Freelancer.com hits 20 million users; Pinoys among top job takers

Online freelancing platform Freelancer.com announced it has reached 20 million users ­­– a community of online freelancers and employers that has been growing steadily since the company’s inception in 2009.

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The company has significantly grown seven years later, with offices in Manila, Philippines; Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; London, United Kingdom; and Jakarta, Indonesia.

The site’s users are present in 247 countries, regions, and territories, in both the emerging and developed markets. Freelancer.com has over 900 job categories as diverse as aerospace engineering, biotechnology, sales, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.

From its research on its users, top skills of developed and developing countries are almost alike, with professionals from developed countries mostly possessing talent related to data entry, graphic design, Excel, Photoshop, and articles (writing); while those from developing countries having skills related to data entry, Excel, HTML, PHP, and articles (writing).

The list of top skills among freelancers matches the top completed projects by volume, showing a job match in the online freelance marketplace.

The categories are website, IT and software, 34%; design, media and architecture, 31%; writing & content, 13%; data entry & admin, 5%; sales & marketing, 5%; engineering and science 3%; mobile phones & computing, 3%; and translations and languages, 3%.

Most users on Freelancer.com hail from India, the United States, Philippines, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom, while top country sources for completed projects are the United States with 29%; Australia, 10%; United Kingdom, 9%; India, 6%; Canada, 5%; Germany 2%; and the remaining 29% from other countries.

Al Sabado, a freelance editor from the Philippines who has built an impressive portfolio and client base on Freelancer.com, said: “Apart from the privilege to work from home, freelancing has become an opportunity for me to look after and ‘police’ my now 86­year­old dad, who still attempts to go up the roof of our house to fix whatever needs fixing or do other heavy carpentry work.”

From internal polls conducted by Freelancer.com, some of the common reasons people chose to be a freelancer are: to earn extra money, to gain experience in desired field, to have the freedom to study while earning an income, to start their own part-­time or full­time business, to make freelancing their sole or major source of income, and to have the freedom to travel while earning an income.

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