The easiest thing would be to make a list of the top five freelance websites, but what’s the point? Isn’t this something you can do yourself in a matter of seconds with a few clicks on Google?
Instead, I will give you a few useful points that will save you time with no need to mention any freelance platform in particular. That’s the best way of avoiding a situation where all you have is a biased and useless answer.
So, here’s how your best freelancer platform should look like and what it should provide you with, to be treated as such in 2019:
The service fees have to be acceptable for both you and your freelancers. I know that many clients like to say, why should I care, I don’t pay freelance fees, but you actually do. A freelancer, you want to hire, will include these fees into his final price. So, if you’re asking me, a service fee above 10% should make you raise your eyebrows. A flat fee anywhere between 6% and 8% should be a definite win-win for both you and your freelancer. Why it has to be a flat fee? Well, that's the only guarantee to avoid unpleasant surprises and above all not to feel pressured how much you're going to spend.
Are you going to just spend your money or you will be able to save some money for a change? I believe that the best freelance platform in 2019 should reward and motivate you to spend more. How? Well, I’m talking about a cash back option of some kind. The more you spend - the more you should be able to save. Sounds fair enough?
Digital credibility should be your right not your privilege. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to figure out whether or not a freelancer you want to hire is worth your trust. The best freelance platform shouldn’t have anything against the third party links associated with their freelancers’ account. Meaning, you should be able to check your freelancer’s FB, TW, LN, Quora, and similar accounts. Unfortunately, almost all platforms by default don’t allow these things because they’re afraid you will take the work outside the platform itself and pay directly to a freelancer. This is a narrow-minded approach, which hasn’t proven itself to be particularly effective.
A time-tracking tool should give you a quick and reliable overview. This is one of those things we take for granted. This tool should be so much more than just another tick-tock app. Among other things, you should have a reliable indication of your freelancer’s activity percentage. So, if you’re happy with the deliverables and the activity percentage, there’s no need to go any deeper into evaluating your freelancer’s work. Right?
These points can help you choose the right freelance platforms to hire freelancers in 2019. And, the right platform is also the best one for you.
Happy New Year! Choose wisely where you're going to invest your money in 2019 to hire and work with freelancers.