Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I use SkillSoniq?

    SkillSoniq is the simplest, most efficient way to find skilled, local freelancers within a 5 mile radius of your office. We are the perfect fit for you if you:

    1. Want to hire local, specialized freelancers at pay rates ranging from $20/Hr to $250/Hr.
    2. Prefer working with freelancers on-site, rather than outsourcing work to foreign countries.
    3. Are looking to save on exorbitant agency fees.
    4. Want to simply test workers for a bit, before hiring them as employees.

    Through our intelligent machine learning techniques, you directly get connected with the best, most affordable freelancers required for you to kick-start or grow your business.

    As soon as you post a project, we connect you with skilled, local freelancers whom you can send interview offers to. This way, you don’t have to wait for freelancers to apply for your project and you don’t have to go through profiles that are not relevant. You directly send interviews and can hire freelancers within days.

  2. What sort of freelancers are on your marketplace?

    We offer freelancers in 3 broad buckets required by any company, who possess 50+ skills and have experience across 12+ industries:

    1. Tech roles: These comprise of Developers, UI/UX Designers and technical and non-technical Product Managers who will help you build your products and services.
    2. Marketing roles: These comprise of social media marketers, content writers, proofreaders, sales professionals, customer service reps and growth hackers who will help you expand your business.
    3. Other roles: These comprise of Big Data Analysts, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Experts, Blockchain Specialists, Operations Specialists, Financial Analysts, Accounting book-keepers, Admin/Exec Assistants, Call Center Agents and many more.
  3. How does the recruitment process on SkillSoniq work?

    On SkillSoniq, employers apply for freelancers and not the other way around. Once you are signed up, you can simply post projects by telling us whom you need and specifying a few more details about your requirements. Thereafter, our sophisticated algorithms search for the best matches for you and present the matches to you within a few seconds. You can instantly screen your matches and either send out interview offers or decline them. Remember, with every decision made by you, our algorithms get smarter!

    Once you send out interview offers, freelancers will respond to your request within a few hours – If they accept your interview, we will connect you with the freelancer to take it forward. Employers take 5-7 business days to hire a freelancer from the time of posting a project, so the process moves very quickly once you know whom you want to hire!

  4. What happens after I interview the freelancer?

    After you interview the freelancer, you can send them a project offer from the “Candidates” menu option in your dashboard. Once the freelancer accepts your project offer, we run a background check on them which usually takes less than a day. After the background check is completed, we complete onboarding documentation with the freelancer after which they check into your office on day 1 of the project and start working with you.

    After the freelancer starts working with you, they will start updating their timesheets and notes, which you can view every day from your Dashboard.

  5. Where are your freelancers based?

    A vast majority of our freelancers are currently based in the New York Metropolitan Area in the United States.

  6. How are you able to source freelancers at such low pay rates?

    We are able to provide you quality freelancers at highly affordable rates in your office, so that you don’t have to worry about outsourcing your tasks/roles. Freelancers prefer to charge lower rates on SkillSoniq because of the following reasons:

    1. Candidates have recently switched industries and domains, hence are looking to start at low pay rates.
    2. Candidates are looking to get paid a low rate to be able to get a foot in the door, and hopefully be offered a full-time gig by you!
    3. Candidates are looking for supplemental part-time gigs to make more money and gain relevant experience.
    4. SkillSoniq’s algorithms keep freelancers highly utilized throughout the work week, so they can clock in more hours and reduce their pay rates for clients.
  7. What type of freelancers do you have on the platform?

    All our 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. We currently have three types of freelancers:

    1. Part-time freelancers: These are full-time employees who freelance on the side in the evenings and on weekends.
    2. Full-time freelancers dedicated to a single client: These are full-time freelancers who work with one client at a time.
    3. Full-time freelancers dedicated to multiple clients: These are full-time freelancers who work with multiple clients at a time.
  8. How do you screen freelancers?

    All freelancers go through an intense screening process (highlighted below), after which the top 10% are approved on our platform:

    1. In-depth analyses of skills: We analyze freelancer skills and how they have used their skills in each of their past experiences. This helps us decide if the skills they claim they have are genuine, and if they will be needed by our clients.
    2. Dynamic Demand-Supply matching: Our threshold for approving candidates increases if demand for their skills is low, and decreases if demand for their skills is high. This way, we maintain an active pool of freelancers ready to work on projects when needed.
    3. Phone Screening: We also conduct a 15-30 min phone screening, if needed.
  9. How does your matching algorithm work?

    We get you local freelancers within a 5 mile radius of your company so you can hire people you trust. These freelancers go through an intense review process by SkillSoniq after which the top 10% are approved.

    We then 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 you the best match. Our algorithms also get smarter with every interview and hire decision made by clients on SkillSoniq!

    Our matching algorithms have proven to provide very high conversion rates for clients, reducing the time to fill by as much as 75%.

  10. What is your price?

    SkillSoniq is free for companies to post unlimited projects and hire unlimited freelancers. We charge a 10% placement fee from freelancers in return for getting them projects. This helps us cover costs for servicing you and the freelancers. Please note that if you decide to pay with a credit/debit card or ACH Bank Transfer, we charge a nominal payment processing fee (on top of your bill rate).

    After 3 months of working with a freelancer, companies have the option to hire the freelancer on their payroll (W2). SkillSoniq charges companies a nominal buyout fee for this service. For more details on such fees, please contact us at sales@skillsoniq.com or call us at +1(929)777-5455.

