Freelancing Platform Phenomenon

Globalization brought about by the advancements in technology, communication and transportation has created a fiercely competitive marketplace, where only the most innovative, flexible and lean businesses can survive and subsequently prosper.

In such a world with no borders, where economies are volatile and budgets are tight, outsourcing in one form or the other has taken over and became the usual modus operandi for many companies world over. From the pay-as-you go and software as a service (SaaS) business models to flat out staff augmentation, outsourcing coupled with professional services are here to stay.

Such demand for outsourcing has kickstarted new freelancing platforms revolution which aims to fulfill myriad needs of the clients in seamless fashion. While freelancing platforms range in their business models, look and feel, user experience, quality of freelancers, cost associated with it etc. all of them are in essence creating part-time jobs for freelancers across the world and helping clients get their jobs done.

By design, freelancing platforms work on principle of a part-time job broker where in registered freelancers are matched with adequate clients on regular basis in hope that two sides come to an agreement and conduct business through a respective platform. In essence, freelancers who are seeking to provide services need to register and complete their profiles on any one of the freelancing platforms in anticipation of clients with needs they can fulfill with their skills and experience.

It’s worth noting that some of the older freelancing platforms such as UpWork that have been in business for several years are touting their millions strong freelancers base, while others newer and more disruptive freelancing platform such as the Parttimerz believe that less is more and are solely focused on quality of their freelancers and delivery of the best freelancing service that money can buy.

So with myriad of freelancing platforms available, it comes down to clients needs and preferences as to what platform is best suited for them to use – quantity over quality or quality over quantity. The good news is, there’s plenty of choice so choose wisely.


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