Netflix has revolutionized the entertainment industry. Can goLance do the same for the freelance industry?
I happen to be both a Netflix and goLance user. Does this make me an expert in entertainment and freelancing? No, but it gives me an interesting perspective I’m would like to share. When you access your Netflix and goLance account on the same laptop, you notice the parallels more clearly.
Give Your Users What They Want, For A Change!
The most brilliant solutions and ideas are surprisingly simple. Netflix made it possible for me to watch what I want, when I want, and more importantly as long as I want. I don’t have to wait for the whole week to watch the new episode of my favorite TV show.
Now, here’s an interesting question.
Is There Such Thing As Binge-Freelancing?
If there’s binge-watching could we have binge-freelancing? Since I’m the “godfather” of this new term, I will allow myself the luxury of trying to explain what should binge-freelancing be all about. So, here it goes.
1) I Want To Bid As Many Times As I Want.
I consider myself to be a reasonable and professional freelancer. A freelance platform doesn’t need to limit the number of available bids to prevent me from becoming a spammer. The most annoying thing about Upwork is their “pay to play” policy. What’s this supposed to mean? Well, every single Upwork connect you use to submit a proposal will cost you $0.15. Here’s a useful table I stumble upon in the Upwork community that illustrates this tectonic change because these connects used to be free:
(Source: Upwork )
2) I Don’t Want To Pay Membership Fees.
Freelancer dot com wants you to pay them money even if you don’t make any money at all. You have to pay a membership fee just to keep your freelance account alive. I know it’s just one dollar per month, but the message is quite clear. If you want to get the most out of this platform, you have to pay up to $50 per month.
3) I Don’t Need Price “Suggestions,” No Matter How “Subtle” They May Be.
On Fiverr, you have the notorious “default” five bucks a gig price. Fiverr favors doers over dreamers. Who can possibly forget the notorious “In Doers We Trust” ad? Nuff said!
4) You Don’t Own Me, My Dear Freelance Website, And You Never Will.
The famously infamous Section 7 of Upwork Terms. The nice thing called non-circumvention. I already wrote about it here on Medium. The title of my article says it all, Two Years an Upwork Slave: How to Own Freelancers and Sue Those You Can’t Own, doesn’t it? My clients. My projects. My freelance thing. Period.
5) One Flat Service Fee To Suit Us All.
I wrote about the freelance service fees too: Let’s Talk About Fees, You Busy Freelance Bees! If only freelance platforms were to decrease rather than increase their service fees. Wouldn’t that be a sight?
6) My Freelance Account. My House. My Rules.
Aren’t you sick and tired of what you can or can’t do with your own freelance account? I don’t want to see my profile suspended just because I want to attach the third-party links to it, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Quora, Medium, etc. Does this humiliating restriction sound familiar to you?
MySpace = Upwork vs. Netflix = goLance
Not so long ago I asked a question, Is Upwork the Next MySpace of Freelancing? If MySpace is the thing of the past, I think it’s safe to presume that Netflix is the symbol of future and positive changes.
A half dozen things, I have mentioned that I think to belong or define binge-freelancing, can be found and applied to the fullest on goLance.
What would be the best possible confirmation of my theory? Well, a Netflix documentary about goLance would be just the thing. So, what’s on Netflix tonight?