Top 5 Alternatives to Upwork

Published Dec. 7, 2020 by Andy L. in Hiring

Finding freelancers is a job in and of itself. Platforms like Upwork exist to help you find contracted help from virtually anywhere in the world.

Upwork has a streamlined self-serve approach. Sadly, the platform values quantity over quality. If a sea of freelancers is what you are after then Upwork might be a great solution for you. If you'd rather not sift through hundreds of applicants you might try looking elsewhere. Finding highly qualified help is something left to be desired of such a large platform.

There are better options out there that might be more niched and selective in their offerings but generally yield better partnerships between you and your contractor.

We've picked the top five we think will deliver the best results and more valuable long-term relationships.

Here are the top 5 alternatives to Upwork

1. Dribbble Hiring

Dribbble has a vast array of creative professionals in its network who share their work every day. What better way to find creatives than by going to the same place they all hang out. The Dribbble hiring platform is a subscription service that grants you access to a designer search feature as well as a talent agent. These tools and perks get you, high-quality freelancers, whenever you need them. You can optionally post a job for another way to attract freelancers to your role.

2. Free up

Free up takes the chore of finding qualified freelancers and does it for you. They recruit, interview, and vet thousands of freelancers each week so you know you're getting the best of the best. You can't say the same for Upwork. Their most popular categories include web development, customer support, digital marketing, and Amazon commerce.

3. Toptal

Toptal is another network of highly-vetted freelancers who are the "Top talent" in the space as the name suggests. You can use Toptal to work with recruiters to find the exact help you need. Toptal is more famous for offering roles relating to design, development, finance, management, and more.

4. We Work Remotely - Contract

We think We Work Remotely is a great source of remote jobs. While most of the jobs posted there are full-time roles there is a Contract category that's updated every week. You can get great exposure posting on We Work Remotely. It has a longstanding reputation for connecting companies with employees time and time again.

5. Lancer

A newcomer to space is Lancer. A freelance-only job board dedicated to offering only the highest quality of freelance job listing available.

Lancer offers categories of jobs that include Admin support, Design, Programming, Copywriting, and Sales/Marketing.

Thousands of people visit the site every day and an ever-growing email subscriber list helps keep freelancers informed.

There you have it, the top 5 alternatives to Upwork for finding freelancers. You may prefer the self-serve approach; that's one thing Upwork does well. Finding high-quality freelancers might be more of a challenge on such a large platform but there are a lot of new options and platforms out there that may produce even better results than you first thought.

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