If Fiverr is the biggest name of the best freelance websites, Upwork may be the most widely used.
It claims to have the largest pool of both buyers and sellers, and our research suggests that to be correct. Despite its size, it likes to offer the personal touch.
Buyers and sellers can conduct a mini ‘interview’ process with each other through the chat features before committing to work together, and the website has safeguards which screen against fraudulent accounts for added safety.
It also has a smart billing feature which allows workers to be paid by the hour rather than by the job, so long as they’re happy to be monitored whilst doing so.
Once trust is built between buyer and seller, it’s possible for a buyer to pre-fund an account for the seller to draw down from as each hour of work is completed.