This is the second quarterly review of freelance marketplaces, compiled byWhichLance.com, the freelance marketplace comparison site. This review focuses onthe second quarter of 2010 (April - June). It is intended that a similar report will beproduced on a quarterly basis and followed up with an annual review, the first of whichwill be published in March 2011. This second quarter review has been released afterthe end of Q3 , as such our forecasts for Q3 are not particularly insightful. This report provides an independent review of freelance marketplaces based onobservations, hypotheses and commentary, stemming from desk research andanalysis, tacit knowledge of the marketplace, and dialogue with industry insiders. This review demonstrates how the key players in the industry are growing, identifiesthose marketplaces which are leading the way and flags those who may have lost theirway or are struggling to keep pace with the leaders in the field.
The aim of this review is to provide analysis of key freelance marketplaces for thepurpose of maintaining an independent, unbiased view of the market, which to datehas not been available.
identify overall trends in freelance marketplaces worldwide
provide an independent assessment of the industry
provide forecasts for the future of the industry
This review is aimed at anyone with an in-depth interest in freelance marketplaces,particularly investors, funders, senior executives in the industry and journalists andmedia outlets interested in running stories on freelancing and the rise of freelancemarketplaces.
We have drastically changed our format for this, the 2
edition of our quarterly marketreview. Its trimmed down to give it more punch and focus on the major developmentswhich have come to bare in the freelance sector in the last quarter. The change informat means we should be able to release future editions in a more timely fashionand will aim to do this within 3 weeks of the end of each reporting period.
A number of marketplaces reviewed in this report have raised concerns over the datacollection methodology in this review and requested clearer definitions of the data beincluded. It has not been possible to achieve this clarity in this issue of the review,however we are working with the freelance marketplaces to ensure data is collatedand reported on a like-for-like basis in future editions of the review.