How does SkillSoniq work?
SkillSoniq is a marketplace app that helps you source lucrative part-time and full-time freelance projects within a few miles of where you live. This way, you get to work with local clients on one or multiple projects and make money. We currently have projects mostly in the New York Metropolitan area in the United States. In an industry that is fraught with recruitment agencies and lack of transparency, SkillSoniq makes the process of securing freelance projects for you very easy by connecting you directly with clients.
You simply login to SkillSoniq and submit a 3-step application. You will then be screened by Skillsoniq, usually within a day. Once approved, our technology will automatically apply to multiple clients and for projects where we think you will be a great match. You can simply sit back and relax as we send you interview and project offers. Upon accepting offers, you can use the app to “check-in” to your clients’ office, share feedback, fill out timesheets and progress notes, and get paid.
While you are on a project, SkillSoniq analyzes your idle time and takes feedback from you on your existing projects. This helps us get you more relevant projects that will make you happier and help you better utilize your work week, or even earn extra money in the evenings and on weekends.
What’s more? You get the option to work with a client full-time on their w2/payroll after 3 months of freelance work – SkillSoniq is a great way for you to test projects and clients, before you jump into a full-time gig.
Is SkillSoniq for me if I am currently in a full-time job?
Absolutely! Many of our freelancers have full-time jobs and use SkillSoniq to make extra money in the evenings and on weekends. SkillSoniq is a great way for you to work with different clients in your city, and perhaps switch to one of those clients full-time if there is mutual interest!
We currently have three types of freelancers:
How do you screen freelancers?
SkillSoniq prides itself in maintaining a high quality database of freelancers. In deciding whether to approve or decline a freelancer application, all freelancers go through an intense screening process, after which the top 10% of applications are approved:
You only have to submit your profile once, and after its approved, you can sit back and relax while our technology automatically applies for projects in your city. Hence, it is well worth the effort to submit a detailed profile, and describe your past experiences in great detail. You will receive an email once your profile is approved or declined.
Does SkillSoniq offer full-time roles on a client’s w2/payroll?
Absolutely! 20% of freelancers on SkillSoniq end up working full-time with a client on their w2/payroll. SkillSoniq is a great way for you to work as a part-time or full-time freelancer with one or more clients, and switch to their w2/payroll any time after 3 months. We give clients the option to switch freelancers to their payroll after 3 months, depending on performance. Hundreds of freelancers who are in between jobs, thus prefer to work with multiple clients through SkillSoniq, and eventually switch to a full-time role with one of their clients.
We have seen that companies are more open to and take significantly less time to hire freelancers on SkillSoniq, as opposed to extending a full-time role through traditional recruitment channels. This increases your chances of sourcing meaningful projects with companies on SkillSoniq, and eventually converting those to full-time gigs. If it were not for SkillSoniq, you may never be able to work with these companies as a full-time employee.
What sort of freelancers are on SkillSoniq?
All are freelancers are classified as 1099 independent contractors. These workers work with the end client for an hourly fee. The end client pays SkillSoniq based on hours worked by the freelancer. SkillSoniq keeps a placement fee and passes on the rest to the freelancer.
Why should I consider using SkillSoniq?
SkillSoniq is a great way for you to test several projects and companies in your city, before diving into a full-time role with a company, to make extra money on the side, or simply to freelance full-time with multiple clients. We are changing the way freelancers source and work on local projects. If you are a freelancer looking for your next project in your city, you are likely highly dependent on inefficient staffing agencies or your personal network to find you a project, and it will take you roughly 2 months to get a project. To make things worse, you will be spammed by calls and emails from recruiters who will ask you to plant “fake skills” on your resume.
At SkillSoniq, we have automated the process of seamlessly getting projects for you by capturing 15+ key attributes from you and connecting you with projects that are relevant. Furthermore, once you are on a project, we try to capture feedback from you to get you more relevant projects where you will be happier. This way, all you need to do is ensure you submit a solid profile on SkillSoniq, and let us do the rest!
How much can I expect to be paid through SkillSoniq?
