Freelancing · Contractors

Experience with Fiverr, Upwork, and other sites for finding freelancers?

David Berkowitz Tech-Savvy Marketer, Marketing-Savvy Technologist

May 2nd, 2016

Who here has found freelancers on sites like Upwork and Fiverr

What have your experiences been - the good, bad, and ugly (and great)?

What other sites are good for finding freelancers for projects? Do you use certain sites for certain kinds of freelancers (eg tech vs copywriting vs design)? Have you tried any sites specific for certain categories of requests, eg Wonder for research inquiries?

Bob Troia Entrepreneur. Builder. Creative Technologist.

May 2nd, 2016

For developers, I've had luck reaching out directly to people on GitHub (versus posting an opportunity), since I'm able to review their code/repos and see how active they are.

Similarly, I like to browse designers on Dribbble - it gives me a good sense of their style and it's easy to search for specific types of work (mobile UX, dashboards, etc.). From there I can find a way to contact them directly.

For basic design work (logos, business cards, etc.) I've had success on as well. While the prices/rates are generally very good (mostly offshore work), you'll need to factor in how much of your personal time you invest to sift through all of the really bad design submissions, select a designer, then continue going back and forth on revisions. Main downside is there can be a lag in back-and-forth correspondence due to time zone differences.

Lucas Jaz

May 2nd, 2016

There are a bunch of discussions on these companies and this topic on FD. I'd suggest doing a search. In the first 5 seconds I found: 

Sachin Agarwal Founder, Braid ( - lightweight project and client management built into Gmail and Google Apps

May 2nd, 2016

Yeah, agreed that it's really dependent on what you're looking for.  Here's my quick list:

logo design: Fiverr
app design: UpWork
writing: CloudPeeps
research: Hourly Nerd (but I haven't tried Wonder)
technical: Gigster / Toptal / Crew / Scalable Path

Gabrielle MonDesire Student - Entrepreneurship - McGill University

May 2nd, 2016

I have worked with freelancers on both Upwork and Fiverr. I have generally had no complaints about the quality of the work. I find that Upwork is great for freelancers you will work with on a frequent basis, whereas Fiverr is better for small, one-time jobs.

David Rowell CEO & Founder at LifeLinker Inc

May 4th, 2016

Upwork :  I use them, but hate them.  They are a classic study in the destructive effects when two major competitors merge and end up 'owning the market'.

When eLance and oDesk were separate, I preferentially used eLance and was very happy with the service, but the new Upwork service is dreadful, and their website beset with bugs and problems that their own customer support people don't understand and can't resolve - most recently, I was unable to end contracts with people who were working for me!

Plus I got a note yesterday that they are totally changing their fee structure (and, here's a hint, the 'change' is not an improvement for employers).

But who to use instead?  There's a great gap now, and no-one clearly available to fill it, particularly for developer type positions.

Fiverr - have used them from time to time, and they provide clear proof that 'you get what you pay for'.  Template designs rather than custom designs, and the design I bought (costing considerably more than the $5.50 entry price as many things invariably do) and which I was promised was all custom artwork ended up being found to be clipart and in use dozens of other places!

Use them with caution, but for fast and nasty proofs of concept sort of things, and idea generators, maybe a good place to start.

DesignCrowd - I quite like this service and have used it a couple of times; indeed, the biggest 'problem' with them is getting too many designs to choose between!  That is probably a good type of problem to experience.

I've dabbled with others from time to time in a never-ending quest to find people who are simultaneously the best and the best value, but every time come back to the appreciation that, sort of similar to dating sites, there's only so much that these sites can do, and beyond that, it is up to us to evaluate, choose, and then control and manage the people we hire.

Michael Heiligenstein Marketing Manager

May 2nd, 2016

Fiverr: mixed results, but low cost

99Designs: great for design work, including logo design & website design

UpWork: mixed results, but after a few small assignments it's likely you can find someone you're comfortable working with on more assignments & larger projects

This question is too broad and too general to give much specific advice here. You can hire anyone from a web writer to a logo designer to a programmer to an SEO service on these sites. It depends 100% on what you need.

Patrick Gray

May 3rd, 2016

I have used Fiverr. I had a great experience. I think it depends on what you are looking for.

Bill Lennan Red Rope Social - everyone is an influencer.

May 2nd, 2016

Great logo work from 99designs.

I've worked with lots of remote talent on oDesk ( prior name for UpWork ) - it's a hiring challenge. Qualifying well and communicating needs are very important.