Truelancer is an online marketplace connecting clients with freelancer workers all over the globe. Their platform is quick, safe, and you have the flexibility to submit single jobs or build up an ongoing working relationship with a freelancer.
If you want to find someone to carry out some tasks quickly you’ll find them on Truelancer. From IT and programming, to sales, mobile app building, and SEO, they have a huge database of freelancers (500,000 at press time) waiting to pick up your job.
The company has been in operation since September 2014, and is headed up by Dipesh Garg.
You can use Truelancer to either sell you own services, or buy services from a freelancer best suited to handle your tasks.
There are 3 different options when finding a freelancer or assistant.
First, you can browse freelancers’ pre-defined gigs under the “Buy Services” tab:
And finally, you can browse freelancer profiles by skillsets, or post a job and sort through the applicants.
If you’re looking to work with a freelancer or have a task that you feel needs a deep level of understanding then don’t be afraid to open up a dialogue with prospective freelancers.
Truelancer encourages employers to communicate with their freelancers before committing. You can request samples of work, and even give them a small test project to see how well they understand your directions.
Still, I found the site confusing and not super easy to use. It’s filled with language written by non-native English speakers like “People’s trust knowing your physical presence.” What?
If your job can be carried out remotely online, you’ll find a freelancer to carry out the work on Truelancer.
To give you a starting point, they group some of their services into the following categories:
- IT and Programming
- Writing and Translation
- Admin and Data Entry
- Social Media
- SEO and Blogging
- Music and Audio
- Finance and Accounting
- Multimedia and Graphic Design
Here’s a search I did for “virtual assistant”:
$1 an hour? That’s crazy cheap, even for India.
How Truelancer Works
Plans and Pricing
Truelancer charges the workers, not the employers. Though there is an 8-10% service fee charged on every project, which theoretically could be passed on to you, the employer, in the form of higher bids.
On the freelancer side, they have 5 membership plans offering the following benefits:
- Free – $0/month – With this plan you are subject to a 10% project/service fee, have a $75 bidding limit, and have a low cap on the number of skills, portfolio slots, and service listings
- Intro – $1/month – This plan increases the number of skills, portfolio slots, and service listings you can post over the Free plan.
- Basic – $5/month – This plan increases the number of skills, portfolio slots, and service listings you can post over the Intro plan.
- Pro – $10/month – With this plan the project/service fees drop to 8%, along with some upgraded privileges.
- Plus – $48/month – This is their highest plan and enables maximum listings, skills, portfolio slots, and proposals.
There are also some additional fees per transaction:
- Project Fees – Depending on your membership type there is a 3-10% project fee per transaction.
- Employer Payment Processing Fee – There are processing fees taken depending on the form of payment.
If you’re considering hiring on Truelancer, I’d take a look at Upwork as well. The platform is much larger and well-established. They offer a very similar model and you increase your options by checking out some profiles across other platforms to find a good fit for your tasks.
Since both are free from the employer standpoint, it might make sense to post your job on both to see what comes back.
The way you can browse services on Truelancer is also similar to PeoplePerHour and Fiverr. If you don’t want to go through the process of posting a job and fielding applications I’d give these sites a try.
Have you worked with Truelancer? If so, please leave a review of your experience below to help others with their decision.