What is Socialance?
Socialance is a professional network that connects freelancers and employers worldwide to carry out projects from start to finish.
Who is Socialance for?
Socialance is for anyone who is looking to outsource a certain task or project to a remote worker, as well as for professional freelancers worldwide who are looking for freelance work.
How do I create an account?
You need to sign up with your Facebook or LinkedIn account. Creating an account is easy and completely free. You just need to select whether you "Want to Hire" or "Want to Work", so that we can create you a Freelancer or Employer account accordingly.
Can I be a Freelancer and an Employer?
For the moment you need to be either a Freelancer or an Employer, you cannot be both. However, if you think it would be a useful feature for you, let us know and we will consider it when designing new features.
How does it work?
Socialance connects Employers and Freelancers in a professional network where they can interact and work together. Employers post projects they need done and Freelancers place bids quoting their price and the amount of time required. The Employer then accepts one of the bids and the Freelancer gets working on the project. See the sections for Employers, Freelancers and Projects for more details.
Do I need to pay to use Socialance?
Socialance is free to join, create your profile and build your network. The only time we'll ask for a fee is when you hire someone, feature your project or if you are a freelancer, when you get hired and carry out a project.
The platform fee varies from user to user and project to project and is paid by by both parties on completion of each milestone.
Is it safe to use Socialance?
Yes, hiring or freelancing through Socialance is much safer than on your own. We give you access to a wide set of tools to track and manage your project and allow you to divide the project into milestones and fund them progressively. This ensures freelancers get paid and employers get what they need.
All payments are handled through SSL connection by third parties and sensitive data is encrypted.
What are recommendations?
The recommendations system allows others to leave recommendations on your profile. You always get to review the recommendations and decide if you want to display them. Recommendations increase the trust between users, as they allow you to see who has recommended a particular user, and if the person is willing to give a private reference. To recommend someone, go to their profile and type your recommendation in the provided field.
What does “Following” others mean?
When you choose to follow someone, you will start receiving information about their activities on your Activity Feed. You can start following people by going to their profile and clicking on "Follow". When you sign up, you will automatically start following the users with whom you are friends on Facebook, but you can choose to stop following them if you wish.
What are endorsements?
Endorsements are a way for your friends and colleagues to vouch for you and your skills. They have nothing to do with LinkedIn endorsements and are especially important to new users, since they have no feedback. You can request endorsements by going to your profile and clicking on "Get Endorsed".
Why can't I endorse a user?
You can only endorse people who you are friends with on Facebook or connected on LinkedIn. Otherwise everyone could endorse everyone else and the endorsements would lose their value. If you really know someone and want to endorse them, you need to first connect with them on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Why should I get endorsed?
The number of endorsements you have is shown right next to your name throughout the site and used by employers and freelancers alike to gauge how reliable someone is. Having many endorsements typically leads to more bids accepted & received.
Who are my first and second degree contacts?
Your first degree contacts are those users who you are connected to on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Your second degree contacts are friends-of-friends.
(i.e. a friend connects you both).
Who makes up My Network?
Your network is made up of your first degree contacts and anyone you follow on Socialance.
Adding people to your network makes it easy to stay on top of those projects and people you care about.
What are the the minimum system requirements?
We recommend Google Chrome, but a recent version of Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer will do.
Can I share my profile with others?
Absolutely! Every user has an easy to remember url made specially for sharing.