LinkedIn Launches Freelance Platform

Teodora Dobrilova
Teodora Dobrilova

Updated · Feb 21, 2022

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This week, LinkedIn introduced Service Marketplace - a new feature of the platform, that will allow people to seek and find freelance engagements.

Key Updates

LinkedIn launched a series of updates to its job-hunting tools.

The platform now features a search tool, that will help people find permanent remote jobs. Users can indicate that that’s what they are looking for on their profiles.

In addition, you can see the companies’ requirements to help everyone better evaluate job openings. 

The biggest update, however, is the Service Marketplace. 

Service Marketplace

LinkedIn has created a freelance platform, similar to Upwork and Fiverr, which will be available worldwide.

It was first released in February to a small portion of users, to test the waters. Then, it launched in beta, with 2 million people having access to it.

Nowadays, it’s available to all. To access it, users should visit their profile page, click “Work” on the upper right corner and choose “Service Marketplace”. Then, they should click on “Get started” under “Are you a provider?” This will open a new window, with a few questions about the service they offer. 

The marketplace is currently not charging any fees. Currently, there are 250 job categories. The plan, however, is to expand them to 500. 

On the downside, freelancers have no way of searching for a job themselves. They can only list their services and wait for someone to discover them.

Matt Faustman, the product manager, explained that the team is working on additional features, like payments.

Currently, LinkedIn is flourishing. A new member creates a profile every two seconds. The Service Marketplace will surely boost its numbers.

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Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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