Prior to joining Freelancer.ph, Adam worked as a physics researcher in the field of quantum optics, where he co-authored a number of academic papers in major physics journals. He has also worked in information technology for Macquarie Group, one of Australia's largest investment banks, and Aalborg Industries.
Adam holds a first-class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and Advanced Physics from the University of Sydney.
1. When and how did your company begin? How many clients/members do you have today?
Freelancer.com started in 2009 when our CEO, Matt Barrie, bought and rebranded getafreelancer.com. Matt realised that the Next Big Thing would be buying services online - something that would be just as big as buying goods on the internet, using websites like eBay and Amazon. Matt wanted to be the guy that built a global, multi-billion-dollar marketplace for jobs. Today, Freelancer.com has over 7,600,000 users from all over the world.
2. What type of jobs and clients are typical? Have you had any unusual job postings?
The most common jobs are graphic design, website design or construction, programming, data entry, and article writing. That said, we also see jobs in Quantum Mechanics, Astrophysics, Chemical Engineering and more. We’ve seen some really unusual jobs posted - a classic one we found was by a Chinese English teacher, who wanted a freelancer to compose a rap song in Mandarin that helps students learn English. The employers are usually entrepreneurs or SME’s.
3. If someone wanted to find work through freelancer.com, what advice would you give him/her?
1. Reputation is key
Employers choose freelancers based on their reputation, feedback and portfolio. Producing high quality work - and at times going the extra mile, can get you loyal employers and a constantly growing clientele.
2. Communicate well with your employers
Engaging with your employer builds strong rapport and helps ensure the best outcome for a project. To assist with this, Freelancer.com has an instant chat system. Make sure you’re on the same page with your employer about the project, budget deadlines, etc. Regularly give updates on the project to show professionalism and to put employers at ease.
3. Use Milestones
Before starting a project, make sure the employer has prepared a milestone payment. When an employer creates a milestone, they deposit the money for the project up front, providing protection if things go wrong.
4. What makes freelancing a good career option?
The internet has broken down geographical boundaries and paved the way for new business/work trends like outsourcing and telecommuting. This makes freelancing a viable career option as it opens a global network and a world of opportunities for freelancers - a huge quantity of online work they can do from the comfort of their own homes or wherever there’s an internet connection. Freelancer.com provides freelancers with access to over 4000 new jobs posted every day, and provides systems that protect them from scams and fraud.
5. What services do you provide?
Freelancer.com provides a wealth of services for both freelancers and employers. These include our milestone payment system, our financial dashboard accounting package, our instant messaging system, and our reputation/portfolio system, among many others. Each of these services is designed to enhance communication, efficiency and protection when finding or creating work online.