Freelancer.com – founded in Sydney in 2009 – is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace with over 23 million users and 11 million jobs.
Finding work online - where should you go?
It has suddenly become much, much easier to go freelance. The creation, and subsequent rise, of online digital marketplace platforms, has helped facilitate a freelance boom.
At face value, they’re a win-win for everybody. Flexibility, availability of work, worldwide networking and removing the potentially time-consuming rigours of finding work are all huge upsides to the contemporary way of working.
With dozens of platforms to choose from, ranging from minimum-wage to high-spec, high-skill work, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
They work by taking a commission based on the value of the work undertaken. They vary from five per cent on some platforms to a fifth on others.
Here IPSE outlines some of the major players in the world of the online freelance platform and how they’re helping to spearhead the dynamic Twenty-first-century labour market.
Weliketowork's offering is uniquely geared toward providing clients with a quality service by ensuring freelancers are paid fairly for their skills and experience. To deliver a quality service, weliketowork.com is an exclusive UK only marketplace, which means clients can be confident of finding a freelancer with the additional benefits of local qualifications, market knowledge and cultural awareness. "The essential thing when hiring a freelancer is trust", says Jonny Dunning, CEO, weliketowork.com.
"We're trying to deliver quality over quantity and believe that good work deserves a fair price. It's why we're exclusive to the UK, to create a very transparent marketplace and a simple model our freelancers and our clients trust."
All kinds of freelancers, from accountants to app developers, use the platform. Digital, design and marketing professionals are particularly well represented, reflecting a wider trend towards remote working in these sectors. Average day rates vary by assignment, but the majority of freelancers using weliketowork.com charge in the region of £20-£50 per hour.
Jonny is keen to stress the weliketowork.com platform supports freelancers by avoiding the auction scenario that creates a race to the bottom. "We don't have an auction bidding structure and use blind bids to avoid people undercutting each other for the sake of it and encourage our freelancers to put forward their best offer." He continues, "There's a high calibre of freelancers using our platform - that's the part of the market we're tapping into. We're concentrating on helping talented freelancers find higher value work by tackling more complex projects that clients need to outsource."
Whatever your skillset, you’re bound to find somebody on Freelancer.com who needs it. It’s easy to sign up and, for peace of mind, both freelancers and clients are vetted with verification of identity, address, phone number and payment methods. There’s an abundance of work available, with new jobs posted every few minutes.
“Businesses are able to get any work done that they can think of,” Joe Griston, Regional Director of Europe at Freelancer.com told IPSE. “They don’t have to go through the rigorous process of hiring permanent staff; they don’t have to take on the cost of hiring permanent staff.
They can have freelancers with a multitude of skills. They can use many different freelancers on a regular ad hoc basis as and when the work comes up.”
Over 11 million jobs have been posted on its pages, and 23 million freelancers currently use the site, making it the biggest of its kind in the world. This means that there is both lots of work and plenty of competition.
Upwork hosts a wide variety of projects and assignments. The site uses sophisticated algorithms to recommend a select few freelancers to clients posting a job, making the freelancers and client ideally tailored to work together. It allows clients to set questions for all potential applicants before getting in touch, so as to better ascertain their individual suitability for the required work.
Creative freelancers with strong existing experience should consider YunoJuno, a hand-picked community of London’s top independent talent. If you’re based elsewhere, fear not – there are plans for a big rollout to other locations too.
There’s the potential to work with some big names; tech agencies like Ogilvy and Havas, top brands including Selfridges, Virgin and Ted Baker, and some of London’s fastest growing start-ups all use YunoJuno freelancers.
“The work is extremely appealing,” says Steve Cater, YunoJuno Communications Partner. “As we’re a curated community – on both sides – freelancers get to work on exciting, awardwinning and innovative projects for the best businesses and brands in the world.”
YunoJuno also removes some of the inconveniences that often come with freelancing. Payment, for example, is always made within 14 days and freelancers never have to chase an invoice. Timesheets are made simple and are linked directly to freelancers’ invoices.
Independent professionals can make extremely good money on the platform if they have the right background. Day rates range from £300 to upwards of £1,500, while the average user falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.
“One of the tenets that drive us at YunoJuno is the idea of adding value rather than extracting it,” Cater continues. “Everything we build, and the partnerships we secure, passes through this filter and is delivering a new way to be, and hire, a premium level freelancer.
Most importantly, the freelancer can discuss their day rate directly with the employer about the work required. As a real marketplace, it’s those who need the resource and those who have the skills who are in control.”