In a very interesting move, LinkedIn has launched a freelancer marketplace called ‘ProFinder’ in an effort to help connect members with independent contractors and freelancers. The service was launched a pilot last fall and LinkedIn has finally opened it up today everyone in the U.S. where users will now be able to hire other professionals for services such as web development design, writing and editing, accounting, real estate, and career coaching.

“The freelance economy is on the rise…The number of freelancers on LinkedIn has grown by nearly 50 percent in just the past five years. As the workforce evolves, we, too, are evolving to ensure we’re creating opportunity for the expanding sector of professionals looking for independent, project-based work in place of the typical 9 to 5 profession.” blogged Vaibhav Goel, group product manager at LinkedIn.

The way ProFinder works is different to how other freelancing platforms like Upwork and Fiverr work. To hire a freelancer through ProFinder, the user can select from among 140 service areas and needs to fill in a form with specific needs, including location, timeframe, budget, and job requirements. In return, the user will receive up to five offers from freelancers with a message, price quote, and a link to their LinkedIn profile.

The best part about ProFinder is that it is built on top of LinkedIn’s existing network of professionals to be network-driven. LinkedIn is banking on its social network and technology as a better measure of trustworthiness as compared to rating and reviews as used by traditional freelancing platforms.

LinkedIn ProFinder is currently only available in the U.S., but it’s likely to expand overseas in the near future but feel free to try other platforms if you want to step into the world of freelancing and luckily we have a course for you to do that.