Finding a quality freelance designer is not easy, but worth the investment.
Nor is it easy to know what you should pay attention to when you interview them. And perhaps it’s also challenging to know how much you should pay for a top freelance designer.
You have to find very honest, organized people who are effective communicators, and happen to be great designers as well. Most people you find are going to lack in some area that prevents them from being successful.
Freelance platforms add more transparency to the hiring process. You can easily find a freelancer’s reviews and portfolio in one place. Some platforms will even vet the talent for you.
Furthermore, working with freelancers allows you access to build a dream team faster. It takes an average of 47 days to fill a design position. But some freelance websites can help you find and place a qualified candidate in a week or less.
Hiring freelancer designers can also help you bring in niche experts when they’re needed. Finding a full-time “graphic designer who understands customer psychology, wireframing and UI prototyping and can use InVision, Webflow, Photoshop...” is near impossible. Finding a freelancer with this skillset is tremendously easier.
We’ve collected hundreds of reviews for more than 30 freelance websites (and counting). In the table below you’ll find a list of the top 10 best websites to hire a freelance designer.
Our ranking methodology is similar to Amazon’s ranking system. This is as follows:
From these ratings, we wrote an article about each platform. Some platforms pay us a commission at no extra cost to you. Like Consumer Reports, our research team is separate from the monetization team to reduce the review bias.
I recommend reading at least three reviews below to help you make an educated decision about which freelance platform is best for your needs. If you find our review helpful, we’d feel honored if you visited the website from our review. This is an easy way to say “thank you” to our team as we receive a commission from the platform, again at no cost to you.
With that, here are...