I’m seeing a lot more people freelance – either as a side-hustle, as an interim project or as a full-time gig – or start up solo shops.
And I get a lot of asks for freelance referrals from companies & organizations. Just this past week, I’ve had 5 asks. I’d like to facilitate those connections but my brain can’t keep up with the permutations.
This is the scalability problem with freelancing. How much work is a company willing to expend to find someone for a small project? How much time do you waste as a freelancer trying to get work?
And what if I need something specialized (whether I know it or not)? Or what if my work is only in a specific area?
Anyway, it feels hugely inefficient and I’d like to figure out an answer to the problem.
My working thought is this;
1) Put together a Web Mavens referral group
Freelancers list skills & experience so that when a there is an ask for a specific skill, it’s easier to find someone.
2) Add on a searchable database
Once the referral group is populated, open it up more broadly so it can be a database of freelancers in DC. The original group will get more prominence, both to thank them for participating and because they are more known-quantities.
But is there interest?? Is this really a need or is this just something I personally want?
I have considered the existing freelance websites but I hate using them personally – and I’d also like to benefit the DC community.
I’d love your feedback. Please share below (or use the contact form if they aren’t public).
PS – If you freelance, you can indicate that on the email list signup form. If you’ve already signed-up, either use the edit profile link in the confirmation email or email firstname.lastname@example.org & I’ll update it.