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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga review: Very thin, light, premium-priced 2-in-1

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Pros

  • Extremely thin but robust chassis
  • Elegant design
  • Excellent 3:2 screen
  • Mobile broadband (4G LTE or 5G) option

Cons

  • Keyboard isn’t up to Lenovo’s usual standard
  • Only two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • Disappointing battery life
  • Expensive

Lenovo’s premium, business-focused ThinkPad X1 range continues to expand. Designed to marry high-spec functionality with great design, X1 laptops can be expensive — the last ThinkPad X1 I reviewed, the ThinkPad X1 Nano, has a starting price of £1,739.99 (inc. VAT), or $1,487.40 in the US. This is closely matched by the convertible ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga, reviewed here, which starts at £1,669.99 in the UK, or $1,474.50 in the US

At just 11.5mm thick, this Intel Evo-branded device is Lenovo’s thinnest-ever ThinkPad. It may not be the lightest ThinkPad, but at 1.15kg it’s hardly burdensome to carry. The titanium, carbon fibre and magnesium alloy materials used in the chassis make this a tough device: I couldn’t flex the lid in my hands enough to cause any concern, and the base feels solid too. But even though it has passed MIL-STD 810H testing, I’d still be tempted to use a protective sleeve to store and transport the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga. Apart from anything else, the slightly textured finish on the lid is lovely, and I’d hate to scratch it. 

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The 13.5-inch ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is a slimline (11.5mm) convertible laptop running on 11th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with integrated Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB or 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

Image: Lenovo

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The branding on the lid reflects the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s premium status.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

The silver chassis is eye-catching, and the ThinkPad marque on the lid, with its illuminated dot over the ‘i’, is raised from the base metal as if it has been stamped; on the wrist rest inside the chassis it’s indented, and fashioned from a more noticeable, brighter silver than its surround. If you want your expensive kit to look the part, this branding will tick that box. 

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga occupies 297.5mm by 232.2mm on the desktop, which is rather narrower and deeper than you might expect due to the 13.5-inch screen’s 3:2 aspect ratio. And what a fantastic screen it is. The QHD (2,256 x 1,504, 201ppi) IPS panel can deliver up to 450 nits of brightness, which is more than enough for indoor settings and adequate for use outside too. It’s also touch responsive — a necessity for working in tablet mode — and supports 100% of the sRGB colour space and 72% of NTSC. 

Given all this goodness, it’s a pity that the screen bezels are rather wider than they should be for a premium laptop. The short bezels I measured at close to 4mm, while the top and bottom bezels are around 10mm and 18mm respectively. For the record, the screen to body ratio is 78.4%. 

There’s room above the screen for a 720p IR webcam with Lenovo’s sliding privacy cover. As well as supporting Windows Hello face recognition, the camera can be used to provide an alert if someone is standing behind the user and able to read the screen — so called ‘shoulder surfing’. However, there’s no screen-obscuring option to prevent anyone sitting to the left or right from reading content and viewing angles on both horizontal and vertical planes are excellent.  

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When working in laptop mode, a pair of speakers sitting left and right of the keyboard direct sound upwards. They worked well for video calls and for spoken-word audio, but if you want to take advantage of the high-quality screen for post-work entertainment, you may rue the lack of bass. I didn’t notice any muffling when using the speakers in tablet mode. 

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Although the keyboard looks like a typical Lenovo ThinkPad offering, key travel and action leave something to be desired.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

The backlit keyboard has Lenovo’s distinctive pot-bellied main keys, space has been made for a wide double-height Enter key, and the cursor keys are relatively large. Travel is a little shallow, and while the keys spring back nicely the action feels less smooth than I’ve come to expect from Lenovo. These issues didn’t stop me achieving my usual touch-typing speed, and I could definitely live with this keyboard, but Lenovo hasn’t quite lived up to its usual exemplary standard here. 

The signature TrackPoint sitting between the G, H and B keys is responsive, and the three buttons above the trackpad work well with it. The touchpad also worked fine. 

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The Fn row keys are relatively small and lack the pot-belly design of the main keys. They include a pair of call management keys alongside keys for brightness, volume, microphone management, second screen management, and toggling Wi-Fi on and off. There’s a narrow lozenge-shaped fingerprint sensor above the keyboard.   

