Where can you scout out the best freelance talent for your business? Thirteen members of the Young Entrepreneur Council offer their recommendations.
The gig economy is growing: More people are putting up their talents to take on small projects, then going their own ways afterwards. This allows companies to find the perfect skill set for a particular task and shift extra work away from full-time employees.
So where do you look to scout out the best talent? Some sites function as general clearing houses, like Upwork or Craigslist, while others are more specialized, such as Contently. You can even tap into your personal networks to find freelancers who your connections will vouch for.
For some specifics, 13 members from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) share their favorite freelancer sites and why those websites work for them.
"To find great freelancers for content marketing, some of my favorite websites are Contently and OneSpace. Many of their writers specialize in copy writing and are hired to write by Fortune 500 companies." – Jared Atchison, WPForms
"I know it's not the coolest UI and doesn't get the most press, but there is still an abundance of talent checking Craigslist for work. Because there are 'hotter' sites out there, you'll actually have less competition in hiring folks. And, of course, with a workforce around the globe, you can often find great quality help for a lower price." – Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches
"We've had good success from contractors we found through Crew. It's the first place I go when I am looking to find talented contractors with an eye for design." – Tim Chaves, ZipBooks Online Bookkeeping Services
"There honestly is no better platform than Crossover for putting together a remote team. They've been doing it better then anyone, and if you want to have a team of handpicked experts ready to execute your project, this is the ideal way to go about it." – Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now
"Networking is an extremely powerful thing. Instead of bringing in a stranger, use your connections and find someone you can trust. I can post a status on Facebook asking for new talent, knowing that I'll get suggestions from credible people. It's easier and more efficient to leverage your network." – Adam Mendler, The Veloz Group
"It certainly varies per project, but for small projects Fiverr can be a great fit. You can find Fiverr freelancers for almost any kind of project. Make sure to go with someone who has high ratings." – Ben Lang, Spoke
"I use Freelancer.com whenever we want to outsource a project. It has very good resources and has improved a lot in the last few years. It is also not as expansive as Upwork, and its customer support is much better. It has all kinds of freelancers available, like software developers, designers, testers, SEO specialists, and legal and financial experts." – Piyush Jain, SIMpalm
"I've been using Guru for years and find that I can locate people all over the world to work on projects across many more specialties than other websites. It has great online features to work collaboratively, and offers agreements and other aspects like escrow accounts that help develop trust with the freelancer." – Drew Hendricks, Buttercup
"iFreelance is a great way to connect with content and social media writers as well as graphic designers and other creatives. It's easy to use and locate compatible freelancers who are even local, so we've met in person." – Cynthia Johnson, Ipseity Media
10. LinkedIn ProFinder
"LinkedIn ProFinder is a free tool from LinkedIn for anyone looking to hire. You can answer a few questions about your project and wait for the quotes to come to you. This is a great resource, as you can view the freelancer’s experience and reviews on LinkedIn." – Syed Balkhi, OptinMonster
"PeoplePerHour.com is a great talent pool to pick from when you need to outsource a project. Just like with any freelance website, you must be very specific with your needs and understand that you will have to do extensive due diligence to make sure the freelancer you are hiring has the necessary skillset for your needs. Make sure to ask a lot of questions and be 100 percent confident before hiring." – Jonathan Long, LAWYE.RS
"We use Upwork all the time and love it. It has the biggest talent pool and the most robust and user-friendly technology. We've had its freelancers in English-speaking countries work on everything from graphic design to content creation to financial modeling, and they've always delivered. The key has been going with people who have very positive ratings from previous clients." – Mark Krassner, Expectful
"I search Quora for questions related to the service I need. Then I reach out to those individuals and find out if they're available as freelancers. This may take a little more work than using pools of freelancers, but it helps me identify authority and knowledge from the start, and helps to improve the outcome." – Marcela De Vivo, Brilliance