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Upwork Competitors: 5 Alternative Platforms

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June 22, 2020

8 Min Read

What do you look for when choosing a freelancer platform? You’ll likely need a source of top talent, a flexible and reliable workforce, and a secure system to manage contractors and payments.

One of the best-known freelancer platforms in the world is Upwork, and many business users will agree that it offers many of the benefits above. But Upwork has some serious competitors. These competitors may offer a higher quality of service, a more curated selection of freelancers, or other unique features.

In this blog post, we will evaluate five of the biggest Upwork competitors and their USPs, to help you identify the right freelancer hiring platform for your business needs.


1. Traktion

Starting with yours truly, Traktion offers access to the top 5% of digital marketers – the freelancers have been pre-vetted for their expertise in digital marketing, as well as for their work ethic, values, and language skills. Through the platform, you can hire, pay, and manage freelancers, and track the results of your digital marketing campaigns and strategy as a whole. 

Try Traktion now, and get access to the top 5% of digital marketers in the world. Our service is totally free for hiring businesses – no signup costs or long-term commitments. 


Key Features of Traktion:

Summary: Hiring Traktion’s World-class Marketing & Growth Freelancers

Traktion is focused specifically on marketing and growth services, and this allows us to screen for only the very best marketing freelancers. Our intelligent matching process means you’ll be offered a choice of world-class marketing talent for your job – and each expert has a proven track-record of real results. 

Traktion is free to use for hiring businesses. The fees are paid by our freelance members, who can only join the platform after going through our deep vetting process. These marketing freelancers have worked with businesses like Apple, Uber, Amazon, Tinder, HP, Sumup, and Deliveroo. 

You won’t find such a level of freelance marketing talent this easily anywhere else. To learn more about how Traktion works, check out what we do – and you can start hiring now for free by filling out a brief.

2. Fiverr

Fiverr is perhaps the most well-known Upwork competitor. The platform connects its hiring users with freelancers who offer a vast range of different digital services, including animation, audio, design, translation, and programming. As the platform’s name suggests, Fiverr’s services start at just $5.


Image Source: Fiverr

Key Features of Fiverr:

Summary: Who is Fiverr Suited to?

Fiverr is a really useful resource when you have a straightforward project with a time-pressured deadline. The site is less well-adapted to more complex, individualised projects or campaigns. Fiverr does exactly what it says on the tin: offers a quick turnaround on simple jobs, cheaply.


3. PeoplePerHour

Like Fiverr, PeoplePerHour enables you to access freelancers offering various different types of digital services, from photo-editing to branding, but with more flexible payment options. The platform no longer restricts you to hourly contracts; you can also select fixed price bundles.



Image Source: PeoplePerHour

Key Features of PeoplePerHour:

Summary: Hiring People on PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour puts you in touch with a selection of freelancers who have a wide range of skills. It also offers more flexible payment options than the name suggests. 

Freelancers are only vetted via an online application, so their expertise is not guaranteed to the same degree as you can expect with a more thorough background check, such as is offered by Traktion – or by TopTal, which you can learn more about below...


4. TopTal

TopTal specialises in connecting businesses with top technical talent, including designers, developers, project managers, and finance experts. Like Traktion, all the freelancers on TopTal’s books undergo a rigorous vetting process. With TopTal, only 3% of applications get accepted by the platform.


Image Source: TopTal

Key Features of TopTal:

Summary: TopTal’s Technical Talent

If you’re looking for technical talent, picked for their expertise and to complement your company culture, TopTal is a worthy contender to Upwork. For a more diverse range of freelance services, or if you have smaller, simpler jobs to get done, Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, or Freelancer.com might fit the bill better.


Note: If you’re looking for top marketing talent to complement your technical team, Traktion is a free-to-use hiring platform for businesses. Access a pool of the world’s top 5% of digital marketing freelancers, and get matched with the perfect marketer to grow your business.


5. Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com boasts what is probably the most comprehensive range of freelance services, offered by 43 million freelancers (as of May 2020). Its bidding system means freelancers compete to work for you at the best price – which can unfortunately encourage less-qualified and lower-quality pitches.

Image Source: Freelancer.com

Key Features of Freelancer.com:

Summary: Using Freelancer.com for Hiring Freelancers

Freelancer.com offers a massive choice of different freelancers, and the chance to get a good deal for your job. And the Contest feature is an interesting option if you have a design project in mind. Bear in mind that to get the most out of the platform, you may need to pay out for Freelancer’s extra services, in addition to the commission charged for each contractor payment.

Key Takeaways: Reviewing the Upwork Competitors

These are five Upwork competitors to consider next time you want to hire a freelancer online. 

The key to getting the most out of these platforms is to think about your hiring needs before you sign up: What skills am I looking for? What’s my budget? Do I have a simple task to complete, or is this a more complex ongoing job? Answering these questions will help you narrow down the site that’s the best fit.

If you aim to use the best digital marketing talent in the world, and you want to access these freelancers for free, Traktion has you covered. Get started here.

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