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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GDES explains debut of Nigerian free.lanci.ng website


The management of one of the pioneer Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Nigeria and owners of SKANNET network, the General Data Engineering Services (GDES), has explained the reason behind its recent introduction of a Nigerian Free.lanci.ng website.

According to the chief executive officer, GDES, Mr. Sunday Folayan who gave this explanation in a chat with ITRealms, said that the freelancing website was created by Nigerians for Nigerians, to facilitate easy and intuitive website for workers and employers, with login system using existing Facebook identity (ID) which means “No need of Registration” although registration is available for those who would not like to use their Facebook ID in addition to free account profile for workers and employers with instant N100 credit, when users sign-up to the website.

Also, Folayan disclosed to 
ITRealms that payments could be made and received using Interswitch Verve or Mastercard, just as direct remittance to freelancers' Nigerian NUBAN accounts has been streamlined, whereas terms and conditions favourable to freelancers, even as the Escrow system, assures payments for jobs done promptly.
He noted that most Nigerians who patronize popular freelancing websites before now face some challenges not limited to a high level of commission charged on jobs done, difficulty in having earnings remitted to their accounts in Nigeria, working under jurisdictions not favourable to them, stiff competition with thousands of lower bids, and language barrier, communicating with people who do not speak English to name a few.

Free.lanci.ng was created to make these problems become things of the past, and usher in an era of prosperity for Nigerian freelancers,” Folayan asserted, decrying the low rate of turnover for freelancers and competition.

Folayan went on to state that job categories available on Free.lanci.ng comprises advertising and public relations, artisan and workmen, business and management, engineering, graphic design and animation, human resources, online advertisement, sales and marketing, software, IT solutions and programming, trainings, websites and web design, writings and translations among others.

Remmy Nweke
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