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Freelance work gathers steam via Web in Africa

Vince Matinde | March 3, 2015
An increasing number of Africans are turning to the Internet to find freelance work. At the same time, local websites are popping up to give talented Africans a chance to make a living handling outsourced jobs.

Africans also face a challenge from Indian freelancers, who can underbid most African freelancers, Kimaiyo noted.

However, price is not an issue for freelances who deliver quality and timely work and have established a client base, he said.

Ajumah's Brandt said he seen a rise in demand for African freelancers due to what he calls high quality work.

"Most of the jobs posted on our site are companies from the US and they are highly excited about the quality of work that African freelancers deliver. We are highly confident Africa is going to be the new 'India' in outsourcing, and that in the near future the world will see Africa as the place to hire highly skilled and quality talent," Brandt said.

Brandt attributed the growth of online work in Africa to increasing Internet penetration and better connectivity speeds.

Meanwhile, with skills learned as a freelancer, Kimaiyo has launched his own business, Masterclass Solutions, to offer IT services to individuals and companies.

The growing opportunities for online work can be a great outlet to employ millions of Africans who have appropriate skills but lack job opportunities.


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