employer the cost of the job and put this money into what’s called an escrow account for safekeeping. Escrow is a type of insurance that the employer has the money to pay, and the worker knows they will receive the correct amount once they complete the job.
A lack of escrow means that the employer is completely in charge of the payment terms. For example, if you decide to pay your worker early for a project and then they decide not to complete it, it will be harder for you to get your money back or motivate the outsourcer to complete the job.
A good way to avoid having something like this happen is to ensure you sign the correct legal contracts with your hired outsourcer, or clearly, state in a written conversation what the payment terms will be.
This is not a one-stop-shop. Sometimes there are other jobs a business owner needs to get done besides development and because of the specific nature of the Rent-A-Coder, it’s unlikely you’ll find anyone other than developers or maybe designers through this website.
You should use Rent-A-Coder if…
the bulk of your outsourcing needs are currently around programming or website development, and you are confident in setting out your own payment terms with hired workers by means of conversation or legal contracts.
#5: OnlineJobs.ph – Hire Filipinos
According to their website, Onlinejobs.ph is the world’s largest and safest marketplace for finding rock star Filipino workers. You can find a worker for almost any job, each one living in the Philippines.
The key advantage of this website is their training and screening process. When you engage in the website’s services, you will be receiving a worker that has been screened and in some cases trained to specifically execute the job you are looking to hire them for.
The process of hiring works almost identical to Upwork – you can either post a job listing, or take a look at the workers’ CVs and then choose someone to engage with. Filipinos are known for their proficient English skills, attention to customer support and adherence to instructions.
The cost of living in the Philippines is much lower, that’s why you’ll find the Filipinos rates and salaries are much lower than if you were hiring from the US or New Zealand.
Depending on where you are located, Filipinos are most likely going to be living in a different timezone to you. As an alternative to combat this disadvantage, other websites offer a wider variety of workers in other time zones if you want your workers to live in a similar timezone to yours.
The Philippines are known for frequent natural disasters which can lead to power outages. While this can happen to any worker in many different countries, Filipinos are more at risk because these incidents happen quite frequently. Power outages can go on for one or two days, so it’s recommended to have a backup in place if you’re working towards a tight deadline.
You should use Onlinejobs if…
You’d like to hire Filipinos with their reputation for excellent knowledge of the English language and stellar customer support.
HeadHunter is a Russian website that specializes in providing employers with access to worker profiles. The website does not take a percentage of future earnings, but rather charges employers for posting jobs, or viewing contact details of workers that have listed themselves on the website.
This website is regarded quite highly in Russia, so most workers that create profiles here have a very rich education, experience, and working background.
The website’s pricing is quite competitive compared to its international counterparts. You pay around $40 for one job listing or to have access to HeadHunter‘s database in order to approach prospective candidates for 24 hours. The rates and salaries workers ask for are noticeably lower than on websites like Upwork.
Another advantage of this website is its security screening. The website takes safety very seriously and will ask employers for copies of their business registration documents, as well as thorough reference checks of workers who create profiles on the website.
The biggest disadvantage is the language because the entire website is in Russian and so are all the worker profiles. If you like the way this website sounds and you want to use it you can always translate the pages, as well as search for workers who have specified that they are fluent in other languages than Russian. Most Russian outsourcers on the website will speak English.
HeadHunter has some weird pricing structures. For example, if you are only going onto the website to talk to a specific person, you will still need to pay for access to the database of the district or region of Russia and neighbouring Slavic countries this person is living in. Depending on the region you want to view workers from, the pricing varies. For instance, you can gain access to the entire database of workers based in Kazakhstan for half the price of a small Siberian district.
Slow system – we’re not sure if this is because of the design or not, but the payment process is not automated. This means that you have to first submit a ‘call of interest’ on the website, then you are taken to a place where you can ‘top up’ your account.
Once you’ve topped up your account you then have to ‘buy’ the service or database access you want from within the system. Finally, you’ll have to wait up to 48 hours for the website staff to grant you access. It’s fine if you have time to wait around, but confusing and seemingly slow when you want instant access to what you paid for.
You should use HeadHunter if…
you want to hire Russian workers at a good price.
#7: 99Designs.com – Find a designer
99Designs, as the name suggests, is a platform for employers to find designers. You’ll be able to get logos, flyers, website designs, and almost any other design you might need. The website is split up into two parts: “Contests” and “Projects”. Contests are where the employer posts a description of the design they need, choose a payment amount and then wait for designers to submit their work.
