Upwork and Fiverr Alternatives to Try in 2024

Looking for freelancers? Don’t limit your search to a couple of outsourcing platforms. Here are the best Upwork and Fiverr alternatives to explore in 2023!

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September 8, 2023

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Are you looking for freelance talents? Don’t just go with the obvious choices. Discover some of the best Upwork and Fiverr alternatives!

Fiverr and Upwork are probably the most common places where businesses and freelancers connect. 

Upwork, is known for a more rigorous vetting process, based on both skills and demand (since it has over 12 million registered freelancers, the demand for their area of work is now taken into account before they can join the platform).

Fiverr started out as a marketplace for small, cheap gigs (that cost as little as $5), but quickly became Upwork’s main competitor. 

However, because they are so popular Fiverr and Upwork have become overcrowded: both by freelancers and those hiring. So, it can be difficult to wade through so many candidates. Additionally, since most employers are also familiar with these platforms, there’s a good chance your preferred freelancer won’t be available for work.

We’re looking at websites like Upwork and Fiverr where you can easily hire your next freelance collaborator!

Best alternatives to Fiverr and Upwork

We’ll start this list of alternatives to Fiverr and Upwork with general freelancing marketplaces where you can find an array of different services.

1. Freelancer

Freelancer is by no means a less famous Upwork and FIverr alternative, as it’s been around since 2009 and today boasts a whopping 50 million users. It’s been used by some huge players such as Amazon, Facebook and Deloitte.

It’s a great place to find all sorts of professional services related to digital marketing, web design and development, but also freelance legal professionals.

When it comes to service fees, Freelancer is free for freelancers to join, but they are required to pay a commission of 10% or $5.00 USD (whichever is greater) for fixed projects and 10% for hourly projects.

Those hiring freelancers on this platform are required to pay a fee of 3% or $3.00 USD (whichever is greater) for individual projects.


  • Huge marketplace with lots of freelancers and employers
  • An application that tracks working hours


  • High commission fees
  • Can be difficult to get jobs as a beginner

2. Toptal

Toptal boasts a rigorous vetting process, with only the top 3% of freelancers being allowed to join the platform. So while you might have fewer options with this platform, you can rest assured that you’ll have your pick of top talents.

The services available on Toptal are slightly more limited than some of the other options. Toptal allows you to hire freelancers in these industries: development, design, finance, product managers and project managers. 

Toptal has a slightly different payment system than websites like Fiverr, Upwork and Freelancer. You’re required to pay a deposit of $500 before you make your first hire; after you decide on the freelance job and the person to do it, you can make payments using this money. If you decide to back out at any point, you’ll get the full refund of all or the remaining funds.

Thanks to the vetting process, Toptal is free for freelancers to join, however, it also seems to charge very high commissions (sometimes as high as 100%). For this reason, you might find that freelancers’ rates are on the higher end with this platfor


  • High-quality professionals
  • A smaller area of specialized fields


  • Very high commission, meaning freelancers’ rates are usually also heftier
  • Difficult to get in, if you have little experience

3. Twine

Twine is a younger freelance marketplace, founded in 2013. They connect employers with creatives from the world of graphic design, digital marketing and web development.

Twine offers two pricing options for freelancers: free (which offers more limited access to jobs and pitches), and a pro subscription ($7.49 per month billed annually). Pro members also don’t pay any additional transaction fees, so it can be a great option for professionals looking to switch to freelancing full time.

Clients are required to pay a deposit before they can order a project, and the money is held by Twine until the final delivery has been completed.  


  • Good for finding creative professionals
  • Affordable subscription plan for freelancers to avoid transaction fees


  • Fairly young platform, so it might not have as many potential clients as some of the other ones

4. Guru

Although Guru is a general freelance marketplace, the areas in which it is probably best known are content creation, translation and copywriting.

Guru has a rather comprehensive pricing plan for freelancers, ranging from free to $50 per month. The pricing corresponds to the number of bids on a monthly and annual level, transaction fees (higher with lower plans) and amount of boost credit (Guru allows freelancers to boost their profiles in order to rank higher than other freelancers).

Guru is completely free for employers to post unlimited jobs, however, there is a 2.9% transaction fee charged with each payment. However, there is a way to avoid the fee, by using eCheck.

Guru is definitely not the most popular platform for finding graphic designers and developers, but thanks to the low fees, it could be a great option for starting your search with some of the previously mentioned areas.