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The 3:2 QHD (2256×1504, 201ppi, 450 nits) IPS touch screen is excellent, although the bezels could be narrower.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

My £2,069.99 (inc. VAT) review sample of the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga was a ‘ready to ship’ model running Windows 10 Pro on an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor with Iris Xe integrated graphics, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2 were present, but not mobile broadband. However, there are two ‘build your own’ models — both Core i5-based — where you can specify 4G LTE (Fibocom L850-GL) for £130 extra, or 5G (Snapdragon X55) for £330. 

There are four current models in the UK, two ready-to-ship and two build-your-own, with prices ranging from £1,669.99 to £2,069.99 (inc. VAT). There’s more choice in the US — seven models in all, one build-your-own, with prices ranging from $1,474.50 to $2,429.40. US customers also get the Lenovo Precision Pen as standard across all models, which isn’t the case in the UK. 

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Ports on the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga: 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 on the left, plus a 3.5mm audio jack on the right.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

Physical connections are limited to just two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and a 3.5mm headset jack. The thinness of the base may mitigate against fitting in USB-A or HDMI ports, but the fact remains that with just USB-C on-board, a docking hub or adapter(s) will be required. It’s also worth noting that when the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga is being charged, there is just one available port (unless you invest in a docking station). 

On its UK website, Lenovo says the ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga’s 44.5Wh battery should last for up to 8.9 hours, while the datasheet quotes a more optimistic 11.5h. Under my normal workload of writing into web apps, browsing and streaming media, the fully charged battery fell to 50% after three hours. This suggests a much more modest mainstream productivity uptime of around six hours. Bottom line: knowledge workers shouldn’t expect to get all-day battery life from this laptop. 

Lenovo doesn’t mention fast charging. In one test session with the battery at 34%, I applied a 30-minute charge via the 64W adapter, whereupon the battery rose to 52%. Charging at this rate might be enough to provide enough extra working time in extremis. 

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Image: Lenovo

Conclusions

As the thinnest ever ThinkPad, the X1 Titanium Yoga is a standout laptop. It has some top-notch specifications, and the QHD IPS screen is superb. But it’s not without drawbacks, and arguably, its premium price suggests there should be fewer of them.  

The speakers are frustratingly short of bass, the keyboard isn’t quite up to Lenovo’s usual high standards, battery life is disappointing, and the screen bezels could be narrower. Anyone working with legacy connectors will have the added expense of acquiring a USB-C hub or adapters.  

Overall, although this is an impressive convertible laptop, you can get better value elsewhere, both from Lenovo and other manufacturers. We’re looking forward to Gen 2 though.

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Google will require vaccines as workers return to the office

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In the coming weeks, Google will start requiring workers to be vaccinated before coming into the office, the company announced Wednesday. The tech giant is also extending its voluntary work-from-home policy through late October, as the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus spreads. 

The vaccination requirement will roll out across US offices first and then expand to other regions. The implementation of the policy will vary depending on local conditions and regulations, as well as the availability of the vaccine. 

Google’s decision follows similar vaccination requirements by a growing number of government agencies and entities like the Mayo Clinic. 

Google first closed its offices in March 2020 and previously said its employees would work remotely until at least September 2021. After announcing it would adopt a “hybrid workforce model” that asked employees to spend at least some time in the office, Google in May said that it expects around 20 percent of its employees to work from home permanently. 

Some of the company’s campuses have started reopening. Google said it will give employees at least 30 days’ notice before implementing its full return-to-office plans. 

“It’s encouraging to see very high vaccination rates for our Google community in areas where vaccines are widely available,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees Wednesday. “This is a big reason why we felt comfortable opening some of our offices to employees who wanted to return early.”

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Upwork vs. Fiverr: Which freelance job site is best?

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Remote work is increasingly taking off as technological developments continue to change and shape how we live and, more importantly, how we earn. Freelance job sites have become a new lifeline to both old and new professionals who need a new start, a new client, or simply a new challenge.   

Two of the most popular sites for freelance work include Upwork and Fiverr. These are both popular sites within the digital and virtual employment realm, but which one is better for freelance services? 

Here ZDNet takes a deep dive into the differences between Upwork and Fiverr.   

