Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelance marketplace, with over 7 million users. Since 2004, the Australia-based company has grown into an impressive global outsourcing hub, with members from more than 200 countries around the world.
Freelancer.com (formerly GetAFreelancer.com) works similar to other outsourcing sites. Employers can post their job descriptions, get bids from various contractors, and hire whoever they like best. Alternatively, you can browse the profiles of the freelancers to find someone with the skills you’re looking for. (I found Virtual Assistants under the “Data Entry and Admin” Category.)
One interesting point of differentiation for Freelancer.com is they limit the number of jobs a contractor can bid on with a free membership. To gain more bids, the contractor has to buy into a premium membership. I think the overall impact of this strategy would be to raise the overall quality of the bids you receive for each job. Knowing they have a cap, I imagine contractors would only go after the jobs they feel really well-qualified for.
Of course with that many users, you can outsource just about anything on Freelancer.com. There’s bound to be several qualified experts for any task, and probably with a good range of price-points too.
Like the other freelancing sites, Freelancer.com has a pretty robust feedback system so you can get a feel for how active each contractor is in the community and what other employers thought of their work.
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Freemarket (freemarket.com) is a marketplace of digital goods and services within the Freelancer.com platform. People are selling image files, articles, ebooks, software, and a wide variety of virtual services. In browsing through for just a few minutes, it reminded me a little of Fiverr, except the prices could be anything, not just $5.
You’ll find everything from WordPress themes to people selling facebook fans. The prices are low but it might take some time to filter through the clutter to find something really valuable.
Have you hired anyone from Freelancer.com or bought anything from the Freemarket store? Please share your experience below!