Freelancer.com

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Freelancer
Type of business Public
Type of site
Freelance marketplace
Available in English, German, French, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Filipino, Dutch
Traded as ASXFLN
Founded 2009
Headquarters Freelancer
Level 20
680 George Street
Sydney, Australia
, Australia
Country of origin Australia
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Matt Barrie
CEO Matt Barrie
Key people Matt Barrie, CEO
Neil Katz, CFO
Peter Phillips, VP Eng
Chris Koch, Deputy CFO
Industry Freelance marketplace, Online outsourcing, Employment website
Employees 470 (March 2016)
Website Freelancer.com
Alexa rank 452 (April 2014)[1]
Registration Required
Users 21,084,499 (Nov. 2, 2016)
Launched 2009
Current status Active

Freelancer is a global crowdsourcing marketplace website, which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. Founded in 2009, its headquarters is located in Sydney, Australia, though it also has offices in Southern California, Vancouver, London, Buenos Aires, Manila, and Jakarta.

Description[edit]

Freelancer is a marketplace where employers and employees are able to find each other. The site allows employers to post work to get done. Anybody is then able to offer quotes to complete the project, upon which point the original employer is able to award the work.

Freelancer has acquired several crowdsourcing marketplaces including Get A Freelancer.com and EUFreelance.com (founded by Magnus Tibell in 2004, Sweden),[2] LimeExchange (a former business of Lime Labs LLC, USA),[3] Scriptlance.com (founded by Rene Trescases in 2001, Canada)[4]- one of the early pioneers in freelancing, Freelancer.de Booking Center (Germany), Freelancer.co.uk (United Kingdom),[5] Webmaster-talk.com (USA), a forum for webmasters,[6] and vWorker (founded by Ian Ippolito, USA).[7]

As of 29 March 2016, the company has set up 44 regional marketplaces and operates in 34 languages and 21 currencies.[8] India[9][10] and Latin America.[11] On 2 April 2014, Freelancer acquired Ukraine based digital content marketplace-Fantero.[12]

In April 2015, Freelancer acquired Escrow.com, a provider of Internet escrow services based in the United States.[13]

Freelancer takes a 10% fee, which can be reduced with paid monthly membership, with a minimum fee of $5.[14] The company has recently announced its new move into home and local services, staying first in its home market of Australia.[15]

Most of Freelancer's users come from India, the United States, Philippines, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom, but it is represented through its user network in 247 countries, regions, and territories; and in both emerging and developed markets. The top three job categories that most frequently get job requests are IT and software, 34%; design, media and architecture, 31%; and writing & content, 13%. The company has offices in Manila, Philippines; Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, United Kingdom; and Jakarta, Indonesia.[16]

Background[edit]

Freelancer has acquired several crowdsourcing marketplaces including Get A Freelancer.com and EUFreelance.com (founded by Magnus Tibell in 2004, Sweden),[2] LimeExchange (a former business of Lime Labs LLC, USA),[3] Scriptlance.com (founded by Rene Trescases in 2001, Canada)[4]- one of the early pioneers in freelancing, Freelancer.de Booking Center (Germany), Freelancer.co.uk (United Kingdom),[5] Webmaster-talk.com (USA), a forum for webmasters,[6] and vWorker (founded by Ian Ippolito, USA).[7]

As of 29 March 2016, the company has set up 44 regional marketplaces and operates in 34 languages and 21 currencies.[8] India[9][10] and Latin America.[11] On 2 April 2014, Freelancer acquired Ukraine based digital content marketplace-Fantero.[12]

In April 2015, Freelancer acquired Escrow.com, a provider of Internet escrow services based in the United States.[13]

Legal issues[edit]

In December 2015 the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) found Freelancer at fault for breaching the Privacy Act by violating the privacy rights of a former user and awarded that individual $20,000 in aggravated damages when Freelancer employees publicly exposed on Wikipedia and elsewhere the individual's private information, IP addresses, pseudonyms and other details after the individual wrote several critical comments and personal blog posts about the company. OAIC further ordered Freelancer to issue a written apology to the individual and for staff to undergo additional training on the handling of sensitive personally identifiable information. Spokespersons speaking on behalf of the company expressed their intent to appeal the ruling.[17][18][19]

