Workana is an online marketplace connecting freelancers with customers all over the globe looking for skilled help with anything from writing website content, to developing custom apps and everything in-between.
The company has been in business since 2012. They now have more than 1 million freelancers using their marketplace and complete more than 20,000 projects each month.
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The company was founded by four Argentine entrepreneurs; Fernando Fornales, Guillermo Bracciaforte, Mariano Iglesias, and Tomas O’Farrell.
They created Workana because they “believe in the rise of freelance work,” and wanted to make the process of connecting individuals and businesses of all sizes with skilled freelancers anywhere in the world quick and easy.
As an employer, you post your project and wait for bids from freelancers wanting to complete the work. You can then contact the freelancers you’re interested in and discuss the finer points of what you want before starting work.
They have some general categories to help you narrow down the field, but in essence, you can post a project for just about anything that can be completed remotely.
How Workana Works
Workana connects you with freelancers and provides a secure way for you to pay them once you’re happy with the completed work.
The steps involved from posting a job to completed work is as follows:
- Post a project – Post details of the type of work you want to be completed and the freelancer you’re looking for and Workana say you’ll start receiving bids from freelancers within minutes.
- Contact freelancers – You can chat with the freelancers that have sent bids for your project. This is your chance to negotiate rates and agree to terms.
- Put the funds in escrow – With the price agreed with a freelancer Workana will hold the funds in an escrow account until the work is complete.
- Wait for the finished work – Your chosen freelancer will carry out the work. You can communicate with them while they are working on your project and when both parties are happy the funds are released to them.
You can post a project for just about anything that a freelancer can do for you remotely. If it’s too obscure, you might not receive any bids. But it’s free to post a project, so if you want something done it’s worth putting it out there and seeing what offers come in.
To give you a starting point, here are the categories Workana give you to choose from when posting a project:
- Mobile Development
- Web Development
- Logo Design
- Web Design
- Article Writing
- Advertising on Google/Facebook
- Writing for Websites
- Video Creation or Editing
Plans and Pricing
Registering an account, creating projects, receiving bids, and chatting with freelancers is free on Workana.
Each freelancer you hire sets their own rates, either on an hourly or project basis. The only fees you have to pay as a client is a service cost that represents a value equivalent to 4.5% of the total project value.
It’s hard to talk about a freelance marketplace without mentioning the big ones like FreeeUp and Upwork. They operate on the same business model as Workana, where they take a facilitation fee for connecting workers and employers.
The big difference with FreeeUp is there is some level of pre-vetting of the workers; they claim to only accept the “top 1%” of applicants.
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