A beginner-friendly freelance job platform

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Upwork is home to big-name clients, including Microsoft, Airbnb, Bissell, and GoDaddy, giving instant credibility for curious freelancers. There are three ways to find work on the platform: the Talent Marketplace, where you can post jobs and get hired, the Project Catalog to post and sell projects, and Talent Scout for recruiter services that pairs talent with employers. Job opportunities are expansive and include areas like development & IT, design & creative, sales & marketing, writing & translation, admin & customer support, finance & accounting, and more.

To get started, create a free profile and filter between domestic and international jobs. Upwork uses its own virtual currency called Connects, which allow you to apply to jobs. You get ten Connects with the basic free plan, but if you upgrade your plan, you get 80 each month. Connects can be used to apply to jobs directly, or you can simply post projects that are available for hire and wait for employers to come to you. Or, if you can benefit from professional help, recruiters will do the heavy lifting with a skills-based approach to your job search. You can also add Badges that quickly and easily showcase your qualifications to employers visiting your profile. 

Payment works a few different ways: traditional hourly pay or fixed-price protection that uses project milestones to release payments in full or over time. You can choose how you get paid, with options that include traditional direct deposit and wire transfer, in addition to PayPal and Payoneer. There is an invoicing feature available to simplify things and keep your records organized in one place. 

View Now at Upwork

Upwork is free to join. The free plan gives you the ability to create your own profile, add a video introduction, perform job searches, and create your own projects. You have ten Connects to use to apply to jobs on the platform. If you want to purchase additional Connects, they are $0.15 each and are sold in the following bundles:

You also have the option to upgrade your plan to Freelancer Plus for $14.99 per month. This gives a total of 80 Connects each month instead of the standard ten that come with the free plan. Freelancer Plus also provides increased visibility to employers and exclusive insights regarding competitor’s bids so you can price your bid accordingly. 

Upwork uses a commission-based fee structure based on a sliding scale for your jobs and projects. The more you earn, the smaller the fee. 

Total Client Billing

Upwork Commission Fee

Up to first $500

20%

$500.01 – $10,000

10%

$10,000 or more 

5%

If you participate in the Upwork Payroll service, service fees are waived. Additionally, if Upwork awards you with Top Rated or Rising Talent status, reduced fees may apply if you are hired for a Featured Job

View Now at Upwork

What are the pros and cons to Upwork?

Pros:

  • A multi-faceted approach to hiring.
  • Recruiter support.
  • No service fees with payroll enrollment.

Cons:

  • A limited number of Connects each month.
  • Must pay for extra Connects.
  • Varying service fees.

A gig marketplace to sell your services

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On its website, Fiverr proudly boasts that a gig is purchased every four seconds. It is a service largely known for its logo design, with over 50 million transactions sold on its platform to date. There is also major name recognition with clients that include Facebook, Google, Netflix, and PayPal. 

Jobs are available for freelancers in several areas like graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, music & audio, programming & tech, lifestyle, data, video & animation, and business. Website design, copywriting, SEO, and illustration are all popular services that you will see listed on the platform. However, there are tons of categories to choose from. Clients can use a comprehensive search tool to find the right freelancer for their needs, or you can be proactive and simply add your own products or services for sale. It is free to sign up, and after creating your seller profile, you can begin to create gigs or packages that show off your skills and attract employers. 

There are four seller levels for every freelancer using Fiverr:

  • New Seller: Inexperienced sellers new to Fiverr begin here.
  • Level 1 seller:  A seller must successfully complete 10 highly-rated gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 60 days.
  • Level 2 seller: A seller must successfully complete 50 highly-rated, on-time gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 120 days.
  • Top-rated seller: A seller must successfully complete 100 highly-rated, on-time gigs for a minimum of $20 000 and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 180 days.

Once you post your profile and your jobs or services, you are ready to go. When a client purchases a project, you get a notification to begin work. New to the service is Fiverr business, which is created for teams and allows businesses to work with experienced freelancers. If you’re a brand-new freelancer, there is no need to worry, either. Fiverr has excellent resources to help you grow, like the on-demand tutorial Learn from Fiverr. For simpler bookkeeping, it integrates with the AND CO app, which allows for proposals and task management, in addition to invoicing. Fiverr skips the hourly rates, instead opting for flat-rate gigs and projects. 

The platform offers the capability for projects that range in price from $5 to $10 000.

