Freelancer is a website that hosts one of the largest gatherings of freelancers and companies from around the world, featuring more than 45 million professionals from more than 247 countries. On the website, employers can find freelancers for projects in the areas of writing, software development, design, data entry, science, engineering, marketing, sales, accounting and even legal services. In addition to the main categories, there are thousands of sub-categories, even ones as obscure as flashmob and feng shui. There have been more than 16 million job posted on Freelancer since its creation.
Toptal is one of the biggest online networks for freelancers. Companies and individuals hire freelance finance experts, product managers, project manages, and software developers from Toptal to help with their projects. What makes Toptal different from any other freelance marketplace is that they hire only the top 3% of all applicants, which ensures that all freelancers are top experts in their field, many of whom used to work for big-name companies, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Lego, SpaceX, etc.
In today’s economy, more and more people are seeking other avenues of income, and one of the most common options is doing freelance work. This work is purely up to the individual, based on their skill set, and can include services such as commissioned artwork, writing, editing, composing or producing music, tutoring and much more. Roughly 60% of the US working population have turned to freelancing as opposed to traditional 9 - 5 jobs. This number is predicted to increase as both companies and individuals alike are beginning to see the benefits of freelancing.