Announcing Microlancer! Get an Early Access Beta Invite

by posted in News
Feb 18
2013

MicrolancerToday is a big day at Envato as we have a really exciting announcement to make. For the last three months, a new team has been hard at work deep in the bowels of Envato HQ (it’s actually really nice!) on our latest product. We’re really pumped to share this with you and hope you can see the possibilities it will open up within the Envato ecosystem. It’s called Microlancer, and Collis wanted to record a little message to introduce it to you.

Introducing Microlancer


Microlancer is going to be a new way for freelancers to connect with buyers who are interested in getting small-scale creative jobs done simply, transparently, safely and quickly. We have built a platform which allows buyers to easily explore a world of different services they can buy, such as logo customisation, photo retouching and many more. We want to create a virtual shopfront for small creative services. Buyers will choose a service they want from a service provider they like. They’ll be able to see upfront everything from price to turnaround time to number of revisions to work samples. They’ll know exactly what they’re getting, no surprises. When they’re happy to proceed, we’ll facilitate the transaction from start to finish.

We believe that for small jobs, it doesn’t make sense for buyers to have different freelancers bid on their job and then assess whether those freelancers can do the job. At Microlancer we’ll be reviewing all the services on the site, ensuring that buyers have a quality experience. Getting a little job done should be as easy as picking a great freelancer and getting started.

We’re aiming to make life easier for our service providers too! Firstly, we’ll connect you with a huge network of potential buyers who are after your services. You’ll have a profile and service pages, and the power of the enormous Envato network bringing you buyers. Admin work like tracking jobs, communication and taking payment will all be handled for you.

Early Access Beta for Service Providers

We’re launching lean, with a starting focus on services in the graphics/creative design industry, and will soon expand to include many areas of the creative spectrum based on community feedback and demand.

Update
We are happy to say that we have received thousands of expressions of interest to be a part of the private Beta, as such we have temporarily stopped accepting new registrations. We are looking forward to launching an open Beta soon. Please keep an eye on Envato Notes, or register for our newsletter to be notified when we open the doors again. Thank you so much for your interest.

We haven’t said much about Microlancer yet as we wanted to make sure everything was on track before announcing it publicly. We know you probably have a lot of questions about the site and how it works, but please keep in mind we’re still finalising everything for our full launch, which is coming very soon! So sit tight and get excited, we will have more to reveal soon.

Thanks everyone, we absolutely can’t wait for you to get your paws all over our new addition to the Envato ecosystem!

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Hi! My name is Jordan and I'm Communications Manager for Microlancer. Say hi :)
  1. Adrian Try on the 18th February

    Thanks Jords. I’m really looking forward to seeing this. And if I wasn’t already enthusiastic, Collis’ enthusiasm is contagious!

    • Jordan on the 18th February

      He’s *really* excited! :D

  2. Adrien on the 18th February

    Hi Jordan!

    Looking forward to the launch! If Collis’ enthusiasm isn’t contagious enough (and it is), Adrian’s above is! :)

    • Jordan on the 18th February

      Woohoo! :)

  3. dtbaker on the 18th February

    Awesomee!

    Cannot wait to see if any non-design services arrive for other color-blind-code-monkeys like me.

    • Jordan on the 18th February

      Don’t you worry! I’m almost certain we’ll be seeing some code monkey services soon :)

  4. Australia on the 18th February

    Looks great, count me in. I never realised how much Collis used his arms when talking. :)

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      He’s super animated! :)

    • Andreas on the 8th March

      If he hurts his arms, would that qualify as a speech impediment?
      :)

  5. Tsvetan Topalov on the 18th February

    Sounds really interesting, I’d love to take a part and good luck !

  6. Nahed on the 18th February

    Dope!

  7. Predrag Stojanovic on the 18th February

    Very good idea, something new definitely and I’m looking forward too to see how all will looks and will try to be involved. Registered of course and good luck!

  8. Remi on the 18th February

    Collis, you’re so excited about this new website that we all are really excited too!!!! Ha ha ha!

  9. Swati Sani on the 18th February

    A category for programming services would be great too. I would definitely like to be a part of it as a microlancer but all we at SANIsoft do is coding using PHP.

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      I’m very confident we will see a category that suits you guys after launch. But to start with we’re going to be going for graphic design services.

