After a couple of months spent matching together non-tech people who wanted to build MVPs with tech freelancers, I had the idea for Freelancer Protocol two months ago.
I built an MVP in a month and since then have been doing some tweaking & polishing (aka re-writing the code).
It's a free tool that enables freelancers and their clients to exchange payment and deliverable outside of freelancer platforms. I did my best to make it fair to both parties and simple of use.
The idea is based off of a simple observation: freelancers and their clients who have met on a freelancer platform will, at some point, want to bypass the platform to have a direct relationship - mostly to avoid paying the fee ranging in between 10 and 15 %.
This is where the trouble begins: the work is often not covered by the most basic paperwork (contract, invoices), the clients risks that the freelancer delivers late (or not at all), and the freelancer risks that the client pays late (or not at all). In a direct relationship, outside of any framework, neither can dispute in case of a bad surprise.
That's why I set out to build a way for freelancers and their clients to deal directly with each other in the most risk-less way possible. Here's how it works in practice.
A project is divided into milestones. Each milestone has an associated price, deadline and deliverable. Freelancer Protocol charges the client the full amount as soon as the milestone starts. The freelancer then has to submit a demo (link or video) at some point during the milestone's lifetime.
If the client accepts the demo, the money will be exchanged against the deliverable as soon the freelancer uploads the deliverable, under the condition that that's before the deadline. If the client rejects the demo, only a third of the payment is made to the freelancer, the client won't receive any deliverable and the remaining of the money will be returned to the client.
You can find out more on this in my documentation (https://docs.freelancerprotocol.com/).
Thanks a lot for your attention! Please do visit Freelancer Protocol (https://www.freelancerprotocol.com), I'm looking forward to getting your feedback on the project ! 🤗