Are you a freelancer looking for ways to expand your business? Maybe you’re thinking about starting a business directly on a freelance platform to maximize growth from the outset.
Either way, platforms can provide the tools you need to expand your client base. They offer a user-friendly interface that connects you with potential clients, a service that’s especially useful to beginning freelancers.
On these platforms, you can create a profile with details about the type of work you do. You can also upload samples of your work to maintain a portfolio right on the site.
Customer ratings within these platforms can help you get more visibility based on your past work. Payments are managed within the interface, as well. Such automation can transform your business experience, according to the team at Amaiz.
Choosing a freelance platform can be challenging. To help you understand more about this process, we’ve put together a brief review of a few of the most popular platforms available.
Upwork boasts more than five million business accounts, with over three million freelance jobs posted each year. It’s known for being very user-friendly.
Upwork charges no membership fees but does deduct a percentage of the cost of each project. This commission can be as high as 20% at the beginning.
Services available for hire on Upwork include sales, web design, marketing, writing, and coding. Employer payment options include major credit cards and PayPal.
Fiverr is different from most other platforms in that it allows freelancers to package and market their services as something called a “gig.” These gigs can be something simple like a design for a logo or t-shirt, or something more complex like a content plan for a blog.
In short, any product or service you wish to provide can be packaged as a gig. This allows the freelancer more control over the services offered, as opposed to bidding on a project. Gigs help both the business (employer) and the freelancer know precisely how much money is involved from the outset.
Fiverr is free to use, but the platform retains a portion of your earnings. This platform has a user-friendliness evaluation of 9.5 out of 10. PayPal is the primary payment method, and Payoneer is available for sellers with a rating of 2 or higher.
Offerings on Fiverr include design, art, writing, and technical projects, among others. Clients can contact freelancers using the platform’s messaging system.
PeoplePerHour combines the idea of gigs with the concept of project bidding. Freelancers thus have a wide range of options.
PeoplePerHour has no signup or membership fees. Freelancers pay a service fee, a percentage of their earnings,
This platform gives freelancers a fixed number of proposals that can be submitted free of charge each month. After passing this number, you must purchase credits to continue bidding on projects.
On PeoplePerHour, gigs are called “hourlies.” Using hourlies, freelancers can define their offers at a fixed price. You can also determine the delivery terms.
This platform is known for being user-friendly for both freelancers and potential clients. Payment methods include credit or debit card, GiroPay, PayPal, TrustPay, and CashU.
The most common types of projects posted on this platform are design-related, creative, or technical. Businesses can contact freelancers through PeoplePerHour’s messaging system. There’s a customer feedback page where clients can review your work.
Freelancer is another popular platform that offers free signup and usage. The platform charges a fee of $3 or 3% of each project (whichever is larger). This percentage is significantly lower than the other platforms reviewed.
Accepted payment methods include PayPal, credit card, WebMoney, Skrill, and escrow. Projects are from a variety of areas. There is a public review system through which clients attribute ratings to the work of freelancers.
Summing It Up
Freelance platforms offer opportunities to get your work noticed by more people. This helps you grow your client base and, consequently, your business as a whole.
These four popular sites offer many of the same services, differing only in a few small ways. Thus, you’ll need to base your choice on the details of what each platform offers and by trying them out.