Mobile Commerce

‘Uber For Freelancers’ Launches Nationwide

A freelance jobs app that started local is staying local but now in a lot more places.

It was announced yesterday (Oct. 15) that Peer Hustle, a real-time, on-demand mobile freelancer marketplace that first launched in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, has made its mobile application available in all 50 of the United States. Founded by Ugandan entrepreneur Ian Balina, the Peer Hustle app connects freelancers with those looking to hire them for short-term jobs based on location.

“Businesses are already posting more than 3 million freelance jobs and conducting 100 million searches annually on online freelancer platforms,” remarked Balina at the time of the app’s D.C.-area launch in September. “Yet, nothing innovative has been done for mobile, which is the future. Peer Hustle will make hiring local freelancers near instant and provide a disruptive platform for aspiring freelancers to run a full-fledged freelancing business on their phone.”

“The basic idea around Peer Hustle,” he went on to say, “is that you have all these great local freelancers and regular citizens, with special skills, and while more and more of them start to monetize their special skill sets and become entrepreneurs, it’s still really difficult to start a freelance business. Sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb allow people to make extra money on the side by sharing their cars and homes. Sharing economy companies are revolutionizing their industries because of their ability to harness the power of the average Joe and Jane next door.”

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