The dawn of the digital age has also brought about a change in our workforce. Instead of the regular old 9-5 job, people now prefer to work on their own time on their terms. According to data 35% of the global workforce is now dominated by freelancers. The majority of these freelancers (75%) are not only satisfied with their working conditions but would also not prefer to go back to their previous work life.
Being a freelancer not only helps you with your work-life balance but also provides you with an independent flexible schedule that helps you see the world beyond the work you do.
Freelancers also earn on their terms and charge a fee they deem fit for their services. Stats show that $28 was the median hourly wage for skilled freelancers. Not just that, but the global freelance economy is said to be worth $4.2 trillion.
With such a huge market and so many more aspiring freelancers looking to enter the workforce, many believe now is the time to capitalize on this growing market, especially, given the success of platforms such as UpWork and Fiverr.
Hence, entrepreneurs are now looking to build and run their freelance marketplace websites, given the returns it brings.
Even though building such a website is quite simple because of the ease with which people can now develop online platforms with no prior technical knowledge, it’s imperative to know what theme and interface will make your platform stand out and get more freelancers and potential employers on it.
Given that WordPress for long has been the preferred platform for people to build their websites on, regardless of the level of their expert knowledge, in this article we would focus on WordPress Themes that would elevate and enhance your Freelance Marketplace site.
WPFreelance is one of the most responsive and easy-to-use Freelance Marketplace themes for WordPress.
It comes with a sleek design and interface which makes it aesthetically pleasing for the user and also makes it simpler to navigate. This minimalist theme also allows you to have full control over the website through its Admin Panel. You can now easily keep track of everything on your freelance platform, from user databases to transactions.
Ready to use Escrow System (Credit Card and PayPal)
Monetization Features such as Commission fee and Membership Subscription
Project Submission and Bidding to get the best results
Dispute Management to help keep everything under control
Workspace for freelancers and employers to communicate
Exertio is a WordPress theme specifically designed keeping in mind the Freelance Community.
This highly functional and responsive theme comes packed with features that streamline the hiring and submission process for the parties involved. The theme is also very secure and only allows freelancers that have been verified through a thorough process to post and bid for jobs to discourage and weed out imposters.
Highly Customizable to suit your needs
In-Built Monetization System for organized and timely payments
Translation Ready for job creation and networking beyond borders
Rating System for identifying the best freelancers
HireBee is another minimalist Freelance Marketplace theme for highly functional WordPress. The clean and modern designed theme comes with 5 built-in color schemes for customization or you can also utilize WordPress tools for the same. The theme also has a powerful user dashboard that keeps your users’ updated with their notifications, projects, proposals, purchases, reviews, contact info, site stats, and favorites. Each project is also clearly marked with its current status.
Custom Project Form for detailed and specific project instructions
Workspace for better project management
Save Filters Widget to make job posting easier
Terms Negotiation before job acceptance for smoother work relationship
Job Categories and Find Work Tab for easy job navigation
Workreap is one of the most exciting and feature-packed Freelance Marketplace Themes available for WordPress.
It has all the features to run a successful Freelance website and then some more.
The theme not only comes with multiple design variations for your homepage but also comes with features such as social login to help streamline the signup process, real-time language translation to make sure job search and communication aren’t restricted to any barriers, and a review system to help give constructive feedback.
Powerful Dashboard to enrich the user experience
WooCommerce Payment Gateway
CSV User Import
Favorite Jobs, Freelancers, and Employer listing for ease of navigation
AtomChat integration for quicker, smoother communication
FreelanceEngine is a content-focused freelance marketplace theme that has a contemporary look and feel. The theme void of any fancy gimmicks is powerful and has a well-defined vision of providing data to its users rather than giving them an empty pomp and show theme.
The theme is highly responsive and functional and works smoothly on both desktop and mobile devices.
Escrow System for transaction safety
PayPal, Stripe, and 2Checkout Payment Gateway
Payment plans for projects posted
Profile Page for higher visibility
Powerful Dashboard to keep track of activities on the website
Pricerr is one of the best theme solutions for a complete freelance marketplace website. The theme is highly functional and is one of the sites where the person posting the job has full control over the job management. The theme also supports multiple payment gateways such as PayPal, PayFast, PayUMoney, and even BitCoin.
Native Mobile Apps
Facebook and Twitter Integration
Multiple Currency Support
Job Comparison Table to provide different level of expertise service
Taskerr is the theme to choose for your website if you’re looking for something simple, clean, and stylish. This theme is also equipped with a powerful backend panel that lets you control the frontend of your website and run it smoothly and seamlessly.
Monetize your site by charging sellers a fixed price for listing their services. You can also charge them a percentage for each sale
Mark services as favorites for ease of use and navigation
Notifications to keep your customers in the loop about the marketplace
Detailed service listing for clearer communication
Powerful pricing plans for higher profits
Which theme from this list do you think is the best for your Freelance Marketplace? Let us know!