  10. John on the 18th February

    When clicking on “register your interest in becoming a service provider on Microlancer” I get “ERROR: We couldn’t find your form. Please check the URL and try again.”

  11. Djordje Pivnicki on the 18th February

    Just submitted a form. There is no “video services” to choose. :/
    Hope it will be added.
    Collis is really excited in this video, reason more why I can’t wait to see new site. :D

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      Video services will come after launch. We’re starting lean and then iterating based on demand :)

  12. Shafraz on the 18th February

    this is great… yeppiiiiiiii… ;)

  13. M Asif Rahman on the 18th February

    Great. Looking forward. But why starting only with Graphics & Design? What about development and specifically WordPress related development? Any plans?

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      We will definitely be expanding our offerings, you can expect to see WordPress related stuff in the future!

  14. Sitebase on the 18th February

    That’s a great idea and will fill up a gap in the market that’s not covered yet!

  15. mouservice on the 18th February

    Microlancer is going to be a new way for freelancers to connect with buyers who are interested in getting small-scale creative jobs done simply, transparently, safely and quickly.

  16. Selorm on the 18th February

    Please do not forget Programmers like us…we are creative with codes too :)

  17. Chuck on the 18th February

    Great idea, can’t wait to see it live

  18. Silviu on the 18th February

    So much enthusiasm…! I like the idea.

  19. matthew on the 18th February

    Sounds like it could be interesting?

  20. Gabriel Castillo on the 18th February

    You left out developers in the register page.. or maybe you are catering to front end developers only. I mean, backend wordpress, opencart, php/mysql, rails.. Alot of my client hire me to help with functionality more then design.

  21. Stephen Emlund on the 18th February

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out! I signed up as a service provider. This is a really great idea and something I’ve thought about doing for myself – creating a microsite to sell my quick turn-around services – now I don’t have too!

  22. harvey on the 18th February

    Sign me up!

  23. Selim Rana on the 18th February

    Really great idea, it would be great help for themeForest buyer and seller.

  24. Attila Kosik on the 18th February

    Hey,

    Enthusiasm IS contagious. I do not offer any design related service (I’m more into writing/translation), but still I’m gonna register just to see how it works.

    Keep it up!

  25. Mark Hayes on the 18th February

    This looks great!

    I’d love to see some other design categories for instance:
    Environmental Design
    Retail POS Design
    Signage
    Package Design

    Cheers!

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      Awesome suggestions!

    • Sommer on the 25th February

      I agree! :D

  26. sajibsrs on the 19th February

    Good news.I’d like to take a part.Thanks envato

  27. Karan Desai on the 19th February

    Hop!Hop!Hop! When can I get in? Really Excited!!!!

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      Not too long, in the coming weeks invites will start going out to people selected! :) Full launch isn’t too far off either :)

  28. Jo Ann Snover on the 19th February

    I like the video as a way to introduce the new service – very effective way to get your message out to us.

    There’s a lot of potential here, but I’d like to know more about the mechanics of the provider getting paid and the buyer dealing with any issues with the work.

    In some ways I think this might be like the buyer and seller feedback system on eBay where you try to avoid buyers not paying even though the work was as requested or freelancers not delivering what the buyer asked for.

    Another site tried something similar a while back and discontinued it because they didn’t address the above issues.

    • Jordan McNamara on the 19th February

      Hey Jo!

      Glad you liked the video, I liked it too – Collis is super animated in it hehe. We’re not quite ready to reveal all the details about payment and dispute resolution yet. But a few quick points:

      * We will take payment for jobs upfront from the buyer, before the freelancer has started any work and will hold it until successful completion of the job as agreed by both parties.

      * We have a robust dispute resolution system planned.

      * We’re still working on how the feedback system will work.

      Great feedback! :)

    • Sommer on the 25th February

      Great points, I was wondering the same. Looking forward to finding out more details.

  29. Kate on the 20th February

    This sounds pretty sweet :)

    I saw over on the marketplace forum post that some people have been invited (that or their wording was weird).
    Was wondering when people who are accepted would be notified (as well as those who aren’t accpeted for the meantime – would they get notified)?

