Freelancer.com launched in January 2009. In just eight months it achieved one million users. Five years post-launch the website hit the 10,000,000 user milestone and just two and a half years later that number had doubled to 20,000,000 users!
In many ways Freelancer.com is on par with Upwork for both clients and freelancers. If you're a client, you'll only need to advertise on one to find the right person for the job. If you're a freelancer then it's probably worth setting up a profile and applying for jobs on both to maximise your results.
If all that’s not enough to make you think twice about the more traditional freelancer network Freelancer.com then let’s talk about the positives and negatives for both freelancers and clients in this Freelancer.com review;
Freelancer.com Review: For Clients
Let’s start with what in my opinion is the negative of Freelancer.com for clients. They charge you 3% or £2.00 (which ever is greater) for every project. As we know from my review of UpWork, that’s not a business structure I believe in.
If you can get over that then maybe your on to a winner here. Especially considering how simple and straight forward Freelancer.com want to make it, for you to find the right person for the job using their website;
The process of signing up for an account couldn’t be easier. Neither could finding the right freelancer for the job based on the applications you receive. Thanks to the sheer volume of freelancers on Freelancer.com you can expect to receive a vast number of applications quickly. I’d always recommend being as clear as you can as to your requirements. Also don’t forget to set a realistic budget for the work. If you pay peanuts you’re going to get monkeys.
In conclusion, I personally wouldn’t use Freelancer.com for any of the work I could get done for $5 or less. For that I would use Fiverr. It’s free for clients, and is quick, simple and straight forward thanks to their ‘shop for your service’ format.
However, if you are looking for long-term, highly qualified freelancers then Freelancer.com is set to be the website for you.
Freelancer.com Review: For Freelancers
On average there are 100 new jobs available on Freelancer.com every hour. However, don’t let that somewhat impressive statistic fool you. That’s because each of those jobs receives an average of 20 applications in that first hour.
It’s safe to say competition is fierce.
However, so are many of the other major freelancing platforms. In fact, I’d say if you’re going to stand out on any as a new freelancer then you need to learn how to go the extra mile for your potential clients. Speaking of similarities between other freelancing platforms. The fee’s for freelancers on Freelancer.com are not on a tiered platform like Upwork. Instead you’re charged a flat fee of 10% or £3.50 (which ever is greater)
One benefit Freelancer.com does offer it’s freelancers that’s unlike it’s competitions is the ability to see the median price of bids. Take this post for example…
There’s been 43 applications for this job, and the average price of these applications for this work is $137. I always say that you shouldn’t race to the bottom. An I almost believe seeing this average price helps. It allows you to price slightly higher than the average whilst also increasing that service offering.
A good potential client will understand the value of quality work and is likely to pay around 20% more than the average.
In conclusion. I think Freelancer.com is one of the best Freelancing platforms if you’re looking for a long-term relationship with clients and have major services to offer. However, if you’re looking for a one time service, or small job then I still believe Fiverr is best both for freelancers and clients.