With the advancement of the internet, a lot of jobs can be done online, such as computer programming, translation, and audio transcription. Most online jobs are paid per project and usually are lucrative, not to mention convenient. An online worker could choose where they want to work, and when to work (as long as the deadline is met, that is).
Freelancers usually use platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork to promote their service. In return, freelance platforms could charge freelancers a set fee from their earnings and/or charge employers who use their service. Thus, building a freelance platform is a great way to make money, especially if you already have a list of freelancers with specific experiences and portfolios.
However, building a freelancing platform is not easy. You will need to consider various things, such as programming the site and installing a payment gateway to send payments to freelancers and receive payments from users. Maintenance could also be an issue – you will need to keep your freelancing platform up to date with various new features and security patches to retain your users. That is until the TaskHive theme from HivePress was released.
TaskHive is a complete freelancing platform suite based on WordPress, the most widely-used content management system on the web. It’s packed with all the required WordPress plugins and extensions for building a marketplace of services or digital downloads, such as Fiverr or Creative Market. With TaskHive, you can build a freelancing platform in next to no time. Of course, if you want to tinker, TaskHive is highly customizable to suit your freelancing platform needs.
Packed with features
Loaded with features yet lightweight and easy to use, you can immediately use TaskHive as it is. Upon activation and some basic settings, users can search and browse for freelancers, and freelancers can showcase or sell their services. However, the features are extensible through a set of extensions, available from the HivePress website.
TaskHive includes 7 free and 2 premium extensions (Marketplace and Tags), required for building a marketplace of services or digital downloads, similar to Fiverr or Creative Market. So you can use any of the 9 extensions for free, and install only the functionality required for your site without bloating and slowing it down.
Extensible by design
For example, you can install the free Messages extension so that freelancers and employers could communicate with each other, allow freelancers to request payment for their services through your service and showcase their digital products, and enable payment gateways through WooCommerce, the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
It is also easy for users to sign up for your website. With the free Authentication extension, users can sign up through social media accounts they already have, such as Facebook or Google. This eliminates the need for users to remember another password.
After registering, users can opt to publish their service or search for services they need. The service listing page is responsive – users will not have any difficulties navigating the page. Then, if enabled on your site, they can mark a service listing as favorite (with the free Favorites extension) and/or purchase the service directly on the listing details page. A ranking system is also there (with the free Reviews extension) to weed out malicious service listings.
To maximize your revenue as the platform owner, you can charge freelancers for posting their digital products or services, and/or take a certain percentage from their earnings. The charges can be defined easily in the administration panel.
Trusted by 1,000+ websites
The secret sauce of TaskHive’s complete set of features is that it is powered by HivePress, a free multipurpose WordPress plugin that allows you to create any type of directory and listing websites. Trusted by more than 1,000 active websites, HivePress has a friendly community of website owners sharing their tips and suggestions.
Apart from the community support, TaskHive is also supported directly by its developers, so any issues are resolved in the fastest and the best way possible, by people who know their product inside and out.
To sum up, TaskHive is a lightweight, yet very functional WordPress theme loaded with features that allow you to easily build an online freelancing platform, where anyone can sell their services or digital downloads. The customizability, community, and ease of use of TaskHive are unparalleled, especially considering its pricing.