    I mean, I only applied for this yesterday, but yeah – just curious :)

    I may or may not be keeping an eye on my inbox a bit more than usual… >.>

    • Jordan on the 20th February

      Hey Kate! :) Nice to hear from you! We’re hoping to start letting people in from later next week. But I can’t 100% confirm that just yet. We still need some time so you can take a break from inbox checking until at least after the weekend. We’re likely to do it in batches as well, so some might get in earlier than others.

      We will make sure to communicate with those who don’t get selected as well. :) Hope that helps!

  30. Candeed on the 21st February

    :) This is definitely a good news for everyone.. For years we have been working online as internet freelance designers out there.. Next, nothing as good as working at ‘home-sweet-home-Envato’.

    :)

    Just like other creative people who have commented here, we are more than ready..

  31. SBJEWEL on the 21st February

    Already registered… :)

  32. Sommer on the 25th February

    Sounds like what I do already but love the idea of having potential clients seeking me and my services out rather then me trying to seek THEM out. I am excited and hope to be a part of the beta! Good luck with everything! :D

  33. Sommer on the 25th February

    P.S. It’s hard to find niche services aimed solely towards the freelancing community. This sounds great simply for the support and community!

  34. Jesussanz on the 25th February

    That sounds good to me.
    It may be great for the authors and for customers.
    I’m registered. I expect news soon.

  35. Lukasz Bachur | Friskweb on the 25th February

    What an idea! Absolutely stunning! Keep going guys, I’m very
    curious the new design!

  36. CIPPO on the 26th February

    Here we go. I simply hope it won’t be like the other freelance websites where a lot of bidders are trying to get the project by listing their enormous list of skills in order to get a project at the lowest price.

    • Jose Iribarren on the 8th March

      I agree with you CIPPO. Websites like Elance.com are inundated and polluted with people from overseas who give their work away. I think microlancer should be closed off to people in the US only. lol

    • Neil Richardson on the 9th March

      Yeah great point CIPPO, Just thought about that too. Don’t want it turning out like those other site!

  37. Jordan on the 8th March

    So basically like Fiverr and Freelancer put together?

  38. Fateh on the 8th March

    Signed up n’ waiting for it, must be very exciting ;) let’s keep the hard work up :D

  39. Subhasish Sen on the 8th March

    I am just very excited to put up my own services page and I believe as envato is the company backing microlancer.com the flood of buyers have to be coming up and freelancer like myself could get more work based on skillset something like this was very much needed. And I appreciate the ideas envato has always brought forward.

  40. Sean Steinhoff on the 8th March

    I am totally down! What a superb idea!

  41. zeeshan on the 8th March

    its great news. I will join microlancer ASAP.

  42. Jose Iribarren on the 8th March

    I’m pretty excited to see what microlancer.com is going to be like and what results it will bring for clients and freelancers alike. Do you guys have an estimated date of when it will be opened to the public? Thanks for launching another great product!!

  43. Brian on the 8th March

    This is an awesome idea!

    Good luck.

  44. Anthony on the 8th March

    I like this idea. I think that it should definitely be community driven with features like voting, reputation, etc… Because I’d think you might wind up with Person A offering photo retouching at $45 and Person B offering the same thing for $125. Both might be ok, but it would be nice to know what customers say about them, or something to balance the simple offering the lowest price scenario.

  45. Benjamin Chan on the 8th March

    Sounds very interesting ! Do you have any limits as to what countries might or might not be entitled to participate, or is this a worldwide service? I’m a freelance videographer from Canada. Thanks in advance for your response !

  46. Terry Britton on the 8th March

    Is registration closed? I am getting this error coming up again (was reported Feb 18th earlier)

    ERROR: We couldn’t find your form. Please check the URL and try again.

    Terry

  47. Chad Spicer on the 8th March

    I am very pleased that you are starting Microlancer…with the backbone of the Envato Network I’m sure it will be a success and a breeze to use. Other sites have a tendency to have a fly-by-night quality that also attracts clients of the same kind. I am so excited for you guys and for me!

  48. Daniel on the 8th March

    Can’t wait to see how the site turns out! :D :)

  49. Lisa on the 8th March

    Really excited about this! Such a great way to connect with new projects! Thanks envato!

