Freelance Back-end jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you get to work on freelance Back-end jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former Principle Engineer, Senior Back-end Developer, or Ruby Developer, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring back-end developers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal Back-end community:

Jonathan Peterson

Chicago, IL, United States

Jon has over twenty years of professional development experience. For the last ten years or so, he's been concentrating on server-side J... Read More

Eva Bojorges Rodriguez

Texcoco, Mexico

Eva is a skilled back-end developer and machine learning engineer with experience in scalability issues, system administration, and more... Read More

Ted Cohn

Incline Village, NV, United States

Ted has 30+ years as a senior architect, technologist, developer, entrepreneur, and CTO. He led Barnes & Noble's Nook team in Palo Alto,... Read More

Calvin Froedge

Panama City, Panama, Panama

Calvin is a strong Python programmer and an expert JavaScript developer with over 3,000 hours of paid React experience. He has experienc... Read More

Zoran Melis

Zagreb, Croatia

Zoran is a software engineer with over ten years of professional experience with a wide range of technologies. He has worked with C/C++,... Read More

Artem Galtsev

Moscow, Russia

Artem is a web developer and programmer with 9+ years of experience working within large companies and on his own. He enjoys working on ... Read More

Nikola Topalovic

Belgrade, Serbia

Nikola is an experienced software engineer with a strong math and computer science background. His career spanned different domains and ... Read More

See 3 typical Back-end jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite back-end developers for their mission-critical jobs.

Principle Engineer
Ruby, Rspec, AWS, PostgreSQL

We are large software consultancy with many enterprise clients looking for an engineer to help us design and implement our analytics tool's processing engine. The work will mainly consist of integrating with various API providers and fetching data, as well as transforming and storing the data in our proprietary databases.

Social E-Commerce Platform Developer
Node.js, Amazon Web Services, Google Maps API

We are a startup looking for a full-stack developer to build a location-based e-commerce marketplace. Ideally, the developer we work with will have experience with Google Maps APIs, Amazon Web Services, and payment gateway integration. Our goal is to deliver a fully-featured, polished product that we can take to market right away.

Backend Developer
Python, Django, PostgreSQL, Celery, Redis

We are a startup building a B2C-oriented product that is in the early stages of adoption on the market. Our backend is build with Python and Django and we are looking to expand our small team with another backend developer who will help us push the roadmap forward.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
HP Enterprises worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their team in Israel.
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Zendesk trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
Thumbtack hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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NetApp hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Publish technical papers alongside back-end developers on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of back-end developers.

Why do top Back-end experts join Toptal?

Guillaume Fradin

Developer
London, United Kingdom

Guillaume has been working with leading global media companies for 15 years, while also enjoying smaller scale projects. He particularly enjoys working with Ruby and any image-based technology, such as webgl. In his free time, he cycles, climbs, and shoots films.

Toptal has enabled me to meet and work with clients from diverse industries and with very different requirements. They were all a pleasure to work with, and this has allowed me to push myself, keep learning, and benefit from a flexible environment.

Tomislav Capan

Full-stack Node.js Developer
Zagreb, Croatia

Tomislav is a software engineer, technical consultant, and architect with over 10 years of experience. He specializes in full-stack, highly scalable, real-time JavaScript and Node.js applications, with experience in C#, Java, and Ruby. He is an agile Kanban practitioner who loves to collaborate on development projects.

Node.js has a special place in the programming world since it is not always the right fit for every project but does offer unique advantages when utilized. Connecting with businesses who fully make use of the advantages of Node.js has always been challenging. With Toptal, there are so many opportunities to find the perfect match of technical challenges on a project, as well as the ability to positively impact a client’s business and feel like I am making a difference.

Radek Nováček

Full-stack Developer
Czech Republic

Radek is a full-stack software developer with over ten years of experience with various programming languages and technologies. His expertise ranges from development of low-level operating system management tools, databases, and back-ends for information systems to desktop, mobile, and web apps.

Python is one of most versatile languages out there. Toptal offers opportunities in a full range of Python projects and provided me with jobs that match my area of expertise while allowing me to extend my skillset further. Toptal really eased the burden of searching for new clients, making the process as streamlined as possible.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.

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