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19 Sites to Hire a Developer or Designer

One challenge in hiring a web developer or designer is where to find one. Fortunately, there are a number of online spots where designers and developers post their work and look for projects.

Here is a list of places to find a developer or designer. There are job boards at portfolio sites, professional organizations, and publications where you can post your project requirements. Also there are freelancer sites where you can hire freelance help and manage the project to completion.

Before you hire anyone, be sure to read “5 Considerations for Choosing a Developer or Designer,” our previous post on that topic.

Sites to Hire Freelancers

Coroflot. Coroflot is a site for professional designers to showcase their work. It has a well-followed job board. Post a job, and then review the candidates’ portfolios. Edit and manage your job posting at any time. Price: $275 for a single job and 90-day posting.

Behance. Behance is an established portfolio site with an active job board. When designers apply for your job, you have immediate access to their portfolio, within the same interface. So you can quickly sort and decide. Price: $199 for a single job and a 60-day posting.

Smashing Jobs. Smashing Magazine is an online publication for professional web designers and developers, with more than four million monthly users. It also has a popular industry job board. Price: $75 for freelance job posting, $225 for full-time job posting.

Krop. Krop is a creative industry job board and portfolio hosting website. It began as a private mailing list among designers. Today Krop is visited over one million times a month. Price: $199 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

AIGA. The American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. The site also has a portfolio gallery, displaying the work of its members. Its job board is a good place to find a designer. Price: $195 for a single job and a 45-day posting.

Boxes and Arrows. Boxes and Arrows is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design. It has 20,000 unique visitors a week, a newsletter reach of 6,500, and over 17,000 RSS subscribers. Job listings appear on the job board, the magazine, RSS feed, and newsletter. Price: $250 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

Slashdot Job Board. The Slashdot job board is the job board for developer content sites Slashdot, SourceForge, and Freecode. The three sites reach over 50 million monthly visitors. Price: $295 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

ProgrammerMeetDesigner. This is a site for programmers, web developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and writers to find each other and work together to create websites. Post a job for the nearly 32,000 users. Price: Free.

FreelanceSwitch. FreelanceSwitch is a community of freelancers, with a blog, forums, directory, and a job board. The site is by Envato, owner of developer sites ThemeForest and NetTuts. If you’ve got a job you need doing, you can put up a free job ad on the FreelanceSwitch job board to find a professional designer, developer, blogger, photographer, illustrator or any other type of freelancer. Price: Free.

Authentic Jobs. Authentic Jobs is a job site for designers and developers. Post a listing on its site and it’ll be featured across a network of partners. You can access statistics for your listings, such as views, clicks, and referral sources. Price: $99 for a freelance job and a 30-day posting.

Dribble. Dribble is a site for designers to show their work, promote themselves, and explore design. Creatives share small screenshots of their projects. While running an ad, you’ll have search access to find designers by location, skills, availability and other criteria. Price: $275 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

CrunchBoard. CrunchBoard is the official job board of the TechCrunch network of technology news sites. Get access to the readers of TechCrunch, MobileCrunch, CrunchGear, TechCrunch IT. Price: $200 for a single job and a 30-day posting.

Elance. Elance is a popular freelancing site. Post a job using the site’s tips and templates. View proposals and browse freelancer profiles, portfolios, job feedback and work history. Track a job’s progress, set milestones, view work in progress, video conference, and more. Price: Quote submitted by freelancer includes an 8.75 percent service fee.

99designs. 99designs is an online graphic design marketplace. 99designs pioneered the design contest, where designers submit competing designs in response to a customer’s design brief and the winner receives a cash payment for their work. Price: Projects start at $299.

oDesk. oDesk is an online workplace for freelancers. Submit a project, and review candidate work histories, past client feedback, test scores, and portfolios. Monitor project activity, send messages, and review work-in-progress snapshots. oDesk has 3.1 million registered freelancers. Price: Quote submitted by freelancer includes a 10 percent service fee.

crowdSPRING. crowdSPRING was started to help people access creative talent and to help creatives find new customers. Choose from 43 design categories, name your price and your deadline. Typical project get 110+ entries from a pool of nearly 140 thousand designers and writers. Projects start at $269.

