The freelance marketplace is still chaotic, and probably it has never been more chaotic as it is now. If you just look at it as a global issue – thousands of people are looking for projects, bidding on them on various freelance marketplaces, promoting themselves via their personal websites, linkedin, twitter, Facebook, Skype, Craigslist….the list goes on. Probably because there is not enough work and too many freelancers? Or everything is chaotic because there are too many intermediaries, BPOs, individuals who influence all that? I can give a great example of a Freelance marketplace – CloudPeeps – it is new, understandable, with fair prices for freelancers and there are no intermediaries. Please correct me if I am wrong. This is the most understandable marketplace that I have found among all that exist.
If we review the other kinds of freelance platforms, especially if we look at them in real time we can notice the chaos – too many bidders on each job and many freelancers are desperately trying to find something for them. The majority of time freelancers spend on looking for new projects, because with the existing freelance marketplaces it is still hard to find something worthy fast. Freelancers are now everywhere, registered in all freelance marketplaces, promote their services via Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Craigslist, e-mail the companies directly, etc. Is it effective? Sometimes. Where to find freelancers? (Not intermediaries) If I can afford it, I would delegate to Cloudpeeps first. If not, I’d delegate to three major freelance marketplaces that are well-known these days – Freelancer, PeoplePerHour and Upwork to see what currently available freelancers can offer me. Then, I’d look in Twitter. I would not be searching in Google “where to find a freelancer” as I will get the snippets of sites that have the list of top 10 freelance companies in the world.