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:
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.
Is SkillSoniq for me if I am looking to hire full-time employees?
Absolutely! Unlike other freelance websites, 20% of clients on SkillSoniq eventually hire freelancers full-time on their payroll. We unlock options for companies to extend a full-time role to freelancers after 3 months. This means you can still work with freelancers full-time (40 hrs a week) for 3 months, after which you can make them a permanent employee at any time.
We have seen many companies wasting valuable resources on hiring and training full-time employees, only to find that they were not the right fit. SkillSoniq is a great way for you to hire full-time freelancers in your city with the flexibility of ending their project whenever you want. If the freelancer fits your culture and performs well, you can easily switch them to your payroll and make them a permanent employee any time after 3 months.
Whats more? Average time to fill on SkillSoniq is just 5-7 business days, which means you spend 60% less time in hiring a full-time freelancer on SkillSoniq (and later switching them to your w2/payroll), as opposed to hiring a full-time employee through traditional recruitment channels!
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:
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!
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.
Where are your freelancers based?
A vast majority of our freelancers are currently based in the New York Metropolitan Area in the United States.
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:
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:
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:
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%.
What is your price?
SkillSoniq is free for companies to post unlimited projects and hire unlimited freelancers, other than a nominal payment processing fee we charge clients on top of what they pay freelancers. This ranges from 1% to 3.5% depending on how we receive payments – We accept payments via ACH Bank Transfer and/or all major credit / debit cards. Please note that 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.
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 [email protected] or call us at +1(929)777-5455.
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.
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.
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% commission and pass on the rest to your freelancers. You can pay SkillSoniq via an ACH Bank Transfer and/or all major credit / debit cards.
Can I hire freelancers based only on commission?
Yes, you can hire freelancers based on commissions that are paid based on a performance metric. Remember, SkillSoniq still keeps 10% from the amount due to be paid to the freelancer.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We refresh background checks on active freelancers every year.
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).
Do you provide insurance benefits to your freelancers?
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. This means till the time you work with our freelancers, they can opt for our insurance coverage, and if you hire them on your payroll, you can offer them your own benefits.