Softwork tackles unemployment, connects freelancers, employers via platform

Benjamin Omoike

Access Bank, a leading digital platform, with sole aim of connecting employers with freelancers, has upgraded its services.

According to Chigozie Okwara, founder and CEO of SoftWork, the platform is the bridge between the talented and those in need of certain skills. Speaking at the launch, which held recently, he said: “The whole idea is bridging the unemployment gap and rendering necessary services. Every individual signing up wants to work and exchange vital information in a safe and secure space. We have designed an online platform where freelancers (web designers, developers, video editors, digital marketers, graphic designers e.t.c) can meet.

“We have connected over 5,000 freelancers with employers and everyday, we look for ways to verify any individual who signs up on the website. The verification is more intense to avoid fraudsters posing as freelancers or employers. There is the email verification process, Identity card verification process by uploading National ID cards, Passport or Driving License to verify your identity. Without verification, jobs cannot be applied for. It is important employers get the worth for every price paid.”

He added that Softwork is an extremely beneficial platform that does not only connect businesses with ideal skills but dishes out articles on ways to improve, by updating those signed up, on the latest trends circling their area of expertise; as well as how they can acquire new skills needed for better work.

The CEO noted that distance is no barrier for work on Softwork, as clients can monitor every work carried out. “Unlike many platforms, we make use of Escrow (making us a third party to the payment process, until the specified job is done). This allows for  a refund in  a situation where there is need for one.”

Okwara, speaking at the relaunch, is quick to add that this is first of its kind trending in the social media space to benefit skilled and qualified Nigerians seeking employment. He further stated that “you might have searched for and the popular 404 Error pops up, this is because we are relaunching to serve every employer and freelancer better.”

According to him, “we connect employers with freelancers for projects so they can grow and improve. It’s almost like outsourcing, but better. Unlike using full time employees, you can hire based on skill set.

Continuing, he said that people choose to be freelancers because it’s their passion and they develop marketable skills while creating their own schedule.

In addition, Marketing Manager, Softwork, Light Nwokocha, said that their concerted efforts is to serve both freelancers and employers well. However, he said that this will attract and encourage more Nigerian youths to develop themselves for better jobs and a better tomorrow.

Since beginning operations fully in 2018, SoftWork has helped reduce the stress freelancers go through to get jobs, and helped employers get reliable services. Freelancers can also get recommendations as well as send proposals to employers, vis-a-vis.


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