What are the best resources for hiring specialists in various areas (developers, designers, copywriters, legal, etc.)? - Josh Loe

What are the best resources for hiring specialists in various areas (developers, designers, copywriters, legal, etc.)?

We’re all aware of the common freelance marketplaces like Upwork, Fiverr, etc., but it can be difficult to find top notch talent on those websites. I’ve had more success using tailored communities that are based around a specific skill or industry rather than contracting in general. I’m looking for suggestions in coming up with a list of the best such options out there. Here’s my list so far:

**General contracting**

*Upwork* – Largest website for digital contractors. Has developers, marketers, designers, etc. Robust reviews. As the largest platform, it scam artists and low-quality shops who have paid someone to set up an enticing profile with fake reviews are common.

*Fiverr* – Cheapest option for contractors, and in my opinion, the quality is reflected in that. Named for the ability to get freelance work done for $5.

*Thumbtack* – Find contractors for basically anything, including blue collar services. Emphasis is on local.

*Remote.com* – Job posting of sorts for people who are looking to work remotely. Seems to have a wide variety of professionals and skillsets and has staffed some reputable companies. Seems like a decent option to find some of the more niche disciplines like marketing and copywriting.

*Linkedin* – several users have suggested using the ProFinder feature on Linkedin. First month is free, then it costs $60/mo.

**Software development**

*Toptal* – freelance marketplace focused on developers. Unlike Upwork, is not an open marketplace. Toptal claims to do their own quality control and only works with the “top 3%”of freelancers. Somewhat higher prices because of this.

*Gigster* – Backed by well-respected firms and counting Fortune 100 companies as clients, Gigster offers an all-in-one solution that can offer design and product management in addition to development. Top dollar option (expect to shell out $50k+ for a simpler project), but quality is top-notch.

*Clutch.co* – Doesn’t offer dev freelancers themselves, more of a Yelp for freelance dev shops. Reviews here seem to be more legit than on Upwork. I have used this personally to find freelance devs in the past and would use them again. Free.

**Design**

*Dribbble* – Community for designers to host portfolios and show off their work, which also makes it a great place to find designers who look like a good fit for your project. It’s free to reach out to designers yourself or you can post a job for a couple hundred bucks.

*Artstation* – similar to Dribbble, but appears to be more illustration and entertainment design-based. Free to reach out to designers yourself or post a job for $500+.

*CreativeMarket* – Pre-made designs that you can license and use, or use those designs to find designers you like.

*99Designs* – Design marketplace with some top-notch designers. Ability to request endless edits and set up contests for designers to submit proposals for your project. 100% money back satisfaction guarantee.

*CreativeGuild (creativemornings.com)* – Just launched on ProductHunt, looks like a promising option with a directory of over 200,000 creatives of various skillsets.

**Legal**

*Avvo* – Yelp for lawyers. Find lawyers in any speciality. I have had good experience finding lawyers for contracts, NDAs, etc. here. Doesn’t seem to be the cheapest option, but also not the most expensive and legal is generally not where you want to skimp.

**Copywriting**

*Reddit.com/r/hireawriter* – Fairly self-explanatory, seems like a pretty small sub but good quality and a good way to get to know a writer before hiring.

*CreativeGuild (creativemornings.com)* – Just launched on ProductHunt, looks like a promising option with a directory of over 200,000 creatives of various skillsets.

**Marketing**

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**SEO**

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Looking for more suggestions to fill out this list. I’ll add to the post as people comment.



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