Expert Marketplaces

Goals

To find online marketplaces for white-collar level workers.

Early Findings

  • There are online marketplaces that cater to a more 'expert' level of experience or job type. These are in addition to conventional marketplaces where professionals do also offer their services to a broader audience.
  • Some more professional-level marketplaces are Toptal, Clarity, Maven, OnSite, and Guru.
  • There are also marketplaces focused on a certain industry or job role.
  • For example, Bluerang is exclusively for top IT talent, DesignCloud is for designers, Coding Ninjas is for programmers, Dribbble is for designers, Gun.io is for engineers, Envato Studio is for creatives & developers and CAD Crowd is for designers.
  • Contently focuses on writers, photographers and designers.
  • LocalSolo is a marketplace with a local focus. This company connects companies with local expert freelancers.
  • Fiverr also has a Pro version of its marketplace for those looking for top-level, curated talent.

Proposed next steps:

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Our initial research uncovered several relevant 'expert'-level online marketplaces for consideration. Some of these are general to several job types, whereas others are specifically catered to fulfilling a certain demand. We propose continuing this research to find 10 more expert-level online marketplaces.
Alternatively, we could begin to explore the 5 marketplaces found in the Early Findings - Toptal, Clarity, Maven, OnSite, Fiverr Pro and Guru - and compose a competitive landscape of each company. We could look at a company overview, target market, competitive advantage(s), number of freelancers, number of customers and pricing structure for each company.