This article is part of a larger series on Hiring.
What We Recommend Giggrabbers For
Giggrabbers made our list of the best websites to hire freelancers. It has a unique approach to freelance hiring, as it’s the only site we’ve seen that walks you through project management. Plus, it offers crowdfunding tools so you can generate funds for paying freelancers. It’s terrific for those new to hiring freelancers, in need of a little extra direction, or strapped for cash.
In short, Giggrabbers is best for:
- Startups and those looking for a zero-cost platform: It is cost-friendly since it is free for employers to register and post ads. Its project tools even walk you through the important tasks for setting up an online presence.
- Businesses needing funding: Giggrabbers is unique in that it can help you crowdfund to pay your freelancers on its platform.
- Businesses needing multiple freelancers for a large project: Giggrabbers’ project wiki walks you through your needs and lets you set up a team of freelancers for a project.
- Businesses wanting someone else to manage their freelance staff for online projects and marketing: Giggrabbers’ Enterprise plans, while expensive, provide a representative who works with vetted freelancers for specific design projects, from logos to complete websites. You just provide the parameters.
When Giggrabbers Is Not a Good Fit
- Finding virtual assistants (VAs): While VAs are listed on Giggrabbers, they are more task-based. For a VA generalist, we recommend the providers on our list of the best VA companies instead.
- Recruiting and hiring full-time/long-term employees: Like the name says, Giggrabbers is for gig work only. To find full-time or long-term part-time employees, check out our guides on the leading job posting sites and top-recommended recruitment software.
If you want more options, then head over to our guide on the best freelance websites for small businesses.
|Free for employers||No mobile app|
|Gig-based job selection||Enterprise plans costly|
|Full-service Enterprise plans||Fewer tools for evaluating freelancers|
|Clean, intuitive interface||No live phone or chat support|
|Crowdfunding option for projects|
Giggrabbers charges its freelancers 9.5% of what they earn on the platform. However, it does not charge employers anything—not even a transaction fee. You can hire freelancers, purchase projects, or post your own job ads without fees. It does offer some upgrades, however, which include:
- Project Boost ($4.99/post): Optimizes your ad, sends personal invites to some of Giggrabbers’ favorite freelancers, and comes with a money-back guarantee.
- Account Management ($49.95/post): Have a Giggrabbers specialist evaluate your project, vet the freelancers that apply, and review all proposals. They can also hire a freelancer for you.
Giggrabbers Enterprise Plans*
Number of freelance specialists
5 custom designs/month
Digital marketing strategy plan
Social media content
SEO, including keyword research and backend SEO work
5 research-based blogs
4 photo sessions per year
1 video project per year
Website design, development and monthly support
*Customized solutions are also available.
It’s super easy to sign up with Giggrabbers. You can register for your account after you create an ad, when you are ready to hire a freelancer, or ahead of time. It gathers some basic information, then you can get right to work. You can add in your payment information and other data, like your logo and contact information, through your dashboard later.
Find Freelancers & Deals
While you can search for freelancers by skill through your account dashboard, the website is closer to Fiverr in that it lets you look for prepackaged deals that freelancers provide. I was impressed by the level of detail the freelancers included in the deals, such as number of revisions, turnaround time, and deliverables.
The search engine is simple. Begin by setting your maximum price using the slider at the top of the screen and then select your industry. Then use the bar at the top to choose skills and narrow your price range. One nice feature is that it lets you sort by price.
Expect a delay with each change you make as it sorts through the available freelancers.
Giggrabbers does not offer as many evaluation tools as other freelance hiring sites—Freelancer.com, for example—but it still gives you a few ways to judge a potential hire. However, the package deal ad itself does not give much information—even the stars are all gray rather than showing the rating. You’ll need to click on the offer to get to the freelancer profile.
Profiles contain the following information:
- Star rating: A standard one- to five-star rating based on employer feedback. However, I did not see any actual reviews in the freelancers profiles I examined.
