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Freelancer.com named Online Business Award winner at Anthill’s 2010 Cool Company Awards

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Freelancer.com named Online Business Award winner at Anthill's 2010 Cool Company Awards

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What are the Anthill Cool Company Awards?

The Cool Company Awards were launched in 2006 as a way for Anthill to acknowledge and celebrate Australian organisations that are doing things differently to bring about positive change. Cool Companies stay one step ahead of the rest. They breed leaders who are rule-makers and rule-breakers. They are trend-setters in attitude and action. Quite simply, they are … cool! More.

Freelancer.com

Company: Freelancer.com
Website: www.freelancer.com.au
State: NSW
Category: Online Business, Global Growth

Freelancer.com has a long, long reach. Headquartered in Sydney, the web-based company connects business and individuals who need a task done with those who have the talent do it. And because most of Freelancer.com’s talent base is in India and other developing nations, those tasks can be completed at a greatly reduced cost.

Freelancer.com has more than 2 million users. The company describes itself as a marketplace of talent — an eBay of people, if you will. The company so impressed our august panel of Anthill Cool Company Awards judges that it took top honors in two categories: Global Growth and Online Business.

“Many of the freelancers on our site come from the developing world. They join the site because it’s a great way to use their skills and earn much more than they would locally,” said Chris O’Brien, public relations manager.

Freelancer.com (it was originally called GetAFreelancer.com before it streamlined the name) derives the majority of its revenue from a commission on completed jobs. The website is among the top 300 in traffic worldwide, according to the company. “And all of this is run out of our pad on King St. Wharf,” O’Brien said.

The company prides itself on having a low barrier to entry. There is no membership fee (users can pay to use additional services and reduce the commission cost. “Even the smallest business can post a job online,” O’Brien said.

Ease of use also leads to the company’s biggest challenge — keeping control of jobs begun through its system. If a job is taken “offline,” Freelance.com loses the commission.

The company’s marketing strategy is largely straightforward — promoting success stories and employing SEO. However, they have ventured beyond the Internet — about 500 public buses throughout Australia currently sport an ad and, as seen below, the company’s exec maneuver some TV face time.

But in the end, it’s all about the size and breadth of the job market stirred up by Freelancer.com.

“People have used Freelancer.com for some crazy jobs — even outsourcing the job of a lion tamer, which saw two people bidding for the work!” O’Brien said. “We’ve had people post jobs for people to stink-bomb their friend’s house. You can get virtually any job done on Freelancer.com.”

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39 comments
shagor16
shagor16

i think it will be interesting for me.

apex007
apex007

freelancer.com is a great website to me because I think that many people get help not only help but also get a chance to improve themselves and build a online carrier. I like freelancer very much. Thanks freelancer.

Pew421
Pew421

freelancer - just true promisses

Aquartz
Aquartz

Perfective for everybody, who do not like to go work everyday. Take a rest for the best with freelancer!

M.G.ROHIMULLAH
M.G.ROHIMULLAH

woow that is a great company.i like to work in this company.

LeeCope
LeeCope

Freelancer.com is a complete and total fraud. I should have checked the countless RipOff Review and Consumer Report complaints before agreeing to work ona project through freelancer. My provider refunded me half of the payment they received because they could not meet the obligations of the project. This happenedon 12/14/10. I received notification that Freelancer.com would release the funds on 1/3/11. A week prior to when the payment was due, Freelancer.com suspended my account citing "security concerns". I submitted the request documentation. When my account still hadn't been reinstated and the refund issued 21 days later, I pursued my open ticket. 21 days later, the day my payment was due they continued to cite a "security concern".I sent the documents five times, provided email documentation of the exchangewith the provider and my Articles of Incorporation. Not only have they ignored me, ignored my please for escalation, passed my request to multiple "service" representatives and closed my ticket every time they reply, but their reply fails to acknowledge what they have received or the resolution. This company is fraudulantly holding on to my money, practicing shockingly shady business practices by doing this all on the day the payment was due, and providing horrible customer service. I encourage each of you to stay away and certianly not to reward this type of behavior.

Guna_sekaran2430
Guna_sekaran2430

I was searching for an on line job in the net,I have visited many sites finally i selected this freelancer.com in this I found adequate job and I try to build a promising carrier.

