On Freelancer, it is free to post a project, receive bids from freelancers, and review freelancers' portfolios. Employers will only be charged once they award a project and the freelancer accepts. For fixed-price projects, the fee is 3.3% or A$3.30 (whichever is greater). For hourly projects, a 3.3% fee will be levied on each payment made to the freelancer.
If employers are interested in learning more about Freelancer's fees, advanced features, and add-ons, such as sealed bids, IP and NDA agreements, full-time postings, and more, read through Freelancer's fees and charges breakdown.
*Freelancer offers users a one-month free trial of the Plus plan.
Freelancer is an international marketplace where over 50 million employers and freelancers come together to connect, share, and collaborate. With Freelancer, Australian employers can post projects for free and browse through an impressive list of freelancers who specialize in a range of fields, including marketing, logistics, and IT.
Compared to local competitors like SEEK and Adzuna, Freelancer stands out as the more affordable option with the best features for remote work. However, despite its popularity, SEEK still outshines as the highest viewed job board in Australia.
- Freelancer does not charge employers to post a project.
- Australian employers can browse through candidate profiles, live chat, view bids, compare proposals, and track projects' progress.
- Freelancer helps connect employers and job seekers in over 247 countries, making it the ideal platform for those looking to hire short-time and/or remote workers.
- Employers can choose to pay according to set goals or for complete projects.
- Job categories include law, logistics, sales, marketing, and design, among others.
- Employers have highlighted that some freelancers are unqualified. Users are encouraged to thoroughly vet all freelancers and be vigilant for any fraudulent behavior.
- Customer support hours are not specified on the website.
- Freelancers are also warned to be vigilant about scam-like activity and only work with employers who have been verified.
We found more than 9,000 user reviews on Sitejabber with an average rating of 4.61 stars. The majority of reviewers were satisfied with the company's excellent customer support and employer features. However, some customers have complained about wrongful deductions and scam behavior from unverified employers and freelancers.
Additionally, we found over 7,000 reviews on Trustpilot which awarded Freelancer an average rating of 4.6 stars. An overwhelming number of reviewers praised the platform's good support and intuitive features.
How to Post a Project on Freelancer:
Five easy steps for posting a project on Freelancer.
Posting a project on Freelancer.
Click on "Post a Project" on the home page.
You'll find this in the top right-hand corner of the home page.
Enter all of the details about the project.
Fill in your project name and a basic description of what you need to be done. You can also upload any files or images. When you have completed these details, click on "Next."
Select the type of posting you want to create.
You can choose to post your project and receive five quotes, or you can post a contest and crowdsource ideas. You will also need to select a payment option or a budget for the freelancer you will eventually hire.
Select the type of project you would like to post.
You can post a standard project for free or pay for a Freelancer consultant to help you find the right fit. Once you have made your selection, you can review the details of your post.
Post your project.
After reviewing your project details, click on "Yes, post my project." You will then need to register or sign in to your Freelancer account.
Freelancer vs. Adzuna:
While Adzuna is limited to 16 countries, including Australia, Freelancer is an Australian-based company that covers over 247 countries, regions, and territories. Between the two competitors, Adzuna is the best fit for those looking to advertise multiple jobs, whereas Freelancer is an excellent choice for hiring freelancers.
Freelancer vs. SEEK:
SEEK is one of the most popular job boards in Australia. Freelancer, on the other hand, is a globally recognized online marketplace that only advertises projects for freelance workers. Between the two competitors, Freelancer is the more affordable choice and it offers advanced features.
Freelancer vs. Designhill:
Similar to Freelancer, Designhill allows employers to post projects on their site and browse through potential freelancers. However, unlike Freelancer, Designhill predominantly caters to graphic designers and does not offer a free plan. With Freelancer, employers can post graphic design projects and so much more at no charge.
What is Freelancer?
How do I create a Freelancer account?
To create an account where you can manage Freelancer projects, click on "Sign Up" on the home page. Enter your email address to create an account.
How much does it cost to post a project on Freelancer?
While it is free to post projects on Freelancer, a fee of 3.3% is levied on all projects undertaken by freelancers.
How can I edit a Freelancer posting?
To edit your Freelancer project postings, log in to your account, and open the posting you would like to change. Click on "Save Changes" before closing.
How can I delete a Freelancer posting?
To delete one of your projects, simply click on the "Delete" button next to the posting in your list of jobs.
How can I find good candidates on Freelancer?
Do I have to pay upfront when using candidates from Freelancer?
No. You will only be required to make payment once you are completely satisfied with their work.