Where to Hire Web Developers: 45+ Online Marketplaces

March 3, 2019

Where to Hire Web Developers

Updated: March 27th, 2019

When new people come to me with a project request I’m always curious how they’ve found me in the vast open space that is the internet. Some have been through Ads, lots via a social network such as LinkedIn, and many have been direct referrals. But what happens as a business owner if you don’t have any of these sources that can help you, where do you start looking? You’re in luck, this is exactly why I wrote this list on where to hire web developers.

It is my goal to give you as many avenues as possible to search for a developer that will fit with your business goals and identity, but please do your research before actually hiring a web developer from one of these sites. I will be releasing a Guide on How do I hire a Web Developer, so make sure to look for that in the coming weeks.

Since I have experience with a few of these companies personally, let’s start with them first…

Codeable is a hub for hiring world-class developers and is the #1 online outsourcing service for WordPress. With WordPress making up 1/3 of websites on the internet today, this is probably where you’ll want to start looking. I have worked on the platform as web developer for almost 2 years now and can attest to the character of pre-vetted developers, Codeable’s excellent client service and their quality guarantee.

While LinkedIn is a social networking site, it is targeted specifically to the business community which makes this a good place to look for developers. You can search by job title and even location if you’d like to look for someone local. Once you’ve checked out a developers resume you can contact them for more information or request samples of work.

#3 - Fiverr

This online marketplace for freelance services contains much more than just web development. You can hire someone to run your social media, translate text, perform data entry, and even help grow your website with SEO. I used a graphic design artist from Fiverr to create the logo for Phantom Freelance. The process was easy and straightforward and I would use them again in a pinch.

OTHER WELL KNOWN FREELANCE SITES

#4 - Toptal

This site is similar to Codeable in that it’s an exclusive network made up of designers, software developers, product/project managers, and finance experts.

#5 - Upwork

Formerly known as Elance, Upwork is a global freelancing platform where businesses and freelance professionals collaborate remotely. They offer experts in categories such as: Web and mobile development, Design, Writing, Admin support, Customer Service, Marketing and Accounting.

#6 - Freelancer

Formerly RentACoder, ScriptLance and vWorker, Freelancer is an online job marketplace that helps freelancers and employers collaborate remotely for mutual benefit. The most common categories are: Website Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing and Mobile Apps.

#7 - Clarity

If you’re not sure what next steps to take in your business or are running a startup, then Clarity is a good place to start looking. You can hire one of their professionals and get advice from a leading expert. You pay by the length of the call so you won’t be penalized if you only have a few questions or decide it’s not for you.

#8 - PeoplePerHour

Another community of international freelancers that will help your business succeed. They offer fixed-price projects so you can test out ideas cost effectively.

ADDITIONAL PLACES TO SEARCH FOR FREELANCERS

99designs

If you need a mock up for your web development project you can find a designer here.

Andela

You’ll find Africa’s top software developers at Andela. They’ll handle talent assessment, onboarding and continuous improvements.

Aquent

Will match you with talent familiar with your creative, development, marketing and technical challenges.

AwesomeWeb

Need help with logo/web design, WordPress, Web Apps, Book Covers or increasing page speed, AwesomeWeb has you covered.

Broxer

Located in India, you can find a wide variety of freelance categories to hire experts from.

Catalant

This platform is used to access skills and expertise from external and internal talent pools, and then put them to work on what you need done.

Codementor

On-demand marketplace for software developers, find a developer for live programming help and freelance jobs.

Coding Ninjas

A network of vetted developers and designers located in eastern Europe and Israel.

Craigslist

You’ve most likely used this website to search for a used car or furniture but did you know you can look for people offering development services as well? Just remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to hiring a web developer online.

Dice

Using their TalentSearch functionality you can pinpoint your ideal tech candidate.

Dribble

Formerly crew.io, you can hire product designers, front-end developers and graphic artists.

Envato Studio

A community of developers, designers and creatives are ready and waiting to help you with your project.

Freelancers

If you’re looking to outsource your development work to India this website has a small collection of resumes you can look over, or you can directly post your project.

Giggrabbers

A platform to hire freelancers, search from many categories such as: Graphic Design, Website Development, Mobile App Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Content Marketing, Photography & Video, Social Media Marketing and Admin Support.