Arvind
Arvind

Effective and Prfessional!!!

Masood
Masood

hello it is inteligent way to make psitive changes across companies but you can tell more infoes about this to readers

vms
vms

this is so cool !!!!!!!!

writer ol
writer ol

Free lancer.com has changed many lives for good. Thank you freelancer.com .

jewelhuq
jewelhuq

Freelancer simply best,its show me how to be independent and start working from home and its also helps to expose our skill to the door of world

Bankole Oladimeji
Bankole Oladimeji

Giving someone fish everyday will someday steal from you but teaching the person how to fish, he will be greatful all his/her life. Freelancer has been teaching people how to fish so as for us to eat fish all the days of our life. They merit the award.

Satyakamrahul
Satyakamrahul

At least freelancer does not make false/ fake promises, like other websites involved in cheating people do...

mostak
mostak

Creaative & very effective for background desing

Sadman Alvi
Sadman Alvi

"There are many company for outsourcing job in the world But most of them are fake and must ought to face hassle to withdraw money. And many examples can be seen regarding real experience on FaceBook's friend circle. Concerning this Freelancer is a really outstanding and helpful." This is a comment of one my best nearest friend.

mryellow
mryellow

Congratulation, stay best. This award confirms all great things You have done so far...I'm sure you'll keep doing it. Customer always come first at freelancer

Nobina
Nobina

www.freelancer.com is the only one site, where I have managed to get 4 jobs. With rest of the freelancing sites NO LUCK.

Penelopeb7
Penelopeb7

Sorry, "ridiculously cheap" are the keywords here. Freelancer is peddling a modern slave market.

Chu
Chu

Freelancer.com is indeed a great support for freelancers around the world. The continuous change in the system is directed towards the productivity of its users- employers and freelancers alike. Keep it up and more power to all who made its success possible!

Alaister
Alaister

Freelancer.com Rocks!!!!.....great site and awesome team

Tren Sun
Tren Sun

I think Freelancer.com is extremely suitable for fast prototype and crowd-sourcing. You can build your writing team with senior and junior writers overnight for your new idea, and have massive materials ready next morning. BTW, for who are interested in my website, here it is. Although the quality of articles is definitely not as good as Australian local works, it is extremely cheap. For who are interested in my website, have a look at second-hand-furniture.com, it costs me $40AUD to get 30 unique content articles in that niche market.

Tren Sun
Tren Sun

Indeed this website is damn sexy. I had my niche blog setup and running in two days, with adequate unique content, while the price is ridiculously cheap. The freelancers on that website seems to be generally of high talent. Generally their website is pretty much polished - they are using some kind of cool data mining - go to post new project, choose your category to be Ajax, then it suggests you to choose PHP & Javascript! That's quite interesting. Probably I should post a project asking a freelancer to send a Xmas gift to their Sydney office.

Prahalad Bandhu
Prahalad Bandhu

hello sir i have create freeelancer account ,but i am not understand that is how work ? i am a drupal developer i develop in drupal project please guide line to me

Nicolsarao
Nicolsarao

Very true! But all the same, the project rates in Asia are pathetically low and who is to blame for that? Asians of course!

Nicolasrao
Nicolasrao

I agree, though the words are stronger than my comments. The only positive here is that the jobs are real and people do get paid. Perhaps that is the very best description. The quality will go up, if the rates do of course. I wonder how many projects pan out and how many do not?

Nicolasrao
Nicolasrao

It is probably best for Graphics and Web page developers. The rates offered to writers is very low, particularly in Asia.

mesy
mesy

creating jobs is the most amazing target, besides the different awards freelancer offer to stimulate seekers.bidding also provides different oppurtunities for the job seeker or for the.investement

Nicolasrao
Nicolasrao

True the secret on Freelancer is not to work for it, but to create jobs. The prices paid to freelancers in Asian countries makes it useless for people who want to work online and make it worth their time. It is probably good for the West. But in Asia, better to be the boss- not the worker. Merry Christmas!

Tren Sun
Tren Sun

That's true. It costs no time. Instead of costing days or months trying to figure out how to solve a problem, we just need to *find* and *identify* the problem to solve, and hire other people to solve it. Time is expensive - compare with boring and repeatable tasks, we'd better focus on more creative targets.