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Toptal- The best alternative to Upwork to hire freelancers

Upwork, formerly Elance-oDesk has been leading the outsourcing market in the internet for many years. Being an easy to use and more usable marketplace, it has won heart of many companies all over the world. But, for many reasons upwork cannot be best marketplace for many outsourcers. Many outsourcers do not get job done satisfactory and some get their account deleted for no reason. And we have noticed that gradually many alternatives to upwork are being developed like Toptal, Freelancer, Peopleperhour, iFreelance, 99designs, Guru, Fiverr, Outsourcely and so on.

Toptal- The Best Upwork Alternative


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So, which alternative is best?

Among the developed alternatives, some have been doing well and are competing with Upwork and many of them have failed to satisfy freelancers and clients. Through this post, I am sharing information about Toptal to which I found as the best alternative to upwork.

What is Toptal?

Toptal is an American company established in 2010 by Taso Du Val and Breanden Beneschott with a purpose of connecting the best 3% freelance talents all over the world. Companies can get typically freelance software engineers, designers, and finance experts from toptal.
They say, “If, for whatever reason, you are not completely satisfied with an engineer you have been paired with, you will not be liable for any payment, and we can either part ways or we will restart the entire cycle with you at absolutely no cost.”

Is Toptal really the best Upwork alternative?

From the points I am noticing and comparing, Toptal is really the best alternative for Upwork but if you look from some other perspectives, you may find a bit different. But trust me, if you are really looking for best freelancers, you won’t regret for using toptal.
Toptal provides you top 3%  talents who would be there after successfully passing four steps of challenging interviews of Toptal for which toptal grants quality guarantee which will reduce failure in your project’s success. Those talents will take your team end even your project to better level. You won’t need to pay recruitment fees, termination fees and any other hidden fees.

Some of the qualifications of Toptaler are:

  • Perfect in their specific role,
  • Quality in language and personality,
  • Flexible and understanding,
  • Excellent in team work
After joining toptal, you’ll need to tell them what type of talents you are looking for and being based on your information they will find the perfect match for your need who will become part of your team and you will work with them with zero risk.

For the companies toptal can do:

  • Providing elite talents
  • Ability of working in different company environments
  • Providing full-guarantee (security)
  • Fully integrate their talents into your company
  • Excellent support via mail
I’ve found two of the demerits of Toptal too and I will mention them here with no delay,
  • Elite talents have comparatively high rate
  • Toptal’s “Hire Top Talents” service is not available in all the countries
With these benefits and demerits, I have concluded Toptal as the best upwork alternative. If you find any other benefits and demerits of toptal to be added, kindly add in the comment section.

Propeller Ads is today's emerging internet media company established in 2011. With the aim of creating strong bridge between publisher and advertiser, Propeller Ads is trying its best to become the world's most reliable digital advertising platform. In this review post of Propeller Ads, I will go through explanation for Propeller Ads for publishers, pros and cons of Propeller Ads, payment methods of Propeller ads and so on.


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Propeller Ads for Publishers:

Propeller Ads has been a trustworthy ad network for publishers through its ads and payment to publishers. Propeller Ads is CPM based ad network and pays a high rate for publishers who get traffic mostly from Europe, Canada, US, UK and such countries. But Propeller Ads has not always been good to all Publishers, there are found mixed type of reviews by publishers.

Ads format:

For desktop:
  • Pop-under ads
  • Banner ads
  • Direct ads

For mobile:
  • Dialogue ads
  • Interstitial ads

Pros of Propeller Ads Media:

  • No traffic restriction
  • Real-time reporting
  • Easy approval
  • Good Technical support
  • 100% fill rate

Cons of Propeller Ads:

  • Pop-up and Pop-under ads may harm user experience of your blog
  • For low quality traffic (traffic not from Europe, US, UK, Australia and so on), the ads are not properly managed and CPM rate is also low.

Payment methods of Propeller Ads:

  • Bank Wire
  • Payoneer Prepaid
  • Mastercard ®
  • Payoneer Global Bank Transfer
  • ePayments
  • Webmoney

Conclusion: Should you choose Propeller ad network or not?