  • Totally free to post and search for jobs
  • Comprehensive pricing plan to fit individual needs
  • Limited choice for areas like graphic design and development

5. Hubstaff Talent

This website is a great Fiverr alternative, since it’s very easy to sign up, and there’s quite a range of hourly rates (including, surprisingly low ones, such as $5 or even $2 per hour).

This means that for employers it can be a place to find inexpensive workers, but freelancers might not always get paid what they deserve (or will miss out on opportunities because there are people charging less). Nevertheless, the platform has thousands of skilled professionals, so it’s definitely a good place to start your search.

It also provides opportunities for full-time work, so it’s a good solution for those wanting to make long-term relationships. Also, it’s totally free!


  • You can post/find full-time work as well as one-off gigs
  • Free (no commission or admin fees)


  • Hourly rates can be quite low
  • No significant vetting process
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6. SEOClerks

Optimizing your website with SEO-friendly content is a great way to boost organic traffic, and ultimately get more leads and conversions.

If you’re not ready to make the commitment with a full-time employee, SEO Clerks is a great place to find all sorts of experts, from content writers to programmers, and social media admins.

The freelancers are split into several levels and provide different aspects of the service, such as guarantees, video content and offers on sale. It’s also similar to Fiverr in the sense that the prices range from a few dollars to a few hundred.


  • Specialized marketplace for digital marketing specialists
  • Wide range of services and options


  • No vetting process at all, high risk of scams
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7. Credo

Credo is a specialized platform for finding digital marketing specialists, such as content writers, PPC and SEO experts, social media managers and more. Credo has a level system by which freelancers are vetted, so it’s very easy to find the person with the desired experience level.

The idea behind Credo is to connect small businesses with people who will actually help them boost their marketing efforts (and likely to create long-standing relationships). That’s why the whole process of finding a freelancer on Credo is a little more personal: you’ll get to discuss your needs with one of the team members via phone and create a project scope. As an employer, you don’t pay any extra charges to Credo.

As a freelancer, it can be a little more challenging to get onto this platform, due to their rigorous, yet transparent vetting process. But once you do get it, it can mean better-fitting opportunities and more regular work. It’s also open to agencies to join their network, not just individual consultants. Of course, the same vetting process applies.


  • Great vetting process


  • It can be expensive

8. People Per Hour

People Per Hour is a UK freelancing marketplace, although it goes without saying that anyone can use it to find remote work, or hire freelancers. There are dozens of different categories, making this one of the best alternatives to Fiverr and Upwork you can find.

There are 3 ways to hire people on this platform. You can post a project and receive candidate applications, contact freelancers and request a proposal, or purchase prepaid bundles (like you would on Upwork and Fiverr).


  • It’s free to join .
  • Certified professionals
  • Freelancers can get endorsements from people who are not on the platform.


  • The platform fees are high for freelancers - 24% of a job under $250, which includes VAT.
  • Buyers also have to pay a fee of 10% of what they’re paying.

9. Truelancer

Truelancer offers a user-friendly interface and a comprehensive project management system, making it easy for clients to post jobs and freelancers to bid on them. One significant advantage of Truelancer is its lower service fees, making it more cost-effective for both clients and freelancers compared to its competitors. 


  • Lower service fees, making it cost-effective for both clients and freelancers.


  • Smaller user base compared to other alternatives to Fiverr and Upwork, potentially limiting the availability of niche skills.
  • Lack of an extensive vetting process for freelancers, leading to varying levels of customer service quality.

10. Outsourcely

As an alternative to Fiverr and Upwork, Outsourcely offers fewer categories. However, as a much smaller platform it can be a good way to start out with freelance work.

The pricing structure is somewhat different than the other Fiverr and Upwork alternative - there are no commission fees, but a fixed monthly subscription that allows you to post jobs or hire freelancers.


  • No commission fees - easier to plan your budget.


  • Depending on the number of jobs you post, the subscription can be expensive.
  • Vetting process is not as rigorous.

Where to outsource graphic design

Most of these websites like Upwork and Fiverr allow you to hire freelancers with a vast range of skill sets: from content writing to project management and web development.

However, as a graphic design company, our expertise lies in finding the best freelance graphic designers. So, we’ve done our fair share of research when it comes to finding the best ways to outsource graphic design. Here are some of the best platforms out there.

11. ManyPixels

We often like to say that with an unlimited design service like ManyPixels you get the best of both worlds: the diversity and affordability of working with freelancers, together with the reliability of a professional design service. Our service hires the top 2% of designers, so you never have to worry about tedious screening processes.

