Freelancer.com vs Upwork

Last updated: August 25, 2016

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Freelancer.com
Freelancer.com is the world's largest freelancing, outsourcing, and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. With over 11 million users, you can hire a freelancer to do your contract work at a fraction of the cost. Whether you need PHP developers, web designers, or content writers, you can outsource jobs within minutes. Browse through hundreds of skills including copywriting, data entry, and graphic design or more technical areas like coding HTML, programming MySQL, and designing CSS.
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Upwork
Upwork stands out of all other alternatives on freelance market. Great work starts with great talent. Get amazing results working with the best programmers, designers, writers and other top online pros. Hire freelancers with confidence, always knowing their work experience and feedback from other clients.
Freelancer.com vs Upwork in our news:

2016. JIRA gets Upwork integration



Project management service JIRA is getting a new feature that will let you easily convert JIRA tickets into job postings on Upwork freelance marketplace. With this new integration, Jira users can now click a button and get a pre-populated form to submit to Upwork’s marketplace. This feature will likely appeal to small businesses that often have a backlog of feature requests and bug fixes they never get to. This is not the first time Atlassian and Upwork have partnered around JIRA. Upwork clients can already link their JIRA tickets to an Upwork account to allow freelancers to track their time, for example. Clients can also use Upwork’s messaging feature to receive updates when a freelancer checks in code to Bitbucket, for example, or update a JIRA ticket.


2015. Elance-oDesk rebrands as Upwork



More than a year after the two competitors Elance and oDesk merged to form one freelancer powerhouse, it is finally rebranding under a new name, Upwork. And with the new name comes a new platform, which adds a new mobile app, new search algorithms, faster processing and a real-time chat service — a completely free product that Upwork’s new CEO Stephane Kasriel describes as a “Slack killer.” Upwork is making its collaboration and chat platform completely free to use, and also available to anyone who wants it — not just those people posting jobs on Upwork or those looking for work. As with Slack, Upwork is looking to add more features to the service, such as integrations with GitHub, Google Drive, Jira and video functionality later this year. The online job search market is full of competition, with Indeed.com, Monster, CarreerBuilder, LinkedIn and many more also playing strong in the permanent jobs space.


2015. Freelancer.com acquired payment service provider Escrow.com



Online job marketplace Freelancer.com  has acquired Escrow.com for $7.5 million in cash. As its name suggests, Escrow.com provides online escrow services for e-commerce sites by holding payments for goods or services until a transaction is successfully completed. The acquisition will allow Freelancer.com’s 15 million users to make more secure payments. Freelancer.com already has a version of escrow services called Milestone Payments, which means the site holds funds from an employer until it is released to a freelancer following the completion of a service or a dispute resolution. Holding payments is designed to give employers some peace of mind, especially after the site’s rapid growth through a series of acquisitions starting in 2011 and its initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2013.


2015. Online freelance marketplace Freelancer.com goes Local



Freelancer.com is launching a marketplace for local plumbers, cleaners, cooks, couriers and others to offer their services on demand in their vicinity, starting first in Australia before expanding globally this quarter. The idea being that those looking to find someone for an offline job can use their location to find relevant and available people close by either on Freelancer.com’s site or mobile app. The company expects that many of the same people who are on the network for online work can transfer their skills offline. That could be a photographer or designer who can attend and shoot an event, or something less obvious, like a copywriter staffing a reception desk at a party or delivering a parcel in his or her spare time. Freelancer.com will use the same commission structure with its local services that it has established for its online jobs: 10% of any transaction goes to Freelancer.com.


2013. Elance and oDesk want to create Amazon for freelance



(From left to right: Gary Swart, oDesk and Fabio Rosati, Elance)