I noticed what Gigster did for freelance developers and it inspired me to try and solve the same problem for designers.
The process of getting freelance work on the popular job boards is just unnecessarily difficult and my goal with Olokuta is to try and remove some of the pain points I have Identified.
Here is how it currently works for designers:
Having to negotiate pricing with your client and iron out the details of the project should be done for you, so when you login, you only see clear well defined project briefs.
The bidding process is an unnecessary waste of time. By vetting the designers beforehand, every designer on the platform is at a certain level of quality. So there is no need to bid. See a job you like, click accept and its yours to start immediately.
Is there anything I'm missing? For example, rather than taking projects, would you rather just set a daily/hourly rate and be hired for that block of time?
We are currently at a very early stage and this platform will become anything you guys want it to be.
We are trying to make Olokuta the easiest way for designers to get high quality design work and ultimately, you are the only ones that know what such a platform will look like.
So what is the biggest problem you have with the current freelance platforms? and what would a better one look like for you?