Freelance platforms help companies find and hire freelancers for temporary jobs or special projects. These platforms provide a market for companies to search for freelance candidate profiles based on their skills, experience, location, or other criteria. Alternatively, companies can also post a project description and request freelance proposals. These capabilities help companies of all sizes to outsource work on projects that require specialized skills or additional labor, freeing up full-time employees to focus on other business activities. Some platforms focus on hiring freelancers with certain skills, such as writing, designing, or programming, while others provide markets for professionals with a wide variety of skills.
Businesses typically use the hiring functionality of freelance platforms in conjunction with freelance management systems, which help businesses manage payments, availability, and project completion for all freelancers the business uses. Businesses that need more help finding freelancers can use the services of a recruiting or staffing agency rather than interacting directly with candidates through a standalone platform.
To qualify for inclusion in the Independent Platforms category, a product must:
Provide a portal for companies to post their employment needs and for freelancers to create profiles and describe their skills and experience.
Allow companies to search, filter and compare freelancers
Allow freelancers and companies to collaborate directly without third-party intervention
Allow companies to provide feedback on freelancers and their work.