Not everyone wakes up one morning, thinks, 'hey, I should be a freelancer and start my own business', and then goes about doing it without a hitch
Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) April 29, 2009
Early today, Andrew DiMaio and Charles Parker, the co-founders of YesFreelance, announced the grand opening of their new online staffing marketplace with pride, excitement - and a surprising amount of understanding. With the unstable economy, job layoffs and hiring freezes, many people are scrambling to find an economically viable way to make use of their skills. Those individuals without jobs have to wonder if it's really possible to make a living through such a place. If so, how does one go about getting started?
"Not everyone wakes up one morning, thinks, 'hey, I should be a freelancer and start my own business', and then goes about doing it without a hitch," says Mr. DiMaio, "and most business owners aren't sure how to hire a freelancer." With this in mind, the co-founders are setting out to inform and educate both potential freelancers and business owners on how to best put an online job board to work, starting with how the site itself works.
"We don't want to be 'just another job board'," adds Charles Parker. "We'll be adding helpful, informative content to our blog on a monthly basis."
This content won't be coming just from the Yes Freelance team. In the "Welcome to Yes Freelance" membership letter, they offer guest blogging spots to freelance and business members alike to share their experiences and knowledge on relevant topics. "It's hard to build a community online," says Andrew DiMaio, "but in any business relationship, communication and transparency is key. We're trying to make that communication as easy and clear as possible for our members."
Yes Freelance also offers three membership levels for freelancers. Mr. Parker explains: "Instead of the freelancer paying for a lot of features they don't need, we've tried to make the options as versatile as possible."
Although the old saying, "you have to spend money to make it", is generally true, the co-founders decided that really wasn't feasible in today's economic environment. With this in mind, they're offering the first 3,000 freelancers free memberships, at any level, for life. In addition, heading away from "online staffing resource tradition", Yes Freelance has removed the usual percentage fee, making the prices on membership packages a truly "straight fee".
More details on the three membership levels and free memberships can be found on their pricing page.
"The answer to 'can you make money online' is a resounding 'yes' in most cases", says Mr. Parker. "As long as you have a marketable skill, a computer and a way to communicate, working online as a freelancer is a viable option. However, if you're trying to support a family, you can't afford to make too many mistakes - either as a business owner buying services or a freelancer providing services. We've set out to, not only provide a way to make money, but also the all-important know-how to get started."
For more information about Yes Freelance, visit: http://www.yesfreelance.com/about_us.
About Yes Freelance
Free for Employers, YesFreelance is a powerful staffing resource that provides a convenient way to hire, employ and pay qualified professionals from around the world. For Freelancers, YesFreelance offers a way to market their skills to a global audience with minimal costs, earn an income submitting proposals for projects they specialize in and get paid safely after delivering professional results.