25 Sources for Finding Contractors Online

Dont' be a lone wolf

As a growing small business, you’ve probably noticed that you can’t do everything, yourself. The internet has many avenues for hiring the talent that you require without taking on full-time employees. Whether you are in need of an administrative assistant, graphic designers, content creators, or programmers, the resources below will help you on stay on-target and focused on the big picture, instead of worrying over the details. 

Copywriter/Blogger 

BloggingPro BloggingPro includes talent in content-generating areas such as copywriting, SEO management, and blogging. BloggingPro features three tiers of very affordable job postings, including Free (15 days), Paid (30 Days), and Featured (30 Days, plus weekly showcase) 

JournalismJobs JournalismJobs is a global marketplace for all types of copywriting needs, in a variety of industries, such as editors, researchers, and page designers. 

Problogger Problogger is a community-based job board where you can post your work request, sit back, and let the applicants come to you. 

App Developer/Web/Graphics Designer 

99 Designs 99 Designs offers a tier-based “contest” where designers read the provided design brief, then compete for the prize offered. After 7 days, a winning design is chosen by the client. 99 Designs is also a great way to connect 1-on-1 with designers for future projects. 

AppBooker AppBooker offers experienced AppBooker mobile app developers, covering the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Palm, and Windows Mobile platforms. 

GetAppsDone GetAppsDone is a global job board for talented mobile developers including iOS; can pair up with ambitious companies. 

Matchist Matchist offers a small group of curated matches for submitted Web and App projects, as well as escrow payment security. Matchist employs a very stringent screening process to ensure the high skill level of each developer. 

NewAppIdea NewAppIdea is a community-based posting board where application ideas are matched up with developers who can bring the idea to fruition.

TheyMakeApps An appmaker’s showcase! Browse portfolios, save your favorites, and contact app creators, individually, to propose collaboration. 

Virtual Assistant

VirtualAssistants VirtualAssistants is a US-based company. It features no bidding on prescreened jobs in the United States and boasts an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. 

EPixelSoft EPixelSoft offers experienced assistants for full- and part-time opportunities . Placement available for Virtual Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Real Estate Virtual Assistants, Internet Research Assistants, and Data Entry Assistants.

vasumo Vasumo is an online resource for hiring virtual assistants as well as all types of content creation, including graphic design, web development, copywriting, video editing, social media, and marketing.

UAssistMe UAssistMe.co is a Central America-based company that offers accent-free, fully bilingual (English/Spanish), assistants. These prescreened assistants have been vetted with a background check. Assistants report to the UAssistMe.co facility, which has multiple internet connections and VOIP phone lines.

Zirtual Zirtual is a company based in the United States that advertises “Zirtual Assistants”, enthusiastic, prescreened virtual assistants who are certified in the US, but also available for global placement. 

Coder

Get a Coder Get a Coder is a cost effective job board that features worldwide Freelance Programmers, Web Designers and Freelance Writers for all of your outsourcing needs. Programming disciplines include C++, PHP, CSS, Java, and ASP.NET among others. gun.io Gun.io listens to your needs and chooses a well-suited developer from their talent pool to work with you! They offer project support and will help you estimate costs and stay on budget and on time.

PHPProgrammers An Australian-based company, PHP Programmers offers freelancers in virtually every programming language. There’s currently a 20% discount for your next project listed on the homepage. 

RentACoder Free to register and post a project, then professional programmers will bid and discuss the project and choose your developer(s)! You may even choose to work directly with them. 

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Craigslist The Jobs section of your local Craigslist is a great way to post your needs and find local freelancers ready to work!

Elance Free to post jobs and peruse profiles. With Elance, you only pay for approved work.

Envato Formerly Freelanceswitch, Envato has a longstanding reputation for matching up job providers with quality creatives.

Fiverr For the smaller jobs, Fiverr is a seriously cheap way to go! Each task comes in at just $5. Search the site for your needs, and you may just find a provider willing to do what you need, or at least get you started.

Freelancer Post your project and have freelancers bid to work with you. Then, chat real-time to collaborate. Payment is submitted when work is done to your complete satisfaction.

Freelancify Free to post jobs, and select the best bid to complete your project. Payment is put into an escrow account for you to release at progress milestones.

Guru Guru takes your project and budget needs into account and places you with a qualified freelancer.

iFreelance No middleman! Free to post, and no transaction fees. Communicate directly with your chosen freelancer, onsite or off. 

MediaBistro MediaBistro guarantees that you will have a satisfactory number of responses to your job posting, or they will take steps to deliver better results. You can choose your job posting packages, and, for a little extra, may even highlight your posting in their “Job of the Day” section! 

oDesk oDesk boasts a client list of over a million companies, worldwide, making it the largest online resource of freelancers. This virtually guarantees heavy competition for your project.

People Per Hour People Per Hour takes your needs into account, sends them to “curated and quality checked experts,” and guarantees the results.

Smashing Smashing Magazine is one of the most popular and successful websites for creatives, and its website and job board pull in more than 4 million monthly users. Job postings for freelancers are only $75!

VitaminTalent Creative smorgasbord! VitaminTalent vets their talent to ensure quality creative pros are on-hand and ready when you need them.

WeWorkRemotely Simple, non-cluttered job board for professionals. Posting your job is only $200 for 30 days.