  50. Eric on the 8th March

    Hello Jordan,

    As a person that has worked with some of the most talented creative souls on this earth(I am a former executive with Verizon for 8 years), I can’t wait to see and experience this new service!

    Now. I don’t have a design bone in my body, but I visually know what is bad, good, and superb creative work. As some who has used many “freelancer” all over the world, I looking and hoping for a place that I could really experience some real solid talent.

    I will be first in line to use the service!! ;-)

    Sincerely,

    Eric

  51. Charlie on the 8th March

    As a buyer of graphics services for video and television, we are very excited about this and will be hiring many many of these talented Microlancers!

  52. Joseph Watson on the 8th March

    Need Designers and Developers.

  53. alex on the 8th March

    Cool

    I need to get some websites done and get some cool freelancers to do it !

  54. Lacho on the 8th March

    Really interesting project, I would like to see how you will get better tan Fiverr.. :)
    I really trust envato and I’m sure you got something grwat in your hands.. :)

  55. Joe on the 8th March

    GREAT!!! Idea!

  56. Neil Richardson on the 8th March

    Sound good, I can’t wait to see and hear more.

  57. Arturo on the 9th March

    Looking forward to the launch… awesome!

  58. Angelo Bonavera on the 9th March

    Sounds interesting. So it’s kinds like fiverr.com, but for websites?

  59. twinAnimators on the 9th March

    eXcited & waiting……….. :)

  60. Destiny on the 9th March

    I’m excited to purchase services from microlancer. I’m a big fan of envato’s other sites, so I know this one will be a hit too!

  61. Melinda on the 9th March

    This sounds really interesting Collis. I love the concept of walking through a candy store of micro services that I’ve never thought of. Maybe i’ve got the wrong end of the stick here but it sounds like fiverr goes pro on acid??

  62. Alice on the 9th March

    You go guys & gals! I’ve jumped from the Corporate world to the freelance world & I’m going to need all the help I can get! Very exciting! I know the Word Press community will help you reach your goals.

  63. Kim on the 10th March

    LOVE this idea! Seems like a better option than some of the other freelance sites out there. Already registered! :)

    I know it required us to have Envato accounts but will they only be accepting people who currently sell on Envato?

  64. Joseph Watson on the 10th March

    Urgent need to implement Broadcast FM Radio GUI/Player
    Think Metropolis/Radio GaGa/Futuristic.
    Enough talk lets Rock&Roll.

  65. Kenneth von Rauch on the 10th March

    Great news guys, I’ve registered and I’m looking forward to see how it works out both for you and me. :)

  66. Terry Britton on the 10th March

    This link is broken.

    http://www.formstack.com/forms/envato-microlancer_beta_registration

    It reports:

    ERROR: We couldn’t find your form. Please check the URL and try again.

    I’ve cleared my cache, and then tried from different browsers, but still get the same error page. I’d like to sign up, and have tried over several days, but still cannot.

    • Adrian Try on the 11th March

      Hi Terry. That’s strange. The link is working for me now. Would you be able to try again?

  67. Terry Britton on the 11th March

    From this part of the world (Eastern North Carolina, USA) that link does not work in Opera, IE9, Firefox or Chrome. So, I’m entirely flummoxed (and just a bit frustrated at not being able to register for such a cool thing!)

    Terry

  68. Terry Britton on the 11th March

    NOR Safari – just checked. Opera, IE9 and Safari I had never tried it on until just now, so it cannot be a browser cache issue.

    Terry

  69. mark on the 11th March

    Perfect.

    Mark

  70. vipe on the 13th March

    Thi is a great oportunity for us. I waited a while

  71. Randy Cates on the 13th March

    Great idea – why am I not surprised?

  72. Christopher John Cubos on the 14th March

    I love this … :) Can’t wait to test it … thanks for this guys !!!

  73. Ivan on the 17th March

    I’ve just subscribed! Another great idea from the envato.

    • Ivan on the 17th March

      By the way, the link isn’t working for some people (redirects to “Oops, page not found” inside the notes blog)

      Can you add a direct link to the microlancer newsletter so other people can find it?

      Like so:

      http://www.microlancer.com

      Right now it searches in the blog instead of redirecting to the actual site.

    • Adrian Try on the 18th March

      Thanks for pointing that out, Ivan. I just fixed the link. :)

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