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by on June 9, 2020
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If you want a healthy dose of #BlackExcellence, just visit Black Connect’s new freelancer platform, FreelanceMe.  Black Connect’s freelance feature serves at the point of contact between qualified professionals and business owners in need of assistance.


Increase in African-American Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship amongst African Americans has been steadily increasing.  Even before the COVID19 pandemic caused the Black community to suffer loss of life and employment, many Black Americans were considering freelancing as a long-term career path due, in part, to the fact that between January 1972 and December 2019, other than during the aftermaths of recessions, the African American unemployment rate has stayed at or above twice the unemployment rate of whites. Currently,  African Americans are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.  On June 5, 2020, the Labor Department announced that while unemployment among white workers fell to 12.4%, unemployment for black workers rose to 16.8%, the highest in more than a decade. As a result, even more African-Americans are turning to entrepreneurship as a means of economic survival.

"I love the mission of Black Connect! I look forward to helping more people promote their brands through live events, TV, and online content.” - Tiffany Pittman, Black Connect Member


Features

Black Connect’s integrated FreelanceMe feature is one of 18 tools that members can utilize to grow their businesses and connect and collaborate with other Black Connect members. 


For members, creating a separate freelancer profile is the best way to present their educational background, abilities, skills, etc to attract business opportunities.  Freelancers may create multiple profiles and see who’s viewed their profiles.

Business owners can create a list of their favorite freelancers and even export a freelancer’s profile to PDF. Business owners can also post their gigs, projects, jobs and other business opportunities to Black Connect’s board, and members can apply using their FreelanceMe profile. Moreover, with a contact tool integrated, members will not have to use another email address or phone number to contact the freelancer, but may make contact directly via Black Connect’s messaging system.

Key Features

  • No fees
  • Control who can view your freelancer profile
  • Contact tool for members to contact freelancers directly within Black Connect
  • Option to synchronize member profile information with freelancer profile information
  • Option to show freelancer profile in member profile page or keep them separate
  • Save your favorite freelancers
  • Add notes on freelancers
  • Option to export a profile in PDF format
  • “Who Viewed Me” service is included for all freelance profiles
  • Search freelancer profiles by category or use Black Connect’s Opti-Match advanced search features to find freelancers best suited for your needs
  • Leave voice messages
  • Post job opportunities
  • Rate and Review freelancers

Current talent listed on Black Connect includes award winning television producers, marketing professionals, accountants, business consultants, administrative and customer service assistants, and more.

Get started now.  Create your Freelancer profile on Black Connect today or browse FreelanceMe to find talented professionals.

About Black Connect

Blackconnect.com is the most comprehensive and fastest growing Black-owned and business and social networking platform with members across the United States, Africa, Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.

Blackconnect.org is the only 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated solely to eliminating the racial wealth gap by increasing the number and success rate of Black-owned businesses. 

Membership is available to individuals, college students, small businesses/entrepreneurs, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Topics: gigs, freelance, business