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Freelancer shares Canadian metrics as platform hits 15 million worldwide users. Freelancer.com announced an impressive new milestone today, as the freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace claimed that it now has over 15 million registered users worldwide. Speaking with Freelancer’s Regional Director for North America, Nik Badminton, I was able to get a sense of what role Canada has played in the marketplace’s growth (our fair nation is notably the company’s headquarters for its North American operations). He told me that with over 240,000 users, Canada has placed in the platform’s top ten countries for the first time ever, following 20% growth over the past year. Badminton expects that growth to continue. Freelancer expects more growth to come as the company engages with startups and small businesses across the country.

“More Canadians than ever are being provided stable, and fast, Internet connections,” he said. Badminton was able to provide additional statistics on the Canadian freelancing market. Freelancer.com: 15 Million Lives Changed by Freelancer. 15MUsers PressRelease. 15MUsers PressRelease. The Toptal Screening Process. Benefits of Hiring Independent Contractors for Your Dev Team. About Us | LocalSolo Freelance.

The talent landscape is changing. Whether your company is an award-winning agency, an innovative startup, a worldwide corporation, or beloved local business, more and more of your workforce is going contract. Hiring freelance allows you to be nimble, project-focused and cost-effective, placing the best resources right where you need them, when you need them, for exactly how long you need them. We built LocalSolo in Vancouver, British Columbia, to connect you directly to the best contract talent in your city. We don’t think it should be difficult, time consuming, or expensive, to find the top local freelancers your business requires for success.

Mark Fromson Co-Founder / CEO Mark is a boutique agency owner, freelance digital project manager and UX architect with 16 years agency experience in the US and Canada. Stephen Hayes-McCoy Co-Founder / CTO Stephen is a freelance full-stack web developer with 10 years agency experience in Ireland and Canada. Upwork (formerly oDesk) vs Elance vs Freelancer and 99designs - Infographic. Online global outsourcing is growing at a rapid pace with a projected growth of over 40% for the industry. The biggest platforms are Upwork (formerly oDesk), Elance, Freelancer and 99designs, although 99designs is really a different category as it’s a crowdsourcing site more focused on design, whereas the other platforms encompass any type of online work. We have a newer article about the competitors to Upwork here: 17 Upwork Alternatives That Will Help You Outsource Jobs to Grow Your Business In this infographic we compared the platforms according to funding received, number of freelancers and jobs posted, percentage they charge and cumulative earnings of freelancers.

Great information if you are interested in the online outsourcing space! Free Bonus! UPDATE: We got a comment from Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer. “The graphics are neat but the numbers sourced for the infographic are way off.

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'Working Not Working,' a New Way to Find Freelance Creatives | Agency News - Advertising Age. A new site is trying to take the guesswork out of freelancing -- for both independent professionals and the agencies that hire them. "Working Not Working," hopes to streamline the process of hiring and getting hired through a social-network-like platform and some handy tools. It was created by Justin Gignac (right), freelancer, artist and former art director at agencies like Toy, Fallon and Ogilvy & Mather and fellow Ogilvy alum Adam Tompkins, CD at DraftFCB who also worked at Amalgamated.

Freelancers who sign up create profiles that include their availability status as well as job titles, years and categories of experience, location, "vouches" from hiring managers or other freelancers on the site and, of course, rate. The last can feature a single dollar sign (up to $49/hour or $499 day) to four (upward of $150/hour or $1,500/day). The site is in beta and free but will be behind a paywall starting Monday. The idea came out of a tool that Mr. While Messrs. About Freelancer. Online labour exchanges: The workforce in the cloud.

FOR translating a 22-minute video from English into Spanish at short notice, 7Brands Global Content, a professional-translation firm based in New York, quoted “approximately $1,500”. This fee seems in line with the local going rate for the job from a firm which boasts membership of three professional associations and clients such as Chase and Bank of America.

Not so long ago, paying the local rate was the only option. Today anyone seeking to get this sort of job done is only a click away from the whole world of professionals competing to do it far cheaper. That same translation job was advertised on Elance.com and oDesk.com, the two busiest among several newish online marketplaces for work, or “talent exchanges”. On Elance it soon attracted 25 bids, from individuals in 15 countries. For around half the bidders, this would be their first job, which raised questions about how good their work would be (especially the Uruguayan who promised to “translate your interview perfetly”). 2015 Work Predictions: Virtual Is the New Reality - Upwork. What business trends are set to drive online work in 2015? Elance-oDesk’s vibrant, global community is at the forefront of making virtual work the new reality — and that community is thriving.

The freelance economy boomed in 2014, with businesses spending nearly $1 billion hiring through our online workplace. That space is also growing: a seminal study we conducted with the Freelancers Union found that 53 million Americans had freelanced in the past year. Elance-oDesk’s 2014 Global Online Work Report shows the upward trajectory of online work. How will that change how you hire or work differently over the next year? Many say that the jury is still out as to whether Swift, Apple’s new programming language, will win the hearts of developers and outshine more traditional choices. Our data shows otherwise. There are currently 1.5 million virtual assistants registered across Elance.com and oDesk.com (Elance-oDesk) — a number equal to the population of Phoenix, AZ.

The Global Online Work Report. Global Business Survey. oConomy Archives - Upwork. Global Business Survey.