Freelancers usually clock in gross pay rates ranging from $20/Hr to $250/Hr on SkillSoniq. Freelancers are free to choose their “desired pay rate” while completing their application on SkillSoniq and if approved, SkillSoniq only offers them projects at or above their desired pay rate.
How much does SkillSoniq charge me?
SkillSoniq charges a 10% placement fee for every dollar paid to the freelancer by the client. For example, if the client has agreed to pay the freelancer $100/Hr, SkillSoniq will charge the freelancer $10/Hr. The end client pays SkillSoniq based on hours worked by the freelancer. SkillSoniq keeps a 10% placement fee and passes on the rest to the freelancer every week.
What kind of projects are available on SkillSoniq?
We offer projects in 3 broad buckets across 50+ skills and 12+ industries:
Where are most of your projects and clients based?
A vast majority of our clients currently hire out of the New York Metropolitan Area in the United States.
When do I get paid?
Freelancers are usually paid every week on SkillSoniq. Candidates’ pay period is from Monday at 12:01am until Sunday at midnight and candidates generally get paid between 5 and 7 business days after their pay period ends. This means you get paid anytime between Friday and the following Tuesday every week for the previous pay period. In some cases you can be paid earlier if your client makes an early payment.
A few clients may pay every 2 weeks, or every month. For these clients, SkillSoniq may pay freelancers on a bi-weekly or a monthly basis to align you with the pay frequency followed by the client.
What happens once I accept a project offer?
Once you accept a project offer, we will run a background check on you and work with you to complete onboarding documents – This usually takes less than a day. Once the background check and other onboarding formalities like payments are completed, you will use the app to “check in” to your client’s office location on Day 1, after which you will submit weekly timesheets at the end of each pay period.
How does the client track my hours?
When you start a project, you can go to your timesheet and “update” the hours you have worked every day so that your client can view your hours. At the end of each pay period, we ask all our freelancers to “submit” their timesheet for the week. The hours you have worked during the week should generally be discussed with the client before you submit your timesheet.
If there are delays in submitting the timesheet, your payments might get delayed, hence candidates should submit their timesheet between Friday and Sunday every week while they are on a project.
If I join SkillSoniq’s marketplace, what kind of time commitment am I looking at?
It will take you just 5 minutes to complete your SkillSoniq profile. Once you upload an existing resume, our technology parses your resume to auto-populate relevant fields in your profile. After your profile is completed and approved, you can sit back and relax as we auto-apply for relevant projects for you and get you interview & project offers! Through SkillSoniq, you have the option of working anywhere from 10 hours a week to 100 hours a week, depending on your capacity!
I am looking to transition into a development or technical role from a non-technical specialty, can you help me?
We place freelancers who are looking to transition to a tech role. Our clients look for 15+ attributes in a candidate including project experience, past feedback, industry / domain skills, education and skills. Our algorithms are smart enough to recognize whether you would be a good fit for a role, based on a holistic analyses of your profile and based on successful placement of freelancers in the past.
Can I work directly with my client outside of SkillSoniq?
After you accept interview offers on SkillSoniq, we connect you with the client. Thereafter, you can communicate with them over email. However, all project offers have to be accepted on SkillSoniq, so that you can complete timesheets and get paid by SkillSoniq every week. If before, during or after any project, we find that you have worked directly with a client without our written consent, we will charge your client $5,000 and 10% of the amounts payable to you for the first 12 months of such engagement or employment. You and your client(s) will also be prohibited from using the services of SkillSoniq in the future.
How long will it take to receive interviews?
Once your profile is approved and you are live on our platform, you can expect to receive interview offers generally within 5-7 business days. In some cases, companies may take longer to send you interview offers, depending on their unique circumstances and your profile. We pride ourselves in providing clients only skilled freelancers in their city, whose skills and identity have been validated by us. This expedites the recruitment process for clients, thereby increasing your chances of hearing back on next steps faster.
When will clients be able to see my profile?
All clients who post a project are presented the best freelancer matches by us. Your profile will only be seen by clients who get you as a match for their project(s). They will not be able to see your contact information though until you have accepted their interview offer. At that stage, we will connect you with the client to take the process forward.