We’ll always assign your projects to a designer with the most fitting skills and experience. And the best part is that you pay the same flat rate every month, no matter how many designs or revisions you request!


  • Top quality designer for each project
  • Fast turnaround: just 1-2 business days for most requests
  • Project managers that assist with the design process
  • Affordable


  • If you just need a one-off project, it might be more expensive than hiring a freelancer.


12. Dribbble

If you want to hire a designer, you must see their portfolio. Dribbble is a portfolio platform, specifically for graphic designers. Thanks to its user-friendly layout it’s a delight to browse.

A word of caution: not everyone on Dribbble will be open for work. Sometimes the designers are already full-time employees somewhere else and only use Dribbble to store and showcase their work for future purposes.

You’ll also need to agree on a framework for tracking work, deliverables, payment, etc, since Dribbble is not a traditional alternative to freelance sites. However, designers can subscribe to one of Dribbble’s paid plans, which allows them to sell artwork through this platform.


  • A large pool of talented designers
  • You can sell designs directly through the platform


  • You need additional software for managing freelancers/hiring
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13. Behance

Behance is very similar to Dribbble (it’s another portfolio platform), but offers a much wider range of design projects, from interior design to web design and photography. 

Behance also allows you to post jobs and allows candidates to apply directly through the platform. Again, the management of the project itself is up to you, but when it comes to having a range of options, few platforms can compete with Behance’s huge community of designers.


  • Different types of designers
  • A vast range of projects showcased
  • You can post jobs and use multiple search filters such as location, school or creative field for finding freelancers


  • It can be difficult to get discovered on Behance, but you can always apply to jobs directly.
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14. 99 Designs

There are several sites like 99Designs, but this is definitely the one that made design contests famous. In fact, there are two ways to get design done through the platform. You can browse and search through their community of designers and approach them with your request directly. Or, you can start a design contest and get submissions from different designers. You can choose one to pay for or simply get your money back.

Freelancers can join for free, but there are commission fees to pay for each project. When you first start working with a client, you have to pay a fixed price of $100 as an introduction fee (which is deducted from your client’s first $500 in payments).  


  • You can hire a designer or start a design contest
  • Professional designers


  • Slightly higher rates than on more general marketplaces
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15. Superside

Superside is a great alternative to hiring costly design agencies. They provide a graphic design and design consulting service at a flat rate, starting at $5,000 a month.There are many similar unlimited design companies that provide these services for a lot less.

Moreover, Superside has a credit-based pricing system. So, you are technically limited in the number of design requests you can make. However, Superside has lots of experience working with huge companies and corporations (Google, Reddit, Amazon, Meta to name a few). So, If this is you, be sure to check them out.


  • Full scope of design services for a flat monthly rate.
  • No contracts - flexible to scale up, down and cancel as you wish.


  • It’s somewhat expensive.

16. DesignCrowd

DesignCrowd works similarly to 99Designs. You can submit your design requests and get hundreds of design concepts within hours. Same as 99Designs, don’t expect the graphics to be a perfect match for your brand. However, the service allows you to request revisions and fine-tune initial results.

The cost of the project will depend on its complexity and the number of revisions/add-ons needed. The site states that posting a project costs up to $129 and a 4% transaction fee, which is the non-refundable part. Projects that cost $200 and over also include a 20% project fee.


  • It’s fast - you can get several concepts within hours.
  • You get a variety of options.


  • It’s not fully refundable.
  • Designers don’t have a knowledge of your brand.


Freelancing is one of the most cost-effective, easiest way to get graphic design. Nevertheless, outsourcing on freelancing platforms has its downsides. If you require designs regularly, freelance design services can quickly become expensive. Read more about it in our comparison of graphic design service providers.

On top of that, although most services like Fiverr and Upwork vet the candidates for you, finding the right freelancer is always time-consuming.

With an unlimited graphic design service like ManyPixels, you’ll get matched with a designer whose skills best fit your needs: whether it's social media graphics, illustrations, or web design - we've got  you covered! Plus you can get everything you need designed at a fixed monthly rate!

Having lived and studied in London and Berlin, I'm back in native Serbia, working remotely and writing short stories and plays in my free time. With previous experience in the nonprofit sector, I'm currently writing about the universal language of good graphic design. I make mix CDs and my playlists are almost exclusively 1960s.

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