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January 21, 2018, 12:38:26 AM
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Hi everyone,

My partner and I are working on creating a freelancing platform that connects businesses and individual hirers with talented freelancers. Our vision is to enable both parties to seamlessly do business with each other at minimal cost.

Currently, our platform is live www.workingforbitcoins.com. We support bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. We hope to support other currencies and languages in the near future.

How does this platform help hirers and businesses?:
  • Connects businesses and freelancers from across the world.
  • Supports multiple cryptocurrencies (BTC, ETH, LTC).
  • Focuses on the development of the crypto community.
  • Free to use - reduction in cost relative to other freelancing websites.
  • Amazing support from my partner and I  Smiley.

You can post a job or sign up to support the development of the platform. This will help us know if it would be worthwhile our time to further work on this project.

We also think the platform is valuable to the crypto community as a whole, as it will help increase the daily usage of cryptocurrencies. Thus, increasing the legitimacy of cryptocurrency as a transactional currency.

In case you are interested in learning more, I have written a blog post on the vision of the platform:
https://medium.com/@workingforbitcoins/the-cryptocurrency-freelancing-platform-workingforbitcoins-com-wfb-754d9a0dcb54

Feedback, advice, and questions are welcomed. We are also looking to partner with other firms and individuals.

We don't generate any revenue. Donations are greatly appreciated to help us continue developing the labor marketplace for crypto-based projects and tasks.

Thank you!

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January 21, 2018, 01:18:20 AM
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Move this to project development please. Or move it to service announcements/discussion.

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January 21, 2018, 12:06:49 PM
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So far i`ve never seen any successfull freelance platform supporting cryptocurrency payments.
There were other attempts for creating such platforms,but the really good freelancers just don`t want to join.
I guess that you will have to compete with the giants in the freelance industry-Fiverr,Upwork,Freelance.com,because everybody is using them and they are already established.
It`s great that you don`t charge fees,but your project won`t survive without any revenue.
Good luck with this platform.
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January 21, 2018, 03:32:48 PM
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So far i`ve never seen any successfull freelance platform supporting cryptocurrency payments.
There were other attempts for creating such platforms,but the really good freelancers just don`t want to join.
I guess that you will have to compete with the giants in the freelance industry-Fiverr,Upwork,Freelance.com,because everybody is using them and they are already established.
It`s great that you don`t charge fees,but your project won`t survive without any revenue.
Good luck with this platform.

Many parts of the platform was built by freelancers using the site (talented freelancers). In the past, the crypto market was much smaller. As it is expanding, there may be a bigger market now for a crypto-based platform.

 

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January 23, 2018, 06:38:10 PM
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Interested in partnering?

Pm'd you.
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January 23, 2018, 07:39:19 PM
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I mostly see a site that supports/focuses on one cryptocurrency and I think supporting Eth and LTC or any other crypto is an advantage. Though your domain should be something like workingforcrypto now Grin In your homepage, I saw that the number of jobs per category was listed. Isn't it better if expired and completed jobs won't be counted? As a user, I expected that there are xx no. of jobs available to choose from, however after viewing, most of them were expired/completed.

Good luck on your project!
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January 23, 2018, 07:56:59 PM
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Have you checked out Blocklancer ? They are doing something similar on a larger scale.Your website seems fine but needs lot of work on the UI/UX.

There were other attempts for creating such platforms,but the really good freelancers just don`t want to join.
I guess that you will have to compete with the giants in the freelance industry-Fiverr,Upwork,Freelance.com,because everybody is using them and they are already established.
It`s great that you don`t charge fees,but your project won`t survive without any revenue.
Good luck with this platform.
1.Correct,they were not successful because they had no content.Freelancers don't really care what website it is if they have jobs they can work on,they will join.
2.Those commercial mainstream websites is filled with shit loads of novices who don't deliver on time.Not to mention but there are companies rather than individual freelancers taking jobs there.

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January 25, 2018, 04:55:45 AM
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I checked your site.
You need improve it, run promotion!
need more ads for this.
Really little jobs here.
Good luck!
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January 25, 2018, 07:03:04 AM
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Let me be factual here. The crypto freelancing market is still very much in it's developing state and the ones available have been centralised to big communities. I can't think of any thing you want to do for crypto that is not available on the forum as at today or ask any question that someone is not ready to provide answer which answer the question why do I need to go register on another platform.

At the same time, there are a lot of other freelancing websites that caters for payment through other means e.g fiverr, peopleperhour, truelancer etc which means we are left with clients who are already aware of crypto currencies and they fall in those described above.

I am not going to discourage you as I just outline some of the challenges that might be faced , not to be filled with the expectation that immediately you do some ads or campaigns like someone have suggested, everybody just keep rolling in. It might not work that way. My opinion




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January 25, 2018, 07:21:54 AM
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I love the UI and UX of your website. Good job.
You'll have to compete with the giants like Fiverr and Upwork.
To succeed, you'll have to run promotions and ad campaign. I believe if promotion is done in the right way, you will reach your target market.
good job so far..
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January 25, 2018, 11:54:42 AM
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I'm a freelancer in my second serious stint so I'll contribute my experience here, if only because I do want to see better platforms for those like myself, whom I feel are part of the growing "global citizen", highly mobile by circumstance, and only available to work remotely. My first experiences as a freelancer [in content producing/writing] was in the late 90s to 2004, and more recently, since early 2016 so that's almost two years in the current environment.

Surprisingly, not much has changed in terms of facilitating yourself. Most important is payment settlement, invoicing and tax. Apart from a few years in the late 90s, where most people still wanted to pay in cheque (North America, where all the business was), I settled later on digital money: e-gold for a good many years, until it got stopped in its tracks by regulations, and then Paypal. Today, apart from existing long-term clients who still do Paypal for tax purposes, I now only accept crypto payments, chiefly in Bitcoin. In my country of citizenship, income earned from non-domestic sources are not taxable, so I have no issues yet.

Other things have changed. On the surface, work should be easier to source with all the platforms now available, but they've brought their own sets of problems:
1. Saturation of low-quality freelancers. The quality of freelancers as a whole has dropped drastically since the mid-2000s. I'm not just talking about English language here, although that is the most obvious. Visit any of these platforms, especially the ones supporting Bitcoin, and you find no shortage of willing applicants to any job posting. They're English speakers, but not native (though arguably, non-native speakers tend to be have stronger technical writing). And because they're able to charge much lower rates due to cost of living in their countries, they appear more attractive.
2. Further, because job posters themselves aren't necessarily able to distinguish average quality from high quality content, there's no reason for them to pay more when it appears cheaper writers can complete the work satisfactorily.
3. Search algorithms are still far behind in catching up with good quality too. With machine rewriting software cheaply (or freely) available, some freelancers can mass produce content - and since Google and co. can't distinguish these, they're still good enough for SEO campaigns to work. Don't believe me? Check out the freelancers who'll happily do $1 per article, up to 100s a week. This is only possible with automated rewriting tools.

What your platform can attempt to do different, at least in terms of content production (though I don't see why not for other sectors):
1. Establish a standard or benchmark minimum wage per hour, categorised by quality and complexity. This can be done by averaging verified quality products against rates charged.
2. Better ratings systems/trust systems that verify competency by proof of finished products rated by authorities (I see blockchain could help here). Currently, all the platforms have basic ratings systems that don't really help you identify good freelancers.
3. Raters should be qualified users willing to authenticate their own qualifications - whether its a professional career or a degree. These will be authorities whose ratings will count towards competency.

What you and your partner could do now is work on the latter approaches, to build something unique. And then, form partnerships with reputable jobposters to start the ball rolling - much like work as a headhunter.

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