Freelancer.com has launched a local version of its website in Jamaica for small businesses with an interest in getting projects completed cheaply and freelancers who want to sell their skills and secure work online.
The site, its managers say, is an outsourcing marketplace for small business.
"The platform connects over three million employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries and regions. Through its website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the sciences, sales and marketing, and accounting and legal services," said the company.
On Tuesday, Freelancer.com's Communications Manager Evan Tan said the top skills in demand for the Jamaican market, awarded by Jamaican employers, include copywriting; persons proficient in PHP or Hypertext Preprocessor - a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development and used to produce web pages; and SEO - or Search Engine Optimisation, a technique which helps search engines find and rank sites higher than the millions of other sites in response to a search query.
Other services in demand by employers include website design, article rewriting and graphic design, he said.
Across the board, the top skills offered by Jamaican seeking work include: data entry, excel, data processing, proofreading, customer support, editing, research, article rewriting, PowerPoint, and copywriting.
"With more than 3.6 million professionals registered in the platform, Freelancer.com, through its regional website Freelancer.com.jm, has an army of skilled workers from every side of the world waiting to assist Jamaican small business owners with their entrepreneurial dreams," said Tan.
"Similarly, with users from over 200 countries and regions on the site, there are countless of jobs that provide tremendous financial opportunities for Jamaican freelancers."
The company operates remotely with local sites dedicated to each country or region.
The Jamaican launch was on June 29 during the three-day Digital Jam Marketplace and Job Fair held at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
Freelancer.com is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The company's website indicates that jobs are priced between US$30 and US$200 with the average job under US$200; and that its sales amounted to US$46 million in the past year.