Most startups simply don’t have the bandwidth to accomplish everything they want to with time to spare. But working with big, impersonal marketplaces to find freelance talent isn’t for everyone, either.
That’s why we asked a panel of startup founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what new freelance marketplaces they’ve had their eye on:
Q. With eLance and Odesk merging, what are some other freelance marketplaces for entrepreneurs to consider who would rather work with an up-and-comer in the space?
Their best answers are below:
Staff.com is a great alternative to oDesk and Elance. I believe it will become a big player in this space as it focuses on long-term engagements, rather than just quick gigs.
– Patrick Conley, Automation Heroes
TaskRabbit is an interesting tool to outsource the physical tasks you would rather not deal with, like grocery shopping or even building your IKEA furniture. It could be useful when you need to get something done in a hurry.
– Ronnie Castro, Porch
Naming itself Fiverr has forever associated the company with $5 dollar gigs, but the Gig Extras feature allows for larger and more customized jobs. Fiverr attracts a different talent pool than oDesk and Elance, so it’s worth checking out for creative vendors.
– Sam Saxton, Salter Spiral Stair and Mylen Stairs
4. Expertise-Specific Sites
At Speek, we like to look for specialized freelance marketplaces, rather than general ones like Elance and oDesk. For example, when looking for a strong designer, we use sites like Behance and Dribbble, which host online portfolios of talented designers. When looking for a talented developer, we’ll look at GitHub or the AngelList Talent feature.
– Danny Boice, Speek