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Compare The Top Freelance Platforms CompaniesSort By:
  • 14,000 Freelancers
  • Service Fee Varies

Newsmodo

  • 14,000 Freelancers
  • Service Fee Varies
  • 190,000 Registered Freelancers
  • Free to browse and post

People as a Service

  • 190,000 Registered Freelancers
  • Free to browse and post
  • 8 million Freelancers
  • Service Fee Varies

CrowdSource

  • 8 million Freelancers
  • Service Fee Varies
  • Unknown # of registered Freelancers
  • $30 per job posting

Freelance Writing Gigs

  • Unknown # of registered Freelancers
  • $30 per job posting
  • Appeals to international opportunities
  • Higher than average fees
  • Strong reputation with large employers

Freelance.com

  • Appeals to international opportunities
  • Higher than average fees
  • Strong reputation with large employers
  • Post Projects Free
  • Great Way To Hire Freelancers

iFreelance

  • Post Projects Free
  • Great Way To Hire Freelancers
  • 190,000 Registered Freelancers
  • Free to browse and post

Staff.com

  • 190,000 Registered Freelancers
  • Free to browse and post
  • 2.3M registered freelancers
  • 3M jobs posted

Elance

  • 2.3M registered freelancers
  • 3M jobs posted
  • 463,774 Freelancers
  • Charge 15%

Design Crowd

  • 463,774 Freelancers
  • Charge 15%
  • Unknown Number of Freelancers
  • 3% Service Fee

PitchMe

  • Unknown Number of Freelancers
  • 3% Service Fee
  • 14,000 Freelancers
  • Service Fee Varies

Half of the work of freelancing is finding the next project to work on. Newsmodo takes the guesswork out of your next paycheck and offers great opportunities to work with big-name clients.

What is Newsmodo?

Newsmodo is a platform that connects content creators with clients who need that content. Creators can network with buyers through the following means:

  • Advertising a profile on Newsmodo.com for potential clients
  • Choosing a specific, posted job to work on
  • Pitching their own work to clients looking for content.

Newsmodo has crafted a site where creative minds can connect and create more easily than ever before. With a focus on journalism, Newsmodo allows writers to build their portfolios by working with major brands, ranging from NBC News to Levi's jeans.

Newsmodo is more of a niche site than other freelance websites, meaning that the type of content they are looking for is more focused and is generally of the journalism genre. These is a great opportunity for those a) looking to branch out of normal freelancing and develop niche skills, and b) who have roots in journalism and are looking to specialize.

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  • 190,000 Registered Freelancers
  • Free to browse and post

People as a Service is a very unique online freelancing service. With the aim of providing quality work over quantity, Service as a People gives a very thoroughly vetted freelance platform that knows the qualifications and goals of every freelancer and company requiring work. This attention to individual and company needs makes Service as a People a much different process than many other freelance platforms offer. Specifically, it aims to assure that both parties are satisfied with the work assigned and the work delivered.

Service as a People has a sufficiently simple and informative website, which suggests that the rest of the freelance process would also be simple to use.

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  • 8 million Freelancers
  • Service Fee Varies

CrowdSource is a site that allows freelance writers, editors, and microjob workers to find projects conveniently. After a skills test in the freelancer's field of interest, users are able to select and submit jobs at various pay-levels. CrowdSource has a sleek system with bonuses available as users hit landmarks in their work and many writers have found success in supplementing their income via CrowdSource.

Clients of CrowdSource include 14 of the top 30 online retailers and 4 of the top 10 publishers online.

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  • Unknown # of registered Freelancers
  • $30 per job posting

Freelance Writing Jobs, which is located at http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/, is an online network for a variety of freelance writing work, including jobs for writers, editors, bloggers, journalists, resume writers, translators, and technical writers.

The site has the Freelance Writing Job Board where companies that pay $30 for 30 days can post job openings. Freelance Writing Jobs also prepares a daily list of freelance writing-related jobs it sources from across the web, including jobs from Craigslist and independent companies' web sites.

Freelance Writing Jobs is owned by Splashpress Media, which was founded in 2006, and owns over 100 sites devoted to "new media." Freelancers do not have to apply for membership to search the site. Freelance Writing Jobs is open to anyone to search job listings and to read the blogs and articles on the site devoted to the business of freelance writing.

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  • Appeals to international opportunities
  • Higher than average fees
  • Strong reputation with large employers

Freelance.com is a well-established company (started in 1996) based in France that offers opportunities for freelancers and businesses from across the world to network and find employment. It costs nothing for a freelancer to join and apply to jobs. However, companies hoping to utilize the service will have to pay anywhere from $1500-$2300 per year depending on how many applications they want to view and how many people they're hoping to hire. There is also an option for employers looking to hire one or just a few freelancers where they can essentially pay a flat rate for each person they offer a job.

