The traditional concept of working from 9 to 5 is changing. It is projected that in 2027, 86.5 million people will be freelancing in the United States and will make up 50.9 percent of the total U.S. workforce. (Source: Statista) Besides the USA, there are many countries that also have an increased number of freelancers. Many countries are still not familiar with this type of work, so regulations need to be changed.
There are many ways in which freelancers find their jobs. Some are working on freelance platforms, and others are finding jobs directly from the companies. No matter what is your way of finding a freelance (remote) job, you should first research what the freelance market offer. Some of the freelance platforms are not free to use and require monthly memberships or credit to apply on the job posts. The freelance market has various platforms but some of them are most effective and popular among freelancers.
Popular freelance platforms in 2021 are:
Upwork is the most popular freelance platform among remote workers. In my opinion, you can find there many quality job posts and clients. It has efficient customer service chat, and many available ways to transfer your money from the website.
You can easily create a profile on Upwork by filling in all necessary details about your education, employment, and skills. You can read details about creating a profile in an article on my blog. If your profile isn’t approved you should try to change to skills that are representing your knowledge but are less present on Upwork. Eventually, you should research to find out what works best for you.
Upwork costs for the freelancers
Upwork has Free Basic Membership and Plus Membership.
Free Basic Membership includes 10 connects per month for sending job proposals. Unused connects roll over up to 200 connects. This type of membership also includes hourly protection to ensure you’re paid for each hour worked. I would point out that with this membership your profile will be hidden when you aren’t earning on Upwork for 1 month. When you are a newly registered freelancer you will get 80 connects.
Plus Membership costs $14.99 per month and includes 80 connects per month. Unused connects will roll over up to 140 connects. Your profile will not be set to hide in situations where you are not earning on Upwork for 1 month. You can hide your earnings on your profile, customize your profile URL, view other bids for job posts.
When you start a job contract and earn money Upwork will take some fees. When you earn the amount from $0 – $500 for the same client they will take 20% from that earning. For the amount from $500.01-$10,000 the fee is 10%, and for the $10,000.01 or more the fee is 5%. You can start many contracts with the same client and it will still count for the specific fee.
Upwork costs for employers
Clients are charged a fee of 3% on all payments for the Upwork Basic Membership. This type of membership is good for individuals or small businesses that are planning to hire a freelancer.
Upwork Plus Membership costs $49.99 per month, and also 3% on all transactions that clients have. This type of membership is suitable for ongoing projects. You will have the benefit of talent specialists that will help you with the hiring process by assisting you with your job posts and highlighting available freelancers and agencies who may be a good fit for your project. Your job post will stand out to top talent with Upwork Plus Badge. Also, you can invite up to 30 freelancers and agencies to your job post.
Upwork Enterprise Membership is the package for large businesses that do a lot of hiring on Upwork. Clients can align Upwork to their internal policies with configurable contracting features. You will have talent sourcing services are available and can assist you with outlining project requirements and selecting freelancers and agencies. The price for this type of membership depends on your organization’s needs, and you can schedule a call to get the info.
Fiverr is an online freelance platform where the job is billed from a minimum of $5 per project. Freelancers are paid per project, not hourly. There are no subscriptions or sign-up fees for freelancers. When you earn by selling some service, Fiverr will take 20% of every transaction.
Employers only pay the freelancer for services provided. Business Membership is free for the first year. Pricing is set by the freelancer and there is no space for negotiating unless you are ordering a custom package. Employers must browse through dozens of freelancers and their offers to find the right fit for their projects. If you order service under $40, you have to pay a $2 service charge. On services that are more than $40, you will pay 5% of the total price.
You can easily create a profile on this freelancer platform. It is the only difference that after you accept some job a commission will be charged no matter if the job will be finished or the client for some reason doesn’t release the amount. In my opinion, I recommend this platform as the last for finding remote jobs. There are many job posts that are not adequate or they are just spam. It takes a lot of patience and research for finding job posts to apply.
Freelancer.com also has membership options.
Basic membership plan is $4.95 per month. Some of the benefits include 50 bids per month, adding 50 skills, 3 free highlighted contest entries per month and 5 employer followings.
Plus membership plan is free for one month, and later is $9.95 per month. Some of the benefits include 100 bids per month, adding 80 skills, 10 employer followings, daily withdrawal requests, and 5 free highlighted contest entries per month.
Professional membership plan is $29.95 per month. Some of the benefits include 300 bids per month, adding 100 skills, 20 employer followings, daily withdrawal requests, and 15 free highlighted contest entries per month.
Premier membership plan is $69.95 per month. Some of the benefits include 700 bids per month, adding 400 skills, unlimited employer followings, daily withdrawal requests, and 30 free highlighted contest entries per month.
The fee structure of this platform depends on the type of job that you work on. The fixed projects fee is 10% of the total project cost. The hourly projects fee is 10% of your hourly rate. The contests fee is 10% of your earning. The services fee is 20%. The preferred freelancer program fee is 15%.
On this freelance platform, the fee for employers is less than the one for freelancers. The fixed projects fee is 3% of the total project cost. The hourly projects fee is 3%. For the contests and services, clients don’t have any fees other than just paying for the job service.
On the Guru, fees depend on the type of membership that you have. They start from 9% and they can be low as 5%.
Basic membership plan is free and the fee for the jobs is 9% and with 10 bids per month.
Basic+ membership plan is $11.95 per month with a job fee of 9% and with 50 bids per month.
Professional membership plan is $21.95 per month with a job fee of 7% and with 50 bids per month.
Business membership plan is $33.95 per month with a job fee of 6% and with 50 bids per month.
Executive membership plan is $49.95 per month with a job fee of 5% and with 50 bids per month.
For employers, it is free to create an account and post a job. When a client is paying an invoice the fee is 2.5%.