According to their Website:
"Our story begins with two leading pioneers in online work: Elance and oDesk. Each had created thriving global communities with separate paths to success. In 2014 we realized that we could do more together and merged to form Elance-oDesk, combining ideas, technology and resources.
As we formed a shared vision, we saw that our impact would be even greater if we focused on building one great workplace. With the oDesk platform as the foundation, we kept the best of both legacies and added new innovations. In 2015 we re-launched the company as Upwork, representing a renewed vision and commitment to creating the world’s best online workplace – for existing and future customers alike.
Today, Upwork is the premier platform for top companies to hire and work with the world’s most talented independent professionals. We’re creating a world of unmatched talent and opportunity, where global teammates who are thousands of miles apart can work together seamlessly."
(*upwork.com About Us page)
How they explain their services:
What kind of work can I get done?
Anything that can be done on a computer – from web and mobile programming to graphic design – can be done on Upwork. Freelance experts can tackle a range of projects:
Big or small
Short or ongoing
Individual or team-based
Whether you need a writer to knock out a 500-word blog post or a full-fledged software development team to support your business, our tools and the expert freelancers in our marketplace can accommodate.
How do I hire the right freelancer?
Start by writing a clear and concise job post. Each freelancer submits a cover letter and link to their Upwork profile covering:
Skills, experience and portfolios
Language and communication skills
You'll get applications from independent professionals and receive our personalized recommendations within minutes. From there, just interview your strongest candidates and hire your favorite.
How do payments work?
Pay your freelancer per hour or per project, whichever you choose. For hourly projects, the freelancer bills you once a week, and we'll send a secure payment to your freelancer. For fixed-price projects, we'll release funds to your freelancer after they meet pre-set milestones. In either case, you're covered by Upwork Payment Protection, assuring that you only pay for work you approve.
All payments go through our secure system. Choose from the following billing methods:
How do I know I'm protected?
Enjoy peace of mind with systems designed to provide a safe and trusted workplace, including:
Payment Protection. Upwork Payment Protection assures you that you pay only for work you've approved.
Dispute Resolution. If an issue ever should arise, we have programs to help fix the situation.
(* upwork.com How it Works page)
DevelopmentAid is a leading, innovative membership organisation offering services for the international developmental sector. According to their site, they bring together donors, consultancy firms, NGOs and experts working for international development.
They help development professionals raise the efficiency of international development aid by providing timely, reliable and relevant information.
Their principle is: information about the development sector should be accessible, accurate and comprehensive.
DevelopmentAid are constantly perfecting our services and are adding more value for our partners. For this purpose, we have a team of over 100 employees ready to support you with all your queries. For questions or feedback, contact them.
(* developmentaid.org About page)
So how does it work?
DevelopmentAid is a tool - or a collection of tools - presented through their Web site where the Professional of different areas (they call "sectors") within the Government Public Sector where Funding Agencies (World Bank, European Union Commission) are providing grants for large scale development projects.
The Professional can register and choose free or paid subscription. The service provides access to hundreds of open and awarded bids where they can participate directly as individual or applying for the projects with the winning consortiums.
Projects are offered everywhere in the planet and it is a great option to build your pipeline of projects.
It is highly possible that you ask yourself whether or not your freelance lifestyle can give you what you need now or in the future. Being a Misfit by necessity, coincidence or accident is what your professional career stage brought you.
Doubts and concerns apart, let's face it, the Misfit life gives you perks. A lot of them.
You are free, you master your own schedule, the magic word "no" is always on your side.
Let's consider the perks of the work routine cycle of a Freelance Professional:
A nice post by Carl Dickson, from the Freelance Consulting, Independent Consultants, & Professional Services Management & Marketing group on LinkedIn moderated by CapturePlanning.com.
==> New app for freelancers
There is a new app for Android devices for you to try that will help you maximize your billability by filling your calendar. Actually there are two apps. Gig Pipeline is for consultants and Get Help Winning for companies that use them. Companies use the Get Proposal Help app to search for consultants and get in touch with them directly.
You can find out more about both here:
Gig Pipeline - For business development and proposal consultants
Get Help Winning - To help companies find consultants and resources for winning
At launch we’re providing support for consultants who help companies win business, including marketing, sales, business development, capture, and proposal consultants. We’re focusing on the US Government contracting market, because that’s what we know best. The platform we’re building has far, far more potential applicability. But we want to fine tune it before taking on the world.
Good things can come from simple beginnings.
Please take a moment today to post something in one of our groups and start a discussion. A simple question, comment, or observation is all it takes to be networking instead of lurking. Thanks for all your insights!
plural noun: misfits
We freelance, we are nerds, we are geeks, we explore, we are on the fringes of corporations.
We are The Misfits.
I will certainly explore motivations and necessities that pushed independent consultants, freelancers, developers and other IT professionals to become a Misfit.
Frustration; independence; the preference for working 80 hrs a week to avoid working 40 hrs a week ... for someone else; opportunity; better income; better working conditions; curiosity. The list goes on, and it is not different than most professionals who decide to open a business out of eBay or an eCommerce site to sell her invention or craft.
Misfits? How to define technical professionals with tremendous passion for technology and sciences; with in depth skills in different computer technology platforms; with solid experience and proven expertise; with certifications spamming from Project Management to CISCO, Linux; plus serious University degrees; leadership and management roles over the years; Nerds; Geeks; mostly introverted; pragmatic; objective; problem solvers?
I dedicate my life to science, technology, music and to bringing people together. And I do it my way.