People4Business.com is a UK based online services marketplace. Businesses use it to find contractors, consultants and freelancers in any industry and sector. They provide a complete recruitment service which can include posting assignments, advertising positions and sourcing skilled candidates.
With a catchy domain name and a very different business model – it doesn't charge any commission on project fees - iFreelance appears to be an interesting alternative to bigger players such as oDesk and Elance. The site's marketing pitch is that, since they do not rely on commissions, communication is much more open there than at the bulk of competing online job marketplaces; and you will always pay the same to use the site, no matter how much you're making.
Freelancefree.com is a fee free freelancing marketplace which offers employers and freelancers the opportunity to post projects or bid on projects for free. At the time of review the site had over 100 active projects listed, 4500 employers and over 12,000 freelancers. The site shows potential and is certainly one to watch in the future, but its still a long way behind the leaders in the field, probably useful for freelancers to pick up some extra work - but unlikely to be enough to make a living.
At the end of June 2010, RentaCoder was rebranded vWorker. One of the top programming job markets on the web, it is expanding its focus to compete with other freelance marketplaces that have launched since the site was founded in 2001. vWorker currently connects over 300,000 freelance workers with over 150,000 buyers. There are currently over 2,700 open jobs on the site. This is one of the safest places to work, as the use of the escrow system is mandatory for every single project.
This site maintains a solid activity base, with 100 projects listed over the last month. Over 100 categories of freelance jobs are listed on project4hire.com, from writing to software development and much more. 17,000 plus daily page views make this Phoenixville, PA based website one of the more popular online job markets around.The site has over 36,000 freelance workers and 8,000 buyers. This puts it up there as a site worth using, particularly for those who want to avoid the big 4.
LimeExchange is a part of Lime Labs LLC, the same people behind the hugely popular Lime Wire P2P music downloading network. With $5,680,500 worth of Jobs Posted, 63,814 Freelancers from 181 Countries on file, and over 20,000 unique visitors per month, LimeExchange is an established player among freelance job markets. The site has over 5,000 active projects available for bidding, putting it well up there in the top 10 freelancing sites in terms of buyer activity. A strong management team, a powerful 'engine' and strong PR efforts make LimeExchange one of the best up and coming sites.
Owned by an unknown UK individual, Joomla Freelance is a certified rarity. It is a site that doesn´t charge ANY FEES or COMMISSIONS, PERIOD. Now, we all know how popular that can make one in the online job marketplace arena. However, there were only about ten active projects on the site at the moment of writing this review. All jobs which were posted had bids, so we aren't ready to write Joomla Freelance off just yet. If you are in the market for modifications, enahncements or a webmaster for your Joomla! website, then Joomla freelance could be worth a try.
Though it never really got off the ground properly, this site has plummeted over the last 12 months. At the moment of writing this review, there was only one active job posting; and a commission-based sales posting at that... Need I say more? For now, we cannot recommend Freelance Center as a credible freelance marketplace for the time being.
Once a fairly active site, Freelanceauction.com has recently experienced a drop in unique visitors from 4,000 to less than 1,000 per month. The site currently features only a handful of open jobs and even less bids. A $29.95 signup fee for freelancers coupled with a total of 15% commission payable on each project means we think the hammer has fallen on freelance auction!
EU Freelance merged with Freelancer.com on 21/01/2011
In 2008, outsourcing giant Freelancer.com decided to tackle the European market by launching EUFREELANCE.COM. The two sites share virtually the same interface, but EUFREELANCE offers local payment options in several locations around Europe, and all pay rates are presented in Euro. In fact, if you select “I want to be paid in Euro” on the Freelancer site, you will be automatically directed to EUFREELANCE. Thanks to this clever strategy, the site has quickly hit the 100,000 users mark with transactions through it presently amounting to 57,000 Euro.