- Joined date: Speaks to experience on the site as well as how active they are.
- Hourly rate: Comparing this to the price of the gig gives you an idea of how fast they work.
- Profile link: This takes you to the profile page. (If you are on the profile already, it just refreshes the page.)
- About: A short bio where the freelancer lists experience and education, plus any other pertinent information about their skills or the gigs they offer.
- Deals: These are the package deals they offer. There are no levels, like with Fiverr. You can click to add a deal to the cart, but that’s about it.
- Portfolio: Images of their work.
- Service description: Details about what they provide.
- Payment description: Details on how they want to be paid, such as by milestones, full payment upon completion, or hourly.
Post a job
Again, it costs nothing to post a job on Giggrabbers. This is best if you have a specific need but don’t want to search for a deal or freelancer. Instead, they come to you. You set the parameters and price you’ll pay, and then evaluate bids as they come in.
Naturally, you need to have an account to post a job, but you can create it after you have filled out the project form. Giggrabbers has an easy-to-follow wizard that takes you through designing a job ad. You have the choice of paying by the hour or project. When freelancers bid, you can work out further details like how often you’ll pay (weekly, monthly, by milestone) and specific deliverables.
Giggrabbers offers a contest option—but only for web design.
Hiring a Freelancer
There are two ways to hire a freelancer: purchase a deal from them or hire them for a project. If you hire them by purchasing a deal, click on Add to Cart. You can add as many deals as you like, then pay all at once. This is convenient when hiring for multiple tasks or projects at the same time.
Be sure you are logged in before selecting a deal. Otherwise, it may not add a project to your cart.
If you find a freelancer you like, then you can click Hire, and it will lead you to a job ad wizard so you can craft a proposal to send them. Alternatively, you can click on the profile and invite them to apply to a job that you’ve already posted.
Once you’ve selected your deals, you can go to the checkout. Even if your freelancer has asked for payments by milestones, you pay for the complete project at once, and they are paid out as they reach certain goals.
Once you’ve hired a freelancer, you will set up invoices. You’ll find the tools for this under your proposal once it’s awarded.
Giggrabbers does not offer as many management tools as other freelance hiring sites, but it does have communications tools for discussing details with your freelancer. Its big strength, however, is in project planning itself, which leads to crowdfunding your project.
Once logged in, your menu gives you multiple options for projects.
- Start a Project: Takes you straight to a job ad wizard.
- Learn and Hire and Raise Funds: Both of these buttons take you to the same page, where you then choose if you want to start a project (which takes you to the job ad wizard) or plan a project and crowdfund.
- Browse Freelancers: Search freelancers by skills only.
- Find Deals: Look for gigs much like you can do even when not logged in.
When you create a project, there’s a wizard that will take you through the eight most important needs for a startup business or for developing a new online product or service. It starts with a summary of a step and why it’s important, then asks if you need to hire a freelancer for that step. If you select Yes, it is added to your planner.
At the end of the questions, it gives you a chance to review. You can move forward or backward using the arrows, but do not click Continue until you are ready to post ads, as it will not let you go back.
You can communicate through messages to your dashboard. The envelope at the top right leads you to the Inbox. Messages are not just from freelancers but also about your payments, feedback, proposals, and any special discount deals Giggrabbers is offering. Giggrabbers color-codes messages to help you stay organized and prioritize.
There’s also a bell icon at the top next to the envelope. This opens up your notifications, which will show up in a column to the right when you click the bell. You can also set up which notifications you want to receive via email.
Crowdfunding is really part of the project planning feature, but its uniqueness deserves special callout. No other freelance hiring website we’ve examined includes the ability to set up crowdfunding to pay your freelancers.
You begin with the project development tool, and once you have the steps you need and the job ads created, it leads you in creating a crowdfunding campaign. You can easily share the project with friends, family, and fans via social media.
