You’ve probably gone online and googled ‘best freelance platforms’ to find qualified freelancers. The problem is that many of those ‘lists’ on Google aren’t that helpful. They simply provide basic information on several freelance platforms which might leave you a bit confused.
Upwork and Fiverr although they have some differences one thing is for sure they are considered two most diverse and popular remote worker freelancing websites on the internet. They have a large pool of talent to hire and can assist with various tasks including graphic design, web development, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and freelance writing.
Main differences between Upwork vs Fiverr
Upwork was born in 2015 as a result of an Elance and O-desk merger in 2013. Its headquarters are in California, USA and it is currently the biggest global freelance platform that aims to connect businesses and skilled professionals. The platform currently has 12 million registered freelancers. In September 2018, Upwork reportedly had 34.76 million visitors each month proving its popularity. In fact 30% fortune 500 enterprises use Upwork to hire freelancers.
Fiverr was founded by Shai Wininger and Micha Kaufman in 2010 with the aim to provide an online platform where freelancers can provide services globally for not less than $5. Their headquarters are in Tel Aviv Israel.
Finding Talent on both Platforms
With 12 million freelancers and 2900 skill sets on Upwork, finding the ideal talent for your project can seem daunting. First of all, you need to know exactly what skill you are looking for. For example, saying you need a freelancer with marketing or writing skills is quite general. The good thing is, Upwork has listed the specific skills to help you identify exactly what you need.
To find the best talent on Upwork, find freelancers with ‘Top Rated’ badges. You will see the badge on their profile. The ‘Top Rated’ badge indicates that the freelancer has consistently excelled and delivered high quality results for their clients on the platform. It shows that a freelancer has achieved over 90% job success and annual earnings of not less than $1000.
For Fiverr, after you have signed up, you can find the talent categories displayed at the top of the page. If you move your mouse over these categories, a drop-down menu of subcategories for you to choose from will appear.
Clicking on the subcategory will present you with various profiles of freelancers that provide that particular gig. The amazing thing about Fiverr is that the gigs are detailed and you can easily compare them with others. You can also read reviews left by clients for a particular gig.
Upwork freelancers have the opportunity to impress potential clients with several skill tests availed to them for free. They are under no obligation to take them or even publish their results. These tests are not a key determinant of competence. It would be meaningless to have high scores and yet have poor reviews.
However, high skill test scores give clients confidence and build trust in the freelancer. Especially if it’s important for a particular project. A client looking for a blog writer will be impressed with high scores in vocabulary, spelling, and grammar. These tests can be retaken after 180 days meaning that freelancers have the opportunity to improve their skills and take the tests again.
Fiverr also recently introduced skills tests so that sellers can earn buyers’ trust. They are listed in several categories and can be retaken twice in a space of three months. Sellers are encouraged to take the tests but it isn’t mandatory and they don’t have to display their results if they don’t want to.
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