Toptal.com is the online home of Toptal, a website that says they help employers and clients hire some of the best freelance designers and developers available from all over the world.
How Does It Work?
Anyone who has tried working with a traditional freelance employment website before is likely aware that these sites are almost entirely preoccupied with money. Clients post a budget and then decide who to hire for their project predominantly based on which freelancer offers to do the job for the lowest amount of money. Not surprisingly, the quality of work isn’t always the best.
Toptal.com goes about this process in an entirely different way, saying that they have created a system which ensures that they employ only the top 3% of developers and designers through their website, because of their in depth screening process.
This process begins with a comprehensive language, personality, and communication interview, which not only ensures their talent is able to read, write, and speak English well, but that they are also passionate and driven in their field. This stage of screening only passes around 27% of applicants.
They then perform tests on computer science and design fundamentals and only accept the candidates with the most exceptional results. Only about 7% of applicants move on to the next screening, which is when the applicants are screened by two senior Toptal engineers or designers. Only about 3.5% of applicants move forward from this step.
Remaining applicants will then be assigned a test project from which 3% of applicants will move forward to actual being able to post their work on the Toptal website. But it doesn’t end there – Toptal actually expects their freelancers maintain a perfect track record while working with clients and will not tolerate subpar work at any time.
For each engagement the website says that they do require a $500 deposit which will ultimately be applied to the first invoice, and which will be automatically refunded in the event of a failed trial period, which is detailed below.
The website says that because they work with freelancers from all over the world, their pricing does vary pretty widely, but a good general guideline for what employers will pay is as follows:
Toptal.com offers their employers what they call their “No Risk Trial” of any freelancers they hire through their website. All weekly engagements arranged through their website begins with a predetermined trial period of up to two weeks. Clients that are completely satisfied with the work that is done during this time will be billed for the time and the work engagement can continue for as long as the employer wants.
If a client is not completely satisfied, they will not be billed, and they can choose to either part ways with Toptal.com or to be matched with another freelancer who might be better fit. If you choose to employ a second freelancer, you will be once again provided with a no-risk trial period.
Customer Service Contact Info
Customers who would like to contact their Customer Service team with questions, concerns, or complaints is to do so by email at [email protected] or by submitting them to their website through their Contact link.
There are not very many reviews of this company at this time, but of the few reviews which are available, they are all extremely positive and enthusiastic. Companies appear to be very excited with the strict screening process provided by this website, as it means that they don’t have to waste their time working with designers or developers who aren’t actually qualified enough or professional enough for the types of projects high quality companies offer.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many other online forums that allow people to share their work with their community and with the general public for the purposes of freelance hiring, including Gigster, Gun.io, oDesk, UpWork, and many others.
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