With more than 3.5 million claimed users, Freelancer.com claims to let you outsource "anything" at a fraction of what you'd normally pay. Here's a brief introduction.
What is Freelancer.com?
Freelancer.com is an online marketplace that makes it easy for businesses to hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design, engineering and the sciences, sales and marketing and accounting and legal services.
What does it replace?
Finding freelancers for one-off jobs is quite challenging. Freelancer.com endeavours to simplify the process. As you're choosing potential service providers from all over the world, you may find it's possible to get work done at lower rates than with local providers.
How much does it cost?
The cost is dependent on what sort of work you want done. But the average project is completed for under $200.
It's fair to say that freelancer.com attracts some controversy as many jobs that might be done in Australia end up going overseas to providers that undercut local work rates. However, there are many one-off jobs that businesses don't get done, like having new text written for your website, putting together a press release or having an app created to bring to life an idea.
Freelancer.com is certainly worth considering, but pay attention to recommendations on the site and ask to look at sample work. For freelancers, it can be a way to build a client base for your business so that you create a portfolio you can point future clients to.