The most common way. The most popular platforms in Russia and the CIS region:
They are convenient because they allow you to search by specialisation and independently approach the top freelancers for a job offer. The platforms take into account the rating of specialists, their feedback, the number of successfully completed orders and the adherence to deadlines.
To place an order on a platform, you need to register and enter your payment details. Most services support international payment methods — PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard. The sites have a safe transaction policy: the order amount is frozen by the platform, the contractor receives payment when the customer confirms that the task has been completed. The administration charges a commission of up to 10% of the agreed value of the work.
The problem in dealing with most platforms is their inability to provide closing documents for European tax residents.
Russian-language freelance platforms are suitable for finding a contractor for a short-term task or testing. It is not the most convenient option for building long-term working relationships.Social Media and Telegram Channels.
There are many remote work communities on Facebook, VKontakte and Telegram, where contractors post their services and customers post advertisements. The advantage of this method is that it is free or has a nominal cost ($ 1−5). You put your contacts in the ad, and interested professionals contact you themselves.
There are certain risks in using such an approach:
- there is no way to check the integrity and diligence of the freelancer;
- high availability generates many enquiries, which can be quickly lost or go unnoticed in the job seekers' feed