Awards[edit]

  • 2016 Grand Stevie Award, 13th Annual International Business Awards[20]
  • Internet/New Media; Business/Professional Services, 2016 People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies[21]
  • People's Voice Award - Best Employment Website; Best Employment Website, 20th Annual Webby Awards 2016[22]
  • 2015 Best Employment Website, 19th Annual Webby Awards and People's Voice[23]
  • 2015 Best Professional Services Website, 19th Annual Webby Awards and People's Voice[24]
  • 2012 Deloitte Australia Technology Fast 50[25]
  • 2012 Silver Stevie Award, International Business Awards[26]
  • 2012 People's Voice Webby Award for Employment, 16th Annual Webby Awards[27]
  • 2011 Webby Award for Employment, People's Voice Award, 15th Annual Webby Awards[28]
  • 2011 BRW Fast Starters[29]
  • 2011 BRW Fast 100[30]
  • 2010 Best Export Achievement, People's Choice Award, 17th Annual AIMIA Awards[31]
  • 2010 Anthill Cool Company Awards: Best Online Business[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Freelancer.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b "News". Innovate it. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Crunchbase listing for LimeExchange.com". 
  4. ^ a b "Freelancer acquires Scriptlance.com - article on TechCrunch". 
  5. ^ a b "Freelancer Grows: Global Acquisitions Continue for Leading Job Market Website". 
  6. ^ a b "GoRumors Article covering Webmaster-talk.com". 
  7. ^ a b Lunden, Ingrid (November 19, 2012). "Freelancer Buys Another IT Job Site, vWorker (aka RentACoder.com), For A Price In The Millions". TechCrunch. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b [1], Gadgets Magazine
  9. ^ a b "Website for freelance assignments launched in India". The Times Of India. 2012-02-09. 
  10. ^ a b [2], E27.sg
  11. ^ a b [3], BNAmericas.
  12. ^ a b "Freelancer acquires Fantero.com". TheAustralian. 2014-04-03. 
  13. ^ a b "Freelancer acquires Escrow". TechCrunch. 2015-04-26. 
  14. ^ "Freelancer Membership Plans, Earn And Save More! - Freelancer". Freelancer. 
  15. ^ Ingrid Lunden. "Online Jobs Marketplace Freelancer.com Moves Into Home And Local Services". TechCrunch. AOL. 
  16. ^ http://newsbytes.ph/2016/07/27/freelancer-com-hits-20-million-users-pinoys-among-top-job-takers/
  17. ^ Sharwood, Simon (11 January 2016). "Freelancer.com fined for 'reckless indifference to privacy rights'". theregister.co.uk. The Register. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Redrup, Yolanda (13 January 2016). "Freelancer contests $20,000 privacy breach fine from OAIC". smh.com.au. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  19. ^ "'HW' and Freelancer International Pty Limited [2015] AICmr 86 (18 December 2015)" (PDF). www.oaic.gov.au. Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Freelancer.com wins a Grand Stevie Award in the Best of the International Business Awards" (PDF). 
  21. ^ "Freelancer.com Wins 12 Stevies at the 13th International Business Awards". 
  22. ^ "Freelancer.com Wins Two Webby Awards". 
  23. ^ "19th Annual Webby Awards". 
  24. ^ "19th Annual Webby Awards". 
  25. ^ "Deloitte Australia Technology Fast 50". 
  26. ^ "Stevie Awards Site". 
  27. ^ "16th Annual Webby Awards". 
  28. ^ "15th Annual Webby Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-03-07. 
  29. ^ "BRW Fast Starters 2011". 
  30. ^ "BRW Fast 100 2011". 
  31. ^ "17th AIMIA Award Winners". 
  32. ^ "2010 Anthill Cool Company Awards". 

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