Elance–oDesk freelance marketplace merges, rebrands as Upwork

Perhaps you have stumbled across either Elance or oDesk, two of the many websites offering online jobs and projects for a freelancer like you. Recently, the company behind the success of both sites has announced its merging under the brand name ― Upwork.

Upwork integrates a new collaboration feature designed basically to help group effort between a manager, client and its teams to work easier through messaging and web chatting in real-time. Another interesting feature for project managers is that you can create separate rooms for each of your working teams, which as well useful if you’re employing a team of freelancers for a certain project.

While its real-time collaboration is a worthy feature, the company as well improved the site’s search algorithms that will help a freelancer easily look for the right job, aside from the instant match feature which allows a user to set their work availability.

In addition to Upwork’s integrated platform, it also has a new mobile app for iOS that lets a user to accept projects, create opportunities as well as work contracts up and about. The company sees the changes as a significant improvement and a huge help for freelancers to get a match opportunity and hired faster.


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