Disputes over completed work are usually handled swiftly – although it’s important to have a clear job description (see below – Tips for posting jobs).In our experience v Worker is best for getting project based work completed.Payments: based on hours worked, or completed jobs.Fees: The fee is 10% of the employer’s payment to Upwork which equates to 11.11% on top of the amount paid to the contractor.Note that in 2013, o Desk merged with Elance although both websites retained their separate identities.How it works: When you hire a worker you need to create payment milestones, as milestones are completed, payment is released. Fees: Here’s where it gets messy: Our experience: Better for project based work (one off jobs).
In addition, there is a one-time account activation fee to set up an Employer account.
Easy to use, and suited to smaller jobs – “The average job is under US0, making outsourcing for the first time extremely cost effective for small businesses.
How it works: Pay only for verified time spent working for you – Upwork’s Work Diary software allows you to see each of team members activity levels (keyboard and mouse activity), and feedback, as well as web cams and screenshots of their computer to make workers more accountable.
For hourly work, Upwork is possibly the best option.
For one off project based work Guru and are great options as they have a process where you upload funds into escrow (giving the provider and reassurance).
Guru is great if you are looking for a US based provider.