Top 5 Upwork Alternatives To Maximize Business Growth

UpWork, a company formed from a merger of two large freelance platforms, oDesk and Elance, is one of the well-known leading sites to find remote workers and virtual employees.

Being in the industry for more than 10 years now, it has been one of the top platforms considered by entrepreneurs and companies in need of remote assistance. This, however, does not mean UpWork is the only platform who can provide the right solution to all business needs. In fact, with its changes and problems, freelancers are now finding other alternatives. With this, employers and business owners need to consider other platforms as well.  

Here are the top five UpWork alternatives to find the right remote employee for your business:

1. Fiverr

Fiverr has been in business since 2010. According to Filestage, Fiverr is considered the biggest direct competitor of UpWork. This platform offers budget options starting at just $5 per project. While some platforms limit you to a few categories only, Fiverr gives you a large pool of freelancers who offer a wide variety of services. If you’re in a budget and need a project done quickly, Fiverr is the solution for you.

2. Outsourcely
Outsourcely is one of the popular freelance platforms in the US. Founded in 2014, Outsourcely focuses on long-term remote work opportunities, rather than project-based tasks. Unlike UpWork, it encourages direct contact between the company and the potential remote employee. Also, it does not withhold a portion of the earnings of your hired employee.

3. Guru

If you’re looking to post jobs for free, Guru is the platform for you. One of the benefits you’ll get as the employer is the access to your own Guru project management tool, which is popularly known as the Work Room. This tool allows you to manage the projects you posted, and the team (Gurus) you hired.

4. Freelancer
Considered as one of the largest and fastest growing freelance platforms, Freelancer has more than 9 million projects posted and more than 17 million users all over the world. This platform provides talent sourcing solutions for software development, writing, design, and more.

5. Hubstaff Talent

Hubstaff Talent is a 100% free directory for employers looking to find the right talent across the globe. Originally started as a management tool for virtual teams, this platform has expanded to become an effective staffing solution. This platform finds matched employees for you, which means that you don’t have to go through the manual labor of browsing each freelancer’s profiles.

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While we certainly didn’t cover a lot, this is a good basis of the many freelance platforms and sourcing options out there. Each platform has its own strengths and weaknesses. Focus on what you need and consider it as your guide in selecting the right platform. Alternatively, there are several outsourcing companies that provide the same flexibility and efficiency as hiring freelancers at relatively low prices. Outsourcing to the Philippines through BPOs and call centers has been a popular option for those who have dabbled in using online freelance sites. There are outsourcing vendors that specifically cater to startups and small- to medium-sized companies. SOPHI, for example, provides call center and back-office support to tech startups in the US and Europe. In addition to this, they offer digital marketing services, providing social media management, search engine optimization, and website customization.

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Top 5 Countries Served By Philippine Call Center Industry

Since global outsourcing started, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines has evolved at a rapid rate. It employs over a million workers and has hit 115 Trillion Philippine Pesos back in 2016. According to the Contact Center Association of the Philippines, the BPO industry is predicted to make $40 billion in revenue by the year 2020. Today, the Philippines remains as the call center capital and continues to be the largest location for delivery of contact services worldwide.


Due to the recognizable advantages of global outsourcing, numerous countries started to outsource their services to the country. Philippine call centers can get different clients, from different locations. As part of the global outsourcing industry, here are the countries that outsource their services to the Philippines.

United States

North America remains to be the biggest client of the Philippine outsourcing industry. From a cultural perspective, the United States and the Philippines have a strong bond since the 1800s. As a former colony of the United States, the country is known for its excellent English communication skills that attract English-speaking businesses.

The country’s relationship with the United States has been progressive, prosperous, and vital to the Philippine BPO industry.


Australian businesses have a remarkable influence on the Philippine BPO arena. According to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), there are plenty of Australian companies looking for an outsourcing investment. These companies are on the lookout for BPO companies, with an excellent IT department. Working for an Australian company makes it even more attractive, as the Philippines is only 2 hours behind; so, the majority of agents work during the day.


Back in 2007, a study made by a European IT service centre concluded that only 1.2 percent of European share in the industry went to the Philippines. Ten percent of local BPO revenue was derived from European accounts. Just last year, European companies started to see the Philippines as one of the best BPO hubs in the world. Now, the European market makes up 10% of the Philippine BPO industry. In 2008, more businesses started to invest in the country’s BPO workforce.


In a workshop with Canada back in 2014, the Department of Trade and Industry recommended the IT-BPO industry as one of the focus sectors for investment in Canada. One of which has more than 3,000 employees in a call center, with more than 40 clients, including several North American telecoms, cable companies, and online video game makers.


Commonly, Japanese companies that outsource are in finance, accounting, and IT. The Japanese Embassy and DTI disclosed that despite the hurdles the two countries faced, Japan still became the fourth top investor in the Philippines back in 2012. In 2013, Japan Credit Rating Agency said that the country’s BPO industry is one of the major driving forces for Japan’s account surplus. Moreover, there are almost 70 Japanese firms that have outsourced their operations in the Philippines.

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