STAFF REPORT KHI: Worlds largest crowd sourcing and outsourcing site Freelancer/com has recently been launched officially in Pakistan as Freelancer.pk amid rise in freelancers in the country.
“Pakistan internet users showed double digit growth in the last five years. And with the rapid growth of self-employment in Pakistan, this is a great time for members of the site to take advantage of the ongoing digitization trend that has been changing the landscape of the global marketplace,” said Evan Tan, Freelancer.coms Regional Director for Asia, at the launch ceremony.
He said that this launch is an indicator of the mammoth potential of the Pakistani market.
In Pakistan freelancing websites are becoming an alternative to traditional jobs for young professionals in general and students in particular who want to support themselves during studies, he further added.
This move by Freelancer is explained by the fact that Pakistan ranks third in terms of membership with around 240,000 members with combined earnings of a whopping $13.5 million as reported by the online outsourcing website.
Syed Saqlain can be taken as a case study to see the effects of freelancer in Pakistan. He left his job in 2009 and opened his own office in Karachi to become a full-time freelancer. Now he employs 4 people and wins 2 to 3 projects every day, ensuring a continuous stream of income.