It is not easy to win your clients' hearts, providing them what they are looking for and at what cost they will appreciate. Let's see the hiring and pricing strategies of the top five freelance platforms to understand things more accurately.

The hiring process at Upwork

It provides two options to hire a graphic designer on this freelancing platform:

  • Post a job listing and see freelancers respond to it.
  • Else, check their profiles manually and reach your desired support.

Upwork Pricing

It has three plans:

  1. Basic (Free) : 3 freelancers per job post + safe payment options + transaction reporting
  2. Plus ($49.99/month): 15 freelancers per posting + dedicated account management + advanced collaboration features
  3. Business ($499/month): unlimited invites to freelancers + premium customer support + advanced job post and talent sourcing tools

In addition to the membership fees, Upwork charges a flat 3% processing fee on all payments made to the designers.

The hiring process at Freelancer

  1. Post a job listing and screen the freelancers that apply.
  1. Conduct contests where freelancers can share their ideas, and you have to pick the best one.
  2. Find through their search filters to identify freelancers best matching your requirements and reaching out to them directly. Pricing

It has four membership plans:

  1. Intro Plan ($0.87/month): 15 bids per month + unlimited project bookmarks
  2. Basic Plan ($4.59/month): 50 bids per month + preferred freelancer + 3 highlighted contest entries
  3. Plus Plan ($10.18/month): 100 bids per month + daily withdrawal requests +5 highlighted contest
  4. Professional Plan ($27.91/month): 300 bids per month + 15 highlighted contest entries + premium freelancer insights

The hiring process at Fiverr

It is simple:

  1. Post a job listing and see freelancers respond.
  2. Go through a freelancer’s profile and reach out to the one you think fine to work with.

Fiverr Pricing

All purchases on Fiverr are subjected to a $2 service fee for work up to $40, and a 5% fee for services above $40.

The hiring process at 99design

  1. You are required to post the job requirement.
  2. Brief the freelance designer who submit their pitches.
  3. Choose the one you like the most and hire for your freelance project.

99designs Pricing

It allows you to choose one of these three fixed-price membership packages.

  1. Gold ($599/month): for 90 design concepts
  2. Silver ($299/month): for 60 design concepts
  3. Bronze ($199/month): for 30 design concepts 

The hiring process at Toptal

Though with most strict screening, it is straightforward to go with:

  1. Submit a job posting with all your requirements.
  2. An expert from the Toptal team will connect with you.
  3. The team will allow a selection of freelancers that fit your job requirements.
  4. You can then select the one you see best for you.

Toptal Pricing

  • Once you choose a freelancer, you have to make a $500 deposit refunded once the job is finished.
  • You’ll have to pay the freelancer their hourly rate, in addition to the deposit.
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