Top 10 Freelance marketplaces

Last updated: March 11, 2022

Freelance sites (marketplaces) allow to find skilled professionals (freelancers) from around the world and outsource different business tasks
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.
Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as 'gigs' beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer a variety of different services, and by customers to buy those services
3 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.
Search for services being offered by freelancers that match your needs. Our global network of over 900,000 gurus are eager to help with any technical, creative or business projects you have on the table. Explore each freelancer’s profile and browse their previous work so you can hire with confidence.
The #1 marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests. Fill in our online design brief, and choose how much you'll pay. Our designers compete to win the money in what we call a design contest. Designers start to compete in your design contest. They submit designs, and you give them feedback. Together, you polish the designs over 7 days. Choose the design you love best, and sign our copyright agreement. The designer gets the prize money, and you get a gorgeous new design.
PeoplePerHour is a UK-based online service for the advertisement of freelance work. The majority of clients using the services are small companies that do not want to hire a full-time professional resources.
Toptal is an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers and designers in the world. Top companies rely on Toptal freelancers for their most important projects.
Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing Internet marketplace that enables individuals or businesses to co-ordinate the use of human intelligence to perform tasks that computers are currently unable to do. It is one of the sites of Amazon Web Services. The Requesters are able to post tasks known as HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks), such as choosing the best among several photographs of a store-front, writing product descriptions, or identifying performers on music CDs.
The world's #1 marketplace for logo design, web design, and naming. Over 42000 satisfied clients! - crowdSPRING. It's effective, easy and affordable. Name your price, work with dozens of talented creatives and choose from an average of 110+ custom designs. With our 100% money back guarantee, free customized legal contracts and world class customer service, crowdSPRING offers a proven, fast and risk-free way to buy custom design and writing services.
You have the idea —twago has the best freelancer and agencies. Describe your freelance projects, receive qualified offers and choose the best freelancer to get the job done! Websites, company logos, online-marketing and much more.
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Latest news about Freelance marketplaces

2021. South African talent marketplace OfferZen gets $5.2M

South African tech talent marketplace OfferZen has raised €4.5 million ($5.07 million) in Series A. As a tech talent marketplace, OfferZen allows software developers and engineers to sign up as candidates who are then curated by OfferZen and made available to companies. The developers are live on the marketplace for four weeks, during which OfferZen guarantees that they’ll get contacted by different companies. The developers are only allowed to work permanent roles, the company said.

2021. Fiverr acquires freelance management toolset Stoke Talent for $95M

On the heels of LinkedIn last week launching Service Marketplace, a competitor to freelance platforms like Fiverr and Upwork, today Fiverr announced an acquisition that speaks to how it plans to stay in the game by building in more features for its users. Fiverr is acquiring Stoke Talent, which lets companies manage their freelance teams, for $95 million. Stoke’s toolset includes features to onboard new freelancers; employers can also pay them through the platform and accordingly track their overall freelance budgets. The idea here is to build tools that both tie in those employers more tightly into Fiverr’s freelance marketplace — Stoke will remain independently operated, but the products also will be integrated, so that freelancers hired via Fiverr can be onboarded and paid through Stoke — and also tie Fiverr more deeply into how those companies work with freelancers overall, even if they are not sourced via Fiverr itself.

2021. LinkedIn rolls out its freelance services marketplace

LinkedIn is opening up a new front in the job market for freelancers with its Service Marketplace, a new feature that will let people advertise themselves for short-term engagements to those looking to hire people for such roles, competing against the likes of Fiverr and Upwork for sourcing skilled knowledge workers. The launch of its freelancer platform is coming alongside a few other key updates from LinkedIn around other job-hunting tools, underscoring how the company is looking to adapt to new current trends in the job market and how we work. They include new search filters to find jobs (permanent jobs, that is) that are remote, hybrid or on-site; and these can also now be indicated on your “Open to Work” indicator if you have that turned on to invite recruiters to contact you. Alongside this, you can now also check out companies’ vaccination requirements as part of how you evaluate jobs (if the employer has indicated those details itself).

2021. Malt raises $97M for its freelance marketplace for developers

Malt, which provides a way for developers, data scientists, designers, project managers and others working in related fields to connect with fixed-term job opportunities in their fields, has picked up €80 million. The company has to date amassed 250,000 freelancers in its community, with 30,000 businesses tapping this pool to fill jobs. End customers include the likes of Unilever, Lufthansa, Bosch, BlaBlaCar, L’Oréal and Allianz, and it also partners with traditional consultancies like McKinsey to help them source people for projects. Altogether the company has handled some €300 million in business since being founded in 2013.

2021. Worksome pulls $13M into its high skill freelancer talent platform

Worksome, that runs a platform to connect freelancers looking for professional roles with employers needing tools to find and manage freelancer talent, has closed a $13 million Series A. Worksome focuses on helping medium/large companies — who are working with at least 20+ freelancers at a time — fill vacancies within teams rather than helping companies outsource projects. It says it’s seeing traction with large enterprise customers that have traditionally used Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to manage and pay external workforces — and views employment agency giants like Randstad, Adecco and Manpower as ripe targets for disruption.