View Now at Fiverr

Fiverr keeps it simple with no fees. There is no subscription to sign up for, and you do not have to pay anything to list services. When you complete a job, Fiverr simply takes 20% off each transaction.  

View Now at Fiverr

What are the pros and cons to Fiverr?

Pros:

  • Free to join.
  • Complimentary ads for services.
  • Tons of freelancer resources.

Cons:

  • No hourly projects.
  • 20% service fee.
  • $10 000 project cap.

Which is the right freelance job website for you?

Upwork vs. Fiverr: At a glance

upwork-vs-fiverr-shutterstock-289434728.jpg

Upwork

Fiverr

Free plan

Yes

Yes

Commission

5% – 20%

20%

Customer support

24/7

24/7

Both have many similarities, so it is important to consider several important factors that can help you find the right freelance job site for you. 

  • Cost: When you are a freelancer trying to make money, the last thing you want to do is spend your earnings on expensive membership fees. Before you sign up, consider what costs are associated with using the service, whether it is a membership fee or a commission. 

  • Customer service: Consider which service offers the type of customer support that is most beneficial for you. For example, if you work late hours, you may prefer a freelance service that has 24/7 customer support.

  • Terms and conditions: It often pays to read the fine print, so you are aware of what requirements and fees govern the site. 

  • Clients: One way to tell a service’s legitimacy is through the customers that they service. Take the time to see what kinds of projects have been successfully completed on the platform and for whom.

  • Payment: When it comes time to be paid, you want to be sure that your service will work in conjunction with your preferred payment methods. Check to see what payment and deposit options are available, as well as timelines for each, so you can be sure that these payment terms will work with your finances. 

What is the primary difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Although very similar, Fiverr and Upwork conduct business in separate ways. While Fiverr creates a welcome environment for gig work, Upwork tends to possess a more singular focus toward hourly and flat-rate projects. 

What is the primary cost difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Fiverr takes a flat 20% commission off all projects, but Upwork uses a sliding scale. Depending on your plan, Upwork takes between 5% and 20% off each service. 

What is a freelance job website?

A freelance job website is a way to collect, apply, and sell services to clients using a third-party platform. It is a popular type of virtual work for freelancers. 

Are there alternative freelance job websites worth considering?

The best freelance sites for jobs are a great place to start when considering which job sites to use. In addition to Upwork and Fiverr, these services also offer attractive features for freelancers looking for virtual and remote jobs:

See more: The best freelance websites: Find jobs and remote work

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Upwork vs. Fiverr: Which freelance job site is best?

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Remote work is increasingly taking off as technological developments continue to change and shape how we live and, more importantly, how we earn. Freelance job sites have become a new lifeline to both old and new professionals who need a new start, a new client, or simply a new challenge.   

Two of the most popular sites for freelance work include Upwork and Fiverr. These are both popular sites within the digital and virtual employment realm, but which one is better for freelance services? 

Here ZDNet takes a deep dive into the differences between Upwork and Fiverr.   

A beginner-friendly freelance job platform

upwork-freelance-platform.jpg

Upwork is home to big-name clients, including Microsoft, Airbnb, Bissell, and GoDaddy, giving instant credibility for curious freelancers. There are three ways to find work on the platform: the Talent Marketplace, where you can post jobs and get hired, the Project Catalog to post and sell projects, and Talent Scout for recruiter services that pairs talent with employers. Job opportunities are expansive and include areas like development & IT, design & creative, sales & marketing, writing & translation, admin & customer support, finance & accounting, and more.

To get started, create a free profile and filter between domestic and international jobs. Upwork uses its own virtual currency called Connects, which allow you to apply to jobs. You get ten Connects with the basic free plan, but if you upgrade your plan, you get 80 each month. Connects can be used to apply to jobs directly, or you can simply post projects that are available for hire and wait for employers to come to you. Or, if you can benefit from professional help, recruiters will do the heavy lifting with a skills-based approach to your job search. You can also add Badges that quickly and easily showcase your qualifications to employers visiting your profile. 

Payment works a few different ways: traditional hourly pay or fixed-price protection that uses project milestones to release payments in full or over time. You can choose how you get paid, with options that include traditional direct deposit and wire transfer, in addition to PayPal and Payoneer. There is an invoicing feature available to simplify things and keep your records organized in one place. 