The money made can only go into your account for the purpose of paying your freelancers on this platform. Thus, it’s not a great crowdfunding platform for complete project financing, such as for the purchase of tools and manufacturing, but it does help allay the costs of your online components like website, graphics, or social media campaigns.
Like other freelance hiring services, Giggrabbers puts project money in escrow to be paid out to the freelancer according to a schedule that you and the freelancer agree on. Thus, the first step to paying freelancers is to link your account to a credit card. Giggrabbers also integrates with PayPal and Venmo, but only for paying out money to freelancers.
When you purchase a deal, you pay in full to Giggrabbers, and the money is put aside to be paid out as needed.
You can set up invoices for a project once it’s been awarded to a freelancer. You can even set them up ahead of time when paying hourly or by milestone. Go to Manage on a project, and select Payments and Invoices to create invoices. Then, you can break down the cost into more than one payment. If you are paying hourly, you can create them for estimated hours and adjust as needed.
Once you have invoices set up, you can release payments as needed. Simply go to Payments from the Manage menu, select the invoice, and release the payments.
Naturally, if you have problems with a freelancer, your first step should be to try to work it out between yourselves. However, if you’re unable to come to a satisfactory resolution, you can file a dispute. Giggrabbers does not list any charges for mediation and says it takes five to seven days to come to a decision.
You’ll start by filing your dispute. This will suspend your project’s progress. The freelancer is notified about the dispute and given 72 hours to respond. Giggrabbers then reviews the claims and responses, and may ask for additional information. Once it reaches a decision, it notifies both of you. Its decisions are final.
Giggrabbers takes a different approach to Enterprise solutions. You pay a huge monthly fee but receive highly personalized support. Also, its packages are premade with specific deliverables, in the area of graphics, website design, and social media. When you sign up for a plan, it will contact you for details and leverage its pool of vetted freelancers to provide the products you need in a timely manner.
Enterprise options are great for busy businesses with a steady demand for specific products, like logos, social media campaigns, SEO-optimized copy, photographs, and website design. However, if none of the plans quite fits your needs, then you can contact Giggrabbers about a personalized solution with customized pricing.
Giggrabbers Ease of Use
- Easy to follow wizards for creating ads and projects
- Bright, clean interface
- Website lags
- FAQ only
- Projects are not saved as you create them
- No save function in projects
Overall, we found Giggrabbers very user-friendly. The interface itself is bright, easy to navigate, and intuitive. Giggrabbers provides wizards to walk you through the process of setting up a job or an entire project. It includes clear explanations and direct questions so there’s no confusion about what you’re doing.
This is the only freelance hiring site we’ve explored to date that has a lag. When clicking among categories or changing a parameter, you may have a wait of up to a second or two. Another thing I did not like is while creating a project, if I accidentally pressed Continue, it took me to the job ad wizard—and would not let me return to the project. I had to start over.
What Users Think About Giggrabbers
There are very few Giggrabbers reviews from users on third-party websites, but those from employers were overwhelmingly positive. Not only did they praise the ease of use—they said the freelancers on the platform were high-quality and skilled. There was one one-star review from a freelancer who was having trouble getting paid and mentioned customer support was not working with them to resolve the issue. Others, however, praised customer support.
Customers Don’t Like
Excellent user interface
Would like more freelancers, choices
High quality of freelancers
There may be an issue with slow customer support
Best for: Hiring freelance professionals for contract work
Best for: Finding international talent
Best for: Inexpensive freelance work on a project basis
Transaction fee: 5%
Transaction fee: 3%
Transaction fee: 3%
Freelancer fees: Varies
Freelancer fees: Varies
Freelancer fees: Starting at $5/project
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Giggrabbers is more than a freelance hiring platform. It provides tools for creating projects with multiple online elements, finding freelancers by talent or by product, and even crowdfunding. The website has some quirks but is overall straightforward and easy to use. It has excellent reviews and is worth checking out, especially for startups or businesses that need to grow but are strapped for cash. Sign up for an account and get your projects going today.