When it comes to hiring software developers posting on traditional online job boards or recruiting through employment agencies can be time consuming and expensive. Thankfully, technology is changing the work environment and the way people interact. Companies as well as job-seeking freelancers have been blessed with online freelance platforms like Toptal, Upwork,Cross Guru, Fiverr, Gigster or Freelancer which can connect the two sides locally, nationally, or across the globe. Let’s face it, when searching for top freelance software developers, choosing the best freelance platform can be difficult. Therefore, we’ve laid out the pros and cons of each platform based on user answers on quora, reddit and our research (Just for you)
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Hiring Developers on Upwork
When it comes to hiring freelancers in virtually any industry, Upwork seems to be the most popular platform. However, popularity doesn’t guarantee quality and using the platform has advantages as well as disadvantages.
The Pros of Hiring on Upwork
Being one of the most popular platforms for finding freelancers out there, Upwork offers a wide range of statistics and rating metrics for screening potential hires. Not only can you filter freelance developers with experience in their field, but you can also see how they’ve been rated on past projects, as well as how many hours total they have spent working on Upwork projects alone.
Upwork also offers a dispute resolution help center. If you ever find yourself in a disagreement over payments with your freelancer, Upwork offers a dispute mediation service to help you resolve the issue quickly and efficiently. You can learn more about Upwork’s payment protection plan here. This form of payment protection goes both ways. Both clients and freelancers are free to file disputes about one another, should issues over payments or the terms of the contract arise.
Finally, Upwork also makes it easy to find freelancers at the lowest rates by allowing them to bid on your project. After you decide on an hourly rate and publish your ad, freelancers can apply by submitting a proposal including a rate they desire. This allows you to not only screen your candidates according to your preferred rate, but you’re also able to choose the lowest bidder if you choose to do so. However, I would personally never recommend hiring the lowest bidder for your projects.
Remember that good work isn’t cheap, and cheap work isn’t good!
Cons of Hiring Freelancers on Upwork
A major downside of hiring via Upwork is the platform’s limit on how many jobs the freelancers can apply to. Each freelancer is given a limited number of so called “connects” needed to apply for jobs. In the past, Upwork allocated 60 free “connects” to its freelancers every month. However, they’ve recently made changes to the platform and freelancers are required to purchase the connects. Those who decide not to pay, can only apply to job offers when they receive an invite by the particular client. This can mean the most suitable candidate for your job may be unable to even submit a proposal for your project, unless they pay for it.
Finally, Upwork doesn’t offer much in terms of quality guarantee. Of course, you can always submit a claim if you’re dissatisfied with the work submitted. However, if you based your project on milestones, not on hours of work, it is nearly impossible to monitor the quality of the work being produced by your freelancer(s) before submission.
At the same time, if a client refuses to pay for what the freelancer considers a completed milestone, the freelancers have the ability to file an “escrow dispute”.
Hiring Freelancers on Toptal
Founded in 2010, Toptal is another one of the world’s leading freelance platforms. According to the website, over 100,000 freelancers join the platform every single year. With that said, Toptal certainly does not have a shortage of talent. However, that doesn’t mean Toptal is always going to be the best choice when choosing freelance software developers. So let’s dive in and take a look at the pros and cons of using the platform.
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Pros of Hiring on Toptal
If you’re looking for the best of the best freelancers in the world, Toptal might be the best choice for your software development project. As suggested by their name, Toptal consists of top talent, which of course includes software developers. Freelancers on Toptal are vetted by an expert-driven screening process, in which, only an average of 3% (per 100,000 annual applicants) make it past the final cuts. During this rigorous screening process, Toptal experts use advanced coding tests, portfolio examinations, ongoing market research, and assessments on their problem-solving capabilities to determine the individual’s quialities.
How much does Toptal cost?
When hiring the world’s top-rated freelancers and agencies, it’s expected you’re going to run into some higher costs. Before you even hire a freelance software developer for your project(s), Toptal requires a deposit of minimum $500. This hiring cost will be added to your first invoice after the hiring process has been completed and the work has begun. And since Toptal plays for you a high-quality matchmaker with extensively curated talent, there are no “cheap” or “lowballing” freelancers there to keep your projects budget friendly. On Toptal, hourly rates can start as high as $95.
Hiring on Hiremotely
Although Hiremotely is a much newer freelancer platform than either Upwork or Toptal, there are many advantages to using it when hiring freelance software developers. Below, we’ll take a look at both the pros and cons of using Hiremotely.
Pros of Hiring on Hiremotely
For starters, Hiremotely offers a variety of developer-specific screenings and filters. And because the platform was created especially for global software developers, and the clients who need them, Hiremotely puts freelancers through a solid vetting process consisting of three areas of testing: technology and coding skills, math and logic, and on-time reliability.
Hiremotely also offers an extremely convenient matchmaker mobile app. So rather than spending your precious time going through profile after profile of potential hires, Hiremotely requests your specifications and then provides you with 2 or 3 of the most fitting and qualified matches, all of that in 48 hours or less. These can either be top-quality individuals or even talented pre-assembled teams of freelancers. Lastly, when compared to Upwork and Toptal, you’ll find significant value when hiring developers through Hiremotely. To ensure a fair wage for both their freelancers and your company budget, Hiremotely provides software developers at an hourly rate starting at $30 with no additional hiring fees.
Cons of Hiring on Hiremotely
As with anything in life, there are of course, a few downsides to using Hiremotely. For example, the platform doesn’t offer any type of bidding process. So when matches are made for you, what you see is what you get. This means there is no rate negotiation and you will not be able to find the lowest bidder in your pool of prospects. There’s also a bit of a longer wait time when looking for potential hires on Hiremotely.
On freelance platforms such as Upwork, once you find a developer and have their workload ready, you can typically start working with them on the same day. However, it can take Hiremotely up to two days to provide you with matches for your company’s needs. And this is in addition to the time it takes to select and onboard your desired freelancer.
Choosing The Best Freelance Platform ( Toptal vs Freelancer vs Upwork vs Hiremotely)
In the end, when hiring freelance software developers, it’s always in the best interest of both parties to have a quality guarantee, as well as a fair pay rate. With that said, when it comes to quality and affordability, Hiremotely offers the best of both worlds. With its software-specific vetting process, customized expert matchmaking, and equitable pay rates, Hiremotely might just be the best choice for your next software development project. Not only does Hiremotely aim to keep your company budget afloat, but it also works to keep hard-working software developers motivated and satisfied with their work.
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