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Spera Sparks Up Freelance Platform

Did you know that nearly 54 million Americans are freelancers? That’s more than a third of the workforce.

More and more ways to find those freelancers have popped up. And this new economy is growing.

But while that freelance work and lifestyle may seem like a dream, there is a lot at stake. From invoicing and payments, to managing workflow, to bringing in new clients and managing new systems, it can be a lot.

That’s why Utah-based startup Spera Inc. has just launched a new management platform to help out all those freelancers. Calling the freelance world the “Freedom Economy,” Spera CEO Greg Pesci said the new management platform helps freelancers manage their businesses better so that freelancers can indeed free up more freedom.

“We’re helping the growing movement of self-reliant, creative and ambitious women and men of all ages — freelancers, entrepreneurs, artists and contract workers who’ve declared independence from the traditional corporate world,” said Pesci.

Whether freelancers are growing clientele or moonlighting, Spera’s mobile toolkit includes client and project management, invoicing, payments and access to working capital.

Spera is looking for beta users for a 30-day free trial, which includes ways to manage projects and monitor progress, streamline payment options — from credit cards to ACH via text — as well as quickly drafting and developing invoices. It also includes access to growth capital through Spera’s lending partners.

Designed after a year of interviews with freelancers, Spera was launched through a crowdlaunch process.

So, if you’ve been thinking of the freelance life, perhaps Spera may spark something.

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