I'm new here so, hi!
Some time ago, as a self taught developer myself, I decided to take on a freelance career. I created accounts on Fiverr and UpWork.
I noticed that platforms like these have fundamental issues. For example, Fiverr treats freelancers like commodities and clients on UpWork are bombarded with hundreds of 'project proposals' within seconds of submitting a project, which is overwhelming than useful.
This situation provides a great opportunity for two main reasons:
A decent truth about this world is that not everyone is into creating a startup or 'indie-hacking' and nor does everyone possess the ability to do so. However, there is also a significant percentage of people who no longer want to work for a 'boss'. Freelancing sits right on this sweet spot. Here is additional info: https://www.upwork.com/press/releases/freelance-forward-economics-report
As said earlier, it sucks. UpWork is merely a digitalisation of an ineffective, inefficient, decades old procedure. Gig platforms like Fiverr simply commodotize freelancers, not to mention the 20% revenue cut. There are tons of more issues and an alternative is clearly needed.
I couldn't help trying to think about an alternative approach to connecting freelancers with clients. This is still very unclear to me though, but I am looking for a partner to come up with ideas and potentially, dare I say, create a scalable startup around it.
Now why do I look for a technical co founder? Well, I would consider myself a novice-intermediate developer but coding, as much as I love it, is not my greatest strength. I tend to think of these from a business perspective.
This post is quite long, especially for a first one, but if you're interested, let's have a chat!