2021. Creatively raises $5M to help creative professionals showcase and find work

Creatively — a startup that helps designers, photographers, illustrators and other creative professionals showcase their work and find their next job — has raised in $5 million. The startup says there are now more than 125,000 creatives on the platform, while 650 companies (including HBO, Tom Ford, SKIMS, Nickelodeon, Ro, CNN and The Gap) have used it to recruit. Businesses are looking to recruit creatives directly, but lack the network and resources to find qualified, diverse talent. Creatively changes that. Their growth in less than a year is very impressive, and we’re excited to be a part of the team

2021. Temp staffing service Jobandtalent takes $120M

Spain’s Jobandtalent, a digital temp staffing agency startup which operates a dual-sided platform that matches temps with employers needing casual labor in sectors like ecommerce, warehousing, logistics and manufacturing, has grabbed €100 million (~$120M) in Series D funding. On the tech side its platform uses learning algorithms to match temps with jobs — speeding the hiring process up. It also offers a CRM for employers which bakes in analytics for tracking workforce performance in real time — which it says can help them monitor workplace satisfaction, reduce attrition and track metrics such as absences and late arrivals.

2021. Collective launches a SaaS marketplace for freelancer teams

Freelancers who work well together in teams are the target for Collective, a French startup that’s launching a SaaS marketplace. Collective argues that the indie ‘collectives’ phenomenon has only been accelerated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic — with companies faced with more uncertainty looking for more resilient and flexible options. For teams of skilled indie workers the lure of Collective is a promise that it combines the benefits of working in an agency — because its SaaS platform automates a bunch of back-office functions like proposals, invoices, contracts and payments — with the flexibility of still being freelance and thus able to pick and choose projects and clients.

2021. Iziwork raises $43M for its temporary work platform

French startup Iziwork, that is building a platform focused on improving temporary employment, has raised a $43M. Iziwork manages a marketplace of temporary work; 2,000 companies are using the platform in France and Italy, and 800,000 candidates have used the app to access job opportunities. You can consider it as a tech-enabled version of the good old employment agency. Candidates can onboard directly from the mobile app. You then get personalized recommendations based on your profile (95% of assignments are filled in less than four hours). And of course, all your documents are managed from the app.

2021. Jobandtalent raises $108M for its workforce-as-a-service platform

Jobandtalent, a digital temp staffing agency that operates a dual-sided platform that connects temp workers with employers needing regular casual labor in sectors like transport and logistics, has added €88 million to its Series C. Jobandtalent says more than 80,000 workers have used its platform to secure temp gigs in the last year across the seven markets where it operates in Europe and LatAm (namely: Spain, U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, Mexico and Colombia); while 750+ employers are signed up to “recurrently manage a large part of their workforce”, as it puts it, including XPO, Ocado, Saint Gobain, Santander, Bayer, eBay, Huawei, Ceva Logistics and Carrefour.

2020. WorkWhile raises $3.5M to bring more flexibility and benefits to hourly work

WorkWhile is a marketplace that matches hourly workers with open shifts — employers identify the shifts that they want filled, while workers say which hours they want to work. That means employers can grow or shrink their workforce as needed, while the workers only work when they want. WorkWhile screens workers with one-on-one interviews, background checks and tests based on cognitive science, with the goal of identifying applicants who are qualified and reliable. Employers pay WorkWhile a service fee, while the platform is free for users. And because the startup aims to build a long-term relationship with its workforce, Euston said it will also invest by providing additional benefits, starting with sick leave credits earned when you work and next-day payments to your debit cards.

2020. Braintrust is creating a fairer model for freelancers

Braintrust, a network for freelance technical and design talent that launched over the summer, has raised $18 million in new funding. Braintrust only charges the companies doing the hiring — freelancers won’t have to pay to join or to bid on a project, and Braintrust won’t charge a fee on their project payments. In addition, the startup is using a cryptocurrency token that it calls Btrust to reward users who build the network, for example by inviting new customers or vetting freelancers. Apparently, the token will give users a stake in how the network evolves in the future. And for companies, Braintrust is supposed to allow them to tap freelancers for work that they’d normally do in-house. The startup’s clients already include Nestlé, Pacific Life, Deloitte, Porsche, Blue Cross Blue Shield and TaskRabbit.

2015. Freelance engineer marketplace Toptal now sells designers

Toptal, the site that helps to find high quality engineers, is now routing designers with spare cycles to companies in need. Meanwhile Toptal takes job requirements from companies looking for a freelancer, negotiates a budget, and vets them too. By evaluating both sides prevents anyone from having a “shitty experience”. Confident both sides are legit, Toptal matches them up. Rather than making the hirer sort through dozens of resumes, Toptal sends them on average just 1.7 choices of coders before the client signs a contract. Client pays Toptal, Toptal pays the freelancer, and Toptal pockets the difference.  With a supply of thousands of engineers, Toptal now works with about 2,000 clients from J.P. Morgan and Pfizer to Airbnb and Zendesk to fledgling startups.

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, Monster, CarreerBuilder, LinkedIn and many more also playing strong in the permanent jobs space.

2015. acquired payment service provider

Online job marketplace  has acquired for $7.5 million in cash. As its name suggests, 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’s 15 million users to make more secure payments. 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 goes Local 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’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. will use the same commission structure with its local services that it has established for its online jobs: 10% of any transaction goes to

2014. Recruitment giant Randstad invests in freelancer marketplace Twago

The European freelancer marketplace Twago has taken a chunky investment from Randstad, one of the world’s top recruitment firms. The investment gives Randstad a way into the new world of online freelance recruitment. And Twago sees Randstad as a good partner for expanding its reach into the more traditional turf where the Dutch recruitment firm is so prevalent in Europe. Twago focuses on the sorts of jobs freelancers can do from behind a keyboard – translation, design, coding and so on. It operates in much the same space as Elance and oDesk, but unlike those U.S. firms it’s willing to deal in languages other than English and handle European currency.