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- Published: Monday, 16 May 2016 14:36
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Plenty of companies want to hire freelance software engineers, but many aren’t quite sure how to get started. Thankfully, there are a couple of great platforms out there that anyone who needs to hire freelancers should be aware of.
Unlike other freelance platforms, Toptal has a pretty impressive screening process. During the process, Toptal tests developers’ language and personality skills to make sure they’re fluent in English and work well with others.
Afterwards, Toptal rigorously assesses their skills with timed tests, followed by a live screening with two senior engineers that consists of live exercises. Finally, each candidate is given a test project to make sure they can handle themselves with an assignment over 1-3 weeks.
Toptal demands that all freelancers “maintain a perfect track record” from there on, so any developer you hire is guaranteed to be an extremely talented find. As an added benefit, with their trial period, you still only have to pay if you’re satisfied with the work. Also, in contrast to other hiring sites, Toptal’s team will work with you to handpick just a few software engineers for you to meet, making the hiring process incredibly efficient and easy for you.
Guru is a site that allows freelancers to market their skills anywhere in the world for a small fee. The site has a couple of benefits: all payments take place over Safepay, and hiring companies only have to pay for a job completed to their satisfaction. Guru’s Work Room feature also helps hiring companies and freelancers to stay on the same page.
The platform allows both sides to communicate and trade files, as well as work out payment. One downside of Guru is that the website is a bit clunky and hard to navigate, and some information can be hard to find. Another drawback is that Guru doesn’t appear to do its own validation process. While you can see what skills freelancers offer and what fee they’re charging, none of them have been vetted. While, again, you can always get a refund if the job isn’t done right, you run the risk of wasting your time waiting on an inferior development job.
Elance offers you a quick, low-cost way to get in touch with developers and engineers. With about 3 million jobs posted annually and more than 4 million clients, it’s clear that Elance is a good way to get developers fast. As with Guru, though, they don’t have their own intensive vetting process. Any freelancer can sign up and get hired. Elance will recommend freelancers for you whose skills correspond to your requirements, but that’s not really the same.
While Elance won’t necessarily give you a full refund, they’ll arbitrate any disputes over the quality of the work. On the one hand, this probably attracts some better developers than Guru, but it also allows for the possibility that you’ll waste your time and your money.
Like Guru and Elance, Freelancer offers hirers an easy, cost-effective way to find developers. Their homepage features a list of recent projects and prices from all over the world. You can get free quotes on any projects for which you’re considering hiring, and the site has access to nearly 140,000 developers.
Freelancer comes with a bit of a downside, for hirers, though. Instead of contacting developers directly, you need to leave a request and wait until developers contact you. Though you can choose from among those who offer their services, the process might take a bit longer than you want. As with Guru, you can choose not to release your payment if the work isn’t done to your satisfaction. Still, as far as low-cost options, Freelancer is a solid choice for those looking to hire some freelance work.
Workmarket is a software that you can purchase online that helps you locate freelance designers and developers all around the U.S. Their system is fairly user friendly, and consolidates all your tools into one dashboard. The software also offers a couple of screening tools, including Workmarket’s Learning Management System, and it also offers access to background checks.
One bonus that Workmarket offers is that the software automatically adds freelancers to your queue who meet your specifications. You can pay freelancers however you want, and also check other customers’ ratings to see which freelancers are best. Their website also has some helpful information about hiring freelancers, along with some webinars. While Workmarket certainly offers better support than Freelancer, Guru, and Elance, it doesn’t seem to offer access to developers from outside of the U.S., unlike Toptal, which dramatically reduces its talent pool.