What is Apify Freelancers?

Apify Freelancers is a convenient and cost-effective way to order a scraping or automation tool. The aim is to provide the most frictionless data extraction experience possible. It's as easy as requesting a project through the following form!

Why should I order my web scraping project on Apify Freelancers?

Each Apify Freelancers developer has been carefully selected and onboarded by Apify staff, and has successfully completed several web scraping projects for us before being added to Apify Freelancers. You can rest easy knowing you are getting a certified and reliable developer who will deliver your solution on time and protected under NDA. An Apify moderator is also available to help with any questions or problems that might arise. We also offer a 14 days money-back guarantee, so submitting your web scraping project is really risk-free.

It sounds interesting, but I’m not ready to post my web scraping project yet. Can I read about some of the projects you’ve worked on?

Absolutely! We’ve delivered over a thousand solutions to non-profits and startups all the way to Fortune 500 companies. Check out our Success Stories to learn more about the projects we’ve worked on. And if you would like to, you can also read a case study with one of our Apify Freelancers or check out his Apify profile.

How should I describe my web scraping project?

In as much detail as possible (we even have a guide on how to prepare a good project request). You should describe each step of the process as if you were explaining it to someone who would manually perform each part. This way the developers will be able to give you a detailed proposal and an accurate quote. But if you leave something out, don’t worry; you’ll be in communication with the developer throughout the process and can clarify things later.

What happens after I submit a project?

Developers submit proposals on how they would solve your problem along with a quote and time of delivery. You can evaluate them and choose the one that’s best for you. On average, each web scraping project receives at least three proposals.

Do I have to pay if I post a project?

Posting a project is non-binding. We don't ask for any kind of payment until you have selected an offer.

What happens if I discover bugs after the solution has been delivered?

You have 14-day bug protection, and the developer will fix any problems for free during this time. After that time, we offer paid assistance in case your web scraper breaks, or you want to add extra features.

How do I know that someone won’t steal my idea if I post a project?

Your projects are only seen by a select few Apify-approved developers who have all signed NDAs. If you'd like to recoup your cost, you can also consider opting in your web scraper into our "Paid Actor Monetization" program. This enables you to publish your web scraper on Apify Store and earn passive income. If you are interested, you can sign up your web scraper or web automation tool here.

How are Apify Freelancers different from Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancers.com?

While freelance platforms like Upwork or Fiverr may look like an oasis of thousands of available and highly skilled web scraping engineers, in reality, choosing the right web scraping developer involves a lot of gray zones at almost every turn, putting at risk deadlines, data quality, and resource allocations. None of these freelance platforms specialize on web scraping or web automation, they are generic platforms where scams are abundant. To help you navigate through this process, we prepared a handy guide on how to to hire web scraping developers.

I’m looking for a large-scale solution with an SLA and ongoing maintenance. Should I post my project on Apify Freelancers?

Apify for Enterprise is a better fit for your project. Apify experts can deliver a complete end-to-end solution for all your web scraping, data extraction, and automation needs.

How much do Apify Freelancers projects usually cost?

Prices usually range from $300-$2000 depending on your use case and its complexity.

Will I be able to talk to Apify staff if I have questions?

Of course! If any questions or problems arise, an Apify moderator will be there to help you.

What will the solution look like?

The solution will be delivered to your Apify account in the form of an Apify actor. You will have access to (and own) the source code. All that is required from your side is clicking a couple of buttons to let your crawler loose.

You may run the actor manually through a browser or set it up on a schedule to run automatically. Of course, you can also use our API. Additionally, we perfectly integrate with services like Zapier.

The output will be available in a variety of formats by default: XLSX, CSV, JSON, HTML, XML, and RSS.

How do I evaluate offers?

Take into consideration the developer's track record, the quoted price, and the number of days until delivery. Typically, developers with higher ratings place higher bids. Also, shorter time-to-delivery commands a higher price. We currently allow a maximum of 3 offers per project.

Clicking on the developer's name will take you to their Apify profile where you'll be able to read what our customers had to say about them, as well as see their current rating, number of reviews, and experience level.

Do I need to leave my computer on when the actor is running?

No. The solution will run on the Apify platform (in the cloud). Once you start an actor, you can turn off your computer. Apify servers are up 24/7, so we take care of all that.

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How do I test the solution?

Once the solution is ready, the developer will provide sample data for you to go through. On the project page, you'll find links to a sample dataset (as well a sample run). Just click on one the links (HTML, JSON, CSV or Excel) to check the data.

Once you're satisfied with the sample dataset, you may click on the Accept solution which will copy the actor to your account. You may also Request changes.

Clicking on the Accept solution button is non-binding, and the 14 days money-back guarantee still applies.

How do I run the delivered solution?

On the delivered actor's page, scroll down to the Developer console section. Click on the Run button to start the actor. When the Editor mode is selected, the input (if any) can be entered through a graphical user interface.

Will the solution be accessible to others?

No. The actor will only be available to you, and you will own the source code. It will never be made public.

How do I estimate the running costs?

Crawling the web requires a certain amount of resources. The delivered solutions require modern and scalable hardware, access to a reliable large-bandwidth network, and a large number of hard-to-detect IP addresses. The Apify platform was built with all that in mind. It integrates all the features needed to scrape the web in a user-friendly package.

Most modern websites have some sort of anti-bot mitigation system in place which means that you will need access to proxy servers in order to obfuscate the origin of the queries (for example, by rotating IP addresses). Proxy servers are a costly infrastructure to maintain, so they do not come free (you get a month's trial of 30 datacenter proxies on your free account). Proxy servers come as standard on all of our subscription plans.

In addition, our plans come with a number of Compute Units (server memory * time). actors that run on the platform will consume server memory and time. You can choose your plans based on your expected consumption.

What happens if the website introduces new protections?

If the change to the website happens within the 14 days money-back guarantee period, we will make any necessary changes without additional costs.

How can I pay the deposit?

Once you choose a developer, you will receive an invoice in your inbox. We currently accept payments through PayPal and bank transfers.

What are the steps of the process?

  • Send us your project specification, then sit back and wait for offers.

  • Pick the offer that best matches your budget and time constraints.

  • Pay the deposit. We offer a 14 days money-back guarantee!

  • Check the delivered samples and test run your actor.

  • Enjoy hassle-free data extraction.

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