Freelanced.com was launched in 2010 and is a platform designed to bring together freelancers and potential employers in a more casual environment with a social networking format. Freelancers can use this site for free, or can pay up to $7 a month for basic, professional, or premium benefits. Paid membership benefits include: exposure to more job opportunities, higher inclusion on databases searched by employers, and inclusion on the homepage. For employers the service is completely free to post jobs. Furthermore, employers can browse user directories (in which the order of freelancer appearance is based on their type of membership) or wait for freelancers to apply directly.
The concept is very simple compared to some other freelancing platforms. Freelancers enter their information, create a username and password, and create a customized profile outlining their skills. Users can include portfolios-essentially samples of their work-on their page that can be viewed by other users and potential employers. Similar to Facebook and other social networking platforms, users can add friends, like portfolios (called giving kudos), set up a profile picture, and even give status updates on their wall. Furthermore, they can join groups of other users with similar skills and interests. Thus in addition to making themselves available for potential job opportunities, users can also network and collaborate with other freelancers.
Once a match is made between freelancer and employer, the role of the site is completely eliminated. They don't facilitate payments, and they don't require a percentage of the freelancer's earnings as do some freelancing platforms. In terms of receiving payment, the only thing they do is recommend services like PayPal and escrow.