LocalSolo is a convenient place where employers can browse a curated list of high-quality freelancers, view their credentials, and contact them directly without any restrictions.
– Approved freelancers can customize their profile and be in full control of any jobs that come their way without any overhead costs.
-“LocalSolo was created to go beyond what other freelance websites around the world offer. We’re focused on connecting a local business to a screened local professional, which is extremely beneficial in terms of coordination and quality,” says Co-Founder Mark Fromson.
– According to recruiting firm MBO, there are an estimated 16 million freelancers and independent workers in the U.S. alone, a figure expected to rise to 65 million by 2020.
March6, 2015 – Vancouver-based LocalSolo announces the official launch of its web-based platform, aiming to connect business and agencies with professional freelancers in their local area.
Offering a free service for both companies and freelancers, LocalSolo provides an easily searchable list of curated freelance professionals working under a number of industry categories.
For employers, LocalSolo is a convenient place where they can browse the expansive list, view individual profile information and credentials, and contact freelancers directly without any restrictions.
Additionally the employers are presented with freelancers’ current availability, meaning that employers with time constraints can rely on being connected to the right person at the right time.
Freelancers wanting to sign up for the service submit an application to the LocalSolo team, who then reviews it in order to verify experience and fit. Once approved to be part of the LocalSolo community, freelancers are able to customize their profile, partner with the other freelancers and be in full control of any jobs that come their way.
“LocalSolo was created to go beyond what other freelance websites around the world offer. We’ve focused on connecting a local business to a screened local professional, which is extremely beneficial in terms of coordination and quality,” says LocalSolo Co-Founder Mark Fromson. “Instead of connecting a San Francisco company with a remote coder in another country, we allow that same company to find a top freelance coder in San Francisco who could work in their office and be an integral part of their local team,” he says.
Additionally, there are no restrictions on offering the freelancers full time positions. “It’s all between the freelancer and the employer, as we think it should be,” Fromson adds.
This unique outlook on outsourcing, he explains, facilitates an increased level of connectivity between businesses and top local contract professionals, which has traditionally been facilitated through word of mouth or expensive staffing agencies.
By creating this hub of local talent, employers can easily search from a pool of professionals that includes creative and art directors, graphic and motion designers, web and mobile developers, user experience specialists, senior copywriters, digital project managers, online marketing consultants and much more.
“Our members are open to contact and engage with any of our freelancers directly and independently of us,” says LocalSolo Co-founder Stephen Hayes-McCoy. “And it’s easy to see who will be the best fit for the job. The freelancer’s profile on LocalSolo acts like a resume as it includes their qualifications, experience, and skills. But it also serves as a convenient launching point to easily explore their past work, wherever that may be,” he adds.
As the community grows, explains Hayes-McCoy, the already-screened freelancers on the site will continue to receive recommendations that build up their professional reputation.
“This is a key part of the site and how it works. The recommendations on a freelancer’s profile can ensure that the next business to hire him or her knows what to expect,” he says.
As digital communication and technology continues to improve, more professionals are opting to work as freelancers, giving them flexibility and connection to a larger job market. According to recruiting firm MBO, there are an estimated 16 million freelancers and independent workers in the U.S. alone, a figure expected to rise to 65 million by 2020.
Offering a curated list of top professionals on a hyper-local level, LocalSolo is expected to be at the forefront of the freelance market as it continues to add new talent and release new features to expand its service.
Founded in 2014 by Mark Fromson and Stephen Hayes-McCoy, Vancouver-based LocalSolo.com provides a free and convenient place for agencies and businesses to find local and available high-quality freelance professionals.