A look at premium freelancing sites

Codeable and Toptal websites on computer monitor

I’m sure I’m not alone as a freelancer in having a hard time finding a steady stream of work from good clients. Having to wonder whether you’ll have enough money to pay this month’s bills is hard, especially when you live in a crazy expensive city like Vancouver.

I have recently been looking into premium freelancing sites, such as Toptal and Codeable. These sites offer companies looking to hire access to a pre-qualified group of top-tier talent. Codeable claims only the top 2% of applicants are accepted, while Toptal claims the top 3%. However, what can they offer a freelancer like myself wanting to use their service to find work?

from Codeable:

  • a steady income with a guaranteed minimum hourly rate ($60/hr)
  • working with great, loyal clients
  • being a part of our reputable expert community

Toptal offers little in the way of information for freelancers, it is primarily geared towards companies looking to hire talent.

They both have a vigorous application process, including interviews, testing, code reviews, etc., so it looks like they both do their due diligence in terms of screening.

I attended a session at WordCamp Vancouver by Nathan Ello called 5-figure freelancing in which he went into detail about how he was able to bring his freelance income to the magic 5-figure level. He mentioned during the talk that he works primarily with Codeable and had high praise for the platform. A referral like this by a prominent WordPress developer is definitely one plus for their service.

A quick Google search led me to some blog posts by other developers who have worked with Toptal.

From these and a few others, the freelancers who took the time to write about their experience seemed satisfied.

I’ll be submitting my application to both of these services, and we’ll see how things go. If you have any experience with these or other premium freelance services, please leave a comment.

WordCamp Vancouver wrap-up

This past Saturday marked a couple of firsts: I attended my first WordCamp, and I also gave my first talk at a tech conference.

My WordCamp experience was amazing all around: the local WordPress community was extremely welcoming, and the sessions were informative and well presented. My talk went well, despite some butterflies in my stomach and a little technical glitch to start my presentation Continue reading “WordCamp Vancouver wrap-up”

New site for my professional work

In 2013, I started my own company for my consulting work: Rex Rana.

In the last month I have launched a dedicated website for Rex Rana, built with Drupal. Going forward, all web, IT and graphic design work will be showcased on the Rex Rana website. I invite you to check it out!

This site will become more personal, and feature my film work, photography and other artistic endeavours.

phSite CMS

Web content management system

Launched in October 2010

phSite CMS is an open source web content management application written in PHP, based on the CodeIgniter PHP framework. Some of its main features are:

  • easy to use and develop for
  • multilingual capablility ‘out of the box’
  • fully customizable content types and data entry fields
  • simple templating using PHP and HTML/CSS
  • integrated media management and gallery functionality
  • extremely flexible and extensible

Project page on LaunchPad