Review of Freelancer

April, 2013

Rating: 5/5

In a word, Freelancer is huge. They are the largest outsourcing marketplace in the world, with over 7 million registered users, and having acquired GetAFreelancer, Scriptlance, vWorker/Rentacoder have a huge following.

Freelancer.com provides a marketplace for freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing. They focus on IT (Software Development, Mobile Development, IT administration/support), Writing (Articles, Blogs, Copywriting, Ghostwriting), Design/Multimedia/Animation, Data Entry, Virtual Assistants, Data Mining, and Marketing/Advertising. However, you can use freelancer.com to procure almost any freelance service.

Before you choose Freelancer, here are the key things you need to know.

First, one of Freelancer’s strengths is in software development. Software development projects run from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and there are a huge number of skilled developers. If you are looking for IT work, Freelancer is a good choice.

Second, it is very fast. You can mark jobs as urgent, to make the process even faster. There are millions of workers, so you are likely to get quality applicants very quickly. You can be up and running, with an employed freelancer in a matter of hours.

Third, Freelancer has a good system for minimising your risk. For hourly contracts, you can see screenshots of what your freelancer has been working on, and ensure that they really worked the hours logged. You can also hide your project details from search engines or public view, and you can also require freelancers to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Finally, Freelancer does offer competitions, but I do not recommend them. These competitions attract multiple different entries, and the entire prize is awarded to your choice of winner. This is typically used for design or naming. If you are considering design competitions - I recommend you look at alternatives to Freelancer like 99designs, Designcrowd, or crowdSPRING.

What work should you use Freelancer for?
I recommend that you use Freelancer for the following types of work:
  • Standalone software development or mobile application development work
  • Work that can be broken down into a standalone chunk, and doesn't require a lot of interaction with your business.
  • Work where you need to know the person who is performing the work, and communicate directly with them
  • Writing - articles, press releases, translation, creative writing
  • Web research
  • Personal assistants
  • Graphic design, logo design, illustration, etc.
  • Sales and marketing - especially web-based sales and marketing
What work shouldn't you use Freelancer for?
You shouldn't use Freelancer if:
  • You have special security or confidentiality needs
  • You need an ongoing commitment - freelancers are free to leave your contract, and move on to other work
  • You don't have the time to manage staff - you will need to spend time managing freelancers.
Recommendations

I recommend Freelancer for small businesses and entrepreneurs needing software development, specialised freelancers, or unskilled work. It is fast, inexpensive and convenient.

The Sales Pitch

Hire online for a fraction of the cost!

Freelancer.com is the world’s largest outsourcing marketplace, empowering entrepreneurs & small businesses worldwide.

Outsource anything you can think of! Projects start at $30 and the average job is under $200. Programmers, designers, content writers are ready now! Only pay freelancers once you are happy with their work

Features

PLACEHOLDER

Customers

None listed - freelancer’s primary market is small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Tech Information
Launch Date
2004
Total Payments
Huge - $1.1 billion
Number of Providers
Huge - 7.5 million
Specialities
IT (Software Development, Mobile Development, IT administration/support), Writing (Articles, Blogs, Copywriting, Ghostwriting), Design/Multimedia/Animation, Data Entry, Virtual Assistants, Data Mining, Marketing/Advertising
Alternatives
See also: Crowdsource Work , Crowdsource Design , Simple Tasks , Virtual Assistants , Freelancers/Skilled Work