View Now at Upwork

Upwork is free to join. The free plan gives you the ability to create your own profile, add a video introduction, perform job searches, and create your own projects. You have ten Connects to use to apply to jobs on the platform. If you want to purchase additional Connects, they are $0.15 each and are sold in the following bundles:

You also have the option to upgrade your plan to Freelancer Plus for $14.99 per month. This gives a total of 80 Connects each month instead of the standard ten that come with the free plan. Freelancer Plus also provides increased visibility to employers and exclusive insights regarding competitor’s bids so you can price your bid accordingly. 

Upwork uses a commission-based fee structure based on a sliding scale for your jobs and projects. The more you earn, the smaller the fee. 

Total Client Billing

Upwork Commission Fee

Up to first $500

20%

$500.01 – $10,000

10%

$10,000 or more 

5%

If you participate in the Upwork Payroll service, service fees are waived. Additionally, if Upwork awards you with Top Rated or Rising Talent status, reduced fees may apply if you are hired for a Featured Job

View Now at Upwork

What are the pros and cons to Upwork?

Pros:

  • A multi-faceted approach to hiring.
  • Recruiter support.
  • No service fees with payroll enrollment.

Cons:

  • A limited number of Connects each month.
  • Must pay for extra Connects.
  • Varying service fees.

A gig marketplace to sell your services

fiverr-freelance-platform.jpg

On its website, Fiverr proudly boasts that a gig is purchased every four seconds. It is a service largely known for its logo design, with over 50 million transactions sold on its platform to date. There is also major name recognition with clients that include Facebook, Google, Netflix, and PayPal. 

Jobs are available for freelancers in several areas like graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, music & audio, programming & tech, lifestyle, data, video & animation, and business. Website design, copywriting, SEO, and illustration are all popular services that you will see listed on the platform. However, there are tons of categories to choose from. Clients can use a comprehensive search tool to find the right freelancer for their needs, or you can be proactive and simply add your own products or services for sale. It is free to sign up, and after creating your seller profile, you can begin to create gigs or packages that show off your skills and attract employers. 

There are four seller levels for every freelancer using Fiverr:

  • New Seller: Inexperienced sellers new to Fiverr begin here.
  • Level 1 seller:  A seller must successfully complete 10 highly-rated gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 60 days.
  • Level 2 seller: A seller must successfully complete 50 highly-rated, on-time gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 120 days.
  • Top-rated seller: A seller must successfully complete 100 highly-rated, on-time gigs for a minimum of $20 000 and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 180 days.

Once you post your profile and your jobs or services, you are ready to go. When a client purchases a project, you get a notification to begin work. New to the service is Fiverr business, which is created for teams and allows businesses to work with experienced freelancers. If you’re a brand-new freelancer, there is no need to worry, either. Fiverr has excellent resources to help you grow, like the on-demand tutorial Learn from Fiverr. For simpler bookkeeping, it integrates with the AND CO app, which allows for proposals and task management, in addition to invoicing. Fiverr skips the hourly rates, instead opting for flat-rate gigs and projects. 

The platform offers the capability for projects that range in price from $5 to $10 000.

View Now at Fiverr

Fiverr keeps it simple with no fees. There is no subscription to sign up for, and you do not have to pay anything to list services. When you complete a job, Fiverr simply takes 20% off each transaction.  

View Now at Fiverr

What are the pros and cons to Fiverr?

Pros:

  • Free to join.
  • Complimentary ads for services.
  • Tons of freelancer resources.

Cons:

  • No hourly projects.
  • 20% service fee.
  • $10 000 project cap.

Which is the right freelance job website for you?

Upwork vs. Fiverr: At a glance

upwork-vs-fiverr-shutterstock-289434728.jpg

Upwork

Fiverr

Free plan

Yes

Yes

Commission

5% – 20%

20%

Customer support

24/7

24/7

Both have many similarities, so it is important to consider several important factors that can help you find the right freelance job site for you. 

  • Cost: When you are a freelancer trying to make money, the last thing you want to do is spend your earnings on expensive membership fees. Before you sign up, consider what costs are associated with using the service, whether it is a membership fee or a commission. 

  • Customer service: Consider which service offers the type of customer support that is most beneficial for you. For example, if you work late hours, you may prefer a freelance service that has 24/7 customer support.

