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Nigerian company launches portal to promote project needs

A Lagos-based IT firm has unveiled an outsourcing and crowd-sourcing portal for project owners who seek skillful professionals to execute their projects on a lower budget and with less time consumption.
The firm said the objective is to deepen the growing information communications technology (ICT) industry in the country.
The social outsourcing site named ‘SkillMix‘, is open to all freelance web designers, web developers, marketers and writers who seek avenue to express their prowess.
At an interactive forum in Lagos, where SkillMix was uncovered to journalists, Samuel Adesoga, Managing Director/CEO of Thought Studios, said that the outsourcing and crowd-sourcing site was designed specifically for project owners seeking how to effectively execute their projects, which could be a web design or similar projects on time and on budget.
“Project owners can outsource the projects to freelancers in order to save costs,” he said, as the portal is expected to source the right freelance designers, developers, writers across the nation on behalf of the project owners and registration on the SkillMix
site is free of charge.
Some of the categories of job listed on the site include logo design, graphic design, basic web design, e-commerce, blogs, content management systems, mobile apps, social networks, database, search engine optimization, web apps and software, writing
and marketing.
Mr. Adesoga said project owners would post their projects including any supporting documents or project specification on the website. This enables registered freelancers and skilled workers to locate these projects and join the project’s discussion online. Also, each project has its own discussion forum where freelancers would raise questions concerning the project under scrutiny.
Once both parties agree on the timelines and expectations, the project would begin.
On terms of payments, he explained that each project milestone has its own escrow account.
“Before the project kicks off, the escrow is funded by the project owner.
“When the work is done and delivered, project owner is obliged to release that escrow once he verifies the work is satisfactory and complete,” he said.
He further explained that after the release of an escrow payment, SkillMix would deduct 10 per cent fee from the freelancer’s portion.
“It is just a small fee that freelancers pay us for sourcing paying work. We only get paid when projects are successful,” he said.
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