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Crew.co is a marketplace that provides a platform for freelancers, or “members” as they refer to them, to connect with business owners and entrepreneurs. They specialize in providing professional services of web designers and developers.
The company was founded in 2012 and their headquarters are based in Montreal, Canada. Through their platform they connect freelancer designers and developers to business owners from all over the globe.
The company is headed up by Mikael Cho, and they have been in operation for over three years. Crew is not a service company and does not carry out or oversee any of the work for their members or manage projects, rather they provide the platform for business owners to find designers and developers, and handle the contracts and financial transactions.
The company screens and vets the freelancers, and matches them to the best-suited projects for their skills. They also hire additional freelancers from around the globe to meet demand when required.
How it Works
When you post a project, the team at Crew matches you with 3 fully-vetted freelancers for you to choose between to complete your project within 48 hours. This is different than platforms like Upwork or Freelancer.com, where unlimited freelancers can bid for your project and you narrow down the applicants.
Anyone who have had a bad experience on an open marketplace may feel more comfortable with the way Crew are operating. With Crew manually selecting freelancers, you do not need to invest as much time vetting the applicants yourself.
Unlike some other freelancing marketplaces, Crew focuses specifically on programming and graphic design projects.
They specialize in providing website development, app development, eCommerce support, logo design, branding, and custom graphic design work.
There is a three-step process when submitting a project to the Crew platform:
- You post your exact job, or “project” requirements
- You will receive an automatic budget recommendation to look over
- Three handpicked freelancers will contact you within 48 hours, you then decide who you want to work with
Because Crew use their own vetting process when taking on freelancers to join their platform there should be a higher level of consistency than open marketplaces.
Their target customers are busy business owners or entrepreneurs who do not have in-house web or graphic designers and need individual projects completed. If you’ve been thinking about a logo redesign or having an app developed, Crew is worth checking out.
Plans and Pricing
Because it’s a project-based platforms, pricing varies depending on the specific work you need done. Once you and your chosen contractor agree on the scope of the project, you pre-pay into Crew’s escrow account.
Crew holds the funds for the project until the work is completed and both parties are satisfied. The company takes a 15% fee from the total payment to cover processing, overhead, customer support, and of course, their profit.
The company uses a third-party payment system through their platform for safe and secure transactions.
The biggest competitor to Crew is the giant freelance platform Upwork.com. The main difference is that they try to be a one-stop shop for all your outsourcing needs, instead of just focusing on only designers and developers.
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