A recruitment website called Find a Creative Pro has been launched, where professional creative freelancers can benefit from a basic free account or pay for a premium membership.
The service is a new model for freelance recruitment. A norm for website recruitment models involves fees as standard for joining or for businesses searching, or use of a bidding system which drives the payment for the work down. Find a Creative Pro can be engaged with for free and is a professional skills match-making website – where freelancers can be viewed and contacted if they have the required talents for a creative project.
Focusing on freelancers’ needs
Find a Creative Pro is run by husband and wife team, Helen and Richard Forsyth, who themselves are professional freelancers in the creative industry. Helen is marketing specialist and Richard is commissioned as a writer and a PR manager.
“Businesses register but do not pay a fee for looking for their perfect writer, designer, web developer or anyone in the creative industry. If the right freelancer is sourced for a job then negotiations over payment and terms are between the business and the freelancer,” said Helen Forsyth.
Richard Forsyth said: “When we were developing the website we talked to freelancers about what they wanted. Some said there are many websites that demand sign up fees and they felt that they still needed a personal website even if they had joined freelancer databases. So we listened and we have facilitated on the one hand, a free sign up on the website for a basic account and secondly if someone wants to really showcase their work we have a package where they can do that – showing projects they have worked on in detail. The second option acts more like a personal website, where you can really show off a lot of content.”
The new hub is attracting freelancers from around the world including prominent artists and authors of bestselling books.
Permanent jobs in the creative industries can also be posted on the website to engage with those looking for employment.
Freelancers who want to join the network or businesses that are looking for freelancers can register here: www.findacreativepro.com