At SkillBridge, we are certainly working at the heart of the freelance economy: For nearly a year, we have provided white-collar workers with freelance business consulting jobs that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to find. We have enabled individual consultants to win, as they no longer need to be associated with a firm to work at jobs that are of high-quality and well-paid.
There are many other amazing companies out there that are using freelancers to help people. Together, we’re all focused on disintermediating old school companies and dysfunctional/bureaucratic organizations so that individuals can directly connect with the people and services they want. Whether you work at a small business or a large one, your life is going to become much more efficient in the coming years.
Without further ado, here’s SkillBridge’s Ultimate Guide To The Modern Freelance Economy, and please let us know in the comments section if you have more examples, as this will be a regularly updated list:
Hire Great Engineers:
TopTal – Founded 2010. Connects start-ups, businesses, and organizations to a growing network of the best developers in the world.
AirPair – Founded 2013. Connects companies to Software Developers they can book and pay 1 hour at a time.
Use Peer to Peer Taxi-Like Services:
Lyft – Founded 2007, as Zimride. A mobile app for friendly, affordable rides at the tap of a button.
Uber - Founded 2009. Connects you with a driver at the tap of a button.
Summon (formerly Instacab) – Founded 2012. Mobile application that matches customers needing transportation with a taxi driver or a community driver who is willing to provide a ride.
Hailo – Founded 2010. Free smartphone app that puts people two taps away from a licensed taxi, and lets cabbies get more passengers when they want them.
Sidecar – Founded 2012. Smartphone app matches everyday people in their own car with people nearby for shared rides.
Accomplish Your Small Tasks:
Mechanical Turk – Founded 2007. A marketplace for work by Amazon.com.
TaskRabbit – Founded 2008. Matches people who need tasks done with runners — aka “rabbits” — willing to do them, for a price.
Fiverr – Founded 2010. The place for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5.
Freelancer – Founded 2009. Outsourcing & crowdsourcing marketplace for small business.
oDesk – Founded 2005. An online workplace that enables businesses to find, hire, manage, and pay talented independent professionals via the Internet.
Elance – Founded 1998. Connects the world through work
WorkMarket – Founded 2010. Where workers and companies come together and manage work.
Get Your House Cleaned And Your Handy Men (and Women):
Zaarly – Founded 2011. Find and hire the best house cleaners, handymen, and lawn-care staff.
HomeJoy – Founded 2012. Get your place professionally cleaned for just $20 per hr.
Design Your Life:
Behance – Founded 2006. Showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.
99 Designs – Founded 2008. The #1 marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests.
Made – Founded 2013. An invite-only marketplace that matches top freelance creatives with the people who want to hire them.
Hire Journalists and Acquire Content For Your News Org Or Brand:
NewsCred – Founded 2008. Pairing cutting-edge technology with world-class content, we transform brands into storytellers.
Contently – Founded 2010. Empowering journalists and brands to engage audiences with compelling content.
Get an Education:
SkillShare – Founded 2010. Teach as a freelancer. A community marketplace for classes.
Invent Cool Things:
Quirky – Founded 2009. Invent as a freelancer. If you have product ideas, bring them to Quirky.
Hire Your Legal Services:
Rocket Lawyer – Founded 2008. Make legal services accessible.
UpCounsel – Founded 2012. The easiest way to get legal services.
LawDingo – Founded 2012. Talk to lawyers. Find lawyers online.
And yes, in 2013, business consulting also became a freelance economy sub-genre whenSkillBridge was born (originally spelled SkylBridge, ha!). We’re proud to be a part of it, and we look forward to connecting you with the world’s best business consultants.