  11. How do timesheets work?

    Every day, you would be able to see the hours worked by the freelancer in your Dashboard. The freelancer will submit a weekly timesheet by Sunday. You will get notifications when weekly timesheets are submitted and can view the hours worked by the freelancer during the week. Based on hours worked by the freelancer, you will be billed by SkillSoniq every Monday for the previous week. We encourage you to review the hours worked by the freelancer before they submit their timesheets every week.

    Constant communication with the freelancer is essential so that you do not get surprised by the hours clocked in by freelancers.

  12. Can I review my freelancers’ work on SkillSoniq?

    Absolutely! Every day, you will be able to see “notes” updated by your freelancers on the app describing what they are working on, any challenges they face and progress made. This will enable you to reconcile their work with the hours they clock in to gauge productivity, and assess the kind of work you are paying for.

  13. How do I pay the freelancer?

    You will need to pay SkillSoniq every week based on the number of hours worked by your freelancer from Monday through Sunday in the previous week. We provide a consolidated invoice for all the freelancers you have hired on SkillSoniq, so that you can pay just one entity, as opposed to paying several workers individually. Once we receive payment from you, we will retain 10% placement fees and pass on the rest to your freelancers. You can pay SkillSoniq with a Credit/Debit Card, through Zelle Pay, online Bank transfer or a Bank Deposit.

  14. How can my company join SkillSoniq?

    You can sign up with us for free by clicking here and begin posting projects right away! Our technology ensures that we connect you with the best local freelancers as soon as you post a project!

  15. Any advice for recruiting successfully?

    Unlike on most recruitment platforms, our freelancers are always on the go and are actively looking for a project close to where they live. This means that we have a very high interview and job offer acceptance rate on our platform, and you do not waste time screening candidates who are not interested in working with you.

    Almost every freelancer you invite for an interview will respond to your offer within a day, either accepting your interview request or stating a reason for declining your interview. Once you’re matched with a freelancer, our biggest piece of advice is to move quickly. Either present a project offer, or decline the candidate process within 5-7 business days. The longer you wait, the more companies and offers you’re going to be competing against.

  16. Where do you source your freelancers?

    We value highly skilled candidates or candidates who are willing to learn to get a job of their dreams. We attract candidates through a combination of word-of-mouth, paid and viral marketing. We also have strategic partnerships with top business and engineering schools, coding schools and coworking spaces such as Dartmouth University, Cornell University, App Academy, Launch Academy, and WeWork.

  17. Can I contact candidates outside of the marketplace?

    Yes, after a freelancer has accepted your interview offer, we connect you with the freelancer over email. Thereafter, you can communicate with them over email. However, all offers have to be made on our platform, so that freelancers check-in to your office, complete timesheets and are paid by us on time. If we find that you hired freelancers outside of our platform without our written consent, we will charge you $5,000 and 10% of the amounts payable to freelancers for the first 12 months of such engagement or employment. You and the freelancer will also be prohibited from using the services of SkillSoniq in the future.

  18. Do you specialize in a certain industry?

    No, our freelancers come from 12+ industry verticals, and hiring managers across all industries hire freelancers from our portal.

  19. How long does it take to hire a candidate on SkillSoniq?

    As long as your schedule lines up with the freelancers you are interviewing, on average, it takes 5-7 business days for a company to get started with a freelancer from the time a project is posted on our platform.

  20. Who does the documentation for Freelancers?

    SkillSoniq manages 1099, W9 and other legal documentation for all freelancers, so you don’t have to worry about paperwork and regulatory deadlines.

  21. Do you conduct background checks on your freelancers?

    Yes, every freelancer goes through a comprehensive criminal, social security and sex offender check on SkillSoniq, before they are placed on a project.

  22. Does SkillSoniq sponsor work visas?

    We do not sponsor work visas for freelancers and only offer 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 freelancers on projects, you always have the option to hire them on your payroll after 3 months and then sponsor their work visa (e.g. H1b visa).

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

    1. Part-time freelancers: These are full-time employees who freelance on the side in the evenings and on weekends.
    2. Full-time freelancers dedicated to a single client: These are full-time freelancers who work with one client at a time.
    3. Full-time freelancers dedicated to multiple clients: These are full-time freelancers who work with multiple clients at a time.
  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. What kind of projects are available on SkillSoniq?

    We offer projects in 3 broad buckets across 50+ skills and 12+ industries:

    1. Tech roles: These comprise of Developers, UI/UX Designers, Technical and Non-technical Product Managers, Business Analysts and Project Managers.
    2. Marketing roles: These comprise of social media marketers, content writers, proofreaders, sales professionals, customer service reps and growth hackers.
    3. Other roles: These comprise of Big Data Analysts, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Experts, Blockchain Specialists, Operations Specialists, Financial Analysts, Accounting Book-keepers, Admin/Exec Assistants, Call Center Agents and many more.
  8. 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.

  9. 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. Candidates generally get paid between 5 and 7 business days after their pay period ends.

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 sales@skillsoniq.com so we can update your status accordingly.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Will I get insurance benefits through SkillSoniq?

    No, you will not be receiving any insurance benefits through SkillSoniq and will be responsible for purchasing your own insurance plans, if they are important to you. There are several companies that offer affordable insurance plans, so purchasing a plan that works for you should be relatively easy. If you are asked to move to the client’s payroll, the client will likely provide insurance benefits to you.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.