Elance has been a leading force in connecting freelance workers with the businesses who hire them for over 15 years. In 2014, Elance joined forces with another leader in the freelance community, oDesk, to form a new combined venture, relaunched in 2015 as Upwork. By merging their ideas and technology, Upwork offers the best resources for companies to hire and work with the best freelancers across a wide range of categories, including writers, designers, programmers, marketers, engineers, translators, customer service, finance, management and legal professionals. Upwork boasts over 9 million registered freelancers, and over $1 billion of work sourced annually. Businesses can post job listings here for free, and freelancers can browse for jobs and create profiles for free, too. Upwork makes it simple for global partners to work together from all different parts of the world, by offering 100% payment protection and handling all paperwork and details for you.