A new freelance platform called Parttimerz is shaking up the gig economy and investing in the Balkans region in a big way.
Parttimerz connects freelancers, many of them in the
Balkans, with predominantly Western clients for collaboration on web design,
content marketing and much more. Parttimerz is headquartered in Sarajevo and
hires many Bosnian freelancers, as well as others from neighboring nations.
A menu-style page on the Parttimerz website spells out
benefits of using the platform for both freelancers and clients and offers
users a way to move toward these kinds of vital partnerships.
Parttimerz CEO Dzenan Skulj explained how the company differentiates its platform from others
offering similar services.
“It’s a quality over quantity approach,” Skulj told Balkan Business Wire. “We
bring together the premium-grade freelancers from the Balkans for Western
clients, many of them startups and small businesses.”
Skulj stressed a compensation model that recognizes the
professionalism and quality of the freelance work that Parttimerz members do.
“Unlike other freelance platforms, we do not charge any
transaction fee,” Skulj said. “They get to keep it all.”
Skulj also cited a merit-based bonus system and tools for
tracking freelancers over time to reward the best workers, including in-depth
metrics to evaluate work that is completed over the platform.
Capping inclusion at around 500,000 “part-timerz” will enable the company to maintain quality and really interact with its
members in the best ways, Skulj said.
“We want to offer only the best,” Skulj said, noting a
three-year goal involving additional quality standards. “We want to be able to
offer a satisfaction guarantee.”
Right now, Skulj said he’s in the Middle East looking for
investor support from Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Up until now, Parttimerz has been
internally funded, but with a significant network in countries like the United Arab Emirates, Skulj
said he’s ready to seek financial partnerships.
Parttimerz contributes to gig economy in the Balkans
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