vs. Toptal

(and other marketplaces, too)

Thinking of hiring a freelance developer?

It’s harder than it seems.

About half of our customers are senior engineers themselves, and they still have trouble making the right hire. It’s even harder if you’re not an engineer.

There are lots of compelling reasons to use a service to help find candidates, but it's imperative that you choose the right service for your needs. There's a difference.

Read on for a few comparison points between and Toptal (and similar, so-called 'Marketplaces'), including features, customer experiences, pricing, and thoughts from current customers that have made the switch.

We're different than a typical marketplace in three key areas. 

Our talent pool is more engaged.

Our engineers are full-time freelancers and dedicated masters of their craft.

To be eligible for projects, they must commit to at least 20 hours per week of client work and remain available during North American business hours. As such, over 90% of our talent community is US-based. 

Successful freelance engagements are a result of passionate, committed engineers — not mercenaries or moonlighters. 

We have tighter vetting

Even if you’re an engineer, hiring engineers is tricky business. It’s time intensive, expensive to get right, and catastrophic to get wrong.

While other sites just do automated code testing, we put freelancers through four separate assessments before they bill a single hour from a client. We have the most comprehensive vetting process in the entire freelance industry.

We test each freelancer’s ability to manage a remote engagement. We look for qualities every client cares about: communication habits, reliability, estimation skill, ability to prioritize, and more.

We test each freelancer’s technical acumen through an automated coding exam, a live coding exercise, and a technical interview with a member of our engineering team.

We verify each freelancer’s commitment to exceptional client service through an interview with our executive team. freelancers are not just skilled engineers — they are Professional Freelancers who take their job and your projects seriously.

We round out our process with full reference checks on your behalf with their previous clients and employers. 

We present talent faster

Having to wait weeks to hire someone when you need them yesterday is painful.

So is being constantly inundated with phone calls from recruiters and development shops asking you for your business.

We move as fast as you do. We can present freelance engineers to you within 48 hours — but you are in no obligation to hire anybody whom we introduce.

We understand that your needs evolve by the day — and we’re flexible. But, when you're in a hurry, we’re the fastest talent service in the industry.

Trusted by engineering teams committed to excellence.


Get exceptional talent and a service experience to match.


The Gun team is smart, personable, hard-working, and they deliver results. We work collaboratively with them to find great engineers, and the end result is well designed, well built, and rock-solid.

Christopher H.
They have been great partners to work with. Every time I mention a need for something new, they have talent available within a few days. Their pricing is also hassle-free, which takes away the cognitive overhead of signing additional contracts.
Chris N.
I really like both the talent and honesty at  They know their long term success comes from helping their clients succeed. I really feel like we found a true partner in
Jayson M.

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We can introduce you to triple-interviewed, reference-checked engineers within 48 hours of a short phone call with us.

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