The Freelance Project, a New Zealand-only online outsourcing marketplace, went live yesterday, connecting professional freelancers with businesses.
It's a local alternative to the international giants oDesk and Elance, and founder Kevin Sun says already nearly 20 users have signed up to the database.
Project categories include software, mobile application, web design, content writing, graphic design, video production and data entry.
Sun, who hails from the recruitment field and has previously worked on Wall Street, admits The Freelance Project is in competition with local site Hired Guns, but says as well as professionals it targets the massive stay-home parent market, where candidates might offer services ranging from transcription to translation.
And obviously, keeping it local is a plus; global outsourcing sites are flooded with cheap bids, mostly from countries like India and China.
The process is simple. Clients post a project on the website for free, then sit back and wait for bids to roll in.
The site provides a feedback and rating system as well as an online payment platform and a messaging system have been set in place to allow clear communication between both parties.
"I want to try and change the way employment works in New Zealand," Sun says.
Sun says he knows too many skilled people who can't land a traditional job.
“Turning traditional employment methods into a digital outsourcing marketplace not only means saving money for businesses but also providing skilled professionals with more income opportunities in the so-called recession and a self-managed lifestyle.”