What is Frumlance?
Q: Hi Yoel, I understand you just opened a new website, called Frumlance. Can you tell us a bit about it?
A: As its name suggests, Frumlance is an online directory for frum freelancers. It caters to those working in the publishing industry, such as writers, graphic designers, editors, translators etc. Any religious freelancer with a minimum of two years experience can post their profile details online.
Q: It sounds a bit like LinkedIn…
A: Yes, only better. Frumlance lets you easily list your business details and add a portfolio. Clients can then narrow down their search with sub categories and specializations. And with such a wide base of freelancers, clients looking to hire will turn to Frumlance again and again.
Q: How is it different from sites like Upwork or iFreelance?
A: I would think that people looking for a freelancer in the Jewish publishing industry would want a worker with a similar background, who understands the clientele and mindset of the intended public. Frumlance is the only website which has such a collection. In addition, here is a chance to help out a fellow Jew.
Q: How much does it cost to join?
A: There is a Free membership plan, with no obligations or charges of any sort. There are also Pro and Pro-Plus membership options that offer more for your money – things like portfolios, recommendations, and marketing tools built-in to the website. Clients can always search Frumlance for free.
Q: What inspired you to open this type of website?
A: I am a freelancer myself, and I understand the needs of freelancers. A lot of thought went into creating a website that could help freelancers find work – and clients to find freelancers. Frumlance is also consonant with Jewish values and understanding of the religious sector. This is why Frumlance does not display photos or headshots on profile pages.
Q: If a freelancer can’t post up a photo, doesn’t that potentially minimize their online opportunities?
A: I can’t tell you whether posting up a photo would be more beneficial or not, but if we want to service all members of the general Jewish community, including those that subscribe to major internet filters, this is a necessity. In addition, many women don’t appreciate having their picture posted on the internet. Besides, one can always display a link on their profile page to their website and add a picture there.
Q: If someone already has their own website, how can your platform help them?
A: Frumlance can enhance your online presence and put your details in front of those looking for freelancers, in a way that a personal website cannot. And for those without a website, Frumlance is a de facto online portfolio hosting plan. It can also be personalized and linked to a unique URL. Plus, as we grow, we will have resources and downloads that will become a staple feature for most people in the publishing world, G-d willing.
Q: Can you elaborate?
A: For starters, one of the most basic and used texts ever quoted is an English translation of Tanach. It would make so many lives so much simpler to have an authoritative online text to copy and paste from. Plus we have some comprehensive online dictionaries and encyclopedias with Jewish-related content in the works. Add video courses and other kosher resources, and we have quite some lineup for helping people find and do work.
Q: It sounds great! How can we find out more if we’d like to join up?
A: Go on over to Frumlance.com and read the guide.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: Have a suggestion? Drop us a line! (on the website with contact us, or at firstname.lastname@example.org) We are here to service the community.
- Yoel Broderick is the CEO of Frumlance.com. Sasson readers can take advantage of a coupon code when signing up for Pro and get one month free. Code: Pro1month. Good until 03-01-18.