In addition to fees for simply using the service, employers will also pay a percentage of whatever they pay their freelancers directly to the site. The exact percentage is negotiated on a case by case basis.

The site is easy enough to join. For freelancers, you simply give your basic information, create a username and password, and fill in your profile with as much information about your skills as possible. Freelancers can apply directly to jobs, but they can also be found by active employers seeking out applicants who meet the criteria they're seeking. This process is aided by "business managers" working for the site. Their job is to match up freelancers and employees to the best of their ability. They're also supposed to ensure that freelancers aren't paid unfairly and, conversely, that employers don't have to pay an arm and a leg to freelancers.  Speaking of pay, it doesn't appear that the site plays a role in facilitating payments between parties.

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  • Post Projects Free
  • Great Way To Hire Freelancers

iFreelance.com is a bid site for project buyers and freelancers to work online. Unlike many other sites, it is free to post projects to iFreelance. Freelancers are able to join projects by paying a monthly subscription of their choice. Users are then able to connect openly and interact about projects they would like to work on. iFreelance doesn't charge a commission or transaction fee, saving time and money for both parties. 

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  • 190,000 Registered Freelancers
  • Free to browse and post

Staff.com was founded in April 2012 as an online staffing solution for long-term telecommuting jobs. Membership is free for companies and job applicants to join Staff.com. The company states it may charge a fee to post jobs in the future, but it is currently using the site to promote its Time Doctor product to companies for a fee of $9.99 per month per employee. Time Doctor provides companies with screen shots of their employees' computer screens so they can monitor what their employees are working on. The software also reports on websites and applications employees are using and tracks hours that employees work.

Staff.com requests employers only post job openings for work that is over three months, provides a minimum of 20 hours per week, and that can be done by telecommuting. Open positions found during a recent search of the site, were for work in various categories, including:

  • Software Design and Coding
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Call Center/Technical Support
  • Writer

Many of the available positions are posted by companies outside of the U.S. Job seekers who join the site post their own rates, which show up when your profile is searched. Many of the members on the site are from outside of the U.S. and their rates in U.S. dollars are significantly lower than the rates charged by U.S. workers.

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  • 2.3M registered freelancers
  • 3M jobs posted

Elance was started by Beerud Sheth in 1999. It was originally created as a technology for supporting virtual work but after two-years it morphed in to a vendor management system (VMS). In 2006 Elance sold its enterprise software division and developed its current based platform for online, contingent work.Elance is one of the largest freelance platforms on the web and serves over 500,000 businesses with over 2 million registered freelancers. oDesk and Elance reached a deal in December of 2013 to merge the two companies which will consist of 8 million freelancers and 2 million businesses.

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  • 463,774 Freelancers
  • Charge 15%

While most freelance sites focus on writing or small jobs, there is one site with a wider variety of jobs available for design specialists: Design Crowd.

Design Crowd is a freelance site developed for...well, the design crowd. This unique site offers specialists a place to show off their skills, make contacts, build their portfolios, and, of course, find the source of their next paycheck. Fields of interest for Design Crowd clients include the following:

  • Logos
  • Websites
  • Prints
  • Graphics

Registered users of Design Crowd can request designs for projects (clients) or create designs to fulfill orders (freelancers). Generally, clients will view multiple design bids submitted online before selecting the designer of their choice. This can mean increased competition, but also allows the work submitted to shine at a higher quality.

But of course, the bottom line of any freelance site is the work provided. Design Crowd allows those with design skills access to real, paying projects for a variety of clients. At the same time, it gives those clients access to qualified professionals who they can hand pick. Sounds like a win-win to us!

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  • Unknown Number of Freelancers
  • 3% Service Fee

Journalism is a field that is relying more and more on freelancers to deliver content, and many freelance writers are happy to oblige. However, many do not know how to connect themselves with key publications and stories-especially in a consistent, steady manner.

PitchMe is the way to achieve this steady connection with freelance journalism projects. It is a company based in London, dedicated to connecting journalists with publications and vice versa. Founded in 2012, the site offers chances for networking among writers, opportunities to pitch ideas, and, of course, many prospects for writing assignments.

With an easy-to-use interface (simply click a button to accept a job and deadline) and high standards for quality, PitchMe is a great way to get involved with freelance journalism that matters. Allow PitchMe to help you negotiate with editors and find homes for great pitches, while skipping all the hassle of late payments and missed deadlines.

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