Announcing the 2018 Kalo Best Companies for Freelancers List
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26 February 2019 / Freelance Economy

Announcing the 2018 Kalo Best Companies for Freelancers List

We’re excited to announce  our annual best companies to freelance for list. The Kalo best recognizes the best companies to freelance for each year - as voted by freelancers.

2018 has been a big year for professionals, for freelancers, for consultants, for independent workers of all kinds. The growth of this workforce is stretching beyond specific industries or job roles - it’s creating careers and brand new lifestyles and forcing change at the corporate, economic and political level.

The world of work has changed - it's far bigger than just the people that sit next to you in an office and the continued rise of freelancer is indicative of the trend. Freelancers are contributing at every level of companies in meaningful ways. Here at Kalo, our mission is to enable professionals of all types to work with anyone, anywhere. We help companies remove the barriers and borders associated with work and empower freelancers to achieve their full potential.

About the List
The 2018 Best Companies To Freelance For list was built by directly surveying over 1600 freelancers and analyzing interactions between over 200k freelancers and 4,000 companies. We asked freelancers which companies they freelanced with this this year and which ones they would recommend as a good place to freelance and why (see more on our methodology). The four benchmarks are as follows:

  • Communication
  • Utilization of skills
  • Time to payment
  • Inclusion

The 2018 Top 10

  • Airbnb
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Nike
  • Washington post
  • New York Times
  • Thrillist
  • Lendingtree
  • IDEO
  • The Daily Dot

See the full list at



Why Do We Do Kalo Best Each Year?
We know freelancers are underrepresented, despite being the driving force behind some of the world’s most innovative companies. Their voice isn’t being heard and we want to change that.
Kalo empowers freelancers to achieve their potential. We want to represent the voice of every person who has carved their own path, and to provide a platform for them to have the chance to do their best work and to get paid fairly for it. We felt a new list, with benchmarks geared around freelance criteria, was needed to bring more transparency to the industry. Freelancers need to know the best workplaces that reward their unique brand of work, and companies can benefit from knowing what they can do to be competitive among the freelance workforce.

What’s New This Year?
In addition to asking about the companies that freelancers enjoyed working with, this year we extended the survey to gather additional insights into the freelance lifestyle. Some key takeaways include:

  • 40% of those surveyed said they felt the companies they worked for treated them worse than full-time employees
  • 52% who were regularly paid late reported feeling stressed and anxious as a result.
  • For these freelancers, 61% believe the freelance lifestyle is healthier than a traditional full-time position and 62% believe their mental health and wellbeing is better.

We’re looking forward to what the next year holds for freelancers and the companies that work with them. We can’t wait to see what the 2019 Kalo Best looks like.




Peter Johnston

Peter Johnston

Founder & CEO @ Kalo

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