  • Terms and conditions: It often pays to read the fine print, so you are aware of what requirements and fees govern the site. 

  • Clients: One way to tell a service’s legitimacy is through the customers that they service. Take the time to see what kinds of projects have been successfully completed on the platform and for whom.

  • Payment: When it comes time to be paid, you want to be sure that your service will work in conjunction with your preferred payment methods. Check to see what payment and deposit options are available, as well as timelines for each, so you can be sure that these payment terms will work with your finances. 

What is the primary difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Although very similar, Fiverr and Upwork conduct business in separate ways. While Fiverr creates a welcome environment for gig work, Upwork tends to possess a more singular focus toward hourly and flat-rate projects. 

What is the primary cost difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Fiverr takes a flat 20% commission off all projects, but Upwork uses a sliding scale. Depending on your plan, Upwork takes between 5% and 20% off each service. 

What is a freelance job website?

A freelance job website is a way to collect, apply, and sell services to clients using a third-party platform. It is a popular type of virtual work for freelancers. 

Are there alternative freelance job websites worth considering?

The best freelance sites for jobs are a great place to start when considering which job sites to use. In addition to Upwork and Fiverr, these services also offer attractive features for freelancers looking for virtual and remote jobs:

See more: The best freelance websites: Find jobs and remote work

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Upwork vs. Fiverr: Which freelance job site is best?

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Remote work is increasingly taking off as technological developments continue to change and shape how we live and, more importantly, how we earn. Freelance job sites have become a new lifeline to both old and new professionals who need a new start, a new client, or simply a new challenge.   

Two of the most popular sites for freelance work include Upwork and Fiverr. These are both popular sites within the digital and virtual employment realm, but which one is better for freelance services? 

Here ZDNet takes a deep dive into the differences between Upwork and Fiverr.   

A beginner-friendly freelance job platform

upwork-freelance-platform.jpg

Upwork is home to big-name clients, including Microsoft, Airbnb, Bissell, and GoDaddy, giving instant credibility for curious freelancers. There are three ways to find work on the platform: the Talent Marketplace, where you can post jobs and get hired, the Project Catalog to post and sell projects, and Talent Scout for recruiter services that pairs talent with employers. Job opportunities are expansive and include areas like development & IT, design & creative, sales & marketing, writing & translation, admin & customer support, finance & accounting, and more.

To get started, create a free profile and filter between domestic and international jobs. Upwork uses its own virtual currency called Connects, which allow you to apply to jobs. You get ten Connects with the basic free plan, but if you upgrade your plan, you get 80 each month. Connects can be used to apply to jobs directly, or you can simply post projects that are available for hire and wait for employers to come to you. Or, if you can benefit from professional help, recruiters will do the heavy lifting with a skills-based approach to your job search. You can also add Badges that quickly and easily showcase your qualifications to employers visiting your profile. 

Payment works a few different ways: traditional hourly pay or fixed-price protection that uses project milestones to release payments in full or over time. You can choose how you get paid, with options that include traditional direct deposit and wire transfer, in addition to PayPal and Payoneer. There is an invoicing feature available to simplify things and keep your records organized in one place. 

View Now at Upwork

Upwork is free to join. The free plan gives you the ability to create your own profile, add a video introduction, perform job searches, and create your own projects. You have ten Connects to use to apply to jobs on the platform. If you want to purchase additional Connects, they are $0.15 each and are sold in the following bundles:

You also have the option to upgrade your plan to Freelancer Plus for $14.99 per month. This gives a total of 80 Connects each month instead of the standard ten that come with the free plan. Freelancer Plus also provides increased visibility to employers and exclusive insights regarding competitor’s bids so you can price your bid accordingly. 

Upwork uses a commission-based fee structure based on a sliding scale for your jobs and projects. The more you earn, the smaller the fee. 

Total Client Billing

Upwork Commission Fee

Up to first $500

20%

$500.01 – $10,000

10%

$10,000 or more 

5%

If you participate in the Upwork Payroll service, service fees are waived. Additionally, if Upwork awards you with Top Rated or Rising Talent status, reduced fees may apply if you are hired for a Featured Job

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What are the pros and cons to Upwork?

Pros:

  • A multi-faceted approach to hiring.
  • Recruiter support.
  • No service fees with payroll enrollment.