MycroBurst. MycroBurst is a community of more than 40,000 graphic designers who compete for your business. Determine the amount you want to pay for your project, and receive at least 30 concepts. Provide feedback to the designers, and choose the winning design. The site provides design packages to help fulfill your design requirements. Projects start at $99.

Freelancer.com. Freelancer.com is the largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. Browse developers, designers, and content writers. Post a project, or post a contest and put up a prize for work required. Freelancers compete by submitting ideas. Once work is underway, see screenshots of your freelancer’s progress. Price: Projects start at $10.

Guru. Guru is another freelancing site for designers and developers. Search through a pool of technical, creative or business specialists. Hire from a select list of qualified talent, comparing stats such as earnings and repeat business. Manage your project with milestones and tasks, and communicate with your freelancer through the site. Price: Projects start at under $250.

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Comments ( 11 )

  1. Cristina Sierra July 25, 2013 Reply

    I’ve used 99Designs several times for illustrations and have been pleased with the results. I find it’s hard to use any of these sites for more complex work as a lot gets missed in translation. Do you know if any of these sites have expertise in helping companies develop an email campaign strategy?

  2. Victor Pena July 26, 2013 Reply

    This is a great list! Finding freelancers is hard. Matchist.com is missing, they help you find the best US based freelance developers.

    Check out this blog post on how to pitch your idea to developers. http://matchist.com/blog/6-tips-for-pitching-your-project-to-a-developer/

  3. Michael Tsaryov July 29, 2013 Reply

    Thank you. It’s great.

    But if you wanna find developer you also can try:

    http://scoutomatic.com/candidates/search

  4. JoeOHara August 13, 2013 Reply

    Great list for start-up entrepreneurs! In a dynamic field like the software industry,where the demand for language proficiency change every now and then, hiring programmers even from these sites could take some time.

    It can be the little known ‘indirect’ costs that take many employers by surprise. Time is money, and employers that don’t take the necessary time to make the right hiring decisions may unfortunately pay a much higher cost in the long term.

    We recently performed a study into the hidden costs of hiring a software developer, statistics indicate a new hire can really cost up to 200% of their annual salary. Our study may be of interest to readers working in or with the software industry or start-up companies.

    http://www.neuronglobal.com/resources/hidden-costs-your-new-developer

  5. Carole@Rustic Artistry September 6, 2013 Reply

    My site has already been designed and launched but I need help with the ongoing technical aspects. How would you suggest finding someone to do ongoing technical tasks that I don’t know how to do myself, such as implementing the site speed suggestions from my google analytics account, repositioning things on the site, etc.

  6. Williams October 5, 2013 Reply

    For me, SEOClerks.com is the best freelance site for any stuff related to SEO or website development. Here I earn extra income by selling Articles, Tweets, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, high PR links, SEO report, blog comments, Article reviews, and Backlinks.

  7. Cede November 8, 2013 Reply

    This is a really good article thumbs up!!

    I know it is getting easier for freelancers with all these sites out there.. like 5spot commission free … big game changers coming up

  8. Sveta Bondarenko February 11, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for sharing, Sig. What an amazing list. I guess the most popular websites among Ukrainian developers are oDesk and Elance. Another way to hire experienced developers is to contact software development companies that specialize in outsourcing. These companies can offer the best candidates who will fit particular project requirements and your job is to select the candidate you like the most. For instance, INP-Software is dynamically growing Ukrainian IT offshoring company. http://www.inp-software.com

  9. software development March 7, 2014 Reply

    Amazing designs, it looks really nice i have learned lot of new things from it. Great job!!!

  10. Josh West March 13, 2014 Reply

    We use https://hubstaff.com/staffing – have had great luck with the developers they’ve recommended. All very smart and tested.

  11. mark simon April 9, 2014 Reply

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