A project-based virtual assistant is the perfect choice for accomplishing a job with a well-defined endpoint. For instance, you might need a series of articles written, a logo created, a website designed, your taxes done, or any number of other one-time jobs. Or you may just need to ramp-up staff for a short time. Normally this type of VA service is sold on a fixed-price bid, but occasionally you’ll find companies or individuals billing hourly. Check out the reviews below for more information on finding the right assistant for your project.

Overall Rating3.613.613.613.613.61
Quality of Work3.453.453.453.453.45
Communication3.453.453.453.453.45
Value3.683.683.683.683.68

Upwork (formerly oDesk)

Note: oDesk.com has rebranded to Upwork.com. Upwork, like Elance, is a community that brings together contract workers and employers. The company has been in business since 2003, and now serves hundreds of thousands of clients all around the world. They […]

Overall Rating3.673.673.673.673.67
Quality of Work3.633.633.633.633.63
Communication3.753.753.753.753.75
Value3.893.893.893.893.89

Fiverr

Fiverr.com is one the hottest new outsourcing companies. Built around a very simple concept – what people will do for $5 – Fiverr is a rapidly growing community of freelance workers and people who hire them. In fact, some of […]

Overall Rating3.83.83.83.83.8
Quality of Work3.63.63.63.63.6
Communication4.24.24.24.24.2
Value3.63.63.63.63.6

Hubstaff

Hubstaff provides time tracking software for remote teams, and has also ventured into staffing solutions as well. The company was founded in 2012 and their virtual team is “based” out of Indianapolis, Indiana. On the time tracking side of the […]

Overall Rating3.833.833.833.833.83
Quality of Work3.53.53.53.53.5
Communication33333
Value3.833.833.833.833.83

Elance

Elance.com is one of the world’s largest communities of freelance employees and people looking to hire them. Since their beginning in 1999, Elance has grown to a network of over 2,000,000 contract professionals. The company is based in Mountain View, […]

Overall Rating55555
Quality of Work55555
Communication55555
Value55555

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is task-based outsourcing company with a local twist. They’ll handle virtual tasks like most of the other companies here, but their real specialty is in local, hands-on assistance. TaskRabbit got its start in Boston in 2008, and has since […]

Overall Rating2.82.82.82.82.8
Quality of Work2.892.892.892.892.89
Communication2.62.62.62.62.6
Value33333

HireWriters

HireWriters.com is an on-demand content creation service. The company began in 2012 as sort of an article marketplace, linking those who needed content with writers from around the world. I was lured in by the low prices ($5 for a […]

Overall Rating55555
Quality of Work44444
Communication44444
Value55555

99designs

99designs is the crowdsourcing design marketplace that is probably first-to-mind for most people. I first learned about the company at a conference in 2008, and since then the Melbourne, Australia-based business has grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, 99designs […]

Overall Rating44444
Quality of Work55555
Communication33333
Value55555

Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk is an outsourcing platform perfect for small, repetitive tasks that can’t otherwise be automated. The service launched in 2005, primarily as a way for Amazon to cheaply outsource some labor-intensive projects. After the initial launch, interest in […]

Overall Rating33333
Quality of Work44444
Communication44444
Value33333

Workaholics4Hire

Workaholics4Hire is a private outsourcing marketplace, “staffed” by more than 25,000 work-from-home freelancers. The Ottawa, Canada company was founded by Sylvie Fortin in 1999. Any business that’s been around that long must be doing something right. Fortin explains that the […]

Overall Rating2.332.332.332.332.33
Quality of Work2.332.332.332.332.33
Communication2.332.332.332.332.33
Value2.332.332.332.332.33

Codeable

Codeable (codeable.io) is an on-demand service for WordPress tasks. The Denmark-based company was founded in 2013 and employs more than 100 WordPress experts in the US and Europe to solve WordPress problems for customers. Think of them as a hyper-specialized […]

Overall Rating22222
Quality of Work2.252.252.252.252.25
Communication22222
Value22222

Guru.com

Guru.com is a marketplace to find freelance talent in whatever specialty you’re looking for. The Pittsburgh-based company is one of the original freelance sites, having been founded way back in 1997. They claim to be the world’s largest online marketplace […]

Overall Rating44444
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Textbroker

Textbroker is a content-writing marketplace where webmasters can tap into a network of professional writers. The company was founded in 2005 in Mainz, Germany, and has since expanded to an impressive international presence with sites catering to several popular languages. […]

Overall Rating11111
Quality of Work11111
Communication11111
Value11111

HiretheWorld

HiretheWorld is a crowdsourced design marketplace. The company was founded in 2009 in Vancouver BC, and has hosted more than 75,000 design contests. I think the crowdsourcing model is particularly useful for graphic design projects. You can tap into a […]

Overall Rating11111
Quality of Work11111
Communication11111
Value11111

TaskArmy

TaskArmy is a task-oriented outsourcing marketplace that got its start in 2010. The company was founded by Aymeric Gaurat-Apelli and is based out of Sydney, Australia.  Frustrated with the crowds and race-to-the-bottom price wars on oDesk and Elance, and the […]

Overall Rating11111
Quality of Work11111
Communication11111
Value11111

Tweaky

UPDATE: Tweaky changed to Elto.com, which appears to either be shut down at the moment or in super-secret startup stealth-mode. Tweaky is a marketplace for quick website customization projects. These small “tweaks” start at just $39 and are accomplished by a […]

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Toptal

Toptal is a US-based company specializing in connecting clients with the services of remote engineers and developers. The company was founded in 2010 and is headed up by CEO Taso Du Val. Toptal has been expanding their network of talented designers […]

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Ziptask

Ziptask.com is an innovative way to send your computer tasks out for specialized completion without the trouble of finding a freelancer yourself. There is only one point of service to deal with, because Ziptask has their team of professionals in […]

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Microworkers

Microworkers is one of the top micro-jobs sites online. Since it’s creation in 2009, Microworkers has hosted more than 10 million micro jobs to more than 500,000 workers worldwide. The company is based in Dallas, Texas, but manages a truly global […]

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Writer.ly

UPDATE August 2015: Writer.ly is out of business.  Writer.ly is a marketplace for writers to find the editors, book designers, and marketers they need to get their books in the hands of as many readers as possible. The Seattle-based company was […]

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Microlancer

UPDATE: Microlancer is now the Envato Studio. Microlancer.com is a service from the Envato network of sites (known for ThemeForest, VideoHive, AudioJungle, and more — they’re heavy into the “microsourcing” economy), and was launched in a private Beta in April […]