How does your matching algorithm work?
We analyze 15+ key attributes from both approved freelancers and projects posted, in the form of structured and unstructured data. The data is collected through simple, easy to fill forms and fed into our matching algorithm to get you the best matches. Our matching algorithm is backed by powerful Machine Learning and AI technologies, and dynamically ranks candidates against one another to find the best projects for you. Our algorithms get smarter with every interview and hire decision made by clients so you can get the best project matches on SkillSoniq!
What type of companies can I expect to hear from for interview requests?
In the event there is a project that matches your profile, you’ll be receiving interview offers from a variety of companies that are either at very early stages, are venture backed, privately run or publicly traded.
If I accept an interview request, will I still be visible to other companies in the marketplace?
Yes, your profile is visible for the entirety of your time in the marketplace regardless of how many interview requests you accept. Accepting an interview request is non-binding, and only indicates your mutual interest in the company.
If I decline an interview request but change my mind, how do I re-engage with the company?
It never hurts to accept interview requests unless you are 100% sure you have no interest. You can always change your mind after a first conversation with the client. If it is simply a question of compensation or role, you can reply to the request with your questions before agreeing to schedule the first interview. If you declined an offer and realize it was a mistake, we recommend that you reach out to us at [email protected] so we can update your status accordingly.
What happens during an interview?
Each company is slightly different in how they interview, and interviews vary by technical and non-technical roles. Interviews could be in the form of Skype, phone or in-person interviews, and companies may have you complete additional tests and case studies.
How long does it take to actually get a project?
As long as your schedule lines up with the company you’re interviewing with, on average it takes 10 business days for a candidate to get placed on a project from the time their profile is live on our platform.
Can I switch to a company’s payroll?
Yes, companies often ask our freelancers to move to their payroll in a part-time or full-time capacity. This is usually after you have worked with a company for 3 months and have performed well on a project. Companies pay a fee to SkillSoniq to move you to their payroll, and you can still use SkillSoniq to make extra money on projects while working full-time.
Will I get insurance benefits through SkillSoniq?
In our pursuit to level the playing field between freelancers and full-time employees, we have partnered with Trupo, to provide portable insurance benefits to our freelancers. Through Trupo, our freelancers have the option to buy into illness, accident, dental, vision and life insurance benefits. We are continually working to add more insurance products to the portfolio of products currently offered by our insurance partner, Trupo. This means till the time you work as a freelancer, you can opt for our insurance coverage, and if you get hired by a client on their payroll, you can avail their specific insurance benefits.
Does SkillSoniq sponsor work visa?
We do not sponsor work visas for freelancers and only accept those freelancers who have a valid work permit to work as a 1099 independent contractor in the United States. Having said that, once you work with our clients on projects, clients may end up hiring you on their payroll and may eventually sponsor a work visa (e.g. H1b visa) for you.
Can I work on remote projects?
As long as you are in the same city as the client (or very close to the client), you can make arrangements with the client to work from home. Our clients usually prefer to hire freelancers in the same city, so both you and the client have the option to meet if and when required.
Do you conduct background checks?
Yes, every freelancer goes through a comprehensive criminal, social security and sex offender check on SkillSoniq, before they are placed on a project.
Is SkillSoniq for me if I am situated outside the United States?
At this moment, we do not work with freelancers who are situated outside the United States. Our clients prefer to work with freelancers in the same city, and we currently focus on clients in the United States. Hence, your profile will be declined if you are situated outside the United States.
How do taxes work with SkillSoniq?
When you get a project on SkillSoniq, during the onboarding process, you will be asked to complete a W9 tax form and submit to SkillSoniq. Every week, you will be paid your pay rate x number of hours you submitted for the previous week. SkillSoniq does not withhold taxes (Federal, State, Medicare or Social Security) since you work as an independent contractor. At the end of the tax year, you will receive a 1099-MISC form from SkillSoniq which will mention all of your payments throughout the year. You can then use this form to file your taxes as an independent contractor, for all the work you did through SkillSoniq.