Cons:

  • A limited number of Connects each month.
  • Must pay for extra Connects.
  • Varying service fees.

A gig marketplace to sell your services

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On its website, Fiverr proudly boasts that a gig is purchased every four seconds. It is a service largely known for its logo design, with over 50 million transactions sold on its platform to date. There is also major name recognition with clients that include Facebook, Google, Netflix, and PayPal. 

Jobs are available for freelancers in several areas like graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, music & audio, programming & tech, lifestyle, data, video & animation, and business. Website design, copywriting, SEO, and illustration are all popular services that you will see listed on the platform. However, there are tons of categories to choose from. Clients can use a comprehensive search tool to find the right freelancer for their needs, or you can be proactive and simply add your own products or services for sale. It is free to sign up, and after creating your seller profile, you can begin to create gigs or packages that show off your skills and attract employers. 

There are four seller levels for every freelancer using Fiverr:

  • New Seller: Inexperienced sellers new to Fiverr begin here.
  • Level 1 seller:  A seller must successfully complete 10 highly-rated gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 60 days.
  • Level 2 seller: A seller must successfully complete 50 highly-rated, on-time gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 120 days.
  • Top-rated seller: A seller must successfully complete 100 highly-rated, on-time gigs for a minimum of $20 000 and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 180 days.

Once you post your profile and your jobs or services, you are ready to go. When a client purchases a project, you get a notification to begin work. New to the service is Fiverr business, which is created for teams and allows businesses to work with experienced freelancers. If you’re a brand-new freelancer, there is no need to worry, either. Fiverr has excellent resources to help you grow, like the on-demand tutorial Learn from Fiverr. For simpler bookkeeping, it integrates with the AND CO app, which allows for proposals and task management, in addition to invoicing. Fiverr skips the hourly rates, instead opting for flat-rate gigs and projects. 

The platform offers the capability for projects that range in price from $5 to $10 000.

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Fiverr keeps it simple with no fees. There is no subscription to sign up for, and you do not have to pay anything to list services. When you complete a job, Fiverr simply takes 20% off each transaction.  

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What are the pros and cons to Fiverr?

Pros:

  • Free to join.
  • Complimentary ads for services.
  • Tons of freelancer resources.

Cons:

  • No hourly projects.
  • 20% service fee.
  • $10 000 project cap.

Which is the right freelance job website for you?

Upwork vs. Fiverr: At a glance

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Upwork

Fiverr

Free plan

Yes

Yes

Commission

5% – 20%

20%

Customer support

24/7

24/7

Both have many similarities, so it is important to consider several important factors that can help you find the right freelance job site for you. 

  • Cost: When you are a freelancer trying to make money, the last thing you want to do is spend your earnings on expensive membership fees. Before you sign up, consider what costs are associated with using the service, whether it is a membership fee or a commission. 

  • Customer service: Consider which service offers the type of customer support that is most beneficial for you. For example, if you work late hours, you may prefer a freelance service that has 24/7 customer support.

  • Terms and conditions: It often pays to read the fine print, so you are aware of what requirements and fees govern the site. 

  • Clients: One way to tell a service’s legitimacy is through the customers that they service. Take the time to see what kinds of projects have been successfully completed on the platform and for whom.

  • Payment: When it comes time to be paid, you want to be sure that your service will work in conjunction with your preferred payment methods. Check to see what payment and deposit options are available, as well as timelines for each, so you can be sure that these payment terms will work with your finances. 

What is the primary difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Although very similar, Fiverr and Upwork conduct business in separate ways. While Fiverr creates a welcome environment for gig work, Upwork tends to possess a more singular focus toward hourly and flat-rate projects. 

What is the primary cost difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Fiverr takes a flat 20% commission off all projects, but Upwork uses a sliding scale. Depending on your plan, Upwork takes between 5% and 20% off each service. 

What is a freelance job website?

A freelance job website is a way to collect, apply, and sell services to clients using a third-party platform. It is a popular type of virtual work for freelancers. 

Are there alternative freelance job websites worth considering?

The best freelance sites for jobs are a great place to start when considering which job sites to use. In addition to Upwork and Fiverr, these services also offer attractive features for freelancers looking for virtual and remote jobs:

See more: The best freelance websites: Find jobs and remote work

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