The employer can then choose a winning design or ask the freelancer to edit a submitted design until they’re happy with it. ‘Projects’ is for employers who have had success with designers bidding on their contests in the past; if they really like a particular designer and want to hire them for other projects, they can do this through the website.
The main Contests part is a handy way to receive a lot of different designs to choose from. On the other hand, the projects and the process are not revolutionary, and the same designers can usually be found and engaged on other websites.
There has to be a winner. The biggest disadvantage is that when you post a job, you are guaranteed a certain amount of designs to be delivered. However, even if you did not like any of the designs, you still have to choose someone to ‘win’ the contest. This sometimes means that you don’t get a logo you want, but you still need to pay as if it was completed.
You should use 99designs if…
you’re not 100% sure about what kind of design you want for a specific project and want to choose a winning design from a range of suggestions.
#8: Dribbble.com – Find a designer
Dribbble is the social network platform of designers around the world. According to their own website, you can find web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types that share small previews of their work, process, and current projects.
Because of the way the website is designed, Dribbble is a Mecca of design talent. It was primarily created for designers to check out each other’s work. It’s human nature to want to put your best foot forward in front of colleagues, and therefore you’re likely to find very original and creative examples of work from designers around the world. This way, you can decide to contact and talk to designers you’re interested in after you’ve had a chance to see their portfolio.
It’s just a social network – the website does not pose itself as a matchmaking service between employers and designers, and therefore the website does not screen their users. If you like the designs of a freelancer, it’s your responsibility to do your due diligence and seek references and other information about him and their work ethic. Likewise, the website won’t step in on your behalf if you’ve had a negative experience with one of the designers listed on their website.
You should use Dribbble if…
you want a background check of the portfolio of a designer you’re about to hire on another platform, or if you haven’t found any designers on any other platforms that can create the type of designs you want.
Warriors Hire is a section of the popular Warrior Forum website owned by Freelancer.com. This is a communication channel to let online marketers find online marketing related services that Warrior Forum members have said they can help with.
The forum is very basic. It features only two options: you can either list a service if you are a contractor and want to be hired, or you can browse or search for services that are being offered by contractors.
The website takes no cut from any hires made as a result of this forum. Because all posts are made by existing Warrior Forum members, you can look at contractors’ profiles to see how long they have been involved in online marketing.
It’s a very Basic System. The biggest advantage is also its disadvantage. Because of how elementary the forum is, employers have limited ability to screen contractors and the other way around.
Also, this forum does not broker working relationships and should be considered as just that: a forum where you can meet and connect with people.
You should use Warrior Forum’s Warrior Hire if…
you want to find a contractor in a forum for a one-off job, and you’re comfortable with agreeing on working terms directly with the worker.
10 TopGold Forum Marketplace
TopGoldForum’s Marketplace is a section of the popular TopGoldForum website owned by MediaDigi.com. This is a communication channel which lets online users buy and sell different goods and services like SEO, Social Media, programming services, marketing, websites and domains, hosting, advertising, digital money exchange etc.
Getting a TGF account and then looking for jobs is very easy and it has no fee. However, you should spend some time to fill your profile and get good ratings before being accepted for important projects.
Having categories like Money Exchange, Scripts, Software and Apps, Hosting, Domains TopGold Forum Marketplace may be the perfect place to get all you need for your next project and also to post more offers if you are providing multiple services.
If you’ve just started offering services or looking for jobs while you’re still learning, you should register on TopGold Forum.
This forum has an extremely basic system. It doesn’t allow employers to fully screen the freelancers, nor do the freelancers see all the details regarding the hirer. Moreover, the forum doesn’t help you establish the working relationships and you’ll have to negotiate them yourself.
You should use TopGoldForum if…
you need to find a freelancer for one job and you don’t mind discussing the working terms yourself.
These are the top outsourcing websites that online business owners can use in order to find contractors for their business.
As always, do your own research first and don’t rush in and post too many job offers on too many websites, especially if you have to pay to do it.
We usually advise against paying for job listings, however, we understand that in the long run, it may be a more cost-effective option if the alternative is paying the website a percentage of everything your worker earns.
Take your time, create profiles on these websites and look at the types of jobs being posted. Also look at the others outsourcers who have profiles there.
You can always hire from more than one website, but you’ll want to narrow it down to two or ideally one when you start getting a team together.
It’s much easier to manage your team from within one system.