Aug 5, 2014

Will Freelancer’s fortunes float?

Freelancer claims it is “the world’s largest online marketplace for outsourcing, freelancing and crowdsourcing services". But is it?

Adam Schwab — Business director and commentator

Adam Schwab

Business director and commentator

For all the hype, the Australian online sector is relatively sparsely populated. Unlike the United States, our ecosystem is dominated by a handful of brilliantly executed marketplaces like Seek, Carsales and However, a new generation of titans is also emerging — with the media giving increasing attention to businesses like Atlassian, Bigcommerce, 99Designs, Xero (technically a New Zealand company, but like Phar Lap, we’ll claim it) and Freelancer.


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3 thoughts on “Will Freelancer’s fortunes float?

  1. Mendoza

    I’m glad that these companies are performing well, but their primary focus is to undercut and devalue creative talent by ensuring those with the lowest quotes get the most work.

  2. tom fudd

    Matt Barrie offers a poor user experience that is driving users away. Anyone posting a job request is hammered with in-app upgrade offers every time they do anything.

  3. Brian Williams

    Have had nothing but horrendous experiences when using Freelancer to find staff.

    The site is populated by hordes of ‘freelancers’ who are clearly creating bogus projects that their mates then accept, and who then give each other wonderful reviews as to how good they are to try and bolster their credibility. This makes it extremely difficult to sort out who are the real providers, and who are the fakes. I got to the point where I would not deal with any offers coming out of the sub-continent in particular.

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