You are the master of your blog and you have full control over it. It's you to determine either to place some ads or not but I can give you little suggestion. If your site is entertainment site and you get high quality traffic mostly, go for Propeller ads as you'll receive higher CPM on such sites through Propeller ads. And, if your site is a high quality site or if you receive low quality traffic usually then you'd better not choose Propeller Ads for your site.

In this way, I went through a complete review of Propeller ads with pros, cons, ads formats and payment methods on the basis of which you can take decision either to use this ad on your site or not. This is all about what I know about Propeller ads. In case of queries and feedback, use comment box.

What is Toptal?

Toptal is the growing network of top 3% developers in the world connecting them with clients all over the world. Toptal was founded in 2010 by Taso Du Val and Breanden Beneschott. For both freelancers and clients, Toptal is the best and most secured place for freelancing and outsourcing. 

Getting started with Toptal

You can join Toptal either as a freelancer or a client. If you are talented and experienced developer who can be a tough problem solver join as freelancer and proceed to the further process and if you are a company/employer looking for top talent to hire then join as client.
For getting started with Toptal follow one of the following posts:

Getting started with Toptal as a Freelancer

Getting started with Toptal as an Employer/Client

Getting Approved in Toptal:

Toptal is a very tough freelancing site to get approved as a freelancer while for clients it is not much hard to get approved. We’ll talk about them separately:

Getting Approved in Toptal as a Client/Company:

After signing up to Toptal as a client, you will be called by Toptal specialist engineer through which your level of English language speaking will be judged and if they found your English clear & understanding, you’ll be proceed for further process and a poor English may lead towards rejection in Toptal. Your account must be reliable and you should provide detailed information about your company and the type of employees you are looking for.
If your information is found worthy, you’ll be approved in Toptal and can hire top talents of the Toptal. Actually, approval is counted after hiring Toptal’s top talents. In this way, you can get approved in Toptal as a company/client. If you are really looking for top talents over the internet, you must join Toptal today.

Getting Approved in Toptal as a Freelancer:

For freelancers, getting approved in Toptal isn’t really easy. You’ll need to go through various processes like English screening, coding challenge, coding exercise with shared screen and a test project. The various interview process or screening process of Toptal for freelancers include following steps:

1.Language & Personality

In this step, a call will be scheduled with the Toptal engineering specialist where your language comprehension, your personality and your communication skill will be tested. Candidates must have excellent command over English language to pass this step and must be able to show a good personality in the first call. This is a basic step for a basic purpose, but also more than 70% of applicants have fails to pass.

2.In-Depth Skill Review

In-Depth Skill Review is second step in toptal screening process where, applicant's skill, technical knowledge and problem-solving ability are checked. In this step, candidates will be asked to do certain coding task to show their talent. Here, applicants can take help from internet to solve problems as their screen isn't shared. This is technical step moving towards technical knowledge, however not the most tough step.

3.Live Screening

In this step, applicants that have passed above two steps will be provided with specific live coding exercises. You'll be asked either to give test on back end problems or front end problems, here you'll get problems called real life problems which you need to solve with specific technology. This is called the most tough step too as candidate's screen is shared with certified Toptal Engineers and cheating is almost impossible in this step.

4.Test projects

This step is specifically followed to know the interest, competencies and professionalism of candidates. Here, they'll need to complete a project within some days or weeks and show demo of it and illustrate to interviewer. For experienced developers, this is a common step however you need to be careful as you've passed with the hardest steps and you don't want to ruin here.

If you pass the above last step too, the interviewer will welcome you to the Toptal, to let you know that you’re approved. After approval also, be careful while tracking time, or simply follow the terms and conditions made during contraction or agreement so that your account will not be banned. 

In this way, one can get approved in Toptal as a freelancer or as a client. I hope, I became able to make you clear about the topic and in case of queries and confusion, you can ask them in the comment box, I will try to help you. At last, I want to wish you a good luck for getting approval in Toptal and don’t forget to share how you’ll be doing in Toptal.

Pacific Prakash Regmi

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