Gigster

Is an invite-only network of world-class designers, developers and product managers.

Gun.io

Offers a community of triple-vetted freelancers. You can connect with them in 48 hours or less.

Guru

Find and hire freelancers of all types on Guru. Programmers & Developers, Designers & Artists, Writers, Translators, Sales & Marketing, Engineers, Finance Gurus, Lawyers and more.

Learning Dollars

Fill out a simple form similar to a MadLib and you’ll be sent intros from vetted engineers that match your project description.

oDesk Work

Find freelancers to tackle any project, any time and within any budget.

Outsource.com

Choose to either have a developer do everything for you, or to contact a freelancer directly for help to do it yourself.

PHP Classes

As the name suggests, the prime focus of this site is on PHP language specifically. You can post your PHP job in the boards, or recruit a developer for your needs.

Scalable Path

Is a staffing agency committed to customer support and boasts a platform with over 7,000 developers and digital pros.

Spottask

While they don’t appear to offer web development off the bat, they do offer a number of supporting services like graphic design, writing, SEO, marketing, video & audio and eBooks.

Truelancer

Connect and collaborate with remote experts spread across the globe.

X-Team

Is a development company made up of programmers, developers, engineers and coders form around the world.

WorknHire

Hire experts from India to handle PHP, Java, Content Writing, Graphic Design, Data Entry and more.

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There you have it, all the places I could find online on where to hire web developers. If you know of any website that’s been left out, please let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to add it to the list.

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4 Comments

  1. Norma on September 14, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Good thoughts. I’ve worked as a freelance programmer for quite some time, back when Odesk was the thing and even before that, but started to realise that new kids offer something that old platforms don’t seem to care about cause they’re so big and famous. Insolvo for one claims that they use AI that helps to get a better client-pro match. Donno if it’s a gimmick but so far seems to work just fine!

    • Karen Gill on September 30, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks for your input Norma! I will have to look into Insolvo and add it to my list above.

  2. Tradesouthwest on March 26, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Karen, Thanks for the info. There are not enough _good_ places to find good programmers which, I find very interestingly absurd since the world runs on the Internet now days; thus one would expect a plethora of such outsource portals. The peeps at Codeable.io really have their stuff together and are far ahead of the competition, because they did everything the right way. They might be the working example of __doing_it_right and are way far ahead of anyone else in quality of work.

    By my observations, there is a lack of outsourcers honestly treating programmers like human beings… I believe this is because most outsourcing managers do not want to get personally involved in the “abilities” of an individual. They may think it is a bottleneck and slows down the process of hiring. I have tried hiring devs in a few of the ones you mention above and was surprised as to how lacklustre the “developers” were and even more surprised that the work was not worth what they charged.

    All the best experiences I have had are from Codeable as they actually get involved with the programmers, which they call their Experts, and audit the goals and techniques the Expert will be using to navigate between client and developer. Conclusively, screening and growing company workers is worth ever penny of time.

    A few more that I have had good luck with:

    – https://www.phpclasses.org/jobs/ is a hub for hiring and for working programmers. Been around a very long time. Some nice big and small jobs… some permanent telecommute/freelancing.
    – https://www.workmarket.com/ is mostly for hardware techs that like working independently in a freelancer sort of work. Very well established company and they connect with the biggest of corps. You will find mostly hardware services but I had good luck with firmware, network admin and software for desktops and servers. These jobs are all on site but you can work from your own home seeing that their online app is extremely useful and handles all the paper work.
    – Also there is Dubai Expo 2020. You can search around and there seems to be tons of programming jobs of all types.

    • Karen Gill on March 27, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      Thank you for your first hand insight into some of the above mentioned companies, especially your thoughts and kudos regarding Codeable.

      I agree that there are definitely a lot of lacklustre outsourcing companies out there, which is why I encourage people to do their own research before hiring. Hopefully more companies out there will follow Codeable’s lead and create a platform that benefits both the client and the developer in all aspects of a project; Speed, Quality and Value.

      Great suggestions as well. Workmarket looks to be a software more than an actual place to hire developers, but I will add your others to my list!

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