Do you have a side hustle? If not, you might soon be in the minority. By 2020, it’s projected that 50% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.
Given that figure, and with the success of companies like Uber and TaskRabbit that hire armies of contractors, it’s clear that the Gig Economy is here to stay. But with so many contract jobs for hire, where do you find the freelancers to fill them or the clients to hire you? With Washington D.C.-based Peer Hustle, a local on-demand freelancer marketplace, you can quickly hire and connect with freelancers in your area, as well as freelance for others to earn money.
“Peer Hustle is a two-sided marketplace. Actually it’s peer-to-peer because you can be both a freelancer and a client,” said Ian Balina, founder of the app and who now works at IBM.
The app is hyper-local, so a freelancer’s location is based on his or her current phone’s location, not a physical address. Payment is also handled within the app, making the entire process seamless.
Peer Hustle has real-time messaging and in-app audio and video calling, which lets clients and freelancers chat easily. “That’s all done with Sinch,” said Balina, who heard about it on StackShare.io.
“It’s a necessary real-time communication service for developers. If you were building an app and you wanted to have real-time communication where there’s in-app messaging, phone calls or video, without having to start from scratch, you can use Sinch,” he said.
“It’s definitely helped us small guys make an app on the same level as the big guys without having to understand the infrastructure of networking and all that stuff. Having a company that basically does that for us has been really helpful,” added Balina.
Going forward, Peer Hustle plans to gather user feedback and partner with trade organizations and local county governments to help with employment issues. While currently only available on iOS in the U.S., it is working on developing an Android version and expanding globally.
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