Earlier this year we set out to build a marketplace for the creative and digital industry that would make it easier for companies and freelancers to find each other and work together. As long term members of the industry we felt strongly that a combination of improved matching capabilities, streamlined process and reduced fees would help future proof the industry and unlock the full potential of an ever growing talented freelance community.
I’m proud and excited to announce the launch of the Cavalry marketplace which is major step to delivering on this goal. In the same breath I want to apologise for it taking so dam long. Hopefully its worth the wait.
From today, Companies can be connected in minutes to freelancers that suit their needs and timing. With 450 freelance members and growing rapidly, Cavalry is already on its way to becoming one of Australia’s largest marketplaces for quality local creative and digital freelancer talent.
For Freelancers this means that Cavalry can help do your sales work for you by matching and recommending you to projects that suit your expertise, availability and rates. And as we grow, your reach grows.
50% off Cavalry fees for their first 3 bookings
To say a massive thanks for supporting us in these early stages, the first 60 companies that join Cavalry will receive a 50% discount on our Cavalry fees for their first 3 bookings. This takes the already competitive standard fee of 9% and halves it to 4.5%! This offer will only last until the end of 2017 so get in quick if you’re not already a member. Sign up today.
Breaking down Cavalry features:
Accurate matching of companies and freelancers
Companies can now avoid a wild goose chase when sourcing new freelancers and instead be matched to the right freelancer in minutes. Equally, Freelancers will only be matched to projects that suit their experience and circumstances.
To ensure accurate pairing of companies and candidates we’ve gone to great lengths to build a data structure and algorithm that takes into account all the important attributes like speciality, specific skills, availability and rates. We also rank freelancers higher in search results who have earned a spot on a Company Roster (demonstrating reputation) and kept their Calendar up to date (demonstrating professionalism).
A familiar workflow for companies
The Cavalry workflow reflects how our industry works and does a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of automating the communication between freelancers and companies. Companies can also save and share their short-list with team members.
A simple dashboard for Freelancers
Whether Freelancers are in early discussions or booked on projects, keeping track and managing gigs is easy with the Gigs Dashboard.
Our Messaging service not only facilitates a seamless and easy relationship between a company and freelancer across the lifespan of a Gig, it also automatically messages both parties when there is an update made to a gig or invoice status.
Simplified and trackable Invoicing
Cavalry takes the admin pain out of invoicing and payment. At the end of a project or every 2 weeks during the project, we automatically generate invoices that Freelancers can edit and submit to Companies. Both Freelancers and Companies have Invoice dashboards that make it easy to manage the status of every Cavalry related invoice.
As a marketplace, Cavalry is open for all creative and digital Freelancers to join. However we also talk extensively to company’s and understand their freelance needs. We then proactively hand pick top tier talent in these in demand areas and invite them to join Cavalry.
At launch our lion’s share of talent is in design, creative, UX and technology. However we’re committed to representing all talent in the market and already have increasing numbers in PR, Production, Media, Animation, Events, Data, Delivery and Account management.
We’ve even enhanced our profiles to include profile pics!
As a new and innovative service offering, we’re committing to listening, learning and optimising our platform to meet the expectations of our customers. Therefore we’d love any feedback you have, good or bad.
We’d even love to sit with you as you go through the experience. Feedback here
If you your not a member already, there’s never been a better time to join Cavalry. Join us today.
Dave Bentley is the CEO and Co-founder at Cavalry, a platform that streamlines the way companies and freelancers find each other and work together. Cavalry is designed to support the unique freelancing dynamics that exist within the creative and digital industry. Sign up at cavalryfreelancing.com and start simplifying your freelance world.