According to reports, LinkedIn is building a new service to let its members find and work with freelancers.
LinkedIn is about to go up against services like Upwork and Fiverr with a new service called LinkedIn Marketplace, which will help its 740 million members connect with various professionals online and book them for freelance projects.
The move hasn’t been announced yet, but according to reports, LinkedIn Marketplace will also use a digital wallet to pay freelancers and have freelancers get paid. It makes total sense that LinkedIn is going in this direction – especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic – with many more people working from home.
The service could make LinkedIn a lot more useful for many people – not just a place to connect with professional contacts. Marketplace is not a new idea for LinkedIn. The platform has a ‘ProFinder’ tool already, which lets members search for freelancers on its platform and use them for projects.