Freelancer.com is one of the largest marketplaces for freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing. It allows small businesses to hire freelancers from all around the globe. Employers can hire freelancers specialized in the fields of sales, marketing, accounting, software, data entry and etc.
Freelancer.com was launched in 2009 by Matt Barrie and has headquarters located in Sydney, Australia. Freelancer.com has offices located in some other big cities of the world as well; Jakarta, Manila, London and Buenos Aires.
Today, Freelancer.com has more than 7.8 million registered freelancers. It has more than 4.6 million projects posted to date. Freelancer.com has acquired several global outsourcing websites so far, e.g. GetAfreelancer.com (Sweden), Lime Exchange (USA), Freelancer.co.uk (United Kingdom), vWorker and etc.
Using Freelancer.com is very simple for both the clients and employees. Client only needs to post the project on Freelancer.com website. Then he will start receiving applications from freelancers. Interested freelancers are required to bid for the projects; if the client finds the bid impressive then freelancer will be granted with the project. About 7.8 million freelancers are there to complete a job for the minimal cost.
Freelancer.com has different membership categories that allow it to generate its revenue stream. In addition to the membership fee, free members (both employees and employers) also need to pay a certain percentage of their project fee to Freelancer.com. In addition to that all Australian members are required to pay 10% GST on all fees.
Matt Barrie is an Australian technology entrepreneur and has been working as an CEO of freelancer.com since its launch. He also works as an adjunct associate professor in the University of Sydney. He has been teaching computer and network security there for more than a decade. Matt is a Stanford University electrical engineering graduate. Matt’s Freelancer.com has net worth of somewhere between US $100 and US $250 according to Deloitte.
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(YouTube Release: May, 2012)