The frustration of freelancer job sites

The freelance market has become over-saturated with job-sites, ranging from large, multi-sector marketplaces to more specified sites that focus on a particular industry or job role. Each of these job-sites offers their own ‘algorithm’ or ‘job-matching technology’ or ‘elite talent base’, but they all have one thing in common; they use a job-posting model that is antiquated, ineffective and not fit for the needs of modern freelance hiring.

When a company posts a job, their inbox becomes flooded with unsuitable applications, and reading through them can be time-consuming. For freelancers, searching and applying for the next job is also very labour-intensive, a task that is often not easy when focused on a project. This makes it difficult to sustain regular work.

While the job-posting model might have proven adequate for the permanent staffing market, the immediacy, frequency and specific skillsets required for project-based work demands a more direct hiring model, one that also supports fluid engagement.

Shallow talent pools and low-paid job-posts

Many freelancer job-sites have gained a reputation for having shallow talent pools and offering low-paid job posts. A major problem is that they use a ‘bidding war’ model, which creates a commoditised marketplace where freelancers from across the globe siloed and compete against each other for work. This encourages undercutting, providing an advantage to freelancers who are able, or willing, to lower rates and drives down rates across the industry.

Shallow talent pools and a poor experience discourages many leading companies from posting to job-sites, leaving only low budget, low-paid opportunities being advertised and further exacerbating the problem.

This has led to industries relying more and more on their existing contacts and networks when they need to hire talent or find work. View Transform your freelance contacts into great work.

No more job-posting, just fast, direct booking

These outdated, competitive models stifle the potential for companies and freelancers to successfully and sustainably hire or find work. With half of the global workforce predicted to be freelance in seven years, this problem needs an immediate solution.

FreelanceDiary enables companies to instantly view the availability of, and group invite, their existing freelancers, as well as identify new, available talent that they can hire. By engaging directly through their Diary, this model provides companies with better access to existing and new talent. The Diary is also more effective for freelancers, who can not only get hired but also generate opportunities with existing and new clients.

FreelanceDiary liberates companies and freelancers from the antiquated, ineffective and expensive hiring processes currently used so that they can concentrate on what they do best, make great work.

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Written by Richard Jeffs
During the 15 years I worked as a TV producer and director of photography, my peers and I grew increasingly frustrated by the outdated and ineffective methods we rely on for hiring, managing and paying freelancers. Busy freelancers are hard-to-reach and job-sites are often ineffective for finding talent. This, as well as inefficiencies in the ongoing management and payment processes, is what drove me to design a dynamic, new way to hire manage and pay.