Businesses are always hiring freelancers because they can instantly provide the services needed without having to find and onboard a full-time employee. You might have hired a freelancer before, perhaps on platforms like Upwork and Freelancer.
The problem is that you’re not only paying the freelancer for their services, you are also paying the platform you’re using, just for using it.
Wouldn’t it be better if you could search for and hire freelancers without additional costs? Or better yet, without any costs at all?
We present to you: Hubstaff Talent.
Hubstaff Talent is a zero-fee freelance website that connects businesses with great talent across the globe. It officially launched on September 30, 2016, and the platform now has more than 50,000 freelancers that specialize in everything from design and development to writing and marketing.
Businesses can use Hubstaff Talent to find great talent at competitive prices, while freelancers can use it to find work that fits their schedule and meets their salary expectations.
Time tracking for freelancers
With invoicing, payments, and more
The main advantages of Hubstaff Talent over most freelance websites
- It does not charge any fees to use
- It has over 50,000 freelance profiles to make sure you find the right person for the job
Other freelance platforms require businesses and freelancers to use only their site for transactions. This is very limiting, especially when you already have payment and communication tools you prefer using.
Hubstaff Talent helps you find ideal candidates for your business easier, and gives you full freedom to communicate and hire however you want—all without any transaction costs or hidden fees.
No fees. No markups. No middlemen. This is the promise of Hubstaff Talent.
How Hubstaff Talent works
Before contacting a freelancer or applying for a job, businesses and freelancers must create a profile. This is free to do and takes 5-10 minutes. After you create your profile, using the site is straightforward.
Here’s how to get started:
- Sign up and create a profile for free
- Post or apply for a job
- Communicate using Hubstaff Talent or your preferred means of communication
- Discuss terms and begin contract
- Send and receive payment through any payment platform or method of your choice.
Freelancers can sign up for a free Hubstaff account to track their hours and export timesheets. There’s even an easy invoice generator so you can send clients exactly how much is due based on hours worked and set rates.
Business owners can also create a Hubstaff account to manage their team of freelancers. Hubstaff will then be able to handle all kinds of admin work from monitoring their freelancers’ work progress to processing payments. Hubstaff offers a set of productivity features, as well, that makes it easy to work with freelancers no matter where they are.
Note: A Hubstaff time tracking account is not needed to use Hubstaff Talent, but it is highly recommended as it streamlines freelancer management and payments.
How it compares with other freelance websites
|Site||Client Fee||Freelancer Fee|
|Upwork||3% payment processing, and up to $499/month||5-20% based on lifetime billings|
|PeoplePerHour||10%||3.5-20% based on lifetime billings|
Depending on the freelancer website you’re using, you may encounter fees for simply using the platform, or when you have successfully earned money on their site. Hubstaff Talent will charge you nothing.
On top of being more flexible and affordable than the other freelance websites, Hubstaff Talent has tens of thousands of freelancers to choose from.
Businesses have access to a global talent pool, and there are no restrictions to how they want to manage freelancers. You can use whatever software or apps you already use for communicating, paying, tracking time, and more.
Track time, get paid
An easier way for clients and freelancers to work together
How easy Hubstaff Talent is to use
If you have been to other freelance websites, you’ll have no trouble getting started using and navigating through the thousands of freelancers on Hubstaff Talent.
If you’re a business owner and need to hire a freelancer, you simply type a keyword in the search bar that matches your project criteria, and a list of freelancers will appear.
You can then narrow down freelancer results by skills, availability, pay rate, years of experience, language, location, and age. There is also an option to view agencies offering their services as well as freelancers.
Looking at profiles, you will see their experience and languages, and links to their websites or portfolios. You will also see a button that lets you invite them to a job that you posted, and links to their social accounts so you can easily reach out to them.
For freelancers, the process for finding jobs works very similar to how businesses go about finding freelancers.
If you’re a freelancer or agency looking for work, you can type keywords in the search bar based on the types of services you offer. All job opportunities related to your search query will then populate the results page. You can filter jobs by posting date, required skills, required experience, pay rates, project budgets, location, and language.
Pay freelancers in a matter of clicks
Timesheet approvals and automated payroll
Help us make Hubstaff Talent even better
The number of remote opportunities is continuously growing, and we want to help freelancers find the remote jobs they’re searching for. That’s exactly what Hubstaff Talent is for—to connect freelancers and employers through a free and simple platform. We already have the first part nailed down, but we’re always open to suggestions for how to make the site more relevant and easy to use.
What about you? Is there a Hubstaff Talent feature that you really love, or are there any improvements you’d like to see in a future release? We’d be happy to hear about them in the comments below.
This post was originally published January 16, 2017, and updated March 2019.