freelancer.com makes its way to Malaysia


  • Technology
  • Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

Popular online freelancing marketplace, freelancer.com, now has a local presence here.

The portal, which boasts over seven million job seekers and companies, hopes to link small and medium enterprises with the best global talents for various tasks from creating a company logo to something as extravagant as designing a WiFi controlled sprinkler system.

More than 45,000 Malaysians — of which more than 39,000 are freelancers looking to supplement their income with skills ranging from programming to designing — have signed up prior to today’s announcement, said Willix Halim, its vice-president for growth.

Talented freelancers here will be able to reach out to a larger global audience and showcase their skills prominently in the international stage, he said.

Signing up for an account is free and the site conducts background checks to verify jobs and jobseekers alike.

It recently strengthened its security after discovering a fraudster had posted two fake profiles to lure customers into parting with their money.

“We have an artificial intelligence tool that is about 98% accurate to help us with this,” Halim claimed.

Also, the belief is that only large enterprises outsource jobs but we want to make it possible for every entity, including the SMEs, he said at a media briefing here.

Companies, especially the ones in developing countries, have experienced 90% cost savings after posting jobs on freelancer.com, he claimed.

Since Malaysians started using the website in 2009, over 27,000 jobs have been posted online and freelancers have earned over US$850,000 (RM2.6mil) in total, he said.

At the moment the site is adding more local customisations such as listing fees and wages in Ringgit.

It is also looking to hire a country manager to oversee the operations in